What an amazing movie, that is, a story about our origin. Prometheus, as far as I am concerned, tells of how Man was created. However, how the director of the movie chose to end it also gave us something ‘else’ to think about.
As the feature begins, there are two very eager archeologists who have stepped out to find the origin of humanity. After finding such artifacts, their spacecraft, Prometheus, sets out for confirmation. All hell seems to break loose when the film’s two narcissistic characters, Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) and Holloway (played by Logan Marshall-Green) discover what they landed to find: alien life-force. Not to give too much away, but no epic feature would be complete without a silly love scene. The narcissists give in to each other which really set the tone for an “Adam and Eve-like” beginning of mankind. Lo, the dangling male would be the folly in the end. This is not a review…though there is an ellusion to Charlize Theron’s character (who is a man-made robot) making it with the ship’s captain. And the best part about it is, he’s a Black man! Ridley Scott wouldn’t dare show that type of scene on the big-screen.
Where the Bible says: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth… Man creates another image of himself, David (a machine played by Michael Fassbender) that it utterly infallible to mistakes and death. What’s more is this creature ultimately outsmarts his own creator without being made minus feeling. Fassbender really made me believe he was this creepy character. Though there has been what scientists call ‘evolution,’ the DNA sample taken from a fallen creature proves to be a match to Man. Aside from the many of us who have taken the form of Adonis and flawless Aphrodite-like specimens, we are true descendants of space aliens and the UFOs we ever-so-often attempt to understand.
The greatest milestone that Ridley Scott has set shows a Black man and his disciples dying to save all Mankind. As a ‘virus’ sets out to invade Earth, it is the Captain of the domain who thwarts the attempt. I even wonder if Mr. Scott was aware of this part of the movie’s plot. This is a solid message that should not be overlooked. Nosy busy-bodies set out to find the origin of Man only to get in over their heads…worshipping something they know nothing about. Idris Elba’s character as the ship’s Captain, Janek, refused to transport back to Earth contamination that Shaw hoped to later study. Although the Captain stopped the alien’s escape to ‘civilization,’ it was the lone female who was duped by an enhanced, man-made head to accompany her back home.
Looking back, on the surface Earth was in its own element until Man went looking elsewhere for answers to calm our curiosity. Prometheus shows that at least one of the two visionaries were saved to deliver the answer to ‘Life’s’ mysteries. While the Captain is said to always go down with his ship, there’s always another escape route for the bearer or bad news.
Above all, I give this movie a 9 out of 10 for complete storyline, imagery, and underestimated and under-valued acting by Idris Elba and Charlize Theron.