The genre of science fiction can make for some pretty interesting movies and stories and it’s a very intriguing genre in general. A genre so intriguing, in fact, that maybe it’s one I’m too critical of. Like a fantasy story, a science fiction story has to be crafted completely from scratch. The story at hand is being told in a world that does not exist and when told with just the right amount of grace and purpose than a science-fiction story has the ability to touch on many unique ideas and themes that your average movie wouldn’t dare delve into.
Prometheus is an extraordinary movie on all accounts. While telling a fascinating story about the stars we look at every night, Prometheus enthralls, it scares and it takes our characters on perfectly epic journey that forces them to places and into making decisions they couldn’t possibly understand. Alien is a fantastic horror film in its simplicity and the grotesque ways it attempts to push the envelope. Prometheus has some horror elements and plays with them when it can, but Prometheus is dealing with so much more.
In one of the most visually stunning movies ever created, Prometheus manages to do more than astound with just its visuals. It tells an engrossing story about searching for the answers of life’s biggest questions and at the heart of this ambitious tale is a poetic character study of two pieces of existence defined by their times (in this case, a time that does not exist), a human and a robot.
Playing the human and the heart of the film is Noomi Rapace incredibly convincing as the caring, innocent and lovable Elizabeth Shaw. The other main character is played by the brilliant Michael Fassbender giving easily the greatest performance of the film as the robot, David. Like no other movie before it, Prometheus takes the time to actually examine the idea of being a robot and through a beautiful script and a flawless performance, the character of David is brought to life as the greatest character in film who doesn’t need to breathe.
Who could have done it other than the original Alien director himself, Ridley Scott? He has defined the sci-fi genre in the past and once again shows exactly what a sci-fi movie can be. I can’t think of one miraculous moment I didn’t care for in Prometheus and while telling a very broad and prominent story, Prometheus still manages to pay homage to the iconic horror film that started it all. It was spectacular in every way, shape and form.