By Matt Goodman
Prometheus is Ridley Scott’s latest entry into the science-fiction realm, and let me say, it’s pretty damn terrific. In the year 2089, Noomi Rapace stars as Elizabeth Shaw, an archeologist who, along with her boyfriend Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green), goes on a trip around three years traveling to LV-223, a distant planet that supposedly has clues to the origins of life on it. When the two travel to the planet with a committed crew (Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron), they find something that they never expected.
Prior to seeing Prometheus, I had read quotes from Ridley Scott himself that it would not be a prequel to his classic hit, Alien. Wait, what?! To anyone who has seen Prometheus, you know by this point that the testimonials Scott made were only semi-true.
Prometheusshares comparable DNA with the Alien universe, and is definitely following similar patterns (a slow build-up leading to an awe-inspiring finale), but is still solid as a standalone film. What elevated the film were its tremendous visual effects, which are far more advanced than those in Alien (which took place later). Prometheus is not a plain and simple popcorn flick, it’s a film that tests the mind with style AND substance. Go for it.
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5