Opening in theatres today from director Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox is a journey back to the beginning with “Prometheus”.
This film tells the story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), two scientists who make a discovery that takes them into the stars. The company, Weyland Industries, led by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) want to find out if the secrets to our beginnings is out there.
Put in hyper-sleep, the crew is taken care of by David (Michael Fassbender), an android who is full of secrets. The first to awaken is Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), in charge of the expedition and thorough to a fault. Along with Captain Janek (Idris Elba) and crew they begin to explore the planet they’ve landed on.
What they discover quickly is a mystery like no other and unraveling it may kill them all.
FINAL WORD: Since first seeing Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, I knew I was watching someone extraordinary. Taking up this mantle is not only a stroke of genius by director Scott but also well played by Rapace. She is stunning to watch and grasps her role tightly to take the ride of tension brought on from start to finish. There are scenes I can’t even begin to talk about, and I won’t, because they need to be experienced first hand.
Theron plays her character Vickers with a level of anger and hostility that is frightening. In that calm demeanor and in those steely eyes lies a woman with her own agenda based on the oldest of emotions – jealousy. Theron is having a stellar year playing angry in grand forms. It’s a double month for her with another winning role in “Snow White and the Huntsman” as the evil queen.
Fassbender is beautiful as David. The mixture of innocence and a kind smile are nothing compared to what this character knows and what he is willing to do to get the answers only an android would crave. Watching the hunger for ‘human’ knowledge and his deliberate movements he never once breaks character, he doesn’t even crack character!
Marshall-Green gives a solid performance as Charlie but I saw that coming from a mile away and I’ll say no more. I hate spoilers don’t you? Pearce is a surprise I didn’t see coming and that’s enough said on that subject.
Other cast include: Sean Harris as Fifield, Rafe Spall as Millburn, Emun Elliot as Chance, Benedict Wong as Ravel, Katie Dickie as Ford, Lucy Hutchinson as Young Elizabeth and Patrick Wilson as Shaw’s father.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Prometheus” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is Ridley Scott at his finest. He doesn’t bring blood and gore into this film (and there are a few tough scenes but nothing I’d consider ‘gore’), what he brings instead is intensity, visuals and a story that works for me.
There is confusion, questions, answers – but not really, special effects that are pretty tight and then the light bulb goes off and the jaw drops. Seriously speaking – I had a fantastic time, I loved everything about it and will have no problem seeing it again!
Fans of “Alien” and the following films are going to have a blast with this. It’s a nail biter for sure and it’s almost impossible to take your eyes off the screen – ahhhh – fun theatre going at last! There is a piece of me that hopes the questions I have will be answered in possible the next film – Ridley? Are you listening?
In the end – the search for our beginning could lead to our end.