Three reasons to watch it
The ever-busy and creative Ridley Scott says his latest film, 'Prometheus", is about "Where do we come from? What is our purpose? We are so close to answering meaningful questions."
In 'Prometheus', named for the Titan of Greek mythology who pitied humanity enough to bring fire and set the stage for civilization, we have a modern maniple of characters that is not so different from those found in any number of military dramas, such as 'Saving Private Ryan.' In the former, we have men and women of varying nationalities and accented (British?) English, while in the latter there were the stock characters of the the cerebral WASP, the bohunk Midwesterner, the savvy and perhaps corrupt urban ethnics, and maybe an Irish Catholic.
And it is the modern cast, with a beautiful blonde commanding officer played by Charlize Theron, that on a space mission to an unknown planet find something beyond imagining, but what might be actually rooted in the human subconscious. In boldly going where no human has gone before, and surpassing the limits of civilization, they have an encounter with titans, ogres, pythons, and divinities living in the savage borderlands. And like these demiurges of antiquity, those in Scott's reckoning challenge humans to their limits and thus define themselves.
Here we have a drama, which promises scary monsters, incredible sets, and "bio-mechanoid" life forms aplenty. Ambitious as always, Scott surely delivers a good time in his films, if not necessarily any answers to the great questions. But 'Prometheus' looks good enough to watch.