Sometimes you go to the movies when you’re bored or if you really have no other creative first date ideas, but other times you go because you really want to watch the movie. Before Prometheus the last time I went just to watch the movie was in 2009 for the revamped Star Trek, being a life long Trekkie I just had to see what J. J. Abrams the producer of Lost could bring to the legendary franchise. This time around I went because I wanted to see Sir Ridley Scott go back to his roots.
Many of you know Ridley Scott as the director of Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven but before he made movies about legendary Roman figures or the crusades he made a little film in 1979 called Alien. This was and remains to this day one of the greatest Sci Fi Horror films of all time and set him on the way to making some really great films. Yet after Alien he never touched the Sci Fi Horror genre again, till now. Prometheus is a chance for a new generation to witness one of the great film makers of our time show us just why he deserved a knighthood.
Prometheus is the real deal, not something like Avatar which anyone could tell was just a Pocahontas meets the Smurfs rip off. With a cast that includes the talents of Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender and a really good story line it really is a Ridley Scott film. One of the really cool things about the movie is its name.
Prometheus was one of the ancient greek titans it was believed that he created man out of clay and that he stole fire from the gods and gifted it to man. The gods were very displeased with him for this and chained him to the side of a cliff where a huge vulture would eat his liver out by day and it would grow back at night for the next days feast. The crew on board the Prometheus are searching for the creators of man who they believe to be aliens yet what they find is not what they were expecting.
The story line can at times be confusing because you are essentially taken on the journey with the crew and learning things as you go along. So most of the time when they’re confused so are you but at the same time when they have an epiphany it feels like you did as well. Is the movie scary ? Not really, its a bit gross at times but no one said aliens are supposed to be clean.
The ending of the movie is very special and I don’t mean that it has anything to really do with the events of the film but it is more like a gift from Sir Ridley Scott to his long time followers. While most people at the end of the movie would be saying to themselves what was that last tiny bit and what does it have to do with the movie? A true follower of his films will have a small smile on their face and say, “nice one!”
Overall it’s not as good as Alien which will always be looked upon as the benchmark but it is a wonderful piece of work. So I give it 8 out of 10 stars. If you’re looking for a much more spoiler like review with more explanations of the alien universe click here for one of my fellow bloggers review of the film.