Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie
Release date: June 8
Fanboy sacrilege, you say? Placing any film above The Dark Knight Rises on a countdown of the summer’s most awaited flicks? Perhaps you haven’t seen the most recent Prometheus trailer, or you’re one of the unfortunate few who’s never experienced Ridley Scott’s 1979 science fiction masterwork, Alien, and you can’t comprehend the monstrousness of Mr. Scott returning to the world of hardcore, R-rated, quasi-horror sci-fi that he virtually created 33 years ago.
Whatever the case may be, we’re confident in the present ranking of Prometheus, almost as assured as we are that Scott’s thought-to-be Alien prequel will hug our faces with sickness. Oh, yeah, there’s actually a plot, too: Noomi Rapace (the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Charlize Theron lead a team of space explorers on a mission to link archaeological findings to the causes of humanity’s entire existence—you know, slight work.
Per the trailer’s none-too-subtle hints, the crew’s efforts don’t go unpunished by what appear to be various extraterrestrial life-forms with insidious agendas. Or maybe Rapace and her cohorts simply turn on each other amidst an otherworldly backdrop. Either way, Prometheus promises to push the sci-fi genre into brutal, cerebral, and disturbing new realms, in ways more grown-up than your typical summer blockbuster. In laymen’s terms, we can’t fucking wait.