"My God, we were so wrong..."
You can spend ages debating whether it is a prequel or not. The references to Alien is most certainly there. But it should still be able to stand alone as one film. Which it does, even if it does raise several unanswered questions. Questions that might be addressed in possible sequel. That is unfortunately one of Prometheus flaws. There are some things that doesn't make sense, and while it is sometimes fine keep some things in the dark, I feel a bit cheated eventually. Particularly the opening raises a lot of questions.
If I am to address some of Prometheus other flaws, I need to move slightly into spoiler territory. Because there are some plot holes or just lack of logic that annoys greatly. For instance, Michael Fassbender puts some alien-stuff into Logan Marshall-Green drink, for some reason. This is turning him into some alien, but before that he have sex with Noomi Rapace. She gets pregnant (despite that she says she is unable to get pregnant), and is somehow already three months on the way. She panics and performs an intense surgery to get it out. It's an alien infant with loads of tentacles. She just leaves it in the surgery room, and doesn't give it any more thought. No one does. No one seems to give any thought about it. She just operated out an alien! Then there is the thing that certain characters could use some more development, instead of just being alien food. But that is to be expected I guess.
"How far would you go to get your answers?"
Despite all this, Prometheus is an excellent blockbuster and is so far the best film of the year. To begin with, the visuals are so awesome that I'm on the edge of having an orgasm. It's a visual triumph. The photography is beautiful, particularly in the opening scene, where the camera floats above the landscape. It's superbly designed. Everything in it looks great. The design of the aliens, the suits, the ships, the landscapes and the small little details. Everything is carefully constructed into perfection. Ridley Scott proves again that he is a perfectionist when it comes to the technical aspects of filmmaking. Even the 3D looks phenomenal, and this is perhaps one of the best uses of the technology that I have witnessed.
Noomi Rapace is proving herself to be a very skilled actress and her role in Prometheus shows how wasted her talent was in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. She does with great skill avoid to fell into trap of trying to recapture the same thing that Sigourney Weaver did in Alien. Instead she creates a whole different character, who's not as heroic as Weaver's Ripley. Instead she is much more fragile and there are scenes who shows her very high acting qualities. Like the mentioned surgery. Still, she is not the one who owns every scene she is in. That's Michael Fassbender as David the android-thingy. His screen presence is nothing but magnetic.
While it is not as tense or terrifying as Alien, Scott has still managed to create a suspenseful film. He does steadily allows the tension to build slowly and when he finally decides to unleash it, hell is definitely loose. Everything takes a turn for the chaotic and intense. The atmosphere is dazzling, the action is intense, the sound is brilliant, the score is majestic, it's a visual spectacle and despite it's flaws, it is always teasing my curiosity. I want to know more and I want to know it now. I'm hoping for a sequel, because this is one of the most interesting universes in film history.