The creation of life has attracted scientists for thousands of years. Philosophers have considered several theses. Religions have attempted to mark on their own ideas. Was man created in a matter of days by god, or did something unknown spark our birth. Within the eyes of Darwin, we have evolved from primates and therefore come from the animal kingdom. I have sat on both sides of the story, because I believe in science, yet I try to be a good Christian. I’m in a conflicting universe. I wanted to listen to other concepts on where we came from. The movie I had just witnessed gave an interesting account on what occurred.
Ridley Scott once redefined the science-fiction film in his masterpiece from 1979, Alien. Most of the earlier science-fiction films were stuck in a cookie-cutter like trance. They had paper flying saucers, rubber alien masks, and giant bugs that was obviously rear projection screen. What would come was a new generation of the genre. Alien was much darker, twice the terror, and actually gave audiences a creature that gave them nightmares. What was also brought on board was not your ordinary he-man. The new heroes were not even military men; they were a towing company. Ridley Scott has returned to bring another mark into the science fiction seat.
Prometheus is a prequel to the classic. The studio could have thrown together a simple story of where the creatures came from and make another horror movie. Instead, the story takes a smarter, almost philosophical approach, as it not only does the origins of the creature, but also of mankind. I was shocked at how much I loved this film and it’s ideas. I have only felt the same way when I saw movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Tree of Life.
Like the first film, we follow ordinary people and not solders. An archeology team, lead by Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace), discovers that the same symbols of stars on the scrolls of early man may have answers to life. Their vessel leads them two years through space to a distant moon called LV-223. What I saw were the most beautifully created shots of the galaxy I’ve ever seen. Landing of that moon, the team quickly finds a pyramid structure and explores it. Once inside, I also marveled at the caves and murals that were constructed. But as the series is, things are not what they seem.
This is not for the faint of heart. Despite being insightful, this will scare a lot of people. But that’s what I also like about this. Sometimes the truth can be a scary thing to witness. But with our bravery, we can go in together and face the real story. Though I don’t count this as a full horror film, it does provide some good scares. I was really here to see the updated vision of the future from Ridley Scott. Not in a while I’ve seen tomorrow as something both advanced and terrifying.
I’ll give this five giant heads out of five. The search for mankinds begining has been found. As Alien did in 1979, Prometheus will define science fiction to a new generation. You cannot miss this.