Prometheus Extended Footage Event
Excitement for Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic reaches fever pitch as we see extended footage.
Heading to yesterdays Prometheus extended footage event, it’s fair to say that excitement was in the air. As a self-confessed Alien nerd, it’s difficult to stay excited when the man that started it all, Sir Ridley Scott himself, is in attendance.
SPOILER ALERT: It's pretty much stating the obvious, but if you want to go into Prometheus cold, click away now! Whilst we don't reveal much by way of plot, there remains some speculation and reaction below.
Introduced by a marketing type from Fox, the footage was about to roll when we were informed that we were the first people in the world outside of Fox to see what we are about to be shown. Cue enormous fangasm, increased heart rate and actual physical shaking with excitement.
We were then shown a quarter of an hour or so of Prometheus, mainly from the opening. Not wanting to lay my cards on the table too early, but from what we saw, this is a five-star film.
Doctors Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are shown discovering a mysterious cave painting on the Isle of Skye. Showing humans worshipping a tall figure pointing to the stars, the significance of this is not lost on Shaw, with Rapace showing off her second-to-none crying skills.
Cut to some of the most beautiful exterior space shots we’ve ever seen, as the scientific research vessel Prometheus cuts silently through the cosmos towards its destination, the planet… LV-223. This was 2 day late Easter Egg for us Alien fans, and a few knowing murmurs were to be heard. We see ship’s android David (Michael Fassbender) going diligently about what we presume is his daily routine whilst the human crew are in stasis, before heading over to freshly-defrosted corporate suit Vickers (Charlize Theron). Vickers comes across as an ice-cold company type in classic Alien style, as she dispassionately asks David if any crew members didn’t survive the trip. There is clearly a lot more to Vickers than meets the eye – I certainly have my theories – but for now she remains an enigma.
The crew are briefed on their mission by a hologram of Peter Weyland, played in heavy prosthetics by Guy Pearce. He explains that he is by now dead, and that they are accompanied by the closest thing he has to a son, David. Discussing David’s lack of a soul, I got shivers as the film began to discuss the key franchise themes of humanity, technology and the relationship between the two. David is clearly going to be key to the narrative, and again I have my theories, but just enough is being kept under wraps to keep us guessing. Their mission is to seek out the alien civilization which appear to have left messages on Earth. Is it a map, or an invitation? Muse the characters, as the ship nears its destination.
A visually arresting landing sequence is then orchestrated by Idris Elba’s Captain Janek, as the ship touches down on the surface of the planet. We are then shown a quick montage of footage from the trailer, and a couple of flashes of new images which have us very intrigued indeed.
Something which was particularly notable was the 3D work. I had worried that the widely unpopular medium would become an irritating distraction, but the visuals we saw were absolutely fine, filmed with the very sharp RED camera, which seemed to get around the inherent darkness of 3D visuals.
In the Q and A afterwards with Sir Ridley (Although he revealed he hates being called that), Rapace, Fassbender and Theron, few plot details were revealed, although a few were teased;
-There is a scene featuring Rapace which is the equivalent of the iconic chestburster scene in Alien, with the actress mentioning that she had suffered nightmares for weeks after filming it
-Theron mentioned that Vickers’ motivations will become clearer as the story moves along, and hinted that she would shed her rather cold exterior.
-The relationship between creator and creation will certainly be key, with David a central figure.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m pretty excited for Prometheus. The audio of the Q and A will be available soon, and we will post it as soon as possible.