When it comes to science fiction movies I’ve got the feeling that there are way too little good ones out each year, so when I heard that Ridley Scott, who’s known for great movies like Bladerunner and Alien would be releasing a new sci fi movie I couldn’t wait to see it. I managed to dodge all news and trailers about the movie, so I went in blank and without expectations. Did Prometheus manage to quench my thirst for good sci fi?
Prometheus will most likely be compared a lot to Alien as the setup for this movie is roughly the same. A crew aboard the Prometheus awake from hibernation near an unknown planet to discover if there is anything to be found. Of course they do run into something and have to survive. I really didn’t mind the similarities. A big part of this story is the question humanity has about its existence. How were we created or where do we come from? Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green, although I thought it was Tom Hardy) are a couple who have been doing research for years and lead the mission. At least that’s the idea, but more seems to be going on. Just like in Alien there is an android named David (Michael Fassbender) who seems to have his own agenda.
What Prometheus offers is the type of space adventure I really enjoy. It has a lot of mystery, but also offers some answers to those mysteries. If you like your scares then Prometheus definitely delivers with a couple of very memorable scenes. I also like the fact that Elizabeth Shaw is searching for answers about our existence even though she is religious.
Fassbender again shows what a great actor he is, impressing in every scen he is in, but Rapace is excellent as well. There were some actors who had too little to do (Charlize Theron) or were strangely cast (Guy Pearce), but that’s nitcpicking.
So is Prometheus another sci fi classic? I don’t think it is. The plot could have been a bit tighter and when the end credits roll some questions are left unanswered. I am looking forward to the sequel to get the answers though. The world created looks stunning and the characters are very interesting.