Fascinating Analysis: Prometheus Unbound: What The Movie Was Actually About
Prometheus: 8 Key Themes In Understanding The Film
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You can read PART 2 of this series HERE.
In the first article of this “Answering the Titan” series we attempted to decipher the clues that are laid out in Prometheus in an effort to solve what many see as an ambiguous storyline, observing that the movie presents a series of hints alluding to plot answers, though few if any of these answers are definitive. In the second article we explored the mythological and literary motifs that form the philosophical backdrop for the Prometheus narrative, and concluded that Prometheus weaves its narrative tapestry from a disparate collection of ancient myths and legends.
In this article we will talk about the key themes underlying Prometheus which, at its heart, is a cautionary tale about the dangers of dabbling with that which is not fully understood; and a fable that creation, progression and knowledge are unalterably linked to the interwoven notions of creation and destruction.
1. The Premise: Aliens Seeded Life On Earth
The overarching central idea of Prometheus is that it serves as an exploration of the dynamics between the creator and the created. We have 3 ‘races’ here: Engineer, human, and android, arising from their mythological parallel- the 3 key ‘races’ from classical Antiquity: titan, Olympian, and human. The exploration of this dynamic stems from the film’s central premise: that eons and eons in the past an ancient race of super-beings, whom Shaw will one day optimistically christen ‘Engineers’, helped seed life as we know it on Earth.
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Here's my review: SHOOT Reviews Prometheus 3D
Below is a collection of interesting reading, providing background, interpretations, debate and some compelling conjecture.
Listen to the audio commentary at the beginning of this review from Slate.
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Ridley Scott, Director of Prometheus [Audio + Transcript]:
As usual, I’m offering you two ways to get the interview: you can either click here for the audio, or the full transcript is below.
Question: How are you doing today, sir? Congratulations.
Ridley Scott: Thank you, sir. Look at this technology (he’s talking about all the recorders on the table). Jesus Christ. 40 years ago when Kirk said “Beam me up, Scotty” we used to think that was fucking ridiculous, remember? Seriously, that’s been 40 years and then when he says the “disintegration” of his matter into the “reintegration” of his matter in the next space, that right there is light speed. So they touched on light speed. I’ve talked to NASA about this and they’ve said that’s light speed. So “Can you do it?” They said “Yeah. Have you got seven glasses of water?” I go “Not the seven glasses of water trick, please.” There were all scientists in the room and he started to explain to me the relativity and the speed of light. “Can you do it?” “Yeah.” He said the only barrier is “us.” He said, I can mathematically explain how, but we haven’t gotten there with that. And with that, first question.
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Charlize Theron, Vickers in Prometheus [Audio + Transcript]:
As usual, I’m offering you two ways to get the interview: you can either click here for the audio, or the full transcript is below. If you want to hear Theron swear a lot, listen to the audio.
Question: Can you talk about how the script evolved from when you first read it?
Charlize Theron: Well, from the time that Ridley sent it to me, it was probably in a two-week period discussed it on the phone and he introduced me to Damon, and we kinda just had like a back and forth for a couple of days. Then Damon went for, I think just two weeks and did some writing and came back with a really, really good foundation. Then it kind of just continued, as all movies do. This wasn’t an unusual experience for me, that you then sit down and have more discussions about it and more things come out of it and little tweaks here and there and things come in and go out. You know, that’s kind of like ongoing for me on every movie, so that’s kind of how this came about.
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Michael Fassbender, David in Prometheus [Audio interview + Transcript]
As usual, I’m offering you two ways to get the interview: you can either click here for the audio, or the transcript is below. Another warning, I’ve edited out a big spoiler in the transcript. If you listen to the audio you’ll still hear it. You’ve been warned.
Question: So are you enjoying that you can at least talk about the film a little bit?
Michael Fassbender: No, I much prefer it when I don’t have to say anything. (Laughs) It makes my job much easier. Yeah, I haven’t seen it yet. You guys have seen it and I haven’t seen it. I see it tomorrow with them at the premiere, so you can tell me. (Laughs)
You’re pretty good in it.
Fassbender: Thanks, man. It was fun. It was a lot of fun. What do you want to know
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Two Bloggers who hated it:
1. Why Films Like Prometheus are Driving Me to Alcoholism
2. Review: ‘Prometheus’ is a Visually Stunning Epic Failure – Forbes
Barry Ronge on Prometheus
Barry Ronge on Charlize Theron in Prometheus