On this day in Film History: Prometheus (2012): Before Alien!!

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I almost didn’t watch this movie. I’d seen the previews, I knew it was a prequel to Alien (1979), and having seen Alien on many occasions, I had a fair idea of how the movie would go and I wasn’t sure if I could take it. However, that fall, my university had a free showing of the movie and I decided to give it a try.

My first reaction was: WOW!! I know this film has gotten mixed reviews, but me personally, I loved it. The suspense was absolutely killer, and the Engineer plot was intriguing, to say the least (I liked it because it explained what that giant dead alien on the LV-426 was in the first movie). I did raise an eyebrow at the plot detail that had the human species being “created” by these Engineers, but since it IS a science-fiction film, I let it pass.

The big thing for me with this film was: were we going to see THE alien? (You know the one I’m talking about). I spent a big chunk of the film holding my breath, expecting the xenomorph to jump out at any second. And while it didn’t look like my wish would be granted, there were plenty of terrifying scenes to go around. For example, when we see the proto-facehugger, anyone who has seen the movie knows that it’s not going to end well for the two numbskulls who have encountered it. In fact, as soon as it emerged from the oily pool, I knew it was something bad.

The reveal that the ageing/dying owner of Weyland Industries had tagged along in order to seek eternal life from the Engineers seemed a little rushed, but it did fit the character (he’s rich, he’s greedy, and he doesn’t want to give it all up by dying). I can’t say I was all that surprised when the surviving Engineer turned and ripped the old man apart (it’s a Ridley Scott film, you just know it’s not going to be easy or simple!) Michael Fassbender nailed his role as the android David, and I’m glad he’s returning in the next film.

I was so happy when Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) got run over by the crashing space ship. She was such an ice queen! It’s always nice to see the “mean girl” get what she has coming to her.

The one scene that really bugged me though was when Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) used the automated surgery device to remove the alien-thing growing inside her. Four years later and I can still barely stand to watch that part *shudders*. I was really disappointed to learn that Shaw won’t be in the sequel after all (I hope they provide some explanation for what happened to the character), I really liked her.

Now, let’s talk about the ending of the film, after Shaw and David’s head have flown away in another spacecraft. As soon as the camera starts heading into the wreckage of the “life boat”, you know something is coming. Then, when the proto-Alien is seen emerging from the Engineer’s corpse and stretching out (and mind you, you only see this in flashes), I completely freaked out! I was bug-eyed, like, oh my gosh, this is it, this is where the Alien comes from!! And when the screen went black immediately after that iconic scream, I was like “Nooo!!! Don’t end it now, tell me more! Give me more!!”

I for one, cannot wait for Alien: Covenant (2017)

*poster image is the property of 20th Century Fox

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