Rarely sci-fi films have that oomph factor that a majority of sci-fi flicks used to have back in the day. Just turn on the Syfy Channel, you’ll see what I’m talking about. However, “Prometheus” somehow dived back into the glory days of sci-fi horror films, thanks to acclaimed director Ridley Scott (responsible for the Aliens trilogy). Did he still have it? He sure did.
A team of scientists have been traveling in space for over two years, most of the time was spent in hyper-sleep, only to be awoken when they reached their destination. Their destination was an earth-like planet prophesied by ancient civilizations that had carvings of beings pointing to the sky at this exact location. They wanted to find answers, how could those carvings possibly know about this place, and what does it mean for mankind?
On the planet, they find the dead bodies of large beings that resemble humans, and in fact have human DNA. This signifies that humans from Earth somehow originated on this planet. Their journey is far from over, as they have to battle the other living creatures that swarm the planet with malevolent intentions, all of which wind up to an epic finale that if you weren’t already spoiled, will pleasantly surprise you.
This film will have many reflections of old sci-fi films like it including “2001: A Space Odyssey” when classic music plays while a man walks around a space station seemingly alone with a computer speaking to him and calling him “David”, similar to Hal’s “Dave”. As with any good sci-fi film, there had to be hyper-sleep on a long journey. Of course there are also many shout outs to “Alien” as this was done by the same director. Notice the alien parasites and when a pregnant woman’s stomach nearly explodes from an alien within.
Even though the film had a few shout-outs here and there to classic sci-fi films, it was almost as if it needed to. To prove to the audience that classic storytelling isn’t dead, and we are proving this to you now, because even though there are shout-outs, there is way more originality laid out for you than not.
The acting was spot on, as it is has an arrangement of great actors. The writing, of course, was excellent. It was written in part by one of the writers of the television series “LOST“, Damon Lindelof.
There is a sequel set for this film, and those of you that have not yet seen this film, it is a must, and a contender for best Blu-Ray release of October. Check “Prometheus” out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Oct. 9!