A couple weeks ago, I finally had the chance to see Prometheus. As a prequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic Alien, I remember it being one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. For me, it was a bit of a mixed reception.
I’m definitely no stranger to the Alien franchise but, in all my years, I’ve never seen the original Alien all the way through. Shocking, I realize, but I’ve just never had the chance to see it whenever it’s on TV or made the effort to seek it out. I know well enough about the film but the finer details certainly escape me.
However, I’ve seen the rest of the series so, while I had a decent knowledge of the entirety of the lore, any references to the original Alien that were made in Prometheus were going to likely be lost on me. But I think that helped me to enjoy this movie more than most.
I certainly remember a lot of people complaining about the plot and/or some of the character motivations, but I honestly didn’t find that many glaring flaws. Of course, there’s a bit of hokeyness involved: things like the android being the “evil” one because it’s a series tradition, the manufactured reason for the ship’s captain and his boss to conveniently be away from the main console when lost crew members were screaming for their lives (although I can’t blame the captain… if Charlize Theron was the only available woman nearby, I’d make a play, too), people just walking around getting MORE lost.
On the whole, the movie essentially deals with the question of humanity’s origin and knowledge vs. faith. In a series of flashbacks early on, the lead scientist is shown being taught by her father about religion and why he has faith in it. He states that he believes because for whatever reason, he chooses to.
Later in the movie, the android takes her cross pendant away during a medical “checkup” and although she and the crew have discovered that humans were created, she still believes in her faith and is upset when she can’t get her pendant back. Her reasoning being that if humans were created by their makers, then who created that species? It raised an interesting thought in my head that sat with me after finishing my viewing.
People seem to have this desire to solve the problem of what our purpose on Earth is. It’s as if we’re supposed to be some sort of special beings put here to shepherd all of life to a greater existence. Quite frankly, I think this is a bunch of BS.
I mean, look at us. We can’t even handle getting along amongst ourselves. If we have any greater purpose in life, I sure don’t see us accomplishing it anytime soon, what with our mass shootings, failure to see eye-to-eye, and constant need to put each other down.
On the flip side of this, do we even want to know the truth? In the movie, it is revealed that another race created us for some unnamed reason, only to have them consider us unworthy of existing. The “aliens” as we know them were created as a weapon to be used to eliminate our species. Now, I’m not saying this would be the case in our world, but who’s to say that it would be any better? I would think that a lot of people would be plenty bummed out if our creation was merely an afterthought of some kind or even just a strange natural coincidence. Even worse, radical religious nutjobs would only deny that truth anyway and possibly start conflict over said knowledge.
The human ego is a strange and often dangerous thing. I just like to keep mine heavily in check.
I don’t know, I could be all wrong, but I prefer to live in the moment. Things happen that I have no effect on and that’s fine. I can really only control the things I have direct control over. All I need to know about my creation is that my parents banged at some point in the early summer of ’77 and POP… Boots was born the following spring. It’s done me well, so far. Saves me a lot of stress, that’s for sure.
As far as the movie goes, I had fun. Could’ve been better in a lot of ways, but that didn’t really make it displeasing. I give it 7 corrupt androids with secret agendas out of 10 greedy CEOs searching for immortality.