David is the ultimate star of the show, much as HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey who you can never completely trust. David is emotionless and the human crewmembers are quick to point that out, and although he never shows emotion, David expresses his contempt in the astounding lines of dialogue.
Shaw and Holloway are true believers in the sense that science, or their pursuit of the aliens depicted on the cave walls, will finally answer why human beings exist, or at least how we came to exist.
Much of the film scratches away at these questions, and why it matters that humanity knows their origins completely. David is constantly prying at his human counterparts, wondering why they care so much about answering these questions. He also plays a large part in events that transpire, some of them not so great for the crew.
Along with the answer-seeking archaeologists is Weyland Industries employee Vickers, played by Charlize Theron. Weyland is the corporation funding the expedition and the way she commands the crew and carries herself, may be a vision of things to come for privatized spaceflight, which just took its first small step in the past few months.
Vickers is hiding something, or at least, acts as if she is, but cares little for the answers the expedition seeks. Shes cold and is only interested in how the $1 trillion is spent that the company used to send Prometheus into space.
While the movie looks at the basic mysteries of life, its inception on Earth and elsewhere, theres always a sense of adventure that can be credited to the films score, composed by Marc Streitenfeld.
Whereas Alien was dark, dangerous and scary, Prometheus plays out like explorers finding The New World. The tone is nevertheless foreboding and as the film moves forward, you know how things are going to end.
The world of Prometheus is desolate and a very stark contrast to James Camerons Avatar where the planet Pandora is beautiful and colorful. While less visually spectacular, Prometheus is grounded and adds to the tone.
Many of the other supporting cast members are bland or just there to fill out the needs of the spaceships operation. The ships captain, Janek, played by Idris Elba is a hot-shot who doesnt care about the origin of life, but merely on protecting it.
In the end, Scott delivers a prequel that has many ties to his Alien film, that are only obvious if youre well versed in that films mythology. Any other moviegoer can enjoy Prometheus as its own tale.
The vast differences within the human race are present in the main cast, but I never really believed Shaw was a religious person as it felt the film was attempting to establish. Ultimately, Shaw's father's quote of, its what I choose to believe hits the heart of all humanitys ideals that we cannot prove.
To address more of the film's exploration of life and death would be to give away too much of the plot.
Prometheus tells the origins of life, in a fictional tale of the future and our past. Its purely spectacular and leaves you with many questions that dont frustrate, but leave you wanting more. I couldnt have been more pleased.
The film is not without its monsters and scary moments, and spares no expense on a brutal futuristic surgical scene. The sexual overtones of Alien are present but less prominent.
Those uninterested in space dramas, aliens or stories that require a lot of suspension of belief, may be turned off. But Prometheus gives a very fascinating take on our quest for answers.
Prometheus is rated R and is now playing in all local theaters with a runtime of 2 hours 4 minutes.
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