From a Mormon hymnal: “If you could hie to kolob in a twinkling of an eye, And then continue onward with that same speed to fly… [you’d]… find the generation where the gods began to be?”
PROMETHEUS, the prequel to ALIEN (one of the best SF films of all time) and its dreadful sequels, is the story of a very rich religious person who spends what must have been all his money on an interstellar mission to look for God. (Mormonism is never mentioned in the film, but the reference is pretty clear.)
The Sigourney Weaver replacement figure is Swedish actor Noomi Rapace. She plays Elizabeth Shaw, who, along with her boyfriend Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) found cave drawings in many places on Earth showing one particular stellar configuration. On the strength of this, a dying multi-billionaire was convinced to launch the Prometheus expedition to find the creator of humanity. If one does not compare her to Weaver, Rapace does a passable job in the role.
And there is a white-goo-for-blood android, just like in ALIEN, only this one is psychotic.
Charlize Theron is in this film for no particular reason, playing the daughter of the nutty billionaire who launched the mission. At the outset, one cannot help but speculate that she might also be an android, and the ship’s captain hilariously actually poses that question to her. The rest of the cast is completely irrelevant cannon fodder. There is a really neat automated surgical unit, though.
It becomes clear quickly that none of the crew of the Prometheus had been given any sort of training on how to deal with situations that might arise in an alien environment. Everyone behaves stupidly, resulting in the deaths of nearly everyone on board. No one seems to be effectively in command.
Much of the technology shown is primitive. For instance, flamethrowers (!) are used to sterilize potential alien infection.
Despite all these problems, the film is engaging and eminently watchable, though it is 2+ hours in length. And we do find out more about the genetically engineered creatures from ALIEN.
Unlike the original ALIEN, he best thing about this film is the sequel (the release date for which has yet to be determined), which will presumably feature the only intelligent character, Elizabeth Shaw, cruising around interstellar space in an alien ship accompanied by the android’s severed (but still alive) head. Now that film I want to see.