Ridley Scott’s return to the “Alien” saga with the movie “Prometheus,” an action, horror, sci-fi film released June 8, 2012 that set us up, only to knock us back down. This film had us believe that this was going to be the epic that we all ‘had’ to see, the prequel to Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” Now we have an example of why classic films should be left as classics and not brought back with fancy new technology and CGI, giving us a lacking story and overall film.
The first thing I want to cover is the lack of not so much a story, but the details to “make” a good story. As an example, during the first few minutes of the film, we watch an alien space craft take off from a supposedly alien planet. One of Extraterrestrials later referred to as “Engineers,” kills himself by drinking a black, liquid substance. It wasn’t explained and all that could have been done was make half-hearted assumptions and guesses.
After the Prometheus team arrives on the alien planet, they delve into an unknown structure. Inside they are witnesses to ghostly holograms of the “Engineers,” whom seemed to be fleeing from something. Later, they find a pile of the extraterrestrials bodies, lying against a wall. Many of the bodies had holes in their chest and abs, burst outward. This was very reminiscent of the past “Alien” film(s), suggesting that we may soon see our familiar foes, the Xenomorphs. Throughout the entirety of the film, we never saw Xenomorphs or even a hint as to what the Engineers ran from or why they were victim to such a familiar death.
Later, plot twists and catalysts were thrown at the audience, that either were entirely unneeded or unexplained. Charlize Theron, playing the role of “Meredith Vickers,” had a confrontation with Guy Pierce whom played “Peter Weyland.” Meredith has a brief conversation with Weyland, outing to us that she is his daughter. This bit of detail means nothing to us already; having no real background with either of the conversing characters and her being his daughter never comes up again. This was proof of a movie that developed twists, for the sake of simply having them.
Lastly, the actor Idris Elba, playing the role of “Janek,” the Prometheus captain/pilot, gave us information for the plot catalyst, that didn’t even make sense! After engaging a Prometheus team member who had been infected by the black liquid substance, Janek was just full of ideas! Apparently, with no information and no support of his assumption, Janek explains that the Engineers created the black substance as a bio-weapon to exterminate the planet Earth and its human inhabitants. After receiving this bit of hypothesized information, the rest of the movie is focused on the random theory. Not once, did I see a single thing happen in the film that proved his “bio-weapon” idea, correct.
The only thing this film had going for it was the beautiful sets and CGI. The Prometheus set it self, was creative and thrilling to see. The few scenes that were honed around the animation and computerized images were flawless and realistic. The movie very well created the familiar feel of a dark and mysterious Sci-fi, much like the film “Alien.” Though, the rest of the film “Prometheus” was lacking in a well supported storyline and plot, the sets, animation and acting were all fairly well done, but that is not enough to save this movie. If you are looking for a new Sci-fi film to see, with new foes and neat computer animation, “Prometheus” is it. This is not a film worth paying money to see if you are expecting an epic prequel to the “Alien” saga, we all know and love.