** Potential Spoilers – I’ll always try never to spoil anything but if you want to go in fresh with no outside info or basic plot points then I suggest waiting til you’ve seen ‘Prometheus’ before reading the review **
Do you feel like embarking on a 2 hour journey as to whether or not God exists? How about spending 124 minutes watching some desperate characters scramble around a distant planet searching for the meaning of their existence…? If you do then Prometheus is going to be right up your alley.
I was a little unsure of what to expect when the movie started because I’m not the world’s biggest Alien quadrilogy fan and haven’t been anticipating Prometheus like I know some people have been but I definitely tried to keep an open mind and appreciate it as a sci-fi thriller helmed by a master director.
Prometheus tells the story of Dr Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) who locate a star map based on the cave drawings and sculptures of the ancient civilisations of Earth which they believe will lead them to the creators of mankind. Providing the cash and crew for the venture is Weyland Industries, headed by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) who has his own reasons for wanting to find out where the star map leads. Heading the crew is Captain Janek (Idris Elba) under the command of Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and seemingly running everything in-between is android David (Michael Fassbender).
As the film opens you bear witness to some simply amazing visual effects, they are truly sensational. In fact, that would be one of Prometheus‘s strongest elements – truly stunning visual effects. From the landscape of a distant planet, to the holographic recordings captured in the mountain, to the dust storms and spacecraft’s, and finally the majority (not all) of aliens featured in the film.
I found the pacing to be pretty slow but I understand that patience is required because just like the original Alien, good things come to those who wait – well I mean the audience because nothing good happened to the crew of the Nostromo – so whenever I found myself starting to wander, I caught myself and thought “Patience, hang in there”. My patience was rewarded with the appearance of some aliens, some tense eyeball moments, and a scene that almost made me gag a lil bit…
One surprising aspect of the film was the inclusion of various religious themes – the big question of WHY. Why are we here? Who created us? Does there need to be a purpose? Couldn’t it all be a big nothing? Do humans need to believe in something? If you don’t believe in anything, does this make you a robot? Do there have to be answers to all questions?
It shouldn’t matter what your religious or non-religious views are, however you are going to walk out of the cinema with these themes on your mind and that’s one thing that I didn’t like. I’m not a religious person and have very little interest in watching what I thought was going to be a sci-fi thriller instead deliver a sermon on religious questions. One final thing on this topic, perhaps it’s because I’m an atheist that I didn’t enjoy the philosophical questions raised throughout the film, maybe those who are religious might have appreciated it more?
Or maybe Sir Ridley is getting to that age when some people with power and influence start getting a little preachy…
Ok, so religion and visual effects aside, let’s talk casting. The stand out role easily belongs to Michael Fassbender in the role of David, the android who elicits more empathy than the human characters. Perhaps that might be because all David does in the film is what he’s been programmed to do while the humans on the other hand make choices, and bad ones at that. The quirky and intense performance delivered by Fassbender ensured that all eyes were on him in every scene he was in.
To finalise my thoughts on Prometheus, what was the one key point I took away from the film? The one thing that I will mention to everyone who asks me about my thoughts on the movie?
Ahhh Charlize Theron. You only get more and more stunning the older you get, you’re simply amazing.
2.5 stars out of 5