The iconic space horror Alien is finally being given a prequel, some 30 years after the original classic from director Ridley Scott. The film marks Scott’s first return to science fiction since 1982 when he brought us Blade Runner, with Harrison Ford in the lead role.
A much anticipated film, certainly of the year and maybe of the last decade; the hope was that in making the movie Scott wasn’t just filling in time, but wanted to do justice to the original. However, as with most expectations in the movie world, the reality doesn’t live up to the hype.
Prometheus has a good story to tell, but ultimately falls victim to relying on blood and gore to sell the movie. An ambitious piece of cinema, it tells the story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) who finds existence of previous visits by aliens from a moon from far away.
A greedy corporation funds an expedition to the visitor’s likely point of origin where they hope to make important scientific discoveries. Fellow astronauts include Charlize Theron playing a cold Meridith Vickers and Captain Janek (Idris Elba). On arrival the team discovers a human head and something very, very dangerous.
The first hour is spent contemplating what it means to be human, where we came from and other mind numbing reflections. Missing from Prometheus is the tension and buildup that made the original so appealing.
The ship touches down on the moon at around the halfway mark of the movie and any speculation about life and our origins become irrelevant as the descent into horror begins. The team is picked off one at a time until almost inevitably the heroin Vickers is called upon to save the day.