Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Film Review: Prometheus

Vivian Gil
Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien films directed by Ridley Scott. The film takes place towards the end of the 21st century and follows archeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway’s (Logan Marshall-Green) search for the meaning of life and humanity’s purpose.

Prometheus starts with Shaw and Holloway, who having found similar star maps in different unconnected ancient civilizations, believe that it is an invitation from the Engineers (creators of humanity) and seek them out.

Their search for the Engineers is funded by an eccentric trillionaire and Shaw and Holloway travel to the distant moon, LV-223, aboard the ship Prometheus with a crew, expedition manager Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), and humanoid robot David (Michael Fassenbender).
Upon reaching their destination, the Prometheus crew quickly discovers that some terrible disaster has stricken moon LV-223. Instead of answers, Shaw and Holloway face hidden agendas and a terrible truth: The Engineers, who have created humanity, now seek to destroy it using a biological weapon.
Although it is a prequel to Alien, Prometheus only gives an idea of why the Alien creatures were created and why they came to earth. Prometheus is its own separate story and it is not necessary to have watched the other Alien films to understand this one.
Prometheus features many outstanding performances, especially those by Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassenbender. The acting itself is enough to entertain the viewer, but fortunately Prometheus also offers stunning visuals, plenty of suspense and an intriguing story that will keep the audience alert throughout the entire film. I thoroughly recommend this film for sci-fi fans and even non-sci-fi fans as the film offers a lot more than just flashy spaceships.

The only bad thing I can say regarding Prometheus is that it leaves many of its questions unanswered. But this could have been done on purpose because we, as humans, are not meant to know, since the characters’ search for life’s meanings only leads them to destruction.


1 comment:

  1. Nice review Vivian. I was entertained, to say the least, but I think I was expecting something so much better after all of the promotion for this flick. Maybe it was too much like Alien.