Saturday, June 9, 2012

Small Beginnings

Rapace and Fassbender tread on dangerous ground.
“Prometheus” Delves Into the Origins of Mankind

If you're familiar with Greek Mythology, you will recognize Prometheus as the wisest titan who created man under Zeus’ command. He also granted mankind the gift of fire, a tool that would be used for survival and destruction. Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” takes this concept a step further. Prometheus is the aptly named ship sent to an undisclosed region to discover the origins of mankind. Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner”, “Alien”) has already proved his mastery of the science fiction genre but once again shows his artistic brilliance by putting together a talented cast—who pull no punches in their performance—and by creating a story, which intertwines the concept of evolution and the nature of man that it created—all while under the scope of prominent 3-D.

The doctors that made the first breakthrough in finding a universal life form are the religious Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her Darwinist boyfriend Charlie Holloway (Logan-Marshall Green). You might recognize Rapace from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” where she gave a standout performance and this one proves her acting ability further (including an accent). Instead of playing an introverted and rebellious woman she plays a spiritual and curious woman who is intrigued by the unanswered questions of the universe. Ridley Scott fought to get her for this role and for good reason. There is one excruciating scene, which would upset a lot of conservatives but was thrilling to experience with Rapace's intensity. 

Director Ridley Scott on set with Noomi Rapace.
Jump to 2093 where the crew has been assembled aboard Prometheus where the ships’ captain, Jerek, (Idris Alba) gives the orders, which sometimes collide with the “agenda” of Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) who financed the trillion-dollar ship and shares no concern for the other members on board. True to the “Alien” series there is also a cyborg named David played by Michael Fassbender who gives a remarkable performance alongside Rapace. Some of the best scenes are with his interactions and he is convincing in his unemotional yet cunning role. It’s difficult to act out emotions when your character has no “soul” (as they call it in the movie) but Fassbender shows us how good actors create emotions through facial expressions, body language and voice.

The crew aboard Prometheus travel to find the answers to life and in the process come across horrifying secrets, disproving any doubts they once had. The action and thrills are well balanced and there are several twists that might not immediately click for some people (I happen to be a fan of the series). Though there are many unanswered questions in this film, what I can tell you this is a sci-fi spectacle incorporating visual effects, superb acting and a compelling plot that kept me in awe and wonderment.

The pale faced creature at the beginning of the film, which deteriorates after drinking an unknown liquid, a room filled with tall capsules and indirect connections to the “Alien” series are all elements open to interpretation and that is the movies greatest accomplishment. People have different opinions of mankind and there is not one clear view. Ridley Scott gives his dark visual imagination and proves why he is a top filmmaker. Without a doubt, this is the best film I have seen this year. 

My Rating:

Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.

Theatrical Trailer: 

The most in-depth interview I could find with most of the main cast and the director. Enjoy!

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