Rated: R

      Back when the commercials for the sci-fi thriller Prometheus first came out, I was a bit unsure about whether I really wanted to see it or not. The commercials seemed to be rather vague as to what to the movie was actually about. As I saw more and more of them I was able to piece together what I thought was the general idea, and decided that I did in fact want to see it. Unable to catch it while it was in theaters, I rented it instead. I have to admit that until about half way through, when my husband paused the movie to tell me, I had no idea that it was supposed to be a prequel, of sorts, to the Aliens movies. I have meant over the years to see all of the Aliens series, but in fact have only gotten around to watching the first one, and I honestly don't remember that much from it. I think that put me at a bit of a disadvantage in really enjoying Prometheus. Based on some of the websites I looked at prior to writing this, I'd have to say that anyone who's not a super-fan of the Aliens series will probably not understand all of the supposed connections between the two movies and may in fact be left with more questions than answers at the end of the film.

        Prometheus starts (as so many sci-fi movies do these days) in the not-too-distant future. Archaeologists have uncovered the image of a man and some stars at multiple ancient sites around the world. Assuming that this image is that of humanity's creators (for some unexplained reason) the archaeologists gain funding from dying billionaire Peter Weyland to head up an interplanetary journey to meet who they dub “The Engineers.” Upon arrival on the distant moon (whose location they seem to have figured out based on the images uncovered) they discover an abandoned star base and several ancient dead “Engineers”. Accompanied by the perhaps too knowledgeable android David, people mysteriously die almost immediately, and definitely predictably.

          There were a number of questions left unanswered at the end of this film that are supposed to be cleared up with the sequel (yet another prequel to Aliens called Prometheus 2: Paradise). As if that's not annoying enough, there were also quite a few obvious plot holes. I'll do my best to mention a few without giving too much of the movie away. For example, its never explained how the archaeologists make the giant leap from discovering the images of the man and stars around the world to deciding that this is a map to mankind's creators. How is it possible for a man-like creature and a squid-like creature to have a baby that is one of the creatures from the Aliens movies? Why is it that in so many of these sci-fi movies where man travels to distant planets, no matter how near or far the destination is, it takes about 2 years to arrive? How does David,the android, know so much about the “Engineers” if no one's ever seen them, spoken to them or been able to study them? And why is it that in the beginning when we “meet” the crew, you already know that most of them will die?
Overall, with the sheer number of plot holes, sci-fi  clichés and questions left unanswered, this movie can't really stand on its own and is an awfully weak prequel. This is one movie that will have you asking many questions in the end, but certainly not the philosophical ones. More like you'll be wondering what just happened as you scratch your head in total disbelief and perhaps be a little confused as to why you watched this in the first place!
This was supposed to be director Ridley Scott's triumphant return to the science fiction genre, but I feel like perhaps he celebrated that victory a bit too soon. While this film did well at the box office, making around $126.5 million in the U.S., I think this has more to do with fans of the Aliens series than people interested in this movie on its own. If you've ever seen the Aliens movies and enjoyed them don't ruin that enjoyment by seeing Prometheus!
         Prometheus is rated R 
was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. It is available now on Blu Ray and DVD and digital download.