Cinema Review: Prometheus

I’d avoided all trailers and reviews of Sir Ridley Scott’s first sci-fi film since Blade Runner and finally caught up with the almost prequel to Alien this week.

A female figure in silhouette stands before an enormous statue of a humanoid head. Text at the middle of the poster reveals the tagline "The Search For Our Beginning Could Lead To Our End". Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the title, production credits and rating.

If you loved Alien and Aliens and have ben anticipating a great director returning to a fantastic franchise be warned, this is not the film you are looking for. Instead, Scott gives us one of the most intelligent and thought provoking space films since Sunshine.

Without giving too much plot away, the film is about a team of scientists on a mission to a distant planet to find who they believe to be the creators of life on Earth. Of course they find more than they had bargained for.

This is not a horror film even though it has a couple of very intense sequences, this is a philosophical film about life, faith and everything. Noomi Rapace leads the team in fine fashion, ably supported by Michael Fassbender in another incredible performance who ultimately steals the show.

However, after a strong start the film loses it way nearer the end and I left the cinema a little disappointed. But it has continued to eat away at me ever since and I am being drawn to go and watch it again.

The biggest problem with this film is not what is in it but what isn’t. It is very clear that there is about an hour of footage on the cutting room floor that will ultimately turn up in a directors cut edition. It is this film that I believe will be the masterpiece this almost was.

Verdict

Thought-provoking if a little disappointing. Go see it at the cinema as it is beautiful but make sure you pick up the directors cut when it eventually gets released as this will be the film Ridley intended.

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