I genuinely wanted to love Prometheus. I love deep, cerebral science fiction, whether on the big screen, small screen or in novel form. I’ve enjoyed so many of Ridley Scott’s films over the years, and his Blade Runner is one of my all-time favorite movies. So it was with high expectations that I went to see this summer's most anticipated film.
The story begins in the very distant past when a statue-like ancient spills liquid from a small flask down a raging waterfall before falling into it himself. So, it seems, begins humanity on Earth.
Fast forward to an archaeologic expedition on Scotland’s Isle of Skye with scientists Elizabeth Shaw played by Noomi Rapace (Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films) and her partner Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green). It is here the scientists discover another in a series of cave paintings they've unearthed, all depicting the same scene: a human pointing towards the heavens and a particular cluster of heavenly bodies. Does this discovery provide further evidence that humanity was created by aliens from distant world? Is it evidence of our human origins?
Shaw and Holloway are about to find out as their proposed expedition is funded by a private company headed by the elderly Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce, The King’s Speech), whose agenda, it seems, turns out to be quite simple.
Traveling the distance to the planet suggested by the cave drawings, the scientists, their team and ice-queen corporate representative Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) are put in stasis pods and whisked away aboard the Prometheus. While the crew are in stasis for more than two years, the ship is overseen by David (Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class), a soft-spoken, attentive android who may ultimately have his own agenda.
As they reach their destination and wake up from two years of slumber, the crew prepares for landing and exploring what they believe to be the origin of the cave paintings. They find the exact place to begin quite quickly, commencing their search deep within miles of tunnels, which possess interesting buttons, controls—and life forms of various sorts. But are they good aliens—or are they bad aliens? Shaw and company are about to find out. The hard way.
Prometheus is visually stunning. I did not screen it either in 3D or in IMAX, but even in the standard presentation, the film is simply gorgeous. The interior sets are gloriously detailed and vibrant, and the exteriors are stark in their pristine beauty; the film score present an atmospheric backdrop for the action and emotional beats.