As the reviews for Ridley Scott’s much anticipated film, Prometheus trickle in, there are two common threads amongst these reviews. One, unfortunately for us as film goers, is that the film is a mild disappointment. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I haven’t read much of these reviews other than the lead paragraph.
Secondly, this piece of advice may be a bit too late for many, but do not go into the film thinking that Prometheus is a prequel to Scott’s Alien. Prometheus exists in the world established by the Alien franchise, but it’s something different.
As a public service announcement, let’s lower our expectations a bit about the film. We know we’re going to see a beautifully constructed film, but perhaps the film is lacking a little bit in the story department. That’s what you’re going to get with writer Damon Lindeloff. A really strong premise that doesn’t necessarily play off at the end. Also, don’t expect all of your questions about the initial Alien films to be answered. Just forget about it and try to enjoy Prometheus for what it is.
On Monday, 20th Century Fox ended months of anxious speculation about the fate of Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The film has received an R rating for “sci-fi violence including some intense images and brief language.” In other words, it’s going to tense and scary film.
While some may wonder if the R rating will hurt Prometheus' domestic box office tally, it seems unlikely. Adults go to the movies as well and teens as they often do will find their way into a screening. More importantly, does this rating hurt the film's chances in international markets? International box office performance has become more important than domestic. As long as Prometheus is a hit all over the world, the rating doesn’t matter.
“[For] Prometheus, it would have been very easy—in fact probably in Chapter One of the Executive Handbook, if I ever read such a thing, it would say, ‘Go ahead, make a straightforward prequel to Alien.’ That would have been the easy thing to do. ‘Prometheus is the more challenging thing to do. It’s bolder, it’s original, it’s in the universe, but it’s not a literal story-based prequel to [Alien], it’s a wholly new science-fiction entry from Ridley Scott, who hasn’t made a science-fiction film in 30 years.
I can assure the fans—I’m very aware of their concern—absolutely they can take it that the film will not be compromised either way. So if that means that the film is R, then it’ll be an R. If it’s PG-13, then it’ll be a PG-13, but it will not be compromised.”
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.
"The original Alien was a pretty savage engine. I’ve always said it was a C-movie done in an A-way. Because it was the Old Dark House, you know. Seven people in the Old Dark House, and they’re all going to die. (He laughs) And they’re gonna die horribly and that in itself is a tricky exercise, because you can do it well, you can do it badly. But somehow that worked. It turned out pretty well.
I think one of the reasons why I’ve never gone back to science-fiction, even though I’ve often noodled around, thought about it, looked for story, looked for material, is that there’s a nice purity to the original Alien. It’s fairly pure. And this one does actually raise all kinds of other questions, because if someone could, a being, could be as monstrously clever to create something like we experienced in the very first one – I always figured it’s a weapon, and I always figured that [the ship in the first Alien] was a carrier of weapons. Therefore, who is that, inside that suit? That wasn’t a skeleton, that was a suit. And if you open up the suit, what do you get inside it? And why were they going, where were they going?”