Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Recommended Watching This Week: Prometheus

The events that took place in Prometheus were 33 years prior to the very first Alien movie (Sigourney Weaver) that was directed by the same man – Ridley Scott. The movie has already grossed to $142,550,101 worldwide on its third day since it opened in June 10, 2012, which also puts it at the number 1 spot on the top 10 movies this week. Also in case you don’t know the events in all the Alien movies as well as in the Predator movies are interconnected, that’s why we had an Alien versus Predator movie. Scott brought back the excitement and thrill from the first Alien movie in Prometheus and it also explored other parts of the franchise that few of us know about. Just like who created the Aliens and for what purpose were they created? Since they’re so abominable that their appetite for exterminating others is unequaled – it is as though they were bred only to destroy.

Ridley Scott took on the views of Erich Von Daniken, Zechariah Sitchin and Llyod Pye who were pioneers in the rising idea of our alternate origins, when making the Prometheus film. Anyways even though it seemed fictional, if you have read the theories of these men about our origins, your core beliefs will be shaken and it would be as if it was hit by a magnitude 9 quake. But the compelling thing about these guys is that they’re not religious nut jobs or are just out seeking fame and honor. They’re famous archeologists, linguists and authors who gave up their fame to search for the truth – and the truth that they preach is that the human beings were created by an advanced extraterrestrial race. Sure enough this was exactly the reason why the expeditionary team of the Prometheus deep space research vessel went to that remote region in the galaxy in the first place.

Nearly all ancient civilizations on Earth ascribe to “gods who came from the stars” or “heaven,” they created man and animals and in most cases they would destroy in order to create again. The Mayans worshiped Quetzalcoatl or Kukulkan, the Egyptians worshiped Osiris whose home planet is in the star system of Sirius in the constellation of Orion, and the Sumerians worshiped the Annunaki’s who came from the planet Nibiru (supposedly the 12th member celestial body of our solar system). Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discovered one common connection between all the ancient civilizations and that is they were created by the same superior alien race of beings from another solar system. However, when they came to the alien planet they found out that the gods, the aliens or the “engineers” were on the verge of destroying mankind or technically to replace it with a new life form. Sort of like upgrading our species (with a better one - to the reasoning of the "engineers" in the movie at least).

Peter Wayland (Guy Pearce) who funded the expedition and owns Wayland Industries sought an escape from death and gain immortality through these ancient aliens. His daughter Meredith Vickers Wayland (Charlize Theron) is in charge of the ship and is secretly waiting to take over her father’s corporate empire. When it became obvious to them that these ultra-human species would not reason with the humans all hell broke loose. The last surviving alien from that planet launched his space ship carrying a cargo of thousands of canisters filled with black liquid that has the power to rearrange the DNA of any living thing. This 10-foot tall pale skinned guy set a course for Earth to once again recreate Earth with new life forms and destroy human beings in the process. Even though it was never shown in the movie, the events hinted that they have been doing something like this for thousands or maybe even millions of years on Earth and probably elsewhere.

Dr. Shaw had no other choice but to have the alien ship destroyed before it will unleash its version of Armageddon on our planet. Captain Janek (Idris Elba) sacrificed himself and his 2 navigators to have the ship Prometheus collide with the alien space craft in order to hold it at bay. It was also shown in the film that the “engineers” did not intentionally created the acid-bleeding aliens but instead they evolved into that during and after the events in Prometheus. The movie ended with Dr. Shaw and David the android (Michael Fassbender) piloted the second alien spaceship and set a course for the home planet of the “engineers.” Dr. Shaw wanted nothing less than the truth from the would-be creators of the human race, which is the question “why did they want to destroy us?”

The answer awaits in the sequel of Prometheus where it will take a completely new direction following the story of Dr. Shaw this time and leaving behind Sigourney Weaver’s story in Alien.

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