From the desk of The Movie Snob.
Prometheus (B+). I barely managed to see this new sci-fi/horror flick before it leaves the theaters, and I’m glad I made the effort. Director Ridley Scott returns to the universe of his 1979 classic Alien for the tale of a space expedition to a remote world that may hold the secret to the origins of life on Earth. Once the astronauts arrive, they discover huge alien structures full of dead humanoid aliens, not to mention weirder and slimier artifacts of disturbing import. I found plenty to like about the movie–the acting was good, and Scott had no trouble ratcheting up the suspense and dread. There is plenty of gruesome stuff, which will surprise no one who saw Alien or its sequel Aliens. On the down side, it seemed like an awful lot of stuff was left unexplained, and some of the characters did some things that made very little sense, or that seemed physically impossible. And I thought Charlize Theron (Young Adult) was sadly underused as the icy corporate representative on the mission. But in the end, I enjoyed the movie and left the theater hoping there will be a sequel. If you’re one of the few folks who hasn’t seen the original Alien, I do think you will enjoy Prometheus more if you take the trouble to screen a DVD of Alien first.