Prometheus (USA, 2012)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce
It's taken a very long time for me to figure out exactly what I think about Prometheus. If you were one for damning with faint praise, you might call this an achievement in itself: the majority of modern blockbusters are so generic and predictable that we don't need to think long and hard about them after we leave the cinema. And while it has been hyped as much as the next mega-blockbuster, Prometheus promises so much more, delivering on just enough of it to win you over even as you sit there scratching your head.
Alien. The key to understanding this lies in the function of the Weyland Corporation.
exposition is a bitter pill that must be sugar-coated for audiences, and in its opening act Prometheus does this splendidly, having the confidence to keep a lid on matters while pulling us slowly into this increasingly spooky universe.
Blade Runner than to Alien, a fact reinforced by the increased screen time accorded to Michael Fassbender's character.
The Man Who Fell to Earth - an example of a film in which substance can come through in the face of narrative difficulty (and indulgence).
Verdict: The Tree of Life in space