Prometheus Film Review 2012 Ridley Scott

If you see the film from the very beginning, you may catch the first scene summarizing the myth of Prometheus. Here’s a short version of the Greek myth.

In the war between Men and Gods, Mortals and Immortals, the Gods usually win but not without some cost and even fights among the Gods. Promethus is one such duplicitous God who challenges Zeus’ authority by stealing fire for mankind.

Outraged, Zeus chains Prometheus to a mountain top where his liver is devoured by an Eagle everyday, only to grow back each night. To make sure we all hurt, Zeus also sends the first woman to mankind, Pandora, who brings with her a box full of evils, ‘pain, suffering, death and hope.’ Before she can close the box, all of the evils escape, except for hope.

If only the movie were that good. Some say the myth seeks to explain mankind’s scientific and intellectual ascent and their dark and heavy costs.

And though the movie begins with something like a Pandora’s box, unless you know the myth, that whole scene will sail over your head like the UFO you see.

In this film, the ‘fire stolen from the Gods’ is a bizarre ‘Alien Monster DNA’ that perpetuates itself by male oral rape, something right up Hollywood’s alley, obsession with oral sex.

So here we have an alien, that rapes you orally, thus creating a pyscho sexual trauma that results in a hideous ‘pregnancy’ (or psychological trauma) and birth of another ‘gay alien rapist.’

That’s sick. I agree. But hey, I didn’t make this flick. There’s a critical moment that sums this all up. I’m talking about a climactic scene in which a Mr. Universe God struggles with all his might to fight off an ‘alien oral rapist,’ but loses big time. Thus raped, Mr. Universe God gives birth to another big dripping ‘deviant alien.’

So if you think about it, the whole life cycle of an ‘Alien’ is a metaphor for the cycle of sex abuse. Innocent victims are destroyed by the ‘alien’ just as the victims of sex abuse are destroyed. The result of the deviant sex is not a beautiful bouncing baby but a traumatized individual or monstrous ‘alien’ that continues the deviant cycle of behavior trying to gain control, mastery or understanding of the traumatic event that started it all, but perpetuates the abomination instead.

This movie could have been great if it plumbed the depths of just one of the themes it touches on, like -The quest for eternal youth. Or the cost of Human beings’ wanderlust and curiosity. It’s said that, ‘to create one must first destroy,’ but who or what decides that balance?

And In the end, faith in God can not be explained, so how and why does it keep us going? All of the above are good topics that were touched on but hard to write about, so instead the writers take the low road and chase us around a spaceship with a deviant monster. Not very enlightening but fun.