Country: USA / UK
Language: English.
Release Date: 2012
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender.
Director: Ripley Scott.
Reboot: Alien 1979.


A team of scientists discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe on board the good ship Prometheus.

I remember watching "Alien" for the first time and getting lost in the imagery and horror. It had everything, a feisty sassy heroine, a great script and cast and the biggest big bad of them all as the Antagonist. I didn't get quite as lost while I watched Prometheus.

I was very anti this particular reboot because the Alien films (we'll skip Alien Resurrection) were awesome and are still very watchable. So, I was surprised to be quite enjoying Prometheus at the beginning, mainly due to the beautiful photography of the ship itself and the changing scenery outside.

The casting of Noomi Rapace as the heroine was a big tick in the box for me because of her outstanding performances in the original "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films. And, Michael Fassbender, as David, was a treat because he has such a screen presence. Charlize Theron's character was an odd mixture of bravado and fear. But beautiful people and things to look at don't make up for a muddled script.

Ripley would never have ventured into the unknown like these scientists did, and being scientists, they really should have known better. They wander around, touching everything, they show no fear, they take no precautions and they pay the price. But they don't learn anything from the deaths of two of their own early on they just keep on making the same mistakes. Ugh.

The other thing that I was quick to notice was there was none of the usual camaraderie amongst the team members. In fact, they hardly spoke to each other. This silence goes to the extreme when later Noomi Rapace goes through a terrifyingly awful ordeal and turns up in front of everyone with blood all over her and no one says a word about it. I was laughing at this point because it just seemed so insane. I imagine in someone's head it was the cool silence of Kubrick's 2001 but it barely made lukewarm.

So back to beautiful scenery, great acting, awesome cgi and swooning over Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace. Prometheus was easy to watch and there were genuine moments of horror but it was let down by a nonsensical script.

I also wanted to like this film after watching only a few moments of it because Ripley Scott had created another World, just like he did in Blade Runner and the Alien films and, it was a World I wanted to be enveloped in. I would watch Prometheus again, most definitely, just to see if I can work out some of the reasons things were done a certain way.

So, I can't say give it a miss but I can say you will have many questions that will be left unanswered when the credits start to roll.