By Adrian Nathaniel Groves – July 2 2012
Elizabeth – Noomi Rapace
David – Michael Fassbender
Charlie – Logan Marshall-Green
Meredith – Charlize Theron
Janek – Idris Elba
20th Century-Fox presents a film directed by Ridley Scott.Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.
Questions of creation are at the centre of Ridley Scotts return to science fiction. His latest epic, Prometheus tells the old chestnut of a crack team of scientists aboard a vessel headed toward uncharted waters. Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green play a pair of scientists who discover an intricate pattern in various cave paintings spanning the globe, believe the paintings are an invitation by a yet unknown form of life across the universe. This sets the crew of the Prometheus on a mysterious mission to a dark moon with an unbreathable atmosphere. Needless to say the journey onto the moon and beyond raise more questions than they answer but such is the task of good science fiction.
The comparisons to the bloated “Alien” saga should be checked at the door. Prometheus is a completely different animal. Containing beautiful sequences including a sort of sand storm and the spelunking of an ancient dome untouched for God knows how long, I was rapt with anticipation from scene to scene. For me particularly the performance of Michael Fassbender made the movie. His incredibly believable performance as an elegant android with a fascination with “Lawrence of Arabia” and a mysterious motive had me glued to the screen. Providing some of the more sinister moments as well as some of its funniest, he ironically becomes the most layered and provocative character in the film. Charlize Theron as the icy woman in charge and Noomi Rapace as the scientist searching for her creator aren’t given the time to really establish themselves, though Rapace does an admirable job as the Ripley surrogate. The rest of the crew are the usual rag tag group of wise crackers without much to offer, save for Idris Elba who makes the most of his few spotlights.
The second half goes into over drive throwing the explorers into a horrific chain of events including the worst example of “do-it-yourself” ever caught on tape. Broad in its appeal as a summer blockbuster there’s an inquiry at the centre of this opus, though not exactly Kubrickian with its use of shock and awe. I went in with high expectations and walked out surprisingly satisfied. Ridley Scott’s return to his science fiction roots delivers the epic action adventure romp I was hoping for.