I’ll admit that I havent read any reviews or spoken to anyone about this film yet so hopefully my views on it is not influenced by anyone else. I liked this film, but it’s not the film that I was expecting it to be. If Ridley Scott (The Director), Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof (The Writers) had taken away the Alien element that we are familiar with it I think it might have been a better film.
The cast of characters was pretty good. I’m a fan of Charlize Theron but it seems rare that we see her in films and I like the way she played the bad corporate Scrooge here. Michael Fassbender is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. I have only seen a couple of his films but he seems like an actor that has a wide scope of what he can do. As the android David in this he does very well playing it straight and like the other androids in this franchise we’re never quite sure where his intentions lay until ter on in the film. The rest of the cast is pretty good. It’s great to see Guy Pearce is always good and Noomi Rapace did well dealing with the enormity of her role. Idris Elba is beginning to pop up more and more which is not bad either.
The plot is quite simple really; a team of experts go off to a distant star system to find the beings that created mankind. Obviously it does not work out like that and lots of chaos and death follows. As I said at the start I am confident that if Ridley Scott and the two writers had removed the alien element then it would have still worked as well. For me it took away from the original Alien films because for one it reveals the origins of the monster of all these movies, but also there is better technology in this film then the originals. Now I know that’s because our technology has improved but as I was watching Prometheus I could not get away from that single fact and that is the lasting impression of the film for me. There is no reason why the film could have been made with a similar look and feel to the original films as far as technology is concerned. Making it look retro would have tied it into the universe so much better as well.
I will be buying it when it comes out on DVD and I do like this film a lot but I am not sure that I will ever get past the crew of the Prometheus having better technology than those who follow in later films.