Top 5 Things About Prometheus
5. Its Ties to the Alien Franchise
Prometheus strikes the perfect balance between prequel and stand alone film. It throws up enough references and links so that it enriches the first Alien film and so that Alien fans have a deeper connection to this film, but having seen any of the Alien films is by no means a prerequisite. This means it can piggy-back Alien‘s rich mythology and play around in its established universe without fear of breaking that expensive vase in the corner, or knocking over that fragile heirloom.
4. Pre Title-Credit Scene
This stands alone as a great short film, and is also a wonderful precursor when viewed in context of the whole film even though it’s never really explained completely. When seen as an opening scene to the film, it works as a way to set the mood and raise certain questions most of which the film does answer.
3. Body Horror
Many of the scenes of horror were felt similar to stuff like The Thing, Society, Leviathan or a David Cronenberg film. The idea of the threat coming from within you, is a very visceral and real fear, with all the new flus and diseases we’re constantly told about.
2. Main Musical Theme
Very reminiscent of Star Trek, Superman The Movie and early ’50s sci-fi, the main theme really lends the film an intellectual and exploratory atmosphere; a sense of awe and wonder at the universe and ‘mans’ place within it. This theme is repeated a couple of times, but mostly the score is more industrial atmospheric stuff which I also liked, but not nearly as much as the song below. It’s the kind of piece of music that would prefer Silent Running over Star Wars: A New Hope. Now that’s my kind of music.
1. Space Suits and Dune Buggies
Coming straight out of Planet of the Vampires (watch this space for my Mario Bava primer) and Planeta Bur, the style and design of the space suits and dune buggies, and to a lesser extent the ship, is wonderful. Influenced by ’60s, ’70s and ’80s sci-fi, while still feeling modern and lived in (something the original Alien did so well).
All in all this films has it’s references in the right place and doesn’t flaunt them; it’s ambitious and spectacular. Even if there are a number of unanswered questions (which I really hope they address is the sequel [which is most probably going to be made, right?]) and perhaps runs a little long, that’s but a mere blemish on what otherwise is a very impressive piece of modern blockbuster sci-fi filmmaking.