I’m not really sure what to say about Prometheus other than the obvious. Ridley Scott is still a visual master. Along with his amazing crew he has crafted a truly beautiful film film. Michael Fassbender is superb as the android David, with the awkward atempts at humor and being human of Bishop, the haughtiness and menace of Ash (as well as Hal from 2001). Noomi Rapace is deeply effective as the open and warm Elizabeth Shaw. A big part of the film’s discomfort is watching her faith get chipped away but it’s thrilling watching her find the warrior within. Charlize Theron seems intent on making it the coldest summer ever with performance here and in Snow White & The Huntsman. Once again she proves she’s one of the best actors today, swinging from one bad ass chick to showing the cracks in her icy exterior. Idris Elba is all sardonic wit and good guy charm as Janek the Captain and Guy Pearce manages to deliver from under layers of latex as Peter Weyland, CEO of Weyland Corp. The rest of the cast are fine but are stuck with underwritten characters. The script by John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof is ambitious and overreaching. Since Lindelof is a co-creator and a main writer for Lost you know all the big questions poised by the script are not going to get answered. I had asked a friend who had seen the film before me if it was scary and she answered “yes, but it’s mostly scary for your mind”. This is very true. While there are terrifying scenes (particularly one scene involving self surgery that is one of the most horrifying and nerve shredding things I have ever seen) it’s the psychological and philosophical ideas that are the most unsettling. H.P. Lovecraft has always been an influence on the Alien films but Prometheus really pushes the big cosmic horror, imagining a force too huge for us to comprehend and that could swallow up up at any time. Our insignificance is impressively rendered.
For all it’s flaws Prometheus is a thrilling, gorgeous and emotionally wringing film. Sir Ridley Scott is at the top of his game (brilliantly using 3D to boot) and it will be discussed by you and your friends for a long, long time. In fact it wont stop bouncing around in my head since I’ve seen it. After the film had ended my friend said to me “I have the biggest Sci-Fi boner right now”. Indeed.