The 15 Big Ideas in Prometheus

Prometheus is going to be a controversial film. As a prequel to Alien, and a “summer” movie, it has a certain suspense / horror / sci-fi pedigree that generally belies serious conversation. There’s no particular reason Prometheus should have “big” themes running through it, any more than Battleship or MIB 3 would, except for the salient fact that we believe director Ridley Scott has embedded some interesting nuggets throughout, much as he did with Blade Runner.

So what are these “big” ideas? What are the questions and themes Prometheus tackles throughout its two-hour running time? We’ll start with the easy ones, and then progress toward the more philosophical questions.

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Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Charlize Theron.

Charlize talks the evolution of the script from when she first read it to shoot, the secrecy of the production, the brilliance of working on practical sets vs. cg, the extent that Ridley Scott went to make everything feel real, gives a little bit of insight into the backstory of her character, being frightened by the unknown, deciding not to rewatch the Alien films before shooting, having fun with Fassbender in between takes on set, theories about her character, the delivery of dialogue, preparing for Mad Max: Fury Road, making big movies vs. making smaller movies,  producing tv projects with Ridley Scott and David Fincher, the attraction to do tv over films, her obsession with HBO and Game of Thrones, finding time to take a vacation, and much more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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Usually when a film opens, its viral campaign is over. Not the case with Prometheus. Ridley Scott‘s latest film is one that encourages a lot of conversation (obviously) and, if you stay to the end of the credits, the conversation continues online. There a website called What Is 10-11-12? is revealed which features a video of Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) preparing for his TED talk as well as an image of the book Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche. What does it all mean? We’ll try to point you in the right direction after the jump. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 188 – Prometheus

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam offer some faint praise for Snow White and the Huntsman, discuss the pleasures of getting into Dr. Who, reflect on the Blu-Rays for Alien and Breaking Bad, and try to make sense of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be reviewing Moonrise Kingdom next week.

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The reviews thus far:

This review contains mild spoilers. Major spoilers have been saved for the end, and cannot be seen unless highlighted.

There just has to be something meaningful under the surface. Right?

When the spectacle is this detailed and carefully composed, and the mythology this intriguing, and the caliber of the cast this impressive, how disappointing would it be to find out that Prometheus indulges mindless escapism no more rewarding than that of a Michael Bay film?

If only. I could forgive “disappointing”, so long as the mindless escapism on offer were willing to commit to the part (see: Aliens). But there’s a key difference between a silly sci-fi affair like Prometheus and that of the Transformers variety: Michael Bay knows exactly what he wants his films to be, and doesn’t insult viewers by pretending that they’re anything more. He doesn’t allude to a higher purpose when presenting his particular brand of sensory assault, and then refuse to pull back the curtain when it comes time to reveal what that higher purpose is.

Prometheus may seem like more sophisticated fare, with a promise of greater significance deeply entrenched in the oft-mentioned subject matter (i.e., uncovering the origin of human life), but the movie utterly fails at tying its ideas and its monstrous happenings together. Despite feigning interest in probing life’s most pertinent mysteries, the film has nothing to say. It asks — literally asks, aloud — weighty questions without any interest in exploring the answers. The film expects you to do the heavy lifting, as though it should be rewarded for even daring to ask the questions to begin with. What is the meaning of life? Where do we come from? Why do we believe what we believe? What makes us human? What drives us to find the answers to these questions? Read More »

Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Michael Fassbender.

Fassbender talks playing an earlier model of android, cinematic influences for the role, David’s contempt for humans, what David did the 2 years when everyone was in cryostasis, the possibility of appearing in Prometheus sequels, how humans treat David, not having time to do a lot of preparation for the role, further delving into the hinted relationships he has with Weyland and Charlize’s characters, playing up the comedy in moments of the film, working on the viral marketing for the project, trying to produce feature films, his future project slate, not acting for nine months, and much more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).

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Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Noomi Rapace.

Noomi talks about the secrecy of the production, the physicality of her performance, and having to work in the uncomfortable space suits, shooting the most horrific scenes in the film, the parallels between her character and Ripley, the possibility of Prometheus sequels, her reaction to seeing the film for the first time, changing her body for the role, her career trajectory from Sweedism actress to Hollywood star, improving Sherlock Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr and much more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview director Ridley Scott about his upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus.

We talk about the evolution of technology, teleportation, going from models to CG, how Prometheus evolved from his unanswered questions in Alien, his facination with Artifical Intelligence, the film’s original title Alien: Paradise, the creator-creation dynamic, his decision to build huge sets and not to rely on CG, the film’s viral advertising, working with Charlize Theron, where a Prometheus sequel could lead, writing a book vs. writing a screenplay, updates on all the projects he’s been atteched to, and more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made the one real spoiler invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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