Director Sir Ridley Scott will be 75 years old in November and he’s looking for answers. There is no doubt that Scott has earned his success and even a knighthood with iconic films such as ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Gladiator’. Scott could drive around a car made out of gold if he wanted to but it’s obvious that he’s looking beyond the triumphs, money and accolades. He’s looking for the deeper meaning to life and that search begins in ‘Prometheus’.
In the year 2093 a group of archaeologists and the crew of the spaceship Prometheus set off on mission to explore a planet that may have connections to the origin of life on Earth.
The presence of the Weyland Corporation that funds the expedition makes it clear that ‘Prometheus’ is linked to ‘Alien’ but it’s a new story. The plot is vague and often hindered by the relationship with Scott’s other film. A majority of the time the connection is used as a gimmick rather than a genuine attempt at something different. Due to the fact that the film was written by Jon Spaihts and then re-written by Damon Lindelof the film is inconsistent, characters are underdeveloped and the dialogue is dull.
‘Prometheus’ works best when it’s attempting to address those big life questions with a few belief systems thrown into the mix including Catholicism, Atheism and even a dash of Scientology. The creation of life and who or what is responsible is forever in question and its best represented by the android character David played by Michael Fassbender. Fassbender delivers a sublime performance and his character holds up a mirror to the humanity of the crew and intentions of the mission that’s spearheaded by a big corporation.
Scott doesn’t linger on the serious stuff and there are a few thrilling moments. Not all of the action works though because the characters never reach an emotional level that’s worth worrying about them when in peril; in fact, some of them deserve it for stupidity.
The landscapes of Earth, space and the alien world are breathtaking and the bigger the screen the better when seeing ‘Prometheus’. The retro sci-fi look of everything in the film is simplistic and beautiful, as always, Scott’s visuals are outstanding.
It’s great to see Scott back in the realm of sci-fi but ‘Prometheus’ is a superficial attempt to brand something new with the familiar elements of ‘Alien’.
‘Prometheus’ is released:
1 June 2012 UK
7 June 2012 Australia
8 June 2012 US