All along, from the beginning this movie, rightly or wrongly, was billed as an Alien prequel. And for all intents and purposes it was. There is a very clear connection between the series. As far as science fiction goes, this movie is classic material, especially in that it deals with the beginning of things, especially of life here on this planet.
When it comes to the production of the movie, it is impeccable. Ridley Scott is a master filmmaker; the direction, cinematography, editing and pace are fantastic. The art direction and production design are scary cool. It helps to have H.R. Giger back on the scene and the beasts that he has created as “predecessors” to the original Aliens are deliciously old school and absolutely fantastical! And the 3D was good. Right up there with the quality of Avatar…it should be, it was filmed the same way.
Where this movie falls flat though is story, script, acting and general storytelling execution. It also fails in terms of basic scientific principles, but that’s never stopped a sci-fi film before. There’s a good simple read here on arsTechnica. The reason I am critical of the acting and storytelling execution is that there are other movies out there where the overall premise is even more ridiculous and yet the way the story is told and the commitment to the story by the director and actors simply sells it! Some end up being very good movies and some fall into the section of your movie store titled “cult classics”, and that’s fine.
Another aspect of the movie that disappointed me greatly was that I didn’t care for ANYONE. There wasn’t a single character that gave me enough about themselves and what they truly believe and care about to care for them myself…except THE ANDROID! How about them apples?! And this truly is a shame because Alien and Aliens both have great casts that you get to know and root for. Also, you genuinely want the bad guy to lose. In Prometheus, well, who cares really. There’s no reason to care about anyone.
Should you go and watch this movie? Well, if you are a fan of the Alien series or Ridley Scott, then I would say, go for it. But there’s no need to see it in 3D OR on the big screen. Wait for the indie theatres to get it or wait for it to come available on DVD.
Charlie Holloway: [pointing at diagrams] These are images of archaeological digs all over the Earth: ancient civilizations that shared no contact. And yet, the same pictogram on every last one of them.
Fifield: A star map?
Elizabeth Shaw: No, an invitation.
Fifield: From whom?