No spoilers in this review. Only description of the tone and mood of the movie.
I need to set a few ground rules. First, I'm not a reviewer. I'm the Editor-in-Chief and I'm a programmer. However, I had a chance to catch "Prometheus" yesterday so I wanted to share my view on the movie in this mini review. I also want to stress that I'm a big fan of sci-fi. On my top 5 list of movies you will find "A.I." and "2001: A Space Odyssey."
So, as you can imagine I had very high hopes for a Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi movie set in the "Alien" universe.
The first thing I noticed was the quality of the craft. Ridley Scott knows the medium and understands what he can do, what is effective, when to pause, and when to speed up. This makes for a strong visual and stylish experience.
It is also important to realize that this is not an action summer blockbuster, nor is it "Alien." For me it resembles more the tones and subjects found in "2001," "A.I." and "2010" with some terror and horror thrown in. For me that is a plus. For others, it may be somewhat of a letdown.
The acting and dialog works great, especially Michael Fassbender as David the Android and Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw shines, and drive the movie forward with understating the obvious and not the other way around.
To avoid spoilers, I will not talk much about the story in the movie because it is hard to talk the plot without giving it away. However, as mentioned, it tries to explore the big questions like religion, faith, what makes us human, and where do we originate from. It does this without forcing any views, which for a non-religious like myself is a very good thing.
For me, it delivered and ranks among the best in the "Alien" series. However, I can see why some may feel different. In that sense it is not an easy movie to put in a specific category.