| May 30, 2012

Prometheus was the Titan god of forethought entrusted with molding mankind out of clay. In Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," the search for mankind's origin takes us far beyond the world we know and into a vast, uncharted and awe-inspiring universe.

After researching cave drawings from ancient civilizations, scientists Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her partner Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) hypothesize that aliens not only exist, but are inviting us to find them. Believing these extra-terrestrials hold the key to humanity's creation, they set forth on a magnificent journey that they hope will lead to answers. Viewers who are aware “Prometheus” is a prequel will know that the journey, and the film itself, will eventually lead up to Scott's 1979 thriller “Alien.”

So is "Prometheus" a film for “Alien” fanboys and sci-fi enthusiasts, or is it a thought-provoking movie where casual viewers will enjoy the search for man's greatest question: Where do we come from?

For "Alien" Fans:
"Prometheus" is not a traditional prequel, but more of a precursor that addresses a few questions that “Alien” fans have been asking for decades. Most notably, who was the fossilized pilot from the original "Alien" that franchise star Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) comes across in an extra-terrestrial wreck? And where was the pilot and his cargo of alien eggs headed? But, much like the previous films, there are plenty of ghastly and gory moments along with some nasty creatures and human hosts. Franchise fans will be pleased!

For Everybody Else:
Mysterious and mesmerizing, the use of 3D cameras and Scott's smart filmmaking bring the final frontier to life. You quite literally feel like you're floating in space and cruising along with the crew on this astonishing ride. The story itself is an interesting concept at the start, but it runs out of steam late. Time spent addressing the Alien franchise mythology can be confusing for the casual viewer as well.

Stunning, visually spectacular and ambitious, "Prometheus" manages to leave viewers in a polarized state: one side dismissing it as another Hollywood prequel looking to cash-in on an old hit franchise, the other arguing its merits as a piece of science fiction mastery. Which side will you be on?

The Date Nighter Says: Don't do it. Aliens, angst, death and desolation aren't exactly a great backdrop for a romantic night out!