|Prometheus suggests that Charlize Theron is an android, which I have long suspected.|
Prometheus does a great job of including viewers who are new to the Alien franchise: the plot was perfectly comprehensible without any background knowledge. 15-20 minutes could be cut for a better-paced film, but that's so standard nowadays there's hardly any point mentioning it. My main quibble is with the scientist characters, who were bogglingly stupid (for example: two get lost overnight in a path which we later see mapped as perfectly round). Charlize Theron is marginally more interesting as sneaky, serpentine Meredith Vickers, but Fassbender as David really steals the show. He's 50% Laurence of Arabia, 50% Mephistopheles, and 100% deliciously evil.
It's the small character details -- David watching Peter O'Toole's Laurence to copy his hairstyle, Janek's (Idris Elba) seduction of Vickers (he asks "are you a robot?" and seranades her with "Love the One You're With"), that make Prometheus better than your average sci-fi thriller. Dramatic excellence is there as well -- both cinematic beauty and edge-of-your seat tension -- but by and large it's embedded in too much bloated sci-fi rhetoric. Prometheus gets a 3/5, and I'm pumped to watch Alien.
|"Oh, I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay...."|