I’ve read through a few different Prometheus analysis but haven’t had the time to find one that really grabbed me. This one posted on Henry Makow makes a lot of sense to me. It discusses the real message behind the film. First off, you have to know that the movie is based on religion, ancient astronaut theory, and the humans’ destruction of the Engineer alien Jesus figure. The idea is that the Engineers/aliens came to Earth, created us, then sent back another Engineer/alien (Jesus) to right our wrongs, and we subsequently kill him. This sounds ridiculous on first onset, but if you think about the heavy Christian aspects of the film it makes sense.
Remember the part where they said about 2,000 years ago the Engineers were going to pay Earth a visit to destroy us? They were pissed because we destroyed one of them; Jesus Christ. Here’s what Ridley Scott said in regards to that:
You throw religion and spirituality into the equation for Prometheus, though, and it almost acts as a hand grenade. We had heard it was scripted that the Engineers were targeting our planet for destruction because we had crucified one of their representatives, and that Jesus Christ might have been an alien. Was that ever considered?
Ridley Scott: We definitely did, and then we thought it was a little too on the nose. But if you look at it as an “our children are misbehaving down there” scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, “Lets’ send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it. Guess what? They crucified him.
There is also Christian symbolism in the heavily pushed theme of Christmas occurring while they are on the ship. Not much purpose for that happening unless they wanted to get the viewer to think about Christianity. Also, the one main character, Liz, has a recurring theme of questioning her Christianity throughout the film. She wears the cross necklace and also has an interesting choice of surgeries when she tries to pull that alien seed out of her stomach in the machine. She doesn’t choose “abortion” as the surgical procedure, why not??
This article on Makow says that the subtle message of Prometheus is that Liz’s worship and belief in Christianity (a religion that is not using the aliens/Engineers as the gods; which is ironic since the one Engineer was actually Jesus, but we’d have to figure that part out later) is what almost killed her. The claim is that the film pushes an idea that if we continue to wrongly worship Christianity, the results can be deadly. I wish they would’ve elaborated more on this because there are many unanswered questions still. I think the Makow article is on the right path, but the theory could still be slightly off.
I would like to push that theory a bit further along its evolution. I feel that there is a message of the alien/Engineer’s superiority to the humans. The Engineers do manage to damn near destroy all of the humans, only to be brought down by an act of suicide. If we were to have a battle between the Engineers and humans, the Engineers would undoubtedly win due to their advanced technologies. The film Prometheus paints an intimidating, scary picture of our makers. It implants the idea of subjugation into our subconscious. If/when the alien makers return to Earth someday, they may push an agenda to manipulate us more, but we would resist. Unless Hollywood and the Illuminati agenda can subliminally throw enough messages at us to talk us out of resistance before it even happens…
Here’s the Makow article I spoke of:
Here’s an article talking about the cyborg David: