The Seven Virtues of ‘Prometheus’
Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction opens today in theaters and I give it my approval. It’s refreshing to see a big budgeted, true science-fiction film hit theaters. No, I didn’t say a science-action film, which some popular films (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek for one) masquerade as or an adventure film set in space–a real, science-fiction film, deeply rooted in science and full of themes of humanity.
Screenwriter Damon Lindelof and Director Ridley Scott, Wondercon 2012.
Photo by Lucky Bronson
The ties to the Alien saga are no longer a surprise, in fact they clearly acknowledge it in the latest TV spot, but the original Alien was a more of a psychological horror-thriller and Aliens was a military video game come to life. I’m not quite sure what expectations will be for Prometheus, especially by those who are leaving unsatisfied; I thought it was a thrilling, satisfying prequel to the Alien saga that gives us much more to talk about whether a sequel is in the works or not. So I present my Seven Virtues to admire about Prometheus: