The most pulverizing science fiction in recent memory
While a lot of comparisons can be made to the original "Alien," one can't sit through this film comparing certain aspects of it to Scott's original sci-fi masterpiece, or else they'll never like it. No, Noomi Repace's Elizabeth Shaw is not the same type of heroine that Sigourney Weaver's Ripley was. No, this does not rely as heavily on claustrophobic horror as "Alien" did. But I didn't want to see a rehash of a movie we've already seen from the same director. "Prometheus" is a much different movie with a much more pulverizing tone.
When I say pulverizing, I mean that the film will not only make you squirm, but it raises questions that may be unsettling for some people. The major theme surrounding the film is "why are we here? Who is our maker?" And the crew of the Prometheus has just stumbled upon the greatest discovery in the history of mankind. Beings genetically identical to us. I can't really describe the plot without giving too much away. The film is a complex piece of science fiction that will most certainly leave you still tense and puzzled once the end credits roll. That's the beauty of it, though, in that it will leave you pondering it long after you've left the theater...and also leave your nerves still shaking.
While the film shouldn't be compared so harshly to "Alien," Scott knows what his target audience with this film is. Most people will still walk into the theater expecting something along those lines, and he delivers. When the original alien first bursted its way through its victim's chest in the original film, it was a brutal but classic scene in the making and is still regarded as one of the scariest instances in a sci-fi or horror film to this day. That's because it was back in the 70s. These days, we've seen most everything. Not a lot can really make us cringe. At least, so i thought. While nothing in "Prometheus" will be as favorably remembered as that moment in the original film, the film still does its best to make us as tense as we can get.
The crew of the Prometheus all have their roles to play, from large to very small. Some crew members are obviously there for the sole purpose of getting the ax. Repace is fine as Shaw, delivering a real performance, Theron can tend to overact, Idris Elba is pure badass, and Guy Pearce is barely recognizable. But the show stealer isn't even human. Rising star Michael Fassbender plays David, an android aboard the ship, and from the very moment we meet him we can't help but be mesmerized.
"Prometheus" is a movie that will leave you in awe, from the opening scene to the final moment, literally. It is a beautiful movie that actually takes advantage of the 3D to show off it's gloriously designed world. If I had one complaint about the movie, it would be that it can tend to be pretty predictable in spots, but is no less fantastic. Just remember that the key to enjoying it is to not go in with the mindset that all will be answered, or that you're going to get the same feelings you got while watching "Alien." "Prometheus" is its own story, only borrowing elements of its predecessor to enrich its narrative but doesn't fully rely on it.