Review by Eric
When this movie first came out I was not excited about it. I had never watched any of the “Alien” movies, at least all the way through, and didn’t plan on starting with the “prequel”. A friend of mine pointed out that it wasn’t technically a prequel, but was set in the same universe as “Alien” and had the same creature in it. After seeing Prometheus I went back and watched the original “Alien”. I discovered that Prometheus seemed more like a reboot than a prequel. Depending on where they are going with the story it’s not a big deal.
Prometheus begins with a giant white humanoid standing over a waterfall on what is assumed to be Earth. This creature consumes a black liquid, his body dissolves and we see his DNA break down and apparently “seed” the Earth with the building blocks of life.
The movie then fast forwards to 2089 when two scientist, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her boyfriend Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), discover identical star maps across ancient cultures that would not have had come in contact with each other. This leads them to believe the map will lead them to our “creators”, which they call Engineers.
They get funded by the founder of Weyland Corporation, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), to follow the map. The ship that they take is named Prometheus, hence the name of the film. Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) is appointed to be in charge of the mission. She is cold and appears to not want to be there. She comes off as an atheist while not believing that we were created by these Engineers. She is so cold in fact that the captain, Jenak (Idris Elba), asks her if she is an android.
While flying above this planet they spot what seems to be life because,as Charlie puts it, “God doesn’t build in straight lines.” They land near the structure that they see and then gear up and head inside to explore.
After discovering that there was in fact humanoid life at one time on this planet, Charlie looks at Elizabeth and says, “I guess you can take your father’s cross off now.” Why?” replied Elizabeth. “Because now we know where we came from.” Elizabeth calmly states, “But who created them?”
This question of creation and faith comes up again when David (Micael Fassbender), an android on the ship, asks Charlie, “What are you going to ask them?” Charlie says, “Why did they create us?” David asks, “Why did you [humans] create me?” Charlie says, “I don’t know, because we can.” “I would think that would be a devastating answer.” David replies.
Of course encountering this Engineer doesn’t turn out to be a happy Q&A session. He is actually trying to destroy Earth and the crew (whats left of it) must do what they can to stop it.
As sort of a side note I found the name of the film/ship very interesting, in Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan, culture hero, and trickster figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods and gives fire to humanity (theft of fire), an act that enabled progress and civilization. He is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind. This description seems to fit more with the Engineers than the ship or the people on it. Although, they are in search of a Prometheus, so to speak.
I did enjoy the special effects a lot in this movie. The traditional “Alien” creature is a lot less puppet looking than the original and the Engineer is amazingly believable. The music as well did a great job of allowing you to feel the emotions at the right time.
While this movie falls into the “Ancient Astronaut Theory” realm I still liked it a lot. There seems to be a lot of people, even some atheists, falling for this new religion of sorts. People of all belief systems are asking the same question, Where did we come from, and why? The fact that we search for the answer to this question proves to me that we are created by THE Creator. The fact that people are willing to believe that humanoid aliens from outer space created us and not a supernatural all-powerful being shows me that they are doing what they accuse Christians of doing; they are making up theories to fit what they want to be true.
The Bible starts with the simple truth, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In verse 27 of Genesis chapter 1 it says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” This is the perfect starting point for the Bible and it is also the best place for us to start when asking the question, “where did we come from, and why?” The next place to look is the Gospel of John chapter 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” This Word is of course Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We discover what he did for us in John chapter 3 16-17, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Elizabeth says it best with “who created them?” I feel that this is the biggest hole in all the Ancient Alien Theories that are out there. Even if another life form made themselves known to us and told us they created us and showed us how I would not be convinced that God does not exist. To begin with I simply wouldn’t believe them. The other issue would be their origin. Life has to start somewhere. That somewhere is God, the God of the Bible.
God created us, mankind messed things up, and God sent His Son in our place to die for our mistake, saving us from ourselves and sin. That is the only answer I need.
Overall I would give Prometheus a 3/5
It is rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language