Coming in second place this past weekend behind the third Madagascar cartoon, was Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to Alien by Ridley Scott. In the film two archaeologist discover clues that may lead to discovering the origins of mankind. They are joined by a crew of other scientist as they embark to the depths of space to find a planet that they believe is the home of Earth’s earliest alien ancestors. Once there, it is soon obvious that these aliens, although being responsible for human DNA on Earth, may have also been ready to destroy our planet before something went terribly wrong.
The reports of Ridley Scott going ahead and making this movie have been in the air for many years, and finally it has come to fruition. Fans have been waiting well over 30 years since the first Alien movie came out in 1979, to find out who where the alien inhabitants seen in that first film. We have seen the alien creature take on many different forms and attack many different places over those years, but die hard fans have always wanted to learn about the huge alien seen sitting in that huge chair in the first film. So now Ridley has gotten two writers to put a story together to tell the origin of that alien, and its relationship to the blood thirsty alien creatures. I have to admit, I’m still a little confused after seeing this movie. I get the premise of these visitors of Earth being the direct link to our human DNA, but I still don’t know why they then wanted to destroy us. Evidently this may be explained in a sequel to the prequel. I do have to say that the story was pretty good, even though it still left questions unanswered. Also in the beginning of the film, there is a scene that I still can’t comprehend its meaning, unless it’s suppose to be taking place on planet Earth. This movie doesn’t have the alien creature taking out the humans, but rather the other strange species of organisms running around on the planet. In the movie there was also what I belive was a “wink” at the whole world ending this year on December 21st, as the voyage took place years after this year on that same date. Overall, I did enjoy this film, but I have to say, that it keeps you wondering throughout the whole film as to what some of these scientist are really looking for. There are definitely two agendas on this voyage.
The movie made $51.1 million in it’s opening weekend, so you can see that people were waiting to see this film. I gave the film 3 stars out of 4. As entertaining as it was, it was still some what confusing. The visual effects were phenomenal, and the story was well put together. There wasn’t too much horror and gore, and I believe that was because our favorite alien creature didn’t show itself till the very end of the film. Lets just hope that Mr. Scott has plans on continuing this prequel in another sequel. The movie runs 2 hours and 4 minutes. It was rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language. The movie was written by Jon Spaihts & Damon Lindelof. It was directed by Ridley Scott.
In space no one can hear you scream – Alien (1979)
Next movie reviewed: TBD