2 1/2 Stars
A team of scientists travel across the universe on the spaceship ‘Prometheus’ to investigate a mysterious life form on a distant planet. Noomi Rapace, is the closest thing to the Ripley archetype. Her character is arguably the protagonist but she is written so blandly that she is expendable like the rest of the cast. Only Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce seem to be playing on the right tone for the material.
The film feels redundant from the Michael Fassbender android, who we know has an ulterior motive and is prone to violent spasms. Add in the ship’s captain played by Idris Elba (in perhaps a nod to Yaphet Koto in the original), a man who just wants to get the job done, get his check and go home. Even the soaring score from Marc Streitenfeld feels borrowed from Vangelis’ work on Blade Runner.
I had such mixed feeling about Prometheus, that I went back and viewed it again to see if there was something I had overlooked the first time. No such luck, I find myself wanting to give over to the film and story but continually am left cold. As I revisited the film I couldn’t shake the notion that Scott and his team set out to make a project that nobody had fully realized in the scripting stage, thus crippling a film that had everything going for it.
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron