|Not this guy.|
|The visuals are pretty face-meltingly awesome.|
The basic outline of the movie is certainly indistinguishable from at least the first two Alien movies (I will confess to not having seen Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection), involving an exploratory team visiting an abandoned world and everything going horribly wrong, with few survivors. The key difference is that Prometheus is not a horror movie. Don’t get me wrong, there are quite a few moments where things jump out at you and at least one scene that is genuinely difficult to watch, but despite just about everyone dying by the end, Prometheus simply doesn’t have the same tense feel as Alien.
Prometheus seems to compensate for this by attempting to explore deep issues about the creation of mankind, our origin and purpose, mostly by using massive sweeping shots of landscapes. Frankly, the gorgeous special effects of alien worlds are actually far more worth the watch than the philosophizing, at least on the surface level. Prometheus introduces an alien race which ostensibly created humans, but the implications of this discovery are confusing at best. As far as the science part of science fiction goes, prepare to suspend your disbelief, as no part of the explanation for how precisely this alien race created humanity makes anything approaching sense. It’s also not clear why they created humanity, although that’s the whole point, as Michael Fassbender’s android character hammers home with a monologue on careless creators.
|Even Michael Fassbender is distracted by her cheekbones|
All told, I would say that Prometheus is essentially another entry in the Alien franchise, albeit moving slightly away from the horror genre. It won’t revolutionize any genres the way the first few Alien movies did, but it’s still worth a watch. If you’re thinking about watching Prometheus or have watched it and even remotely enjoyed it, I’d highly suggest you also watch Alien and Aliens if you haven’t already.