Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce
Synopsis: In the year 2089 on the Isle of Skye off the shore of Scotland, archaeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her boyfriend Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map in a cave which they record among the remnants of several otherwise unconnected ancient cultures. They interpret this as an invitation from humanity’s forerunners. Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the elderly founder and CEO of the Weyland Corporation, funds the creation of the scientific deep space research vessel called the USS Prometheus to follow the map to the distant moon of LV-223 several light years from Earth.The ship’s crew travels in hibernation stasis at light speed while the android David (Michael Fassbender) stays awake at the pilot control to monitor their entire voyage. In 2093, the ship arrives in the orbit around LV-223. After being awakened from hibernation, the crew are informed of their mission to find the ancient aliens, called “Engineers” whom may be the original humans. They also view a holographic message from Weyland himself, who tells them about his funding for the mission and that he has since died. Mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) orders them to avoid any direct contact and to return if the aliens are found. The Prometheus lands near an alien structure (resembling a large temple-like pyramid) and a team including Shaw, Holloway, and David explores it, while Vickers remain aboard the ship and monitors their progress. What they find on the planet is a horror none of them could have imagined.
Trivia: Was originally conceived as a prequel to Ridley Scott’s “Alien”, but Scott announced his decision to turn it into an original film with Noomi Rapace (who was already set to star) still in the cast as one of five main characters. Some time later it was confirmed that while the movie would take place in the same universe as Alien and greatly reference that movie, it would mostly be an original movie and not a direct prequel. The “beginning of time” sequence that opens the film was shot in Iceland. The whole shoot took two weeks to complete.
How scary is this really?: This is not a super scary movie but it is really good film. This is Ridley Scott’s triumphant return to sci-fi. Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron are very solid but its Michael Fassbender carries this film with a tremendous performance as David the android. This is a great film and comes highly recommended.