In the 2090s a pairing of paleoarchaeologists stumbles upon a series of cave paintings/drawings. What they reveal is a host of civilizations (including the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Sumerians) pointing toward the sky as if to greet and honor their maker. This team consisting of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and her lover Charlie Holloway identify these illustrations as a sign that either God exists (Dr. Shaw is the religious scientist which offers a great intellectual contrast) or that humankind may have been engineered by a supreme race of beings.
Based on their findings, this team of scientific lovers captures the attention of billionaire Peter Wayland. Wayland is nearing the end of his life but one question has always driven him mad and that is "who created mankind?". Mr. Wayland wants the answer sooner than later and what he really seeks is immortality. With his nearly inexhaustible supply of money circa 2093, the space voyager "Prometheus" is built to navigate to another solar system where there is a planet nearby a sun like ours on which alien life has been acknowledged. Seventeen crew members set out to find the secrets of humankind, including his daughter Meredith.
On the inhabitable moon the spacefarers find more than they bargained for. Apparently, early in human history a race of humanoids sought to tamper with human DNA to create a new race of beings. They had extermination on their minds. These creatures traveled back to the distant star system to engineer an invasion of Earth, or to destroy it outright. Something happened onboard their ships however and they were rendered asleep in stasis for millennia. Only when these Earthlings were curious or foolish enough to seek them out were their ships and lives reactivated.
Prometheus moves slowly along but as aforementioned, it is the acting that is the crown jewel here, not the average sci-fi story. Michael Fassbender plays the eeriest robot of all time and he has an admirable way of being thoroughly convincing. Charlize Theron has started playing the role of the bitch in movies, see Snow White Huntsman for details. Given her loud political leanings this manifestation may not be far from the truth. Noomi Rapace is a STAR, a bright and shining star. With a body to die for (pun intended), she is so exciting and dynamic. Terrible things happen to her character and she handles all of them with rapt attention to detail. What can we say about Idris Elba? He is perhaps the best British actor today. His background in theater carries through to his onscreen performances. He turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Honestly folks, go see Prometheus and stay for the acting. The storyline is old and stale but the acting is new and fresh. See you at the cineplex!
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