Saturday, June 9, 2012
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce
Set in the late 21st century, the story centres on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the remnants of several ancient Earth civilizations. Led to a distant world and an advanced civilization, the crew seeks the origins of humanity, but instead discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race. Prometheus began as a prequel to director Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), however the script evolved over the years as different writers became involved, and Scott concedes the film shares similar DNA to Alien, but explores its own mythology.
Prometheus is a visually stunning film. That cannot be denied. It's well acted and Ridley Scott's direction is outstanding. But I'm just left thinking, this movie could have been so much better. It's not brilliant, and I really wanted it to be. Prometheus raises more questions than it answers, and at the end, the audience is still left wondering, why?
Noomi Rapace makes a strong heroine, Charlize Theron is a cold, hard bitch, Guy Pearce is unrecognisable in bad old dude makeup and Michael Fassbender is remarkably good as David, the android (he's so talented). There are shocks, but they don't really change anything. There is gore. There is also a beautiful waterfall scene in the opening credits. So what I'm left with is, yes, Prometheus is well-shot and stunning to look at, but story-wise, it just didn't really cut it for me. It's not bad by any means, but it's just a bit disappointing overall.