Screening Room: Prometheus

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(KTSF by Sean Au)

Explorers head to outer space to find the origin of mankind in a quest that threatens their survival.

The year is 2093. Archaelogists find stone drawings from different ancient civilizations which all point to a similar star map that they interprete as an invitation to visit. A privately funded expedition gathers a team of explorers to find the source of mankind. After two years of space travel, they land on a moon of a planet which has similar environment as Earth. The team discovers a structure which houses a gigantic sculpture of a human head as well as countless number of metallic containers that look like warheads. Will this expedition lead them to a great discovery or to their demise?

Thirty-three years ago, Ridley Scott directed the first “Alien” movie that set a high bar for sci-fi horror pictures and practically defined the genre. That led to 3 more sequels for the “Alien” franchise, each directed by a director on top of his game, James Cameroon, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. More than three decades later, “Prometheus” carries DNA from this series and feels like a prequel to the first “Alien.” With filmmaking technology advancing by leaps and bounds over time, “Prometheus” excels its special effects and art direction. Returning to the sci-fi genre, Ridley Scott shows that he is an expert in pacing and takes the audience for a suspenseful and terrifying journey.

Noomi Rapace from the Swedish movie adaptation of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” plays one of the explorers with a certain conviction and vulnerability while Michael Fassbender stands out as the android David who embodies high intelligence with an innocent curiosity.

“Prometheus” raises the question of where humans come from, if there is other intelligent life in other space, and the philosophical question of what we should do if we acted on this knowledge. It does not provide an answer, a sign of confidence that leaves the audience to hang on to their own beliefs.

“Prometheus” is by no means a perfect movie, but it suffices in creating a reality that strikes fear in us while intriguing our minds with the big question of “What if?”

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.

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