Filmmaker Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner’, returns to make another original science fiction thriller set in the most dangerous and unsearched corners of the universe. This loose prequel to Alien starring actors Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, and Michael Fassbender takes viewers on a journey to a distant world for a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
The plot begins when archeological findings suggest our “Gods” left an invitation to come to them in ancient cave paintings. Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Dr. Charlie Holloway, played by Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshal-Green, lead a two-year expedition to a planet that may hold the secret to the meaning of life. They believe that this planet is populated by ancient creatures called ‘Engineers’ who are, if their archeological research is correct, the creators of mankind. Once they reach the planet they realize that this scientific mission is more dangerous than they thought. They find temples, which are creating a new atmosphere, and upon discovering them they upset the atmosphere and triggered an alarm. The dark liquid is toxic and there are snake like creatures called ‘Hammerpedes’ that kill a crew member. As the plot thickens they continue to find more artifacts and more questions come about, assumedly to be answered in the sequel. They came to the conclusion that the Engineers planed on using this dangerous material on our planet but something went wrong, and many of the Engineers were killed in the complex.
THEMES AND CHARACTERS
Where do we come from? Why are we here? Is there a God? What if you meet your maker and he is angry with you? These are some of the questions that this film grapples with. Unlike a lot of sci-fi films that take a condescending attitude toward faith, this interestingly brought into question the origin of God’s existence to center stage.
The characters in this film very much so mirror today’s culture and view towards God. There is the multi-trillionare who finances an expedition to the galaxy to find his maker in hopes to prevent death for himself so he can continue living his lavish lifestyle. There are the scoffers and scientists who reject belief and can’t bring themselves to contemplate that the galaxies might point to a maker, and are destroyed long before seeing his face.
These themes are a direct parallel to the Christian faith. You see Psalms 76:7 says “Who can stand before you when you are angry?” when speaking of the ‘maker’ of the universe. Our maker is angry with our sin because that was not what we were created for. Like in the film Prometheus, he could wipe out our planet with some gooey toxins, but he spares us and offers redemption through Jesus Christ. Jesus (‘Engineer’) was killed so we (The planet) can be spared.
I didn’t want to give off too many details or spoilers in the plot summary, because it is a movie I think that everyone should watch. Overall, Prometheus is good movie with an interesting plot that is characteristic of Ridley Scott. So if you like his movies, it is a must-see film. However, this movie is rated R for scenes containing intense images and may not be suitable for kids that want to avoid having nightmares for the following week.
Gather some friends and check out this film, it is a good conversation starter about the origin and purpose of mankind.