It’s been a while since a Ridley Scott film got me to thinking as much as this one has. This might seem a little late, since the film has been out for some time, but here’s the thing – I’m what you’d call a “poor reviewer.” I review stuff, and enjoy doing it, but I rarely am able to see stuff in a timely way because money isn’t exactly rolling in for me. But, I finally got around to seeing this movie, and man, I am so glad that I did.
Back to the Alien universe, this film fills in some of the gaps from the original films. The first two. Not the crappy third and fourth, that were a joke. But this film fills in some plot holes. For one thing, it answers how the Company knew about the Xenomorphs. For another, it gave some back-story to the ship that they found, and the alien lifeforms that were on-board. It also showed the origins of the Alien itself. That is very cool.
This film takes the perspective of an actual theory that is floating around that alien life is what got humanity here, also known as panspermia. I don’t buy it, but hey, it was interesting. So, a group of archeologists find evidence of alien life interacting with primitive cultures, and they decide to follow a map that they found and go seek these aliens out, hoping to answer the great questions of who we are, and why we are here. Basically, they hope to answer the oldest questions of humanity.
Like most Ridley Scott horror films, this one is very harsh about things. It presents what happens as a very raw style of film. The question of mortality is asked in a very harsh way in this film. It opens with an alien humanoid sacrificing itself in order to create life on this world. The head of the Company, Weyland, is dying, and hoping that these aliens can somehow lead him to a better life. A robot, played by Michael Fassbender, is coming to grips with its own existence.
The best performances in this movie were by far Idris Elba as the captain of the ship, Prometheus, and from Noomi Rapace as the archeologist, Elizabeth Shaw. One thing about her character was just how hard they went after the concept of what it means to have faith, and what it means to believe in something greater than yourself. Through the film, she realizes that her beliefs may be wrong. She still chooses to believe in something greater, even knowing where we all came from, and why.
It is kind of harsh how hard they went at all the themes of this film. The lack of comaraderie in this movie is one of the things that it draws attention to. There is no loyalty to anybody. Everybody is looking out for themselves, and if that hadn’t been the case, I think that there is a real chance that things wouldn’t have turned out so bad.
The theme of questioning where we all came from is one of what I think the weak points of the movie is. I’ll admit that this partially springs from personal bias, but honestly, where we all came from bores me. The very thought is kind of uninteresting.
Overall, this was a very fearless movie. The most fearless that Ridley Scott has done in a very long time. His last few films have been rather timid and not wanting to really challenge anything. And don’t say that Gladiator did, because we have seen that story before. It’s the story of Moses from the Old Testament of the Bible. This movie wasn’t afraid to take characters, develop them, make them suffer, and have them die.
Another plus of this movie were the sets. Man, this is what Avatar should have been. Ridley Scott used special effects to his benefit in this movie, and instead of having them be the focus, they are a plot device, as they should be.
This is one of the best films that I have seen in a long time, and it’s good to see that Ridley Scott can still do a good film. Hopefully this won’t be his last. He’s definitely back at his A-game here, and I hope to see more of it soon.
Final Verdict: 8 out of 10