On Sunday night I saw Ridley Scott’s movie Prometheus at the IMAX theater in 3D. It is a prequel to the 1979 Ridley Scott film, Alien. The visuals in Prometheus were spectacular and the acting was very good. Noomi Rapace leads the cast but the movie is stolen by the android David played by Michael Fassbender. Charlize Theron takes a nothing role and gives the character a depth that isn’t really there.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie because of the IMAX experience. However, Prometheus is not in the same league as Alien which is a near perfect film. Noomi Rapace is good in Prometheus but she isn’t given a lot to work with. Noomi’s character, Elizabeth belongs to the new breed of female action figures who have super human skills, brains, and are tough as nails. In comparison, Sigourney Weaver, in her first starring role as Ripley in the movie Alien, is someone you identify with because she is an ordinary person thrust into an extraordinary circumstance. The two movies have very similar endings and it interesting to compare Ripley’s terror at the end of Alien to Elizabeth’s scared, but ultimately calm and controlled demeanor in Prometheus.
If you like science fiction and haven’t seen either movie, I recommend seeing Prometheus first. Prometheus is a good film, but if you watch Alien first you might be disappointed.