First off let me just state that this is not an Alien film. Yes it has a connection to Alien and yes it’s a prequel of sorts but by no means is this an alien film. By that I mean that if you go in expecting to see some sort of H.R. Giger style alien wreaking havoc, you’re going to be disappointed. However that does not mean that this is not a good film and should please anyone who is a fan of the alien series as long as they manage their expectations.
Prometheus starts off with Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) as they discover a cave painting. The painting corresponds with a solar system that has been found. This is not the only one that they discover as they have found many others all around the world. This leads them to journey to this planet to uncover the truth about mankind's beginnings. However things don’t go as planned once they get there and they soon realize that they might have just made a fatal mistake.
I’ll start off with the bad. Those who have seen the film and or have read other reviews should know that one of the major problems with the film was the script and its illogical explanation for our “creation.” Now without explaining too much I’ll just say that its not much of a leap from what some already believe. Now the other problem with the script is the motivation behind the crew traveling to the planet in the first place. The explanation is pretty much what I described before. It’s a couple archaeologist who uncovers cave paintings that point to LV-223, the planet and decide to go there. Now with that aside there is only other problem I had and that’s with a wound-up zombie like creature that attacks the crew mid-way through the film. The whole thing just looked clumsy and I felt as the only reason it was included was so that the film could have more action.
Now on with the good, almost everything was great in this film. Plot holes aside the script was ambitious, the direction as expected was fantastic, the set pieces are amazing and the acting was top notch. Michael Fassbender as always is great. He plays the android in this film and is one of the most interesting characters. Noomi Rapce also does and amazing job and is the complete opposite from Fassbender. Where Fassbender is sure of himself, she is not and this is the main reason for her voyage. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba have small parts in this film but play them very well, every scene that they are in, they own. I also have to give credit to the soundtrack as it fits perfectly with the film and sets the tone for the movie and also serves as a bridge to the Alien franchise.
Overall I found this film to be thought provoking but also fun at the same time and not many films have been able to do that. If you go into without the exception of seeing monsters tear people apart then you should be good. However this is an alien prequel of sort and this does give an interesting answer to the origins of the original aliens. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the Alien franchise or just like a solid sci-fi movie, 4 out of 5.