Well, just watched Prometheus
Yeah, it wasn't good. Yeah, I gotta agree with the naysayers.
My summation of the plot:
I'd rather take Sunshine
with its terrible third act over Prometheus any day of the week.
The more I think about Prometheus, the more I'm reminded of the first Alien vs Predator. This is not a good thing.
I was also bothered by the fact that the computer displays and readouts
in Prometheus looked way more advanced then the ones in Alien, despite being a prequel.
What I want to focus on is the whole religion topic that the movie
seems to be touching on. You get the sense that the movie wants to make
you think about religion and God and aliens. But... I didn't really feel
like anything was really there to think about, other then just having
the question posed. Shaw says she still believes at the end. Well, why?
Was there something in the movie that gave her faith to keep believing? I
can't detect what that was. Am I the slow one here?
Now, contrast this with the movie Contact. I really like Contact. I know
there are people out there that don't, they might argue it's a bit
heavy-handed or whatever, but I feel Contact did a great job of
addressing religion and science and delivering something substantial
about the tension between those two. It broached the issue, and then had
something to say. There was still some mystery and some air of
otherworldliness to the whole affair, but I felt satisfied by the
treatment of the issue at the end. It delivered, and I give credit to
the screenwriter for that.
I'm not saying Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott needed to give us Contact
2, but they could've given us something. I didn't feel they really had
anything to say about religion, because whenever I was wondering about
the issue, all they did was launch another bloody monster chase scene.