For all its over the top science fiction, bombardment of mythology, special effected CGI green screen orgy and larger than life cast. Prometheus has a surprising amount of good old fashion Hollywood film lover’s storytelling. It should come as no surprise that watching this film feels like watching every great sci fi classic of years past. Will Prometheus be a classic in the same realm as Alien? Probably not, but that’s not because it’s any better or any worse. We simply just don’t get movies like that anymore. Prometheus is the closest thing I have seen in many years to even come close to capturing the feeling and magic of knowing you’re supposed to be going to the movies.
Prometheus is ridiculously heavy on mythology and exploring the deepest questions of life. Where did we come from, and can man some day be on equal playing field with the gods? These are the questions our team of scientists aboard Prometheus ask, and it is the sole basis for their exploration. In the semi distant future, we have discovered various drawings all around the world in different places that date back to Earth’s first civilizations, each drawing reflecting the same pattern of stars. Naturally, when explored further, our scientists discover only one pattern similar in the galaxy. Two years later Prometheus has landed on a planet of sorts in a galaxy believed to be the same planet depicted in these drawings.
I understand the need to turn every alien film into an action/adventure flick. But I was a little disappointed at the road the writers chose to take. The film wants to be another Aliens, and it succeeds. But truthfully, nobody wants another Alien. We want something more fulfilling. And while the film is definitely satisfying in the sense that it’s a science fiction movie with a brain, I still found it absurd that after watching for two hours, the viewer is left with another question. If these extraterrestrials did in fact create human beings, why did they then decide to go back and have the need to destroy us, the same species they created? It’s a great question to ask, I only wish I didn’t have to wait for a sequel to find out.
But seriously, should we expect anything more from Damon Lindelof, the creator of Lost, who cowrote the script? The same problems that show faced are the same problems here. The film is slightly too jam packed, both with characters and mythology. The former suffering simply because of the overstuffed cast. My advice for a potential sequel? Keep the cast to a basic four or five (not seventeen) and build on the mythology in having Noomi Rapace’s character get the answers she wants and deserves. We would rather watch her for two hours than some assistant captain whose only base for character development is sticking to a bet.
Prometheus is one of the smartest science fiction films to come along in a great while. It’s entertaining to the point of asphyxiation. Despite its few flaws, that entertainment is supported by larger than life themes I’m very glad are making the rounds in mainstream cinema. Prometheus pushes boundaries of what is expected from similar, but lesser films. Most importantly, Prometheus is the first movie in a month to get me to the theater and not regret going. It is the first movie in four weeks to hit mainstream movie theaters worth discussing.