Alien Maker Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012) WBRi Movie Review

The USCSS PrometheusKolkata, June 9, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations) In comparison to his 1979 classic ‘Alien’, Sir Ridley Scott’s latest flick ‘Prometheus’ had an air of being even more exciting due to the general high-flying nature of the latter’s basic premise. The much anticipated spacecraft saga was supposed to convey bigger surprises through its large-than-life events. ‘Prometheus’ certainly has its moments.

The story of this sci-fi movie revolves around a grand spaceship named ‘Prometheus’, carrying a curious crew of scientists to an outlying, unknown world.  The scientists find some traces of prehistoric cave paintings, depicting humans worshipping a specific star-constellation. This leads them to embark on a journey across the stars to a far-away planet that may have all the answers to the origin of human life on earth. The team of ‘Prometheus’ consists of scientist ‘Elizabeth Shaw’ (Noomi Rapace), her constantly suspicious boyfriend, ‘Charlie Holloway’ (Logan Marshall-Green), ‘Meredith Vickers’ (Charlize Theron) from Weyland Industries and ‘David’ (Michael Fassbender), an android from outer space with rare deductive faculties. In their journey towards the answer, they are confronted with considerable threats to the entire human race. But what are the obstacles to their space journey? How do they fight against the odds coming into their way? Do they overcome them or fall prey in front of deadly adversities? What happens when they actually reach their destination? Well, to answer all your head-scratching questions, ‘Prometheus’ has finally landed at the theatres!

Michael Fassbender, as the android ‘David’, is just astounding in ‘Prometheus’. He delivers some really sharp and terrifically spine-chilling lines as the envious, haughty and child-like robot who is appointed as the butler and maintenance man of the ship. The blonde Fassbender is really endearing with his stiff armed walk and dramatic movements as the robotic ‘David’.

Trailer: Prometheus (2012)

Noomi Rapace (last seen in the Swedish version of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’) plays an intense and driven archaeologist in ‘Prometheus’. Her character, ‘Elizabeth Shaw’, is a strong believer in God, who always wears a cross around her neck. The actor has worked hard on her role and also acquires her British accent right to make the character appear more convincing.

Soon after hitting the theaters as the ruthless ‘Ravenna’ in the chart topping ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ a week ago, the gorgeous Charlize Theron appears as a cold and hard-nosed corporate commander ‘Meredith Vickers’ in ‘Prometheus’. Theron is natural as the pragmatic Vickers who is sent to supervise the mission. She leaves no scope for the director to regret his picking her over Jolie or Michelle Yeoh (the others who were considered for the role).

Idris Elba plays the captain of the Prometheus with a military background with consummate ease. Elba’s portrayal of the role makes the responsible and no-nonsense character look realistic.

Logan Marshall Green brings grand screen presence as ‘Charlie Holloway’- a noted archaeologist cum love interest of Shaw. Green is flawless as the sceptical Charlie who is an atheist believing in the “look before you leap” philosophy.

However, the screenplay of Prometheus is weak. Screen writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof were expected to pay equal heed on finding the answers in an interesting manner as well as the questions they had put forward through the film.  

Marc Stritenfeid delivers rather apt disquieting sounds as per the demands of the script of ‘Prometheus’. The music director apparently provided the orchestra with upturned musical sheets (a nice touch) to generate the desired results.

Award winning production designer Arthur Max looks after the grand production values of Prometheus. His art direction team designed the sets as well as the alien figures, alien world, and the vehicles, including Prometheus and the other space ship. There can be no argument over the fact that this daunting job has been done quite skilfully.