Prometheus: trailer analysis
We’ve gawped and gasped at the first full trailer for Prometheus several times now, so what does it all mean? Here’s our analysis of that tantalising footage…
Published on Dec 22, 2011
Screaming. People running in terror down narrow corridors. An unseen, probably horrifying unearthly presence. Ridley Scott may be at pains to distance Prometheus from the Alien franchise, but the first full trailer for his belated return to sci-fi is evidently cut from the same sci-fi horror cloth.
As good as the trailers for The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit have been, neither have encouraged quite so much frame-by-frame analysis on our part – and as we’ve picked over every tantalising shot in the promo released yesterday, more unexpected things leap out at us from the darkness.
First, the obvious: the connections to 1979’s Alien are absolutely everywhere. The slowly building type, ship design and angle and lighting of certain shots all directly reference Scott’s earlier film. The alien itself may be conspicuously absent, but Prometheus looks far more like a prequel than Scott had let on.
The trailer opens, ominously enough, with what sounds like a panic-stricken cry for help into a radio. Judging by the accent, it’s safe to say this female voice is that of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace). “I was wrong. I was so, so wrong,” she appears say over the radio static. And then the really interesting stuff begins.
A spaceship – presumably the Prometheus – arrives on an alien world. We know from earlier interviews and synopses that it carries a group of scientists – among them Shaw, Vickers (Charlize Theron), David (Michael Fassbender), and Janek (Idris Elba) – who’ve been sent to the other side of the cosmos in search of the origins of mankind.