On Friday night I went to Vue Cinema in Reading to see the new movie Prometheus in 3D. I deliberately hadn’t read up on the film, having just seen the trailers and been very impressed. I therefore didn’t have any particular expectations or preconceptions.
The main plot is set in the future but the film begins with an alien humanoid on Earth drinking a fluid which kills him and decomposes his body which falls into a river and the DNA recombines to form the beginnings of life on Earth. The narrative switches to an archaeological expedition in Scotland finding a pre-historic cave painting which includes a crude star map of the same constellation as others found across the world from other civilisations.
The main element of the story is an expedition launched in the space ship Prometheus to find the destination shown in the star map. The crew comprises artificial life-form “David” played by Michael Fassbender, archaeologists Dr Elizabeth Shaw played by Noomi Rapace and Dr Charlie Holloway played by Logan Marshall-Green, and ship’s captain Janek played by Idris Elba. Guy Pearce makes an appearance in heavy prosthetic make up as billionaire businessman Peter Weyland, sponsor of the expedition. His seach for a means to extend his life leads him to seek out the destination shown in the star map.
On arrival at the planet the crew finds an apparently non-natural feature which they explore with the expected lack of caution in this genre of film. Their attempts to understand what they have found are aided by what appear to be holographic replays of some of the events of the aliens who inhabited the planet. David clearly seems to have more knowledge than the rest of the crew and he discovers some chambers on his own, one of which contains one of the aliens shown at the start of the film, still alive in stasis.
Most of the crew meet grisly ends but one does manage to escape the planet to continue the search for what are know as the “engineers” who were the original source of life on Earth.
I won’t go too much into the plot or some of the surprises as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. It is an utterly captivating film from beginning to end. It avoids the pitfalls of so many sci-fi films of unbelievable sets and weak scripts. For those fans of the Alien series of films it links in well and answers some questions whilst posing new ones.
The effects are superb and the whole experience had me on the edge of my seat. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Alien series or films or similar sci-fi films. I will be going back to see it again!
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