‘Are we alone in this universe?’ ‘Is there any alien life beyond us?’ These questions have always riddled us ever since we stared at stars, moon and the vast sky. Though the questions remains unanswered, it has given way to many a fictional books, theories and films. Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi film Alien was a classic that spawned at least three sequels and two prequels by various directors and inspired many to walk into the Alien territory. Now the ace director is back with what can be called the prequel that resurrects the towering insect-monster-alien.
After unleashing the Alien some 30 years back and instilling within us a sense of cringe, anxiety, horror and many unanswered questions Ridley is back into his own universe of mystery. Ever since the promos of Prometheus appeared on internet and the cast and crew started talking with lots of suspense without unraveling the plot, the movie has captured everyone’s imagination. Everyone wanted to know Ridley’s riddle who are we?’ who created us? Where did the creepy-alien-monster came from?. Though Ridley chose not to call Prometheus not a prequel in true sense, he upped the ante by saying the Alien DNA would be sprinkled throughout the movie to unravel the mysteries.
After so much of build up, suspense and smart promos that ignited everyone’s anxiety, Prometheus sees its friday today and I booked by ride to the mysterious universe to lean who seeded our Earth millions of years ago and what happened in the ill-fated distant universe from there they came.
The year is 2089 and archeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discovers a star map that they identify in carvings and archeological remaining of various civilizations. They conclude that the map must be an invitation from a civilization who might have seeded our earth. Our creators. After 2 years, their spaceship arrives at the distant planet. Are they alone now? What inhabited the planet? What happened to them? What happened to the crew of the spaceship that arrives there?
To his credit, Ridley has created a spacecraft and universe look far more convincing and visually appealing in Prometheus than the one he created 32 years ago. Unfortunately the movie lacks the cringe, horror and the suspense the original classic brought upon us. It still remains unanswered many questions especially who our creators are and thereby allowing room for many more sequels to come up. There are few cringe-worthy scenes far and wide and one notably a cesarean scene that would make any pregnant women in the hall make a hasty run to the exit door but mostly the film lacks the horror inducing scene and its mostly all about the production quality rather than the plot and the shock values.
To enjoy the movie, one has to be updated of the movie where it all began and that is the 1979 Ridley’s Alien, then you get the missing links and the complete thought and work of the maker. Having said this, I still feel Prometheus is all visual gloss but lacks substance though not entirely. Ridley is less convincing in his alien riddle this time around. Don’t expect a complete shock and awe effect on you that many Alien franchise has followed. It is more about mind over matter and the quest for an eternal question.