This blog includes big spoilers for the movie Prometheus.
I must admit that I am fascinated with the movie Prometheus. It is directed by Ridley Scott and it is an indirect prequel to the movie Alien. I saw it twice in theaters and I seem to watch it every time it has come on TV this week.
First, I’m not saying that there are not problems with this movie. The characters often have lapses in judgment that you would normally see in B horror movies. Also the end, now that I have seen it several times, is really just a more serious version of the ending of Almost Heroes; yes the movie starring Chris Farley. In the Farley comedy once the characters, who are racing Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Ocean, reach the Pacific Ocean, they decide to keep walking to Asia. They decide to do this despite going through 90 minutes of comedy hell. The character of Dr. Shaw in the movie Prometheus, despite having just endured imaginable horrors, decides at the end to go further into the alien world that she has discovered. They say that comedy is when a hero goes to the innermost cave and learns nothing.
However, I think I like this movie for two reasons. First is that director Ridley Scott always puts the money on screen. Whenever you see one of his big budget movies you are seeing something original and unique that you don’t see anywhere else. Just the design aesthetic of this movie is incredible. Also the creatures and aliens in this movie are actually really creepy. A great deal of horror and science fiction are suspenseful only to lose credibility when you actually see the thing you are supposed to be afraid of. The scene in the sick bay, where Dr. Shaw is trying to get rid of the alien inside her is one of the few times in recent memory I can remember actually squirming in a theater.
Second, I think that they created an interesting and complex mythology for this film. In movies in the science fiction genre, or horror or fantasy, it is not important that these movies adhere to the rules of reality, so much that they create a unique world with its own rules. The movie is deep, but not deep in the sense that one would usually use the term. The movie does ask religious and philosophical questions, but I find them to be somewhat superficial and again that is not really what I’m talking about. I mean that the film is deep in that its world has many layers to it that make it interesting. It has a mythology in it to the point that your imagination takes you to places that aren’t being shown on screen. The movie creates a three dimensional world, that however horrific, is different from our own and is something you can get temporarily lost in. That to me is entertainment.