Film Review: Prometheus

[Update: 8th June] To my surprise this post has been viewed an incredible number of times. Please note that this is my first film review and that it’s pretty damn poor! Perhaps I’ll get better over time!

*CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS*

Ridley Scott has come back to sci-fi and he’s done a bloody good job!

The USCSS Prometheus

I heard about Prometheus about a  year ago and have been inexorably excited ever since. It’s the freakin’ prequel to Alien for christs sake! There’s a cracking cast set up too. There’s Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender who is surely up for an Oscar with his superb acting of the android David.

The plot is what you might expect. Evidence of Aliens (or Engineers) having previously visited Earth have been found in cave paintings indicating a star constellation. Lets go and say hi. It goes wrong. It answers a lot of questions left behind from Alien (such as the space jockey) but leaves more questions being asked. The effects in this film are utterly sublime too. The ship, Prometheus, looks absolutely breathtaking!

Ridley has said in one of his interviews that Prometheus skirts around the truth of what may really be out there. Well, I can assure you, that it skirts so far from the truth there is no resemblance of the truth remaining. It’s a science fiction, that’s it.

Xenomorph?

The one thing in the film that didn’t make sense to me was the presence of this xenomorph-like feature (pictured). I can put together how I think it makes sense, but it doesn’t really. I’ll be going to see it again anyway, so maybe I’ll get the answer a second time round.

It’s possible, and Ridley Scott has talked about it, to there being a sequel (a sequel to the prequel!) If so it looks like it’ll move even farther away from the Alien franchise, and after seeing Prometheus, I think that’ll be a great thing!

Points out of 10? 9.5! The only disappointing factor for me was that it was only a 15 (I know they were under a lot of pressure to only make it a 15) and I’d expect a few more scares and so on. Eitherway it’s a true classic – GO AND SEE IT!

Here’s the trailer to get you more excited if you haven’t seen it yet!

Life looks for Life

Warning: This post is not based on much, if any, science. It is merely my opinion and pure speculation.

An article in the Guardian that someone linked to me annoyed me slightly today. It shouldn’t really have annoyed me, but I was up early for work so it did. The article was titled ‘Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations‘.

Now, first of all, to all you naysayers out there, there is an extremely high probability that other intelligent life (by intelligent in this respect we mean capable of deep space radio communication) exists in the galaxy and the Universe. The maths doesn’t really allow us to be the only life in the Universe.

We all think of aliens as if they’d be similar to us (two arms, two legs, and so on) but this is highly improbable. We only have two arms and two legs as a result of random events that happened in the first days of evolution. Despite what they may look life and their differences, an intelligent civilisation is surely going to have a similar morality though, right?

A more advanced civilisation than our own would be well past the point of destroying themselves, they’d have learnt the dangers as we are doing now. We’d have science and mathematics in common. Mathematics is the only universal language and it’s how we’d commune with them upon first contact. These aliens would be curious. Perhaps they’d been searching for other life in the galaxy too, they’d finally know that they aren’t alone, as would we. Even if they’d already discovered other life finding more would be an astonishing discovery.

Why would they see us as a threat (as some of the article suggests)? An advanced civilisation wouldn’t be afraid of a new, relatively under-developed civilisation emerging. They’d embrace it, right? They wouldn’t want to destroy us. They wouldn’t need resources from our tiny planet. They wouldn’t destroy us for our water, water’s one of the most common compounds in the Universe. There’s plenty of other planetary systems with far superior resources for them to use than the dwindling supplies on the Earth.

It’s all we humans have ever done, we are an exploring species. We crave to know more, to explore further. Life looks for life.