16/6/12 Ridley Scott – Prometheus 2012

Over the weekend, I watched Prometheus, which is a recent film that is directed by Ridley Scott. According to Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian, Ridley Scott is the prequel to alien, which is also directed by Ridley Scott.

The 3D visual effects were very impressive and the narrative did cause a level of suspense or anticipation through the character’s journey into the abandoned spaceship.

Prometheus also caused a sense alienation as each character embarked onto new territory. Prometheus is a spaceship, which contained as least seventeen crew members who travelled to space in oder to search for answers about humanity or the creation of the human race. As the narrative develops, each character is confronted with their own demise when they begin to discover race or species that are determined to destroy their visitors.

Skull 1: Peter Weyland from Prometheus 2012

The film does allow one to question man’s desire to search for a reason that will never have an answer. Prometheus offers a negative depiction of the human race through greed and narcissism, which encourages one to question the current state of the human condition.

Peter is also a manufactured robot who features human characteristics, although David lacks the ability to possess human empathy or emotion. Personally, Peter is the most interesting character within the film, which offers a huge comparison to the other characters who lose control to their emotions.

Prometheus also featured the alien, the human and the manufactured object all in the same space, which questions how far man will go to pursue power and control. There are a couple of scenes within the film, which may cause one to cringe at the sight of David drinking the contaminated fluids or Elizabeth’s illness.

Skull 2: Prometheus 2012

I have recognised that there are skulls throughout the film, which are used signal danger within the film. There was a sand dune that was formed into the shape of a skull and there were skulls within the spaceship, which were usually noticeable when Peter appeared on-screen.

Perhaps the image of the skull provides the viewer with an inclination that there is a violent or disturbing scene within the following sequence. Is the image of the skull becoming a popular and reproducible item within the 21st century?

Overall Prometheus featured sophisticated visual and audio effects, although the ending of the film was rather disappointing or dull.

Peter Bradshaw, “Prometheus – Review”, The Guardian, 2012, (Accessed 16/6/12)

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