According to the dictionary “Prometheus” means a Titan who according to Greek myth stole fire from Heaven, gave it to man, and was consequently put to extreme torture by Zeus. Well in this version of man, God and aliens there is definitely torture and the question of mankind and who created our race and why. Is it the God we think it is and if not why were we created and why will we be destroyed!
Deep inside the human structure much is learned by the human DNA and just how close it resembles or does not resemble the DNA of other creatures. Opening up questions to our relationship to other life forms whether here on Earth or on other planets in the Universe and the prospects of who created who and why! Two scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) were searching for clues to questions about mankind and the visitors from outer space that have come to Earth since the beginning of time. The year 2089 on the Isle of Skye in Scotland they think they may have discovered the answer to their questions or at least the direction in which to find them. On December 21, 2093 a crew of 17 has traveled to another Universe upon the “Prometheus” to explore the clues the scientists discovered with the help of the Weyland Corporations trillion dollar funds.
David (Michael Fassbender), a human like robot, no soul but the closest thing to a son Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) ever had, has been controlling the ship for the last 28 months and now the crew has awaken because they have entered the atmosphere to their destination. The ship is captained by Janek (Idris Elba) with a watchful eye from Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) who is keeping an eye on her company’s money investment. Although don’t let this woman fool you since she hides several secrets, some that get answered and some that will keep you guessing. I don’t believe the director left them as holes in the story but rather options in case they decide to continue this saga. Which I’m sure they will!
Elizabeth and Charlie believe that they have discovered an invitation from the engineers, the human like alien life forms on this planet they found, that may hold answers to man’s creation. Once the ship lands I thoroughly enjoyed the use of depth and size that the director uses, making a ship that seems so massive up close appear so small compared to the ground they settle on. When the crew discovers an obvious area to land that will surely define exploration they enter into caves. Oddly the atmosphere outside is toxic but inside the caverns they can breathe, cleaner air than on Earth. Once on the planet, they discover many oddities but it is not until two of their own men go missing that everything takes a wrong turn for the worse creating the biggest nightmare the crew could ever imagine. Some of the crew has their own motives for being there and some had no idea what they would truly find but what they did find was much more like Hell than Heaven.
Sometimes very big things come from small packages and sometimes smaller things are created from bigger ones but in either case all things will face life and death. If there is a God who made us than who made God and did this God make everything in the Universe. There are definitely some very intense moments involving life and death in this story and the issues of ethics and religion are splattered throughout but without the chance to communicate with the past then there can truly be no accurate answers to the future of mankind. Evolution versus creationism and the birth of a new species, the cross we bare to find the truth may mean the ever changing birth of a new species and the constant search for answers.
I’d like to go on and give more about this incredible film but I can’t without giving away too much. This film will definitely have you thinking about life and death and the writers not only wrote a good dialogue for the actors who all do a tremendous job in their roles but an excellent thought process of man’s definition of who created us! I hope that they decide to spawn another sequel to this obvious prequel to “Alien” since it truly deserves to be reborn. My expectations and anticipation of this movie were extremely high and other than the fact that I wish there may have been a little more alien in it I have to say my desire to see this phenomenally well done, scripted, acted, composed, costumed and special effects 3D adventure is well worth the ticket price. Only due to the fact that I would have liked to see a bit more alien but I must say it answers many questions that lead us to all the other “Alien” films. I have to give this film three and half paws out of four but it is more on the border of four paws really! I’m Jon Patch, an avid fan of Ridley Scott.