Fire Thief

31 03 2012

There is a story in greek literature about a titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. Most people know who Prometheus is. He became popular even in the face of terrible punishment, perpetual renewal of his liver which is devoured everyday by a great eagle. Socialist and Communist movements have embraced the brother of Atlas as a symbol of their respective causes.

Cheeky bastard.

But that’s not the Prometheus that I’m interested in. Not by a long shot. That’s not to say he isn’t an interesting character. I’m just not talking about him right now. Or at least, I plan on stopping in a moment.

I’m talking about the Ridley Scott film that will be coming out later this year.

Ridley Scott is a brilliant man. I can’t say there is a single film he has produced that I’ve disliked. That anybody has really not enjoyed. ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, ‘Black Hawk Down’, ‘Blade Runner’. He’s got some serious film credits here. You know what, just go here.  It’s worth poking around just to make sure you are sufficiently educated.

So, in case you have a bizarre fear of links, (in which case how in the world do you use the internet?) I’m going to roll this sucker into a tidy nutshell and present it to you.

He’s revisiting the Alien franchise.

There. Condensed, rolled, coagulated and whatever other word you could pull out of a thesaurus. (Which sounds like a pretty bad ass dinosaur, slaughtering Stegodons with the power of the alphabet!)

The film ‘Prometheus’, coming out later this year is a look into the past. A sort of, kind, not really, a prequel to the Alienfilms. Per the man himself, it is set in the same universe as the original films but will not feature the horrific monster’s dreamed into being by H.R. Giger. Which speaking of horrific, take a look at that guy. Seriously, hit the link. No wonder he’s won awards for his work in horror movies.

Allow me to offer you a brief synopsis.

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Yeah. Doesn’t seem, at least on the surface, that it’s anywhere near the same beast.

However, it is directly related to the already existing franchise. We will be learning more about the dead alien in the first movie aboard the ship where John Hurt met his demise. Which, I for one, am very excited about. It’s a story universe that enthralls me. The grit, the horror. Its delicious.

Now I know what you might be thinking. You might be saying to yourself,crap. It’s another steamy pile of prequel. Way to take a great thing and ruin it with back story, ya HACK!

I understand. This is a natural feeling. This was the problem with the Star Wars movies. The prequels were, in fact, nowhere near what the original three films were. They took a great bit of writing and killed it by introducing back story. Badly. Part of what makes the originals so good is that we started in the middle of the action, we had all we needed to know to enjoy the hell out of that story.

And just how many coolness points did Darth Vader lose after we learned that every moment prior to his donning the mantle of dark-side-badassery was spent whining to someone about something? I’m still trying to figure out how he convinced Padma to sleep with him. She must have fix-it issues. That’s all I can think of.

But this? This return to the past? I’m thinking it’s going to go a different way.

The fact that the events in ‘Prometheus’ are entirely removed from the timeline of the first several films, is a good sign. We are messing around with the already established, and simply fantastic, stories of the first four movies. (I’m not including the Aliens vs. Predator films because holy crap, those are a different sort of poison. And I don’t mean good.)

They are going to show us what Ripley and Dallas and all the rest of the Nostromo crew had for breakfast before they left Earth or what they did when they got to the mining place to get their load. There is sufficient disconnect to preserve the grandeur of the original films.

We are being enriched in other events in the universe. I’m excited. Can’t bloody wait.

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