David is part of a crew of space explorers traveling to a remote moon on a trillion-dollar mission in the year 2093, hoping to find answers to nothing less than the origin of mankind on Earth.
Noomi Rapace, star of the original "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'' films, continues to forge a strong screen presence as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, a scientist who has managed to find a balance between her religious faith and her work-related discoveries. She and her boyfriend, the more spiritually skeptical Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), have found signs in spots around the globe that aliens visited tens of thousands of years ago and left us an invitation to swing by and say howdy whenever we had a chance.
That's what they think, at least.
The rest of the crew includes Charlize Theron, radiating icy intimidation as the administrator from the private corporation funding the trip, and Idris Elba as the ship's sexy, smart-alecky captain. Everyone else is probably a goner. If you've ever seen this kind of movie, you know this is not a spoiler.
When they all finally awaken from their two-year sleep and arrive at this gorgeously severe land, they (naturally) stumble upon secrets and perils they never could have imagined. Some of them are gooey. That's about all we'll say about that because you really should experience it all for yourself.
But the paranoia becomes palpable, and a lot of its impact comes from how dramatic and dazzlingly seamless the special effects are. Scott makes crisp, immersive use of 3-D in "Prometheus,'' providing encounters that would seem too close for comfort anyway with a nerve-wracking sense of claustrophobia.
The reason for the journey may seem a bit muddled, but what happens once they get there is undeniably powerful.