Prometheus (dir. Ridley Scott)

Synopsis: In the late 21st century, a crew of explorers discover a map which contains the origins of mankind on Earth. The crew of the spaceship Prometheus are sent on a scientific expedition to follow the map to the depths of space. They end up exploring an advanced civilization of an alien race and soon face a threat to humanity’s very existence.

Release Date: June 8th (3D & IMax)

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

Well, I guess the only way to start this off would be to say: This is going to be an epic movie.

 A “Semi” Prequel to the Alien Series: Many have been wondering (..and nerds alike have been arguing) if this is a direct prequel to the Alien franchise (I.e, exploring the origins behind the Aliens in the franchise). Apparently, it’s a separate story which precedes the events in Alien, and is not directly connected to the Alien franchise. However, there are some brief connections that can be made that tie Prometheus to the Alien universe.

To elaborate, the only connections I see between Alien and Prometheus is that in the future, the world will be owned by the megacorporation, Weyland Industries (supplier of weapons, vehicles and androids)  and that there appears to be a similarity between the space pilots who explore the unknown depths of space (..or better known as the “space jockey”).

About the writer, Damon Lindelof: One of the writers for Prometheus is Damon Lindelof. If you don’t know him, he was one of the co-writers (…and eventually became the lead writer) for the television series Lost. Lost had a complex storyline that blended supernatural events with science fiction. It also left many people mindfucked. Lindelof’s writing skills are perfectly set for a movie that is based within the Alien universe. He’ll definitely spice up the storyline with some thought provoking ideas. I’ll elaborate on this briefly below in the next section..

Question for Consideration, Where did Humanity Come From?:Since this isn’t a direct prequel to the Alien franchise, a whole new set of ideas and mythologies open up. Based on what you see in the trailer, a team of explorers find archaeological imagery from several unconnected cultures, which includes the AztecMesopotamian and Magdalenian civilizations. The film will also be providing a bigger and more provocative question towards the existence of humanity. Questions that aren’t usually addressed in other science fiction films. This’ll be good though. It’ll add some , philosophical depth to the movie and leave us intrigued.  To sum up it up,  we’ll definitely be seeing a lot more than just a team of astronauts floating around space while aliens attack them.

About the director, Ridley Scott:
Why will this film will be epic? Ridley Scott has been lauded for his science fiction films. In fact, he’s done some of the best science fiction films of all time, Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). Since then, he’s done nothing, so this will be his first sci-fi in thirty years. There’s a lot of anticipation awaiting this release and I’m sure Ridley won’t disappoint.

In terms of his film style, Ridley’s always been a visual person who puts a lot of detail into his production design (I.e, settings). After watching a video of Ridley at ComicCon, Ridley claims that he wanted to stray away from the “gritty, grunge” look that Alien had and more towards a clean, futuristic look. If you put two and two together…What does this mean?… It means were bound to see some stunning, jaw-dropping camerawork that depicts a sleek, futuristic atmosphere (Such as the image provided above… ISNT IT BEAUTIFUL?).

In terms of soundtrack, Ridley likes to shoot with the score in mind so climatic scenes will be complimented with an intense soundtrack (Demonstrated finely in films such as Inception). If you watch the trailer, you’ll notice how the background music adds on to the intensity of the scene (especially near the end when the loud screeching/siren noises become more prominent). So we can all look forward to hearing an awesome soundtrack that’ll most likely make us jump out of our seats.

R-Rating =  Horrific, Shocking Scenes: This won’t be strictly science fiction. After all, Alien had some horrific moments. Ridley stated that he wanted to scare the audience with the same type of horrifying surprises that occured in Alien. I.e, When one of the crew members chokes, convulses and then has a baby alien burst out his chest.  Since we’re seeing a new type of alien species, we’ll probably see some fresh (..but disturbing) material that’ll hopefully leave us in a horrified state (…This is good…that is, if you enjoy that type of stuff). It’ll be a slow buildup, but the horror will come…oh, it’ll come .

Extra: Here’s two interesting promotional videos attached to the film that surfaced on the internet a while back. Check them out.

The second video is stubborn and doesn’t want to appear on my page, so here’s the link via YouTube.



2 Responses to “Prometheus (dir. Ridley Scott)”

  1. 1 iamlenise
    May 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I think this is definitely going to be a prequel to ‘Alien’..I remember seeing the spaceship that crashes in the preview already crashed during one of the first alien movies, when a crew first goes down to the planet..Also, if you ever had a chance to watch AVP..the ‘aliens’ were brought to ancient Earth (a Miya-type city buried under Antarctic ice) by the ‘predators’ for blood sport, and were annihilated if they became too hard to control during the competition..Could this be how the map from ‘Prometheus’ was left behind?..Sorry for the long comment, I’m a movie-geek (as you can see)..nice blog, hope to visit again 🙂

  2. May 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    No worries on the length, I appreciate the comment. You raise good points. Even the music in the trailer is the exact same song used in the original Alien movie. I wonder if the writers/director will tie the AVP series into this. James Cameron said that AVP kind of ruined the authenticity of the Alien franchise so they might be steering away from involving the Predator alien, but who knows. I’ll keep my tongue tied until I see the film because I wouldn’t want to start making claims and then end up being wrong, haha.

    Thanks for reading.

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