WARNING: For those who have yet to see Prometheus and don’t want their viewing experience spoiled, STAY AWAY. This isn’t an invitation, but a warning.
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Prometheus was a demanding film, right? Leaves more questions than it gives answers, right? Well, I believe that was Ridley Scott’s intention.
I know that there are those who believe than a viewer’s interpretation, so long as it makes sense and is consistent, is enough. I, however, am inclined to do a more scholarly approach, which is to try and understand the filmmaker’s original intentions. When it comes to dead creators like Homer, Shakespeare, Van Gogh, and their ilk, one gets clues wherever one can. But when Ridley Scott’s alive and well, well, one checks out his interviews. So after reading several of his interviews and some bloggers’ theories online, I’ve decided that the following is an acceptable interpretation of the movie. Of course, I may be off in some things, so if you spot any discrepancies, do tell.
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From Gluta-Borta’s DNA came forth the human race. Several times the Gluta-Bortas visited their creations and left signs as to where they came from. That is, until around 2000 years ago, when they stopped coming. Why?
Cut to the ship Prometheus coming to their planet on Christmas Eve. And they discover a decapitated Gluta-Borta that was killed around 2000 years ago. What’s the significance of 2000 years ago?
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The movie Prometheus tackles, on several levels, the idea of Creators and their Creations, whether they are cosmically created (Gods and their creations), biologically created (parents and their offspring) or invented (hello, Dave the android). It shows how the creations eventually will take over or destroy or kill their creators.
In a couple of interviews, Ridley Scott said that most of the problems of this world are caused by religions, and this idea seeped into the making of Prometheus. The movie hints at the difference between religion and faith, with Shaw’s devotion symbolized by her cross necklace. The movie seems to imply that gods are best when they remain inscrutable beings that are way out there and are just used as as source of inner strength and faith. But mainly the movie is a cautionary tale, a warning that the more one gets to know their gods, the more disappointed one becomes. Because when you become face to face with your own god, you either end up killing them or being killed by them.
But still, Prometheus is a staggering film, and I like how it leaves viewers with something to think about and argue about. It’s the questions and the puzzles that make us want to push the curtain aside and see what’s behind. Then again, it’s that same curiosity of seeking knowledge that drives men to want to meet their gods, to revisit the past in search of answers. Or maybe it’s the drive to make a prequel. And when one seeks to revisit that which one created, it can sometimes bite him back.