Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Nominee #6 - Prometheus (2012)
An exploration team on a distant moon discovers a mysterious structure and, during investigations, encounter something beyond all known realms.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Prometheus (2012) ended up being quite underwhelming for several fans of the Aliens franchise but we still believe it deserves a nominee spot. A large part of the misunderstanding could do with the fact that people went in expecting a real prequel and then with no face-hugging xenomorphs in it, they came away disappointed. The best way to appreciate this movie is to see it as part of the universe but independent of the other movies. It is an origins movie and should be appreciated as such.
Ridley Scott's sci fi thriller is an explosive mix of action, horror, fantasy and drama. The crew of the mighty spaceship Prometheus set out to discover something about the origin of the human species and end up stumbling on something that may threaten their very existence and lead to their extinction. A wonderful cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce. Fassbender plays the android. Rapace and Fassbender are particularly impressive. The only weak link perhaps is Guy Pearce as the ageing Weyland. The crew battle their fears and each other before an acid-spewing Alien emerges foretelling a horrifying future, later articulated in the blockbuster Alien movie series.
One of the biggest strengths of the Aliens movies was the ability to capture human behaviour with the menace of the alien around. How do people behave when they come up against the unknown? How do they treat each other? What are they prepared to sacrifice? These themes run through Prometheus as well with some of the strongest scenes without any aliens in them.
WE are the Gods now
Impressive special effects and CGI coupled with some spectacular scenes lift the movie. It has its weaknesses, especially in its character development and some of the amateurish handling of space travel must-dos. But it draws us in to the original Greek saga of Prometheus who engineered man and gifted him with so much knowledge that Zeus was enraged and unleashed the Pandora’s box on mankind. The parallel to the Aliens designed to exterminate man as a species is clear. “WE are the Gods now” declares Weyland. That summarizes both the ambition and the arrogance of man. The aliens remind us that we are vulnerable, scared, selfish man.
Ridley Scott manages to create the same mood of the Alien movies - the tension, the anticipation, the what’s-round-the-corner feel run through the entire movie. The doughnut spaceship scene finishes the movie on a high. The final report of the vessel USS Prometheus gives us a portent of what is to come.