You want an alien world created anew, with wonders and horrors lurking in its furrows? You go to Ridley Scott, of course, spectacle maker and pictorialist par excellence. So Prometheus is bound to be eye filling, with fully wrought planetary vistas and occasionally jaw-dropping visual coups. And did we use the word alien back there? Yes, folks, Prometheus is a prequel, in a sideways sort of fashion, to Scott's 1979 Alien original--or at least it's a long-distant stage setter for that story. This one begins with a space mission that could reveal the extraterrestrial... roots of Earth, although what's buried out on the planet turns out to be much more complicated than expected. In the midst of suspenseful episodes (and a few contrived plot turns), Prometheus reaches for Big Answers to Big Questions, in a grand old sci-fi tradition. This lends the movie a hint of metaphysical energy, even if Scott's reach extends well, well beyond his grasp. The hokier moments are carried off with brio by Michael Fassbender (the robot on board), Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba, and then you've got Noomi Rapace entering the badass hall of fame for a long, oh-no-they-didn't sequence involving radical surgery, which might just induce the vapours in a few viewers. Even if Prometheus has its holes, the sheer size of the thing is exciting to be around. Because this movie is gigantic. --Robert Horton. [show more]
Prometheus is the much-anticipated 'prequel' to 1979's Alien, directed by the original film's maestro Ridley Scott. The franchise will be well known to many moviegoers, spawning 1986's bug blast classic Aliens and the more arty but equally claustrophobic Alien 3. Then came Alien Resurrection which, though not as widely acknowledged as its precedessors, nonetheless contained some memorable sequences and a tough-as-nails Sigourney Weaver on as good form as ever. That was in 1997. Spin-offs followed in the form of Alien v. Predator but it was clear that any serious reboot was going to have to realign the series back to the pure Alien concept and involve a massive creative and financial effort. Thankfully, Ridley Scott felt he had unfinished business after Alien, with many questions left tantalisingly unanswered following that first effort. Over three decades later and the time had come for the English director to address this itch.
The result is an absolute tour de force in every sense and should delight old Aliens fans and newcomers alike. There is no doubt that Scott and the two young scriptwriters hired for the project have not wanted for ambition. Existential questions about the origins of man are interwoven into an imaginative plot involving the human exploration of an alien planet which reveals more than was bargained for in a multitude of senses. Noomey Rapace stars as archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw hired by a dying corporate chief (Guy Pearce) to follow the tantalising astrological maps left on earth by an unknown species. The belief is that they may hold the key to the origins of man. The twists and turns of the plot reveal multiple agendas on the part of the explorers, their financial backers, the on-board synthetic David and the crew of the ship. Any more detail would require a spoiler alert but it goes without saying that breathtaking revelations are complemented by wondrous technological concepts along the way.
This combination is the essence of cinematic science fiction at its very best. From the automated surgical operating theatre to the holographic replays and the remote mapping robots, the viewer is left in awe at Scott's rich vision of how the future might look. But for all the technology, alien species and circumstances conspire to reveal a fragility that makes this a very human film. The characters are victims of their own greed, ambition and naivety and this plays out to devastating effect. It is as if Scott is warning future generations against trying to play god regardless of the resources and technology at their disposal.
Morality play aside, the acting deserves special mention here. Charlize Theron plays the cold-hearted corporate operator well but Michael Fassbender as synthetic David steals the show. A sort of cold-hearted Jeeves of the future, he allows us to look down on the humans and their existential angst but in the process ironically reveals himself to be almost childlike and jealous in his search for validation as their peer. Interestingly, he brings a character-actor's approach to the film by shunning the precedent set by Lance Henriksen's Bishop from Aliens and instead opting for a far creepier alternative inspired by various sources including an Olympic diver whose physical movements were just right for the role. Noomi Rapace's Shaw is more obviously identifiable with an equivalent from the rest of the franchise, playing a tough woman who has to step up and deliver the truly extraordinary to save the day. The main difference between her and Sigourney Weaver's Ripley is that the latter is more pragmatic and dismissive about the aliens while Rapace's character manages to bring the audience along in terms of her curiosity and desire to interact.
What has been harder to understand is the mixed critical reception of Prometheus. Apparent holes in the plot have been highlighted in some quarters along with alleged predictability along the way. While it is true that disbelief has to be suspended in a couple of minor areas, this is not a big ask nor is there anything more obviously unbelievable than in other science fiction film. After all, if you can't get past spaceships as a concept then this genre might not be for you in the first place. However, I would advise to stay the course; stunning visuals, a credible story, spellbinding technological concepts and an almost Shakespearean sense of foreboding simply won't give you the time or the inclination to begin questioning any discrepancies, perceived or otherwise. In fact, the reward for a second or third viewing is likely to be an even fuller and ultimately more satisfying understanding of the ambitious themes behind this work. Surely a contender for film of the year, Prometheus can rank proudly among acknowledged classics such as Alien, Aliens and yes, even 2001: A Space Odyssey. The even better news is that 74 year-old Ridley Scott is not done yet; a sequel which will make the final connection with Alien is now on its way.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Returning to the genre he helped define Sir Ridley Scott has crafted the most unforgettable experience of 2012 in Prometheus This gripping thought-provoking and often terrifying masterpiece features a stellar ensemble cast including Charlize Theron Michael Fassbender Guy Pearce Noomi Rapace Logan Marshall-Green and Idris Elba and is a must-have for any self-respecting film fan After scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green - Devil) discover mysterious cave drawings that point to the origins of mankind they soon find themselves aboard the spaceship Prometheus sponsored by Weyland Industries and on a journey to uncover the secrets of humanity Overseen by the imperious Meredith Vickers (Theron - Snow White & The Huntsman) looked after by the android David (Fassbender - X-Men First Class) and backed up by a team of scientists Shaw and Holloway arrive on the isolated moon LV-223 to discover an abandoned alien spaceship and the truth that not all is as it seems Actors Michael Fassbender Charlize Theron Idris Elba Ben Foster Guy Pearce Noomi Rapace Logan Marshall-Green Kate Dickie Sean Harris Rafe Spall Benedict Wong & Lucy Hutchinson Director Ridley Scott Certificate 15 years and over Year 2012 Screen Widescreen 2401 Languages English - Dolby Digital (51) Additional Languages Russian ; Ukrainian Subtitles English for the hearing impaired ; Norwegian ; Russian ; Estonian ; Latvian ; Lithuanian ; Ukrainian Duration 1 hour and 58 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players
Ridley Scott helms this sci-fi thriller starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. After finding fragments of Alien DNA, a team of scientists known as The Company travels into space aboard the state-of-the-art Prometheus spacecraft to investigate the origins of human life on Earth. Their journey takes them into the darkest corners of the universe - but, to their horror, their very inquisitiveness ends up posing a threat to the future existence of humankind. The scientists now find themselves tested to their mental and physical limits as they fight a desperate battle to preserve the future of the human race.