Last night I went to see Prometheus. I’ve been waiting for the Alien prequel from the moment I first heard it was going to be made into a feature film. My mouth dropped the moment I first watched the teaser trailer, so say I had high hopes for this film is putting kind of lightly.
If you are a fan of the Alien franchise, namely the first film, then I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy Prometheus. It is filled with all the tension, dark atmosphere, and scares that made the original a classic. This film is Ridley Scott through, and through. From the sweeping camera angles, and character driven scenes, Prometheus is a fun prize for fans who have long theorized where the Aliens came from.
Besides getting the back story on our favorite silver-toothed friend, I also loved the theme of the creation coming home to meet its maker. A fan of horror, I always love when another film references a classic film/novel that came before. While watching, I saw a connection to the classic tale Frankenstein. If you have read this novel you are familiar with the moral of the story, and it seemed relevent to the events taking place in Prometheus. I won’t go into detail, however, as I don’t wish to spoil the movie.
Even though I enjoyed the movie, I will issue a warning to all those interested in checking it out this weekend. This is not some slick, face-paced, scar-tastic film. If you walk into the movie expecting to have aliens popping out at you from every corner, you will be extremely disappointed. Prometheus has more in common with the 1979 film than with the more action-packed sequels.
The film sets the mood by introducing the audience to the characters, and then developing them so they become multi-dimensional, and not just alien chow. Once you understand the premise, and who everyone is the mystery begins. Not about the aliens mind you, the film is a story about the beings (“Space Jockeys”) the crew of the Nostromo (Alien) first encountered on LV-426. For decades fans have wondered about those creatures, and Prometheus is the answer we’ve been waiting for.
Though I think younger audiences who have grown up on Saw, and the Texas Chainsaw reboot will be bored by this film, I would definitely recommend it to classic horror fans. Prometheus is not just a great film, but very beautifully shot. A must-see for true film geeks.