Starring Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender
It's probably a good thing that Ridley Scott decided to treat Prometheus as a standalone film, instead of the intended first Alien prequel. The script is so massive and complex that you're never quite sure what story you should focus on; in result, no aspect of the film gets the proper treatment it deserves. However, there are several saving graces, such as Scott's insistence on casting Noomi Rapace, and some truly stunning visual effects.
Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) have discovered that humans came from the stars; and thanks to some ancient cave paintings, have determined what stars those exactly are, and just who may have been behind it. With financial backing from Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), they board the Prometheus and travel to a distant planet, with Janek (Idris Elba), Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and the android David (Michael Fassbender) among the crew.
And my hands are tied from discussing any more about the plot than that.
As I mentioned before, the most glaring problem of Prometheus is the script. There are so many good parts to it, such as the idea of Creationism versus Evolution, the trials and past of Elizabeth Shaw, the hidden agenda of the android David, the mystery of our origin and the magnificent planet they visit years from Earth. You actually forget you're watching a suspense thriller until about halfway through the film, where you're violently reminded as to what this film is supposed to be leading up to.
But due to so much going on, and taking time to show off the amazing 3D cimematography, that these individual plot elements sometimes only get a scene or two to try and leave some sort of significant impact, and when the twists and turns do show up, there's little impact to be had on the audience. It's a shame; the runtime is around 120 minutes, and with this story it could have gone another 60 and properly developed everything. Well, maybe; Ridley Scott might've just added more themes and ideas.
Thankfully there is so much good going on to keep this film from slipping into the abyss.
The casting is simply amazing. Noomi Rapace is impressive as Shaw, adding the needed depth to make her character compelling despite the weak script. Idris Elba is fun to have on the screen, and Michael Fassbender would have stolen the show as David if he didn't have to share the screen with Noomi Rapace. Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce are good as well, but pale in comparison to Rapace and Fassbender.
The 3D effects really enhance this film, and the scenery is other worldly (perhaps literally). It's yet another film that uses 3D to enhance the film, instead of anything gimmicky; I actually forgot I was wearing the glasses and instead was impressed more and more by the cinematography as the film progressed. And the ideas presented by the script are also entertaining, even if they can be a bit fleeting.
All in all, Prometheus is entertaining, but not quite up in the memorable category. If you insist on seeing it, I have to insist that you lower your expectations; I know I would have benefited by doing that.