Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Prometheus: Better than Avatar

Ridley Scott's Return to the Alien Franchise Looks to be the Prettiest Girl at the Ball

And will also eat your face off
Prometheus is the spin-off/prequel to the Alien saga, and we're going to take a look at the engaging story-line, the excellent cast, and above all, the insanely good visuals. Remember James Cameron's Avatar from 2009? This is a lot like that, only a lot different and much better. So really nothing like it at all...

"Nothing can beat my movies!  Not ever!" Except maybe this, James...


In the distant future (but before the events of Alien), a group of explorers discover markings on other planets that all apparently mean something about the origin of humans. Despite the differences in the planets, and the structures the markings were found on, they are all the same. These explorers journey out into space to discover what they all mean. They do this aboard the spaceship known as Prometheus. We're not sure how far they travel,or how many planets they end up going to, but we know that eventually they end up at the "darkest corners of the universe", where they discover something massive. It's on a planet that looks like this.

Like a better version of Geonosis

From the latest trailer, it looks like they find alien life forms, some of which look a lot like predecessors of the species in Alien. The creatures appear to turn hostile, and attack the explorers. Most of the crew will probably die, if not the whole crew. Then comes the biggest plot point. The explorers discover a ploy that will destroy all of humanity, and they have to stop it.  

This story is not unlike other Ridley Scott stories. Explorers search for something, get attacked by aliens of some kind, then they discover some huge secret and have to stop something from doing something. It's been done, but normally the trip doesn't involve crazy space trips, and the secret to humanity's roots. This should be a pretty engaging story, if a little familiar. Recently the news came out that Prometheus would get an R-rating. From this we can expect the usual gory mess from RS, as well as some thrilling and horrifying moments. Most Summer blockbusters try to get a PG-13 rating,so that thy can get a larger audience and make more money. This isn't the case here. Ridley is pulling out all the stops so that this can be a quality adult film. My expectations are high, and I don't think I'm going to be let down.


Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw

Just like in the original Alien movie, Prometheus boasts a strong female lead. Swedish-born Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) plays the character Elizabeth Shaw. Since not a lot of information has been released regarding the characters, we're lucky to have this tidbit from an interview with Rapace.

"I play Elizabeth Shaw, researcher and archaeologist. She's British but was raised in Africa because her father was a missionary. From him she learned to believe in God, and she has a strong inner self.

She is the most complete person I have ever played. She has an inner light. She's very stubborn and determined.

She lost her parents when she was a child, so she's been alone from a young age. But she's very intelligent. I know that when one has to survive alone from an early age, one becomes strong.

But also fragile, because the hurt child within her hasn't been able to evolve in a natural way. You get easily hurt emotionally. She's full of hope, a dreamer, a little naive.

Halfway through the movie a lot of things happen and she turns into a fighter. Another part of her comes to life."

This seems like the kind of character audience members can connect with emotionally, and Noomi Rapace certainly has the ability to pull it off. She was the leading lady for the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and it's sequels.

James Bond Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) is also a cast member. He plays a rather interesting character called David. David is an android (not a cyborg), whose job it is to help the crew of Prometheus in any way he can. He will boast considerable intelligence and reason. Think Star Trek's character Data. Again, we don't know a ton about all the characters, but we do know that the principal writer of Prometheus, Damon Lindelof (Lost), wants him to be a different perspective on events for the audience. Thanks to a recent promo, we know a little more about David.

Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor, and we can expect him to portray David in a creative and excellent fashion.  That much is clear from this promo.

This guy
Speaking of Weyland, this guy will be playing the owner and founder of Weyland Corps. Guy Pearce is the main tie-in (so far) to the Alien series. Whether he is the father or grandfather of Charles Bishop Weyland from Alien is still unknown. Weyland Corps is the company behind the Prometheus mission.

Just so that they have somebody on board the Prometheus keeping an eye on everything, Charlize Theron (The Italian Job) will play "Vickers." She represents the company and will be keeping an eye on everything that goes on. She'll also probably help with David and help explain everything he's capable of to the crew. We also know that her character is very important, and central to the plot.

There are more big actors and characters in this film, but so far we only have names and faces. When character bios are released, or the movie is released, we'll make sure to update and let you know who's who. For now, here's the shortlist of other actors.

Kate Dicki: "Ford"
Logan Marshall-Green: Charlie Holloway
Idris Elba: "Janek"
Sean Harris: "Fifield
Benedict Wong: : "Ravel"
Rafe Spall: "Milburn"
Emun Elliot: "Chance"


Welcome aboard the Prometheus. Prepare to have your mind blown. All I can really say is yes, they did film in space with IMAX technology these are special effects. Where a film like Avatar decided to go bonkers when it came to the creatures, the jungle, and the technology, Prometheus decided to go nuts on space and technology. Here's some stills from the movie, as well as the latest trailer for Prometheus.

Prometheus comes out in theaters June 8th, 20120.

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