“Prometheus“, the new Sci-Fi spectacle showing in Pittsburgh theaters, tries to please audiences. Part prequel, part reboot, part stand alone entry. All adding up to an alienating experience that probably won’t work for fans of the “Alien” franchise or newcomers hungry for an original exercise into a different world.
Legendary Director Ridley Scott, the man behind such classics as “Blade Runner”, “Thelma & Louise” and “Gladiator”, creates a new entity. A mythic story of Earth scientists (Noomi Rapace,…) who believe they have found the origins of man.
In deep space, nonetheless is a place where no one can hear you scream. A reference to the first film’s tag line in this series.
From there, a rich man’s donation spurs an expedition to the furthest reaches of our universe. They’re pulled into the unexpected adventure of a lifetime. But if they falter, the very future of their species is at stake.
From there the potholes pile up like the dead bodies, with little care taken to provide logical anwers or thoughtful dialogue. Scott, comes off more like the vapid commercial director of ’80s Cavin Klein ads (which he did) than the man who gave us an exciting glimpse and completely believable look into mankind’s future.
It’s references similar events (like that aforementioned tag line) that this new entry builds upon. Scott, along with scribe Damien Lindehoff, form a scenario that much too closely resembles not only elements from the franchise arc but, sequels neither of them even worked on.
Alienating it’s core audience and forgetting to introduce first-time spectators to a wonderful universe that was so well conceived all those years ago in “Alien”.