This ain’t gonna be my best review, cuz I wasn’t feelin’ it. Glad to have that disclaimer outta the way.
I don’t care about the backstory of Prometheus. I know it’s the latest effort by the acclaimed Ridley Scott (American Gangster), but other than that I know nothing about it. I later discovered that it was intended as a prequel to the Alien franchise, Scott’s hit science fiction offering starring Sigourney Weaver as a space traveler who becomes infected/possessed by an alien. I wasn’t particularly intrigued by the trailer, but the buzz around Prometheus began to swell, so I thought – why not check it out? The cast looked good, if nothing else. I’m a fan of Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (Hancock), and Idris Elba (Thor). Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) was another noteworthy addition.
Rapace stars as Elizabeth Shaw, one of a cadre of intergalactic space travelers who are heading across the galaxy in a quest to uncover the secrets of the universe. She is joined by Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green, Devil), who shares her rabid curiosity. In total there are about seven or eight crew members, and their ship is piloted by Elba’s character Janek. After landing on a foreign planet, two members of the crew discover a mysterious black goo. They also learn that the human race descended from some early alien species bearing slight resemblance to humans now, only much larger. Elizabeth is fascinated by the idea of learning about the inception of humanity and wants badly to know who or what created the human race and why. They think the key to learning this will be instrumental in helping their home planet. Elizabeth’s curiosity is premised on the idea that we were created by benevolent beings for a meaningful purpose. This reminded me of the tenets of Christianity, as Christians believe that they were created with love by God in His own image. However, the crew soon learns that our distant intergalactic ancestors were not so magnanimous in their creation of mankind. When they encounter one in their exploration, he seems like he doesn’t appreciate being disturbed. Meanwhile, the two members of the crew that discovered the black substance have been infected by it. One is dead and the other barely alive. Charlize Theron’s character is the leader of the crew, and she refuses to let the infected member return to their ship. Unbeknownst to her, Elizabeth has also been infected, much like Sigourney Weaver was in the previous Aliens movie. Elizabeth manages to oust the creature from her body, but it is still contained on the ship.
That was a very basic plot synopsis. I really don’t know what else to say about Prometheus, other than I didn’t care for it. It was not a bad movie, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I probably got some of the finer points of the plot incorrect; but it doesn’t really matter, it’s close enough. I was drawn in the by cast, and I did find them capable – but that was about it. I asked others what they enjoyed about the film and they mentioned Noomi Rapace’s resilience. I agree that her character was a strong one, and I do think she is a wonderful actress. However, it wasn’t enough to say that the movie was ‘good.’ Charlize Theron’s role was almost entirely inconsequential. No big deal. Neither was Idris Elba. His American accent was horrible. I should have listened to my first instinct and avoided this movie, mainly because Sci-Fi movies are not my preferred genre. I don’t like the average Sci-Fi movie; I only enjoy the very high concept ones like Inception or Avatar. I usually give letter grades for movies, but I think I should abstain in this case, because it wasn’t a bad movie; I just didn’t care for it. Remember those pass/fail classes you took in college, where no letter grade was given, you simply just pass or fail? Prometheus gets a pass.