Prometheus Offers Alternate Creation Story
- Friday, June 08, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: June 8, 2012 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Rating: R (for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Run Time: 124 min.
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green
Q. Who made you?
Q. What else did God make?
A. God made all things.
Q. Why did God make you and all things?
A. For his own glory.
Q. How can you glorify God?
A. By loving him and doing what he commands.
Q. Why ought you to glorify God?
A. Because he made me and takes care of me.
The Catechism for Young Children begins with life’s most fundamental question: “Who made you?” It follows that with several simple Scriptural truths, presented in a question-and-answer format. The document’s teaching on humanity’s origins is believed by Christians the world over.
Prometheus is a two-hours-plus, in-your-face challenge to those teachings. A prequel to director Ridley Scott’s Alien from 1979, Prometheus is the work of the same director. Scott, known for being a visual stylist, brings his pristine imagery to this widescreen, 3D spectacle. But the director is let down by screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. Their script raises its own questions about the origins of mankind, but its answers don’t rise to the level of profundity found in an average episode of the old Star Trek TV series—not to mention biblical truth.
The year is 2089, and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) have come across ancient cave paintings in Scotland. The images on the cave’s walls match other drawings found on separate continents. Collectively, the images hint at the origins of human creation, but questions linger. “I think they want us to come and find them,” Shaw concludes about the beings that inspired the paintings.
So they embark on a mission to seek out their Maker. Funded by a man named Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce, in embarrassingly poor old-age makeup), Shaw and Holloway lead a crew aboard the scientific exploratory vehicle Prometheus to a distant moon. Among the team are corporate overseer Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman), ship captain Janek (Idris Elba, Thor) and android David (Michael Fassbender, Jane Eyre).
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