Film review: Prometheus
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‘I think I’ve been quite successful in resurrecting a notion but going off at a new tangent’ said Sir Ridley Scott in a recent interview, and in a way, he has. Prometheus, the ‘indirect prequel’ to Scott’s low budget, space-horror Alien, may be set on the same planet a century before the events of the original, yet it still manages to be its own entity. It begins in the Isle of Sky when two scientists, Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway, discover a cave painting dating back thousands of years that features a constellation, one that has been uncovered in various locations and from different time-zones throughout the world. It is a map to a solar system in which a single planet, LV-426, is able to sustain life. The pair believes this to be the key to discovering the origins of humankind and so accompanied by a crew of scientific experts they make their way to this planet on-board the ship Prometheus in the hope of answering life’s biggest question. This film needed to be made. Not least to satisfy sci-fi fans hungry for more, but to answer the many questions posed by the hugely successful Alien quadrilogy (discounting the yawn-inducing Alien Vs Predator spin-offs) that were never expanded upon. The 1979 original sees Ellen Ripley and co discover a huge metallic alien birthing ground and an unidentifiable body attached to a pilot seat (‘the Space Jockey’, as fans have dubbed it) yet there was no hint throughout the entire series as to where they came from or who they were made by.
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