PrometheusDirector: Ridley Scott, 20th Century Fox, Rated MA, 124 mins
The prophetic phrase shown in the trailer for Ridley Scott’s pre-eminent prequel to his 1979 Alien classic - “They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end” - succinctly summarises the plot of this visually impressive production that is tantalisingly terrific as well as terrifying in its overall presentation.
Set in the latter part of the 21st century the story begins with the sudden disintegration of a strangely looking humanoid with the next scene showing scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green - Devil) discovering a star map among some ancient rock markings in Scotland, suggesting a link to the origins of mankind.
Soon both Shaw and Holloway are on board the spaceship “Prometheus” journeying to an unknown planet to find the truth to humanity’s beginning.
Sponsored by the ageing millionaire Peter Weyland (played by Aussie actor Guy Pearce in an unrecognisable role), the main crew comprise the cold hearted captain Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron - Young Adult), Janek (Idris Elba - Thor) the unruly second in command and David, the smooth speaking android (Michael Fassbender - Shame) taking on a similar android role to that featured in Alien.
After arriving on the planet they come across the gigantic facial structure of an alien civilisation and begin exploring the dark caverns containing some metal pods causing Charlie to become the first victim to die a horrible death having been infected from a pod brought back to the ship by David.
What follows next-with Elizabeth trying to remove the ‘infection’ from her body-is simply staggering and pure science fiction.
Scott’s prequel is really a fantastic film accomplishment due in large part to its stunning set designs and special effects, with Fassbender perfectly cast as the ominous android while Rapace’s role may not exactly replicate that of Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Alien, she still delivers the goods and like Ripley emerges as a survivor from her horrific ordeal.
Despite a few inconsistencies and similarities to his classic movie (which had that memorable phrase “in space, no one can hear you scream”) Scott again demonstrates his specialised skills in making another awesome movie that is both captivating and entertaining, with the concluding scenes providing some answers to the alien creature’s origins as well as suggesting a further chapter in the Alien saga where “in space no one can hear your screams”!
VIC'S VERDICT: 4 Rubber Stamps
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