Most of the words spilled over Ridley Scott’s remake/sequel/prequel (take your pick; it doesn’t matter) of Alien have to do with its efficacy as a reiteration or as a stand-alone sci-fi horror movie. But both movies are ruthlessly manipulative, devoid of internal logic, and utterly dependent on surprise penetrations of the frame lines from off-camera for “boo!” effects.
But Prometheus does serve as a marker in Hollywood’s reckless drive towards complete abstraction. Most of Scott’s creative energies are expended on scale in the simplest sense of the word; showing stuff big, then bigger, then biggest. The movie climaxes with the appearance of a huge, horseshoe-shaped spacecraft that does more rolling than flying. The escaping humans are nearly microscopic, which is just the way Scott likes them, those “ants” we see from skyscraper windows.
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