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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4
Movie review by David Blackwell

124 minutes, Rated R
STUDIO:  20th Century Fox/ Dune Entertainment/ Scott Free/ Brandywine Productions
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  6-8-2012

STARRING Noomi Rapace(Elizabeth Shaw), Michael Fassbender (David), Charlize Theron (Meredith Vickers), Idris Elba (Janek), Guy Pearce (Peter Weyland), Logan Marshall-Green (Charlie Holloway)
SCREENPLAY by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof
DIRECTED by Ridley Scott
Elizabeth Shaw believes she has found an invitation to meet the aliens (that she believes created us).   Her quest is funded by Weyland Industries which results in the expedition of the starship Prometheus which has reached planet LV-223 in late 2093. They find the aliens (which Elizabeth dubs the Engineers) that created us are dead on that world and their bio-engineering experiments are left behind.   Everyone has different reasons being here.   The android David is following mysterious orders from an unseen person while company woman Meredith Vickers wants to make sure the team has no contact with the aliens if they are alive.   Elizabeth Shaw and her husband Charlie Holloway want to meet the Engineers. Things start to spiral out of control as the team's arrival puts into motion a series of events that not everybody will survive.

PROMETHEUS is an Alien prequel in some ways while not taking the most direct route..  The best way to describe it is a movie that takes place in the same universe as the ALIEN films with some ties to ALIEN (a film that Ridley Scott also directed over three decades ago).  This semi-prequel deals with the Engineers (who were only glimpsed for a few minutes early into ALIEN).   Ridely Scott always wanted to get back to exploring the origins of the mysterious Alien and the derelict spaceship, and PROMETHEUS is the start of creating a new mythology while expanding the mythology of the ALIEN universe in another direction (plus he said it will take another 1 or 2 films in a new proposed trilogy to have the PROMETHEUS saga more directly tie into the first ALIEN).

Visually, PROMETHEUS is amazing and sometimes the music is awe-inspiring.   Ridley Scott hasn't lost his knack for designing and directing his first sci-fi film since BLADE RUNNER.   The characters could have used a little more development, but Ridley has fallen into the same course he did with ALIEN as he focuses more on visuals and atmosphere while trying to weave in a bigger mythology with character development being secondary to all of that.   Still PROMETHEUS is one of the better sci-fi efforts while almost being as great as Ridley's other sci-fi films (ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER).  I do want to see this film again.  I do see the nods to the ALIEN saga with a couple of scenes that hint at the ALIEN saga more directly than the rest of the film.   If you are expecting direct answers or a direct prequel to ALIEN, you might come away as disappointed with this film.  PROMETHEUS is paving its own trail as Ridley Scott is looking to explore different parts of the ALIEN universe besides the iconic xenomorph that has spawned four films, two Alien Vs. Predator comics, countless comic books and books, and several imitators.    It is a film worth seeing as Ridley Scott is in top visual form with a new sci-fi movie you should be paying attention to.   On another note, I do wish the marketing (posters, trailers, and TV spots) revealed less.  I wish people went into PROMETHEUS with less knowledge.  However, the internet has some nice tie-ins to this film (short videos such as Peter Weyland's TED talk and the David android commercial, and an extensive Weyland Industries web site).   In the end, I can't stress enough how PROMETHEUS will probably grow as a film people will like more over time and be almost as highly regarded in some ways as Scott's other science fiction films.

this movie review is (c)6-8-2012 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com   This review isn't property of Weyland Industries and doesn't reflect any views of Weyland Industries and/ or employees.