"To those of you who do not yet know me: allow me to introduce myself. My name is Peter Weyland, and if you'll indulge me, I'd like to change the world. "
Isolating, emotional, mesmerizing, thought provoking, powerful, artistic, and a masterpiece; are all words that can be used to describe Prometheus. It has an open and grandiose scale of epic feel to the film that makes the movie even more awe-inspiring.
Noomi Rapace plays the leading role of Doctor Elizabeth Shaw. Her break out role as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish Millenium Trilogy helped put her in the acting spotlight. Although I have not checked out her performance in those films, I'm sure after having her "exposure" to American audiences who aren't as familiar with her will make Rapace an even more popular actress in the coming years. She has that "female heroine" theme to her character, bringing a strong and emotional feel to Shaw. She's a woman who will not give up on what she is destined to find as she searches for the answers.
Micheal Fassbender plays the synthetic android, David. For further information on who his character is watch the viral video "Happy Birthday David". Michael Fassbender gives a role unlike any other that he has done before. He adds so much depth and characterization to David. He's probably the most well-written and easily the most developed character in Prometheus. Hopefully his acting in Prometheus will earn him an Oscar nomination.
Idris Elba is the wise ass Southern Captain Janek of the Prometheus; Idris Elba is abound with acting skills. He's like a black Johnny Depp, Elba can play any sort of actor he wants and they're all different. Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron (who's a total "grab-you-by-the-balls bitch"), Guy Pearce as Charles Weyland (who didn't age well after we last saw his speech from TED in 2023, also another viral video to watch), Rafe Spall, and Sean Harris also stand out in acting as each character is their own. The casting is perfect, Ridley Scott might have had an idea of "let's put seventeen scientist who don't get along that well, place them in the middle of nowhere out in the open, have them discover our beginning that could lead to our end and that's our movie". Well done, Ridley, well done...
Although Prometheus can be called "somewhat of a prequel to Alien" It is merely a film that takes place in the same Universe as Alien. To put it this way, let me quote from our very own T. Clark and his online blog (Insert Blog Title Here):
"Before one sees a movie like "Prometheus," two things must be accounted for: 1) prepare yourself to cringe and 2) don't walk into the theater with the mindset that this is an "Alien" film. While it can be considered a prequel of sorts, the film stands tall on its own....While a lot of comparisons can be made to the original "Alien," one can't sit through this film comparing certain aspects or else they'll never like it. "Prometheus" is a much different movie than "Alien" is."
Director Ridley Scott helped change the world of sci-fi genre with his film Alien from 1979. Thirty years later, Ridley Scott has done it again. Taking many inspirations from other sci-fi/fantasy films much like the creator of Alien, Dan O' Bannon himself; Prometheus' writer Damon Lindelof took inspiration from today's sci-fi and added some "Alien DNA" to Prometheus. While the script has a few plot holes, and the movie seems to have some editing problems mainly in the last act of the film, I'm sure in a future blu-ray release those will be filled in with an extended cut to help flesh out the movie's plot more. Their's a few similarities and "subtle hints" to Alien, but in no means is it a prequel to the film.
I enjoyed the movie for what it is. Sure it's not as "great" as everyone thought out and wanted it to be, but it's a damn good sci-fi movie that has wonderful visual effects, mild thrills and chills, a few cringe-worthy scenes and a beautiful soundtrack that's majestic in every symphony. It's a perfect "companion piece" to Alien, if not a wonderful "stand-alone" film for which it is. A stand-alone film. Prometheus to me, is like Inception, you need to watch it multiple times in order to understand and fully "appreciate" what this film truly is: a masterpiece...