It’s been over 30 years since Ridley Scott directed the sci-fi horror film Alien and with high expectations from everyone, he is attempting a new series with an indirect prequel titled, Prometheus. It’s 2093 and two archaeologists named Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Hollaway (Logan Marshall Green) find paintings in a cave suggesting the origin of mankind somewhere in the universe other than Earth. When a private organization named Weyland Industries, run by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) finances a spaceship named Prometheus to go to the far reaches of outer space, Charlie and Elizabeth are asked to go. Also going on the journey is a Weyland executive named Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), Janek (Idris Elba) the captain of the ship, an android named David (Michael Fassbender) and 12 other scientists. (Most of them will become Scooby-snacks for the aliens.) Everyone except David is in suspended animation for two years, when they land on a moon that revolves around an enormous planet. They leave the ship and follow a straight line toward a pyramid and inside they find passages leading to aliens held in suspended animation. Of course, some of the scientists want to talk to the aliens and by the end of the movie I’m sure they wish they had never seen one. This film has a great setup before they reach the planet, some good alien horror scenes and even some nice twists. Unfortunately, it has sub-plots that lead nowhere and the alien scenes on the planet really don’t have much tension and aren’t even scary. In the original Alien, the plot was straightforward and people were frightened at every turn. All performances were acceptable or better and it looks like Noomi Rapac (from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is going to be the new Sigourney Weaver. Alien fans will be happy to see elements from the original film sprinkled in and will most likely stream to the theater no matter what I say. I tried not to have my expectations too high and I gave it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.