When Alien hit the big screens in 1979 it brought with it perhaps the most fearsome creature from outer-space imaginable, but it also came with a mystery; where did they come from and how the fudge nuts did they manage to take down the big-boy alien creature on the derelict ship that awakens the Nostromo? In Prometheus we will get to see the back story of all this unfold.
The trailers didn’t necessarily give much away, which is always a good thing ahead of the release date, which was on the 30th May 2012, but in general the film follows the crew of the exploration ship Prometheus as it sets off on a mission to unearth the origins of humanity in outer space. Inevitable, it doesn’t turn out to be the simple journey that they were hoping for and the origins of the Alien story begin to unfold in ever sinister proportions.
With Ridley Scott back at the wheels of the darkly brooding sci-fi masterpiece, and new blood acting talent from the likes of Michael Fassbender (Alien: Covenant), Prometheus gave the series it’s big return to the big screen. There’s also the might of Charlize Theron (The Road, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Guy Pearce (Momento) to add even more big name might to a film that went on to be one of the big releases of 2012.
When you watch the Prometheus trailer you don’t really get a feel for how much of an impact the film will have on your heart rate, but we were a little disappointed with the overall result of the film. It’s riddled with holes in the delivery and while there are some positives in terms of the better CGI effects and performances from Naomi Repace, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, it doesn’t quite hit the mark as well as the original three Alien films.
However, the music and sound is just as impressive as ever. Just listen to the trailer without watching the tamed-down video and you get a feel for what it was like at the cinema. With the amplification potential of the 3D production, it ramped things up to out-of-body proportions. It’s just a shame that the film as a whole isn’t as strong as the sound that goes behind it.
Read our full Prometheus review for more details, but there is a minor reprieve for the horror flick thanks to the 2017 release of sequel, Alien Covenant, which back validates Ridley Scott’s return to the series. It helps to continue the story with a very strong delivery from both the filmmakers and the cast, which includes Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them), Billy Crudup (Jackie), Danny McBride (Your Highness), along with Michael Fassbender once again.
It’s also been confirmed that Alien: Covenant will be getting a sequel too, which will make for a prequel trilogy for the series.