Prometheus: The Alien Prequel
I think that anyone saw the first of the Alien movies by Ridley Scott remembers for several scenes and the Hitchcock "feel" to it. The suspense was overwhelming and the funny thing was, you rarely saw the alien. That is the correct way to make a horror sci-fi flick. In the theater, everyone who saw it WAY back in 1979, still remembers the terror the movie wreaked. Seeing it on TV is not the same, yet, it remains the best sci-fi movie.
It has been over 20 years since Ridley Scott did it. But, he's back with Prometheus, the name of the ship with a crew of 17. This movie is a prequel to explain to those who have seen the previous Alien movies (all four) just how the Alien was created in the first place. It is about how man is seeking his maker, not God, but an alien race, much larger and stronger, yet looks human. This is the mission of the Prometheus and their near human android, David. Upon arriving at the alien planet (as so many times before) the crew discovers what looks like remains of the past humanoid civilization and they go exploring (as so many times before) and this is when thing slowly begin benign only to slowly ooze into the predecessor to the Alien in the previous movies, all with the shock effect of the original. These aliens are more the slither types that then look a bit cute and harmless.
The story evolves and the explorers piece together the story and determine what they had discovered as an alien biological base, where they were creating these things when these things got loose and nearly destroyed all of the human-like aliens. By this time, it is a little too late and after the sole survivor alien-human is revived, the explorers find out who they thought was a friend is an enemy. One of the explorers are infected and gives birth to these creatures in a scene that is as good as the 1979 one.
By the end of the movie, the explorers realize that their human-like aliens were actually trying to develop a weapon to destroy life on Earth by using the creature. But how was the Alien, that freaked its audience for so many years in four movies spanning 10 years, created?
That, is only shown briefly at the very end.
Prometheus remains an impressive watch and paves the way to what could be a grand new mythology. It's impact is not like the 1979 one. That is like the first "Jaws" movie. The first of anything is usually the best, and it remains so, but for 120 minutes and $10, it is well worth watching for the effects. I saw the movie in 3D and found that many scenes were not in 3D and not worth the extra cost. Special praise goes to Noomi Rapace (Dragon Tatoo), Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron whose characters are also well written and convincing. While good, the movie needs an actress like Sigourney Weaver, who starred in most of the Alien movies.
Like the original, there is not a lot of blood and guts, oh it has moments, that will shock, but overall it is simply a 3.5 star out of 4 star movie.