For generations scientists and space enthusiasts have wondered whether we alone in the world. The release of “Prometheus,” which opens nationwide today, may reignite questions about life beyond the boundaries of our galaxy.
The film marks the legendary director’s return to the science fiction genre. Riddley Scott directed the 1979 film “Alien,” which pit protagonist Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, against one of the most iconic extraterrestrial antagonists of all time, the titular alien, writes CNet.
The film shows the crew of Prometheus which mission is to search for alien life, but instead they greeted with unexpected horrors. A series of mysteries unfold throughout the film, which is set in the future, with all of the advanced technology to be expected from the imagination of the legendary filmmaker.
“We looked at a lot of NASA and European Space Agency designs, and played around with those ideas in the context of what space travel would be like a generation from now,” production designer Arthur Max explained.
The movie reminds that scientists have long searched for aliens. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute has been exploring the “origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe” since 1984.
NASA’s Kepler mission, launched on March 6, 2009, has resulted in providing scientists a powerful tool in assisting the search for finding a planet in the “Goldilocks zone,” or habitable area.
“Scientists are optimistic that sometime in the next few years that they will find an Earth-like planet,” Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said. “The technology has become enormously more powerful. We can search more quickly over a wider range of frequency than before.”
The astronomer added that when it comes to the search for life in outer space “there are false alarms, but no close calls. What you think is not as interesting as what you can measure.” Finding creatures from other planets is still a big question mark.
Scott seems to be drawn to the dark side of space exploration. In his films, extraterrestrial beings tend to be hostile to humans.
“This brings us to the question,” Scott said, “what are the consequences of meeting a superior being, whose capabilities are quantum leaps beyond one’s own, and are in effect god-like?”
Undoubtedly, science fiction can convey grand ideas and heavy subject matter in a relatable; yet detached way.
In this genre can be discussed ideas of religion and the origin of mankind in the genre without feeling preachy or condescending. There is also a greater freedom to explore by not being bound by the natural order of the world.
Itβs well-known that Prometheus is a powerful figure in Greek mythology. The legend suggests that Prometheus was a Greek god who became a witness to the birth of humankind. ctually , Prometheus did is said to have created humankind himself, using clay.
The deity was so enamored with his work that he stole fire from his fellow gods and handed it over to this newly formed race to help it prosper.
To punish him Zeus sentenced Prometheus to eternal torment: He was chained atop Mt. Kaukasos to suffer daily as an eagle (the symbol of Zeus) pecks away at his liver. Overnight, the organ would grow back and the punishment would begin again.
According to box office prognosticator Gitesh Pandya of Box Office Guru, “Prometheus” has a slight edge at the box office as itβs main rival of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.β
Pandya predicts a box office haul of $47 million for “Prometheus,” which is rated R for intensity and violence, and $45 million for the PG-rated “Madagascar” sequel, says The Los Angeles Times.