Prometheus : An Early Reaction (No Spoilers!)


By now, it may already be known that a bunch of sites were flown to London, England for the premiere and junket of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and was one of them.

While we’re not allowed to review the movie just yet–nor do I want to review it before having a chance to see it again since there’s a lot to take in–20th Century Fox has allowed me to share a very brief spoiler-free reaction. And honestly, before I share that with you, I do want to say that like the recent The Cabin in the Woods, this is a movie that’s far more effective on every level the less you know about it going in, which is why I stopped watching some of the later trailers, clips, TV spots and viral marketing (which is all very cool).

I will say that as a long-time Ridley Scott fan, I was thrilled by his return to science fiction as I think those who’ve been awaiting for that return will be. Prometheus really is a full-blown science-fiction movie, even more than Alien, with lots of genre tropes that fans of SF (and especially as literature) will be psyched to see, something that I attribute a lot to both of the film’s writers, Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.

It’s also an ensemble piece with every actor getting a moment to really show their stuff, and man, Sir Ridley really has put together an amazing talent pool for this one from Charlize Theron to Michael Fassbender to Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green to Idris Elba (who’s always great). Guy Pearce has a smaller role in it but it will surprise people.

Without saying too much, the film looks fantastic, both inside the space ship Prometheus and out on the planet they visit. We can’t say anything about what brings them there or what happens, but Scott and his cast are exploring really big ideological and theological ideas with this one that will really blow people away.

And for those looking for scares and gore, don’t worry, there’s plenty of that, too, and you’ll be on edge for certain scenes just like anyone who saw the original Alien in theaters would have been.

But that all said, I’d suggest being really careful with some of the reviews already out there that already give away too much. If you planned on seeing the movie, you’re not likely to be disappointed and frankly, I can’t wait to see it a second (and even third) time. Also, if you’re concerned about the 3D, this is definitely one of the better-looking movies shot in 3D, and I’d recommend seeing it both in 3D and in IMAX if readily available, because Scott takes full advantage of the benefits of both.