Ok so I just watched Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi flick for the second time. I gotta say, a lot of the film feels like a rehash of the good ole Alien franchise and of course, this is sorta, kinda like the prequel to Alien or at least it gives insight into where those horrible evil creatures came from. There’s the strong female character, well ok there’s two this time. Charlize Theron plays Meredith Vickers and does push ups after waking up from hypersleep in loin cloths. It’s not particularly sexy at all but it reminds you of Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. But the main heroine, Elizabeth Shaw is played by Noomi Rapace, of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo fame. She’s a god fearing scientist that becomes the main protagonist in Prometheus. Faced with death all around, she somehow summons up the will to survive and it’s this will that drives the plot. Aside from the strong female characters, there’s also the aliens and cool spacesuits and spaceships and gear and stuff. I really like the design of a lot of the tech stuff actually.

The movie opens as a camera flies across various desolate, bleak landscapes until you see a massive shadow moving on the ground and the sound of what appears to be a massive spaceship. Then you cut to a lone figure walking on the edge of a waterfall. It’s some alien guy with a very strong nose, extremely muscular body and he strips off his robes before ingesting something that starts to destroy his body from within. His body starts breaking down and he falls into the waterfall and from this destructive suicide, we see new chains of DNA forming and cells dividing. Was this how life started here on earth?

It’s this question that is one of the key focus points in the movie. Who are we? Where did we come from? What’s the meaning of life? I don’t think the film pushes the question too hard. At the end of the day, it’s really just a simple sci-fi adventure and it doesn’t even bother to attempt to answer any questions really. There are no answers and it’s just an infinite loop anyway.

Two scientists/idiots think they do though. Rapace’s Shaw and her partner Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) find the same star system depicted in various cave paintings found in ancient civilizations that never shared any contact. The Mayans, Mesopotamians and every other mofo is summoned to give credence to their theory, that spacemen gave birth to us and are inviting us to find them.

They convince Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland, who’s kinda like a what if Emperor Palpatine was mainly interested in immortality and meeting his maker. He wears this make up and prosthetics stuff that is sooo fake by today’s standards. He does a decent job acting old even if his voice is incredibly sprightly. But he’s supposed to be already dead so he’s just funding things. Or is he? Charlize’s Theron character is the custodian for the Weyland corporation, so she’s in charge of this trillion dollar mission to find the engineers and hires a buncha guys including most notably, Idris Elba of The Wire. He plays Janek, the Captain of the Prometheus, the spaceship named after the Greek titan that tried to give fire to the humans and level the playing field against the gods.

The crew arrives inside the star system that is their destination, where a single moon orbiting this massive Jupiter like planet looks like it could support life. While the planet appears to be uninhabitable, they find some structures that are too linear to be natural so they land and investigate but all is not what it seems!

Some stuff just made me cringe. Some obvious, why didn’t you do this or how the hell could these scientists with this technology be so stupid/careless. A lot of foreshadowing was just too obvious and some parts of the story had a certain mechanical progression rather than an organic one. I felt the story and it’s many characters could’ve been fleshed out more. But it’s not all crap. It ain’t perfect but there’s at least one awesomely epic scene I won’t forget in a bit. In many ways, the films just plays on our fears of the unknown, of our origin and the fragility of our existence and just some damn cool future space shit. It’s not the best in a while, but I love it!

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