Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Damon Lindelof and John Spaihts.  Set in the late 21st century, the story centers on a crew aboard the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map that will lead them to a planet where they might discover the origins of humankind.  The film stars Noomi Repace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron.  (Running Time: 124 minutes)(Rated R for sci-fi violence and brief language)

From the opening shot of this film, I knew that the director had Stanley Kubrick in mind…

director Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott has been a legend in sci-fi movie making since his alien-scary film caught the attention of movie-goers worldwide in 1979’s, Alien.  In the early 80s he returned to the genre with the cult classic Blade Runner.  But for thirty years he has declined multiple offers to begin or finish sci-fi series…until now.  There was never a clear answer as to why this, of all films, he decided to pick up.  He has stated that the screenplay captured him with the surprise twists and the original ideas the story represents.  Well, whatever it was that fascinated him, it put him in the director’s chair to film his most recent achievement, a prequel to his Alien.

I recently watched Aliens (1986) for the first time, and thought it was a fairly good movie.  I’m not a huge fan of the genre, focusing on the “alien thriller” arena, but I thought I had to start with one of the classics before being thrown back in time to how these creatures were first discovered by mankind.  I’m glad I did.  Though the story in Prometheus doesn’t reference a whole lot to Alien or Aliens, it does represent several notions that play out in the series that doesn’t hurt to be familiarized with.

One of the things I was impressed by with this movie was the acting.  Noomi Repace is moving up in the American cinema in the last two years, and I can see why!  She has a hidden talent, and I look forward to seeing her in more films over the years.  Ah, and Michael Fassbender.  Off the top of my head I can’t think of another actor who has played an android/robot better than he.  I look at him and see a young Peter O’Toole, with a promising career ahead of him.  Though Charlize Theron received a relatively smaller part in this film, she handled it quite well and made her character believable.  And without giving a whole lot away about the story, the makeup team did an excellent job on Guy Pearce! (that’s all I can say about that…)

The film was primarily shot in Iceland, then moved on to huge, well-constructed sets on the soundstages at Pinewood Studios.  This is Ridley Scott’s first film to be shot in 3D, using the new RED camera systems.  The music was composed by Marc Streitenfeld, whose talent is beginning to grow on me after I have listened to the soundtrack for The Grey (2012) dozens of times now…

It was filmed on a “modest” budget of $120 million and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, meeting well with critics and audiences.  Thus far, after only a week and a half in theaters, has managed to bring in $225 million.

In the end, 4 out of 7 stars.  I would see it again, but I might have to watch a couple more in the Alien franchise beforehand…..

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