This is the second film Michael Fassbender is in with a character who’s last name is Shaw, maybe the X-Men universe and the Aliens universe is connected…. Probably not.
“Prometheus” is actually the title of the ship that the characters we follow are traveling aboard. The main protagonist is Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace), a member of an archaeologist crew searching for the creators of humanity which they call the “Engineers.” The expedition is financed by a huge company and to make sure everything goes smoothly a representative from the company named Meredith Vickers (Theron) is also on the ship.
Eventually the Prometheus finds and lands on a planet where it is believed that the engineers could be. The ship lands next to a large organic seeming structure and the crew goes into investigate. This turns out to be a poor decision though as they quickly find that the structure is filled with deadly aliens and that the engineers themselves could be hostile.
The plot of “Prometheus” is done fairly well, having good pacing and never really slowing down to the point where it becomes boring. What hurts the film though is that the story itself leaves a bit to be desired. The film seems to open a lot of ideas to explore and some of them never get explained. The film also seemed to want to have more depth than it actually had.
That being said, the film is enjoyable to watch. It mixes elements of sci-fi adventure and horror well. It’s a smarter sci-fi than we usually see now a days, not needing to have over the top action scenes to keep a viewer entertained. It’s always refreshing seeing sci-fi like this.
The best performance in the film comes from Michael Fassbender who plays a cyborg named David who helps take care of the Prometheus and it’s crew. David is a character who is suppose to be, for the most part, void of any emotion and Fassbender nails this. The protagonist Elizebeth Shaw is strong and good to root for and Rapace plays it well.
The best part about “Prometheus” were the visuals. The film looks fantastic, especially the planet setting that was created for the movie. The technology was great too, with the suits and the ships all looking great. The alien creatures were inventive and they felt creative
“Prometheus” ended up being a pretty good film yet not a great one. The film is entertaining and it moves along well enough to stay engaged, it also has nice visuals to look at. However the film’s story doesn’t have much depth and at the end it’s just nothing really special. High 3 out of 5.