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When defining the genre of a movie, some in the film community class certain Science-Fiction Films as SF, instead of the more popular Sci-fi. Refusing to tarnish theses true Science-Fiction Films with the same brush as some of the mind numbing Sci-fi movies which have populated the screens over the past few years, and that’s exactly what Prometheus is, SF. But what else would you expect from Director Ridley Scott who makes his long over due return to Science Fiction, not dipping his pen into the Sci-fi ink since Blade Runner in 1982.
Prometheus opens to a sweeping montage of a primitive Earth, followed by a mysterious being selflessly sacrificing himself to begin life on Earth. Jump forward to the year 2089, archeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway stumble across a cave painting inside a cave in Scotland picturing a giant figure, pointing to a distant consolation, similar to those found engraved on the walls at different sites around the world.
This movie does take place in the same universe as the Alien films and does reference it, but Prometheus has an original storyline which is not a direct prequel and does not require any knowledge of the Alien franchise to be enjoyed. Which was not the initial intentions of Ridley Scott, who had intended the film to be a prequel to the alien films but changed his mind.
The veteran director’s manipulation of 3D in this film, though subtle is something to be admired. Shooting in 3D had not originally been on the cards, but after some persuasion from cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, Scott was convinced that he could shoot the film with the same easy, as traditional filming. Seeing this film in 3D only adds to the spectacle brought by amazing visuals, which Scott, for the majority of the film, done using VFX (Visual Effects) shot live, in camera, keeping computer-generated images to a minimum.
Noomi Rapace provides a good performance as the strong willed doctor, Elizabeth Shaw alongside Snow White and the Huntsman star Charlize Theron playing an equally as cold character, Meredith Vickers. Other cast includes X-Men : First Class star Michael Fassbender who plays the slightly creepy, part human, part android servant David and British actor Idris Elba playing the Spaceships captain.
Frustratingly Prometheus is not the film it looked to be at the start and feels very much like an empty adventure which contains little suspense. That said, if you’re a be in the release of first trailer late last year. The film sets up a sequel rather than answers any questions asked at the start and feels very much like an empty adventure which contains little suspense. That said, if you’re a fan of the Alien franchise, then this is a must see!
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Charlize Theron, Benedict Wong, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris
Runtime: 123 mins