Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Charlize Theron.
So in this era of remakes, sequels and prequels, it was announced they wanted to make a prequel to Alien. After the whole Alien vs. Predator debacles, people just kind of rolled their eyes at that announcement. But then, some strange things started happening. Ridley Scott, the director of the original Alien, took an interest in the project, and signed on to be the director. As the film developed, we were assured that it was no longer going to be a prequel to Alien…that it was evolving into its own, independent thing. An original film, in this day and age? Fantastic. Even though I’m not big on scary movies, my interest was piqued.
100 years in the future, archeologists discover cave paintings and hieroglyphics depicting large alien beings pointing to a distant star cluster. With the calculations done, and a generous grant from the Weyland Corporation, the Prometheus sets off to that distant planet to meet those aliens. Are they our creators? Do they hold the key to the creation of life? Those are the questions they hope to answer. They find a planet with massive, ancient, and deserted temples. As they begin exploring, it appears that some members of the crew are following their own agendas. And…something is still alive. Why exactly have these explorers come to this planet? And what still lurks in these ancient catacombs?
What I Liked
Following in the footsteps of the original Alien, this is a good, scary movie. I was covering my eyes for a good portion of it. It’s a nice, gritty looking sci-fi universe that they’ve created here. The acting is really good, especially Fassbender as the Alien stock character, the creepy android. And there’s some new monsters in here that will make you squirm.
What I Didn’t Like
As many others have mocked online, this movie is not big on exposition. You’ll constantly be scratching your head at the monsters motivations, their genesis, and several character motivations as well.
When all’s said and done, this is a very interesting film with some good scary moments. I liked it.