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Prometheus: World exclusive footage unveiled by Ridley Scott in London

Prometheus

Feature by Rob Carnevale

RIDLEY Scott redefined the sci-fi genre when he made Alien way back in 1979 and now freely admits that he has watched on ever since while subsequent film’s missed the opportunity to ask some of the early questions posed by that movie.

Thirty three years on he’s now posing them himself and the reveal looks set to become THE movie event of 2012.

World first new footage of Prometheus, the film that has resulted, was unveiled to eager journalists on Tuesday morning (April 10, 2012) in London that set the scene before posing yet more questions. And it looks spectacular.

Scott, who attended a post-footage Q&A afterwards with three of the film’s stars (Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron), played down both the potential to redefine once more or to stick too closely to the Alien template.

Rather, he spoke candidly about how everything is used up within the genre and how his finished film has evolved into something much more than merely an Alien prequel.

The last seven minutes will unveil a connection and there are several Easter eggs along the way but the more his own questions were answered the less inclined he felt to take on board connections to the original.

There will, however, be a surprise in store that he playfully referred to as the equivalent of the chest-burst scene involving John Hurt from the original.

While the four questions Scott has posed all relate to the space jockey seen in Alien and are: Who are they? Why are they there? Why that cargo and where were they going or had they in fact had a forced landing?

The footage itself picked up on the Isle of Skye (in itself a spectacular location) as Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Logan Marshall Green’s Charlie Holloway discover a set of cave paintings that suggest life on another planet and an invitation to go meet them.

It then bounced into outer space, where a tiny dot of a spaceship flies across a horizon filled with stars. It looks like a blip on the starscape until a close-up suggests the enormity of the vessel.

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Scott, as ever, has a heightened sense of scale and knows how to create images that illicit looks of awe. Moments later, the Prometheus spaceship returns to its dot-like appearance as it arrives against the backdrop of the massive planet its crew have been sent to investigate. On the big-screen, the images literally are jaw-dropping, while the 3D, for once, heightens the sensation of being lost in space.

Thereafter, we’re introduced to the ship’s crew via Michael Fassbender’s replicant
David and Charlize Theron’s mission commander Meredith Vickers, who wake them up after consulting with each other over whether any of them had died.

The mission debriefing then begins, allowing Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland to offer an introduction from beyond the grave (via hologram), and then Shaw and Holloway to take centre stage.

Without wanting to reveal too much, the mission intends to make good on Weyland’s promise that man can soon become Gods.

But the speeches that ensue suggest a faith versus science debate underpinning the movie as well as the potential to explore the meaning of life – both via Fassbender’s ‘soulless’ David and the fate of the crew itself. Has it been pre-determined?

The footage concluded with extended flash sequences from the trailers so far, which afforded more of an opportunity to see the space jockey ‘come to life’, lots of sticky little things attacking people, bodies in various states of deterioration and doom-laden warnings about how the mission had been miscalculated. Shaw utters the line: “We were wrong, we were so wrong.”

While Fassbender’s David suggests: “From little things, big things grow.”

It was expertly presented so as to leave the auditorium clapping in appreciation and craving so much more. Prometheus opens on June 1 and here’s what Ridley Scott had to say about it during the post-footage Q&A.

Sir Ridley Scott interview