Prometheus: ‘Alien’ Done Better

“…a magnificent science-fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn’t have the answers.” – Roger Ebert

My only complaint for Prometheus is that it severely underestimates the technology we will have developed over the next few decades—let’s face it though, nobody really cares about the timeframe.

What the movie does is take part 2001: A Space Odyssey, part Indiana Jones and uses the ingredients to ask intriguing real-world questions that every human should be pondering via an action-adventure story with astounding scale and vision.

The best part though, is that it doesn’t attempt to answer the questions though some phony plotline, it makes the viewer think.

Where we come from? How we got here? Is there anybody out there? Do robots have feelings? Your guess is as good as mine.

Those questions are perhaps the largest addition over its preceding Alien series, which has a strong connection due to the plot as well as creators. The violence and the swearing was reduced, the intellectual level was increased, but all the classic elements were kept—cool ships, squeamish alien scenes, a strong heroine running around in her underwear.

That heroine, played by Noomi Rapace, met all of my high expectations based on her performance in the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. Michael Fassbender was also great as David the android. He obviously wasn’t following the Three Laws of Robotics, but still got you to feel sorry for him when he was treated rudely.

Overall: This is an awesome movie, but I’m not sure how well it’ll translate to the small screen. Go see it in 3D in the theaters.


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