You don't have to know anything about the film "Alien" or it's sequels to enjoy "Prometheus" but it will certainly add another level of enjoyment if you do know the mythology behind those films. Either way, if you are a fan of science-fiction films, this one will be a blast for you. If Sci-Fi is not your thing, then I advise you to stay clear as you probably won't have a clue what's going on anyway.
"Prometheus" is a prequel of sorts to "Alien" but can easily stand on it's own. There are many similar elements to the story- strong female hero, evil corporation, android with a secret agenda, and it's own brand of creepy, crawly things that go bump in the night. Noomi Rapace (so good in the original "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy) is Elizabeth Shaw, a scientist looking for answers to the origin of mankind. Her scientist boyfriend is played by Logan Marshall-Green. Also along for the ride is Idris Elba as the spaceship's captain, Charlize Theron as the evil corporation executive and a wonderful Michael Fassbender as the android, "David".
Director Ridley Scott puts together a team that truly makes movie magic. He returns here to familiar territory but still manages new twists. The digital effects are seamless and this is one film that really deserves to be seen in IMAX 3-D. It is visually stunning and enhanced by the IMAX sound system, you will feel totally immersed in the action.
Anyone who remembers the "pop-out" alien baby from "Alien" will not be disappointed by many of the gory sequences in the film, so be warned. One sequence in particular, will either amaze or disgust you. Despite the cringe worthy scenes, "Prometheus" rises way above your average Sci-Fi adventure and while it took over 30 years to return to this dark world, credit Mr. Scott for making it worth the wait.