CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

2012 Ridley Scott's "Alien DNA" strain can be found in "Prometheus"

For most of his life, Director/Writer Guillermo Del Toro dreamed of adapting H.P. Lovecraft's novella, "At the Mountains of Madness." Del Toro came close a few years ago, but funding fell apart. After a screening of **Prometheus** a few weeks ago, Del Toro feels he no longer needs to produce his "Mountain of Madness."

**Prometheus** became the first motion picture to open at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery with an "R" rating. While lacking gratuious violence and sex, **Prometheus** features intense scenes that are personal and painful. This film also features good old fashion science fiction fun with interesting theories about origins, science and theology.

While spelunking in the caves of Scotland, Archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) connects the pictograph dots that are similar to the Egyptian, Mayan, Aztec and Sumerian Cultures. Using the technology of the late 21st century, Professor Shaw interprets these pictographs as road maps to the future.

She finds a sponsor in Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), assembles a crew and blasts off on the spaceship "Prometheus." Four years later, the Prometheus crew land on an uncharted planet with an alien fortress.

Revealing more about the plot would be a disservice to the big screen experience. Suffice to say that reviewing the previous 4 **Alien,** 3**Predators** and 2 **Alien vs. Predator** movies will increase your viewing pleasure. A review of Lovecraft's novella and Erich von Däniken's drug store bestseller "Chariots of the Gods" will enhance comprehension of the deeper themes.

In a good way, **Prometheus** feels like older and more literature science fiction. After 33 years, director Ridley Scott returns to the same universe that he help create in **Alien.** What **Prometheus** lacks in narrative structure, Ridley Scott makes it up with visual clarity.

**The Amazing Spider-Man** takes over the IMAX screen on July 3. If you are seeking one of the most cerebral motion pictures of the summer, then see **Prometheus** before it departs the really big screen.
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