by Tony Galvan
It would appear that science fiction is director Ridley Scott's métier. After an over half-decade run of films that ran the gamut from shockingly indifferent (the shoulda-been sure-fire "American Gangster") to the out-and-out indefensible (the attempted comedy "A Good Year"), Scott is kicking out the jams again...by going back, in a sense, to the film that made his name. A little sci-fi shocker called "Alien."
As you no doubt have heard by now, the new "Prometheus" is a prequel, of sorts, to the legendary 1979 film that introduced the world to predatory extra-terrestrial creatures with acid for blood. Under normal circumstances returning to so particular a well as this now-classic movie represents would signal creative stagnation, not to say entropy. But as it happens "Prometheus" is a spectacular, and spectacularly imaginative motion picture that deviates from "Alien" in some intensely interesting and engaging ways while establishing narrative continuity in a way that honors the, well, let's call it the exo-skeleton of the original.
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