Movie Review: ‘Prometheus’

Movie Review: ‘Prometheus’


Fans of the Alien series and of director Ridley Scott eagerly awaited the release of sci-fi thriller, Prometheus. Fans will not be disappointed as this is Scott going back to his roots and creating a new world for us to explore.

The premise of the story goes like this: scientist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and boyfriend Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) set out on an expedition with their colleagues to answer the ultimate questions, who is our maker and why were we created? The movie is set during the end of the 21st Century as the characters venture out into space on the spaceship Prometheus to an alien planet to meet the creators of humankind.

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Along for the ride is David (Michael Fassbender), an android who seems friendly but as the story progresses we are constantly reminded that he is in fact not human and incapable of any range of emotion. Corporate head Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) overlooks the project and makes sure that everyone on board the spacecraft is doing their duties.

Visually, Scott did an impeccable job of creating a time period we have yet to experience and into a world we have never discovered. The movie starts off a bit slowly and gradually the suspense grows and grows until you’re cringing in your seat, expecting the unexpected. What made the movie so successful was the strong cast that was instated for each role. Theron is an amazing actress who plays an intimidating woman, as she did in Snow White and the Huntsman, and is able to create an authoritative character that demands control.

Fassbender stood out in his role as an android; he was able to replicate the idea that his character was human in body yet not in mind through his mannerisms and body language. Last but not least, Rapace proved her outstanding acting abilities time and time again in Prometheus. There are many scenes where she harnesses emotions out of the audience, be it fear, sadness, or triumph.

Overall, Prometheus is tied in certain ways to the Alien franchise, but creates a new life form from a past idea. This movie does require patience as the anticipation is slowly built throughout the first hour of the movie, but the last hour deems itself worthy of the wait. So if you’re a fan of Alien, or merely a fan of science fiction and thrillers, Prometheus is a fantastic experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Ivetta Babadjanian