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.
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