If there ever was a movie with an identity crisis it would be Prometheus.  At one moment it seems like it can be a serious movie asking serious philosophical questions and the next it falls into horror movie cliches.  It’s kind of odd to see the horror cliches, as it isn’t a horror movie, at least I don’t think it is.  Let me give you an example: two guys go off on their own in an unexplored cavern.  Seriously, that is the most elementary way to knock off two characters.  But then it’s not all cliche nonsense.

Elizabeth Shaw, played by now one of my favorite science fiction/drama actresses Noomi Rapace, and her fellow archeologist boyfriend Charlie Holloway, played by Logan Marshall-Green basically found a way to get to another planet and on their way there we’re introduced to David.  David, played by Michael Fassbender is an android, and as with any science fiction film involving an android, he is not trusted by the entire crew.  Though, that doesn’t matter, as it seems the writers had an idea for his character but as quickly as they set it up they eliminate that thread.  Charlize Theron struts around in some form-fitting outfits as Meredith Vickers who is in charge of the entire expediction which is funded by Weyland Corporation.

Look all you want Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), you’re not allowed to find an ending

Throughout the journey questions arise touching on the meaning of life and where we came from and why.  This is when the movie shines, and Rapace makes it real.  Watching, it is easy to become emotionally invested in her character because you want her to find what she is looking for.  The other characters simply aren’t looking for anything, and act as nothing more than a distraction from Rapace.  Then the next problem arises, the main enemy is simply boring.

I know Ridley Scott had huge success with Alien and the fantastic creature design, but there is no reason why he had to try and do that again in Prometheus.  The entire thread following the main enemy, only referred to as an Engineer, was as unexplained as that of David the android.  I just don’t understand how two seemingly major threads, especially that of the Engineer being a creature from another planet, were completely ignored.

However, it’s not all bad in the world of Prometheus.  In one scene, Shaw has to go to such extreme measures to save her life that it will have you both cringing and hoping she’ll make it through.  If you haven’t noticed, the movie was kept alive due to Rapace.  Because once the movie is finished you realize just how useless every other character was.

Worth noting are the special effects.  They were pretty fantastic, well mostly fantastic.  The various creature animations were nothing to write home about, but the special effects for creating atmosphere and cool, futuristic maps and 3-D images were really good.

Even with strong atmospheric visuals, the lack of closure really left me with a bitter sweet feeling towards the movie.  On one hand, Rapace was nothing short of brilliant, but on the other, it seemed like the entire movie was out to make sure she would never be able to really get anywhere.

The worst part is after doing a bit of research, it seems like the lack of closure was intentional.  But why?  Sequels, that’s why.  I’m not opposed to sequels, but when absolutely nothing was resolved in the first movie, then why would I have any interest in seeing a sequel (other than Rapace that is)?

So, would I say to not see this movie?  No, because it isn’t a horrible movie by any means, and honestly, the journey to the end (or lack of) was a fun one, and I’ll probably see the sequel if it’s made.  Maybe this is one of those movies I need to see twice to really get into, as it seemed like it had the potential to be something really special.  But after one viewing, it seemed too scared to ask the deep questions, and instead fell back on the same old action/horror ending sequences, which is something science fiction simply should not do.

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