The beginning of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” is deceptively calm. Scott takes time to set up the premise, carefully building the level of suspense as we watch a crew of scientists and their corporate sponsors set off for a faraway planet on board the spaceship Prometheus, searching for clues that could reveal how life originated on Earth. Yet anyone who has seen “Alien” knows better than to relax, and we know this quiet beginning is just lulling us into a false sense of security. Because while the crew of the Prometheus has no idea what horrors wait for them on the alien planet, we do, and what follows is a harrowing struggle to escape from the nightmare into which the mission quickly descends.
The film begins with two scientists, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), who have discovered an ancient cave painting in Scotland depicting a giant being pointing to the stars. Shaw and Holloway interpret this as an invitation from alien beings to come and visit their world. Weyland Corp. agrees to sponsor a voyage to this mysterious planet and outfits a vessel called the Prometheus for a voyage across the stars. Continue reading