There are 17 people on board the ship headed towards the moon of a large planet where Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Halloway (Logan Marshall-Green) directed Weyland Corporation to go to, as they found signs from ancient humans pointing to a series of stars as our origin of creation. Elizabeth is a very religious woman who lost both parents when she was very young, so she is possessed with trying to find the truth to life, and who created us and why. She's so focused that it's a little irritating, and she's a bit hasty in her actions. Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers is the manager on board the Prometheus and she is curt and prickly. In contrast, the captain of the ship, Idis Elba, who is underused big time, is very laid back and cool.
Rounding out the primary characters is Michael Fassbender as David, the android. There is about 5 minutes of screen time near the beginning of the film that is solely about David. It reveals that he's the only one awake after over two years on the ship headed towards their destination, while everyone else is asleep. What does a robot do all by himself for such a long time? He watches movies, particularly 'Lawrence of Arabia' where he fancies Peter O'Toole, learn more languages, plays games... basically, improving himself and trying to find his identity beyond being an artificial human. Can you imagine being a machine that looks human and is self-aware and wanting to BE human? David is stronger and smarter than humans, and nearly indestructible, but yet, he may not have a soul, and that bothers him. As the rest of the crew wakes up, they have a meeting which explains their mission and they set off for the planet.
|Michael Fassbender as David, spellbound by what he uncovered.|
In the second half of the film, Noomi's character goes through an outrageous physical exercise that makes you wonder how she'll be able to recover from it. I had to look away from the screen for half a second. The moral of Prometheus is that sometimes, there are things that we are not meant to know, find, or understand. Period. If you cross that boundary of the unknown, be prepared to pay the consequences. The old adage of 'curiosity killed the cat' can be applied to the humans here in their unrelenting quest to find the truth. And in this situation, the truth is horrifying and a dreadful mistake uncovered. Many deaths soon occur due to the disturbance of things that were in deep hibernation for eons. The visuals of Prometheus are absolutely spellbinding in 3D. It is most noticeable during the scene when David unlocks the computer command station upon the alien craft (image above). Ridley Scott used 3D smartly in Prometheus, and in this case, it beautifully enhances the viewing experience. Some of the dialogue was cheesy, but not enough of a distraction to disrupt my enjoyment of the film.
|Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, rightfully scared of something horrible.|
Sci-fi films are genre films that do not have a very wide audience, especially R-rated ones. But do yourself a favor, especially as a Michael Fassbender fan, go see Prometheus and decide for yourself. I will see this for a second time, maybe a third while it's in theaters. This will allow me to catch things that I have missed the first time around. Like how Ridley Scott mentioned, there is Alien DNA in Prometheus, but don't go to see Prometheus, expecting an Alien movie, this is not what it is... but you will get an Alien-esque treat near the end.