Nearly all the bits and pieces in director
"Elegant" and "stately" are two adjectives that won't mean a thing to the potential teen audience for "Prometheus," but they're the most apt.
Phrases such as "not especially well-written" and "sort of a prequel to 'Alien' but not really. ..." also apply here. This is Scott's first straight-up science fiction outing since "Blade Runner" in 1982, three years after he became a
Yet there is no doubt that "Prometheus," set about a hundred years from now and starring Noomi Rapace ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") as an archaeologist leading a space mission to capital-T Trouble, is an "Alien"-derived life form.
The film's most vivid single element --
The idea in "Prometheus" is that Earth, long ago on the Isle of
Rapace embodies true, questing belief, and she yearns for the answers to life's riddles.
"Invasive" is the key descriptor here. In a shameless but undeniably effective remix of the most notorious scene from the '79 picture, Rapace's character resolves her own private alien invasion in such a way as to inspire both awe and ugh at what might be medically possible, insurance issues aside, a few decades from now. It's a nerve-racking set piece. But the shock and peals of nervous laughter that bit provoked so many summers ago cannot be replicated, only self-imitated.
The new movie's rooting interests are muted. Scott tells a tale of hubris and human naivete. The best of "Prometheus" is nonverbal and purely atmospheric: Fassbender's "Lawrence of Arabia"-loving character bouncing a basketball as he patrols the spaceship while his human cohorts finish up their two-year nap. Or the sight of the nifty red probes, shaped like tennis balls, scooting through the air on Planet X or wherever it is the "Prometheus" gang finds themselves. God (or Alien) knows this movie is derivative. But as someone else once said, originality isn't everything.
MPAA rating: R (for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language).
Running time: 2:03.
Credits: Directed by
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