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Published April 8th 2014
Hyped-up 'Aliens' with Gender Issues
The epic prequel to the Alien series. The origin story. All that you know and love about Aliens is here. Although most of the film is more tribute than something wildly different, it is executed well enough to satisfy die-hard fans. Most of the film feels very modern and clean cut, which makes the pivotal scenes even gorier.

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Our new heroine Elizabeth is played by Noomi Rapace of Swedish version Girl With A Dragon Tattoo fame. Her performance is even better when you know she had been speaking English for only a few months at the time of filming. Elizabeth is the focused scientist and our new Ripley. Charlize Theron plays Meredith, the determined boss who's funding the project. She is unfortunately not the second strong female character you would hope for and ends up falling flat.

The scientific project has a group of scientists researching a cave that houses an alien spaceship. Basically the idea is to exploit alien technology to help Meredith's father find the cure for mortality. In the future being a scientist is always a cooler job. The sleek interior shots of the scientists' spaceship build-up the field trip to the cave. There's water everywhere and even before they open the doors you know this is where the messy stuff is going to happen.

The first deaths are a let down. It happens too fast and is too lack lustre. However I was not disappointed by what happened next: a methodical experiment in murder. It's reminiscent of the walking dead where its the people you have to be afraid of. A calculated malevolence with far-reaching consequences, which is a nice shake up when I assumed it would just be gory. The gore in itself is not a let down and actually improves on the animatronic puppetry of the original films (unlike The Thing).

In addition to the beloved Alien tropes, Prometheus really capitalises on having a female lead character. Capitalised in a new way, not simply having underwear modelling scenes or 'slasher-tit' scenes where a serial killer kills the girl who happens to be naked or topless. Elizabeth has to deal with sexism from a computer! Even in the future women don't get certain operations and have to feel bad about not being able to have children.

Elizabeth still works in a male dominated field and sadly in the future the gender imbalance in science has not changed. I interpreted the film as touching a few issues: the future of cyborg and human interactions (not new to the franchise), gender equality and promoting safe sex. The last one might even be the most important because when all hell breaks loose it becomes very relevant.

Prometheus was visually stunning. It felt like an updated version of Aliens yet kept the core principles intact. The horror was heightened, the gore was as it should be and there's even space for issues to be tackled in sci-fi. Whether you saw this in the cinemas, on a plane (double points for me) or are new to the franchise, watch this for a great shocker of a movie night. Here's hoping the sequel is just as good.
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Why? The monster genre at its best.
When: Out Now
Where: DVD / Blu-Ray
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