Just when we thought Hollywood was beginning to look more bankrupt of ideas than ever, leave it to the man who launched the Alien franchise to return and make the world safe for not only that franchise, but for the world of prequels as well. Ridley Scott returns to the realm of science fiction to show us that yes, movie lovers, there really is a Santa Claus. Having help from my own personal doppelganger, Damon Lindelof (Lost), certainly doesn’t hurt things either. Clearly, the man knows the world of Alien inside and out. Together, Scott and Lindelof have delivered a film that last year’s The Thing only dreamed of being. And if your chest is ready to burst from anticipation, the release of Prometheus is finally here.
On December 21, 2093, we meet the 17 crewmembers of the Prometheus. David (Michael Fassbender) is an android with a love for Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, designed to look after the crew. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are archeologists searching for the answers to where we may have come from. Cave pictograms (some dated 35,000 years old) from ancient civilizations across the world have provided clues, which all seem to point to one location in distant space. Shaw and Holloway have convinced Weyland Industries to fund their mission to seek the possible answers to our creation. Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) keeps a steady hand on the proceedings and works for the deceased Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce). Hoping to meet our makers, the crew of the Prometheus, including the ship’s captain, Janek (Idris Elba), find more than they bargained for when they discover that our “engineers” they were so hopeful to find, may have been seeking an escape of their own.