‘Prometheus’ Trailer: Five Key Elements

Ridley Scott's teaser, featuring Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron fighting for their lives, is reminiscent of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner.'

If you’re a fan of movie trailers, consider your holiday wants and wishes fulfilled now that the teaser for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” has dropped. It’s the fourth trailer released this week for a hugely anticipated 2012 film, following “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Wrath of the Titans” and “The Hobbit.” Here’s a look at five key elements that deserve MTV News’ over-analysis:

Plot Tease
We still don’t know a lot about the story line in this film, but this one-minute spot sheds a lot of light on what the action will center around: a team of explorers, scientists and anthropologists sets out on a journey to find clues to the origin of our species. “What they found could be our end,” we’re told in cold, blue type, before quick cuts of what looks to be death and destruction. And although the prequel rumors have been shot down by those involved, there is room here to interpret it as such. Not to mention the title: In Greek mythology, Prometheus is the titan who stole fire from Mt. Olympus and gave it to humans. If the humans in the film are searching for their origin, maybe it is Prometheus, in some way, shape or form.

Lost in Space/Discovery of Life on Other Planets
Unsurprisingly, there are several gorgeous shots of space vehicles, spaceships, spacesuits, etc. that help properly accentuate the size and scope of what it would be like to be up/out there, as well as how big this film really is. Director Ridley Scott shot the film in 3-D and serves up a few hints to the beautiful technology at play, though there is still a grittiness to it all. This is not friendly, bright and shiny unexplored territory; it’s dark, dangerous, deep space. And then there are the scenes at the end of the trailer that look to take place on another planet, in another galaxy. There is dry, dusty terrain and ancient-looking symbols, a towering horseshoe-shaped totem of some sort, that looks to be either crumbling to the ground, or it is moving of its own accord, beginning a small war between the natives and the humans who’ve discovered them.

The New Ripley(s)
It’s hard to talk about Ridley Scott and an “Alien”-esque movie without thinking about Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, one of the most bad-ass protagonists in film history. There’s no replacing Ripley, but Scott has enlisted two very capable ladies to carry the torch: Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron. From what the trailer shows, both women will be fighting for their lives, but Rapace seems to be the most Ripley-esque, particularly in one shot where she is hanging upside down, being held by someone or something. The resemblance is uncanny. And let’s not forget about the rest of the cast, of whom we get only brief glimpses: Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Rafe Spall.

That Ridley Scott Touch
The trailer is cold, calculated and just too cool. Just like Scott has said himself, if “Prometheus” isn’t an “Alien” prequel, the two films definitely share the same DNA — not to mention a few “Blade Runner”-esque elements thrown in for good measure. And as is the case with most of Scott’s films, the effects are far more practical than CG. The world of “Prometheus” is set in a distant future, but not too distant. It’s big, bold and, very likely, terrifying.

The Alien(s)
As much as we might have hoped to see some big, bad aliens in this trailer, all we get are hints of an unidentified, menacing force out there. In one brief scene, the team happens upon an area full of small, perfectly arranged casings that could be artifacts or alien eggs, we don’t know. But we do see one of the humans’ helmets enveloped by a mysterious gas, followed by a loud, painful scream. There is a quick shot of the head of something being examined in a lab, what looks like it might be an alien ship of some sort hovering over dusty terrain, followed by brief shots of human suffering at the hands of something we can’t quite make out. Yet.

“Prometheus” hits theaters June 8, 2012.

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