The first Alien film without Sigourney Weaver and Ripley, Prometheus, set in 2093, sees Ridley Scott return to the director’s seat in what can certainly be seen as a prequel to the later films.
Visually impressive, deeply stylish, Prometheus is an ambitious genesis exploration as renowned archaeologist, Dr Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace – The Drop, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and her partner, Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green – Across the Universe, Upgrade) follow clues to the origin of mankind. Initially based on earth, they are financed for a deep-space scientific expedition to discover the existence of the superior extraterrestrial species, the Engineers. But like all of the films in the series, nothing goes according to plan, even with the likes of Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Thor) as captain and Charlize Theron (Bombshell, Monster) as company representative on board the space ship, Prometheus.
More adventure thriller than horror, Prometheus is something of a sumptuous hollow crown. But there is the magnificently manipulative Michael Fassbender (Shame, Steve Jobs) as the android, David.
Nominated for the 2013 best visual effects Oscar.