I’d heard mixed views about last year’s sci-fi thriller Prometheus, and specifically that its relation to Alien seemed a bit ‘tacked-on’. In fact, this is a prequel to said 1979 film and as far as I’m concerned, a pretty decent one. Importantly, it is directed by Ridley Scott, who also directed Alien, giving this prequel a very legitimate feel.
Set eighty years in the future, a team of individuals are on a mission to a far away moon to discover alien life. Inevitably, they find much more than they originally bargained for. The stand-out characters are the nervous Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace, and the android David, played by Michael Fassbender, a cross between HAL from A Space Odyssey and Data from Star Trek. David is interesting, as he is very human-like, and yet you can just about tell that he is an android from his body language, as well as his spoken word. Nevertheless, he studies humans with fascination, and is seen quoting Lawrence of Arabia at the beginning of the film. His resemblance to Peter O’Toole is uncanny.
The effects are pretty marvellous, rather Avatar-like, but not so in-your-face. Scott hasn’t lost his touch for horror either, and a scene where Shaw has an alien extracted from her body via a caesarean section is presented in a grim yet tactful style. Even though the Alien-like alien isn’t seen till near the end, the style and feeling of the original film is here in spades. Tacked on, it ain’t!
Prometheus is a high quality sci-fi flick, with a delightful cast and a compelling storyline. The film leaves a few mysteries unsolved, and there’s talk of a sequel, something I’d dearly love to see come to fruition. In any case, fans of Alien must check out this modern reboot.