Prometheus [Movie Review]


I watched the 1979 Ridley Scott movie Alien two days ago for the first time as a warm up for Prometheus. Alien movie even with the ancient tech and rubber suit alien was excellent and I was expecting something really good with Prometheus. I was not disappointed.

Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien movie. It explains how humans populated Earth. This time we are again travelling to the same (or slightly different) planet, not to investigate some signal but to find the engineers who created them. They are backed by a wealthy corporation – Weyland Corp. There are a few twists and turns in the movie which will surprise you but I am not going to spoil the movie for you.

The movie is a visual feast for the eyes from the start where earth was not inhabited by any humans to the planet which is a bunker of biological weapon. You will like the android David and are going to be annoyed with him too. Some of his actions cannot be explained, he is offended whenever someone reminds him he is an android. He has a childlike curiosity and fascination towards humans but he is also jealous of them because of his knowledge and he wants them to acknowledge his brilliance.


Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers is sort of a mysterious character. She is shown as strong, commanding and someone with an agenda of her own. She is in the mission to make sure everyone is doing what they are being paid to do. She has nothing much to do except look good in that leather space suit.

Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw strongly reminds me of Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the original Alien movie. Elizabeth Shaw is a survivor. She does some awesome stuff in the movie.

The storyline is sharp and the acting is strong. The surprising twists in the movie are rather fun. The movie is enjoyable whether you have watched Alien or not. But I would suggest that you definitely watch it before or after you watch Prometheus.

A little spoiler:

In Prometheus at the end of the movie the Engineer in the escape pod but in the movie Alien he is shown at the pilot seat of his spaceship. How did that happen?


Enjoy the movie.

  • Abhijeet Gandhi

    Nice review. As for the little spoiler question. It’s quite possible that the planetoid in the 1979 movie is not the same as the one being explored here in Prometheus. The derelict alien ship and the Space Jockey/Engineer seen in Alien are possibly one of many such ships scattered across the star systems on various military installation like planetoids (Something the ships’s captain Idris Elba hints in Prometheus) 

  • vinitneo

    Yes I too came to similar conclusion.

  • Breathless

    Euhm. You watched the first Alien movie only two days prior to seeing Prometheus.

    Yeah, well, maybe that’s why I can’t share any of your enthusiasm over it. Though I’m rather on the opposite site of the proverbial horse – I saw the Alien-movies quite long ago. Still, I was just…not amazed. It falls short of many things and I think it’s too forced. You’ll see what I mean once my review is up on iMDB, anyways.

  • vinitneo

    link me to your review when it is up on imdb.