Finally got around to seeing this and really liked it by and large. Space movies like this aren't that common in the cinemas these days (last comparable film I went to was Avatar
), and the original Alien
is one of my favourite films. I watch it every Halloween.
It's true that Prometheus
is always conscious of the fact that the movie is banking on its relationship to Alien
- it has many of the same visual cues, a plot that moves in a similar direction, scare moments that toy with or build on some of the most inspired sequences in the original film - but, again, I love the heck out of that movie so this kind of fidelity did not get on my bad side.
And the way the film built on the HR Giger designed alien spaceship with those new rooms and controls was sweet. Some strong performances too - Fassbender's every bit as good as Holm as the morally ambivalent android.
Locutus of Bored wrote:
I wasn't a fan of Prometheus, but that doesn't make people stupid for enjoying it or being okay with the lack of explanation for many of the events in the film. What I personally see as poor scriptwriting and direction, others might see as a deliberate choice to leave things vague and mysterious for the sequel(s). The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Since I've read they hoped to make sequels to Prometheus
, I'd assume that the vagueness was deliberate.
Whether such vagueness being deliberate constitutes poor scriptwriting regardless is of course another question.
It's pretty obvious why the Engineers want to kill humanity- this is a horror movie. You don't sideline your third act into a scene of serene contact with an alien lifeform that could have come out of let's say, Contact.
The Engineers are aliens, so they're either dead aliens for whom their manner of death is scary and hints at what's in store for the human characters (basically the function they served in the original Alien, and for most of this film - the guy who poisoned himself for whatever reason, the dead alien crew, etc.) or they themselves are a menace. Since one of them survived, he had to serve that function to keep the film within its genre.
The problem obviously is as perfect sense this makes as a genre device, we have no idea why an alien race would create a smaller version of themselves on a far off world, and then leave them there for a few billion years patiently waiting for them to connect a series of clues after developing space travel that would allow them to find their way to their military lab where they can then kill them.
And this is ignoring the fact that it looks like before the lab personnel were all killed off, the Engineers were planning to nuke Earth anyway, and I'm not even bothering trying to figure out where the guy who killed himself fit in. Gah.
But hey. If they're making a sequel, I'm definitely onboard.
Suggested title for sequel: Epimetheus
. You're welcome, Ridley Scott.