Saturday, June 16, 2012

Prometheus Review

Warning! Do not read if you have not seen the movie yet!

My anticipation for this movie has been astronomical, being a fan of the original Alien movie since a very young age, and I have to say it did not disappoint. I have never been more genuine surprised and excited then when I heard Ridley Scott was returning not only to science fiction but also to the universe of Alien. The prospect of the definitive origin of the Xenomorphs species on the big screen was absolutely mind blowing to me, my desire to absorb this tale with my eyes and ears could only be somewhat described as painstakingly waiting for an antidote to being poisoned without screaming about it to everyone.
Now did Prometheus give us the answers we have been longing for?, well not quite, it's doesn't really set up "Alien" but more like drops little crumbs starting a path for things towards those eventualities but still leaves a whole lot of road left to get there. The best way to think of it is that this film gives us a few puzzle pieces, but not enough to make a complete picture, just enough to know that eventual whole should be the Xenomorph as we know it. We've got four different aspects of Xenomorph biology in four different places, the face jumping, acid blood, and powerful tail in one creature, furious murderess tendencies in another, then grabbing and embryo implantation in another, and then finally the elongated head and double jaw in one other, and so the pieces we are missing are how all those creatures attributes come together to the form the Xenomorph life-cycle.

Noomi Rapace may play the main lead character, but Micheal Fassbender truly is the star of this movie, he's portrayal of the android David reels you in with he's optimistic wanting to learn, help, and be respected by the human crew, you actually start to feel for him and almost understand the actions he takes, almost, cause in he's pursuit of he's goals he's got some bone chilling Hannibal Lecter level moments that are exquisitely disturbing. Now I don't want to say the film suffers from it, but you can definitely tell that they're trying to tell two tales disguised as one story, I for one would of liked it to have been a straight prequel giving us the origin of the Xenomorphs, and the Space Jockey and derelict ship on LV-426 perfectly setting up Alien, but I honestly like and understand what Ridley Scott has done here giving us Alien fans our pieces of candy but at the same time creating something for himself, and for old and new fans that looks like it going to turn in to it's own franchise series while still being part of the Alien universe. There is definitely more to tell, a start of a new mythology expanding on the Space Jockeys/Engineers and their involvement and plans for the Human race that I can't not wait to see more of, but there's still plenty of questions that I'm hoping the sequels will elaborate on like what exactly is the Black Liquid?, Have the Xenomorphs existed before the Black Liquid?, Do the Engineers know that Xenomorphs are a possible out come of the Black Liquid infecting and mutating lifeforms? Why is there a carving on the wall in the compound that has what looks to be a full grown Xenomorph on it?, and most importantly: At the end of this possibly new trilogy will everything finally be in place perfectly setting up the 1979 original classic?


  1. Nice review Cable. I was entertained, to say the least, but I think I was expecting something so much better after all of the promotion for this flick. Maybe it was too much like Alien.

  2. Thanks Dan, well we'll just have to wait and see if Ridley Scott continues the story of Shaw and David searching for the Engineers or he returns to LV-223 to show a new group coming across the Proto-Xenomorph, or maybe a combination of both.