‘Prometheus’ features strong mix of big ideas and gory sci-fi action
With “Prometheus,” director Ridley Scott returns to the universe of “Alien” and scores again with another enjoyably creepy space-set thriller. While an indirect prequel to the “Alien” series, the film stands well on its own as a strong piece of science fiction, and requires no knowledge of the other movies. Of course, dedicated fans will see some connections and try to connect the dots in the complex world. It leaves some big questions unanswered, but the difficult genre has rarely been handled so well.
Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) leads a team of scientists to a distant planet to explore the possible beginnings of all life. In her way are a cold corporate administrator (Charlize Theron) and a devious android (Michael Fassbender) – not to mention the strange, hostile and very deadly creatures they encounter on the planet and later get loose on their ship.
Each of these films has one gory showcase moment of audacious visual impact, and this one is a true shocker: Shaw uses a computer program to perform an operation on herself to help remove… something. Prepare to gasp.
“Prometheus” packs in a few chuckles, clever scares, some big-picture ideas, and lots of digital effects eye candy.