The Russian-dubbed theatrical trailer for Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (see above) is unfortunately one of those “blink and you’ll miss the new footage” promos. If nothing else, though, that footage from the Alien-verse-set tale of makind’s journey to a mysterious (and, ultimately, sinister) ancient extraterrestrial world continues to impress – regardless of what language the characters speak – is testament to the power of the film’s darkly beautiful imagery.
For those of you who don’t find the sound of apprehensive dialogue more or less unnerving when spoken in a non-English language, we also have a new viral video for Prometheus – one that takes on the form of a pseudo-advertisement for the “state-of-the-art” android David (Michael Fassbender), who joins a team of humans on said expedition to check out the relics of an ancient civilization on a faraway alien planet.
Similar to previous Prometheus viral clips, like that featuring Guy Pearce as corporate head Peter Weyland, this new video provides some complimentary backstory for the film. It’s the sort of fun “Easter Egg” for Alien fans who are anxious to check out Scott’s long-awaited return to the franchise he created – but there’s nothing so pivotal revealed here as to suggest that Prometheus will end up being a movie that cannot stand on its own without support from tie-in marketing/supplementary material (The Devil Inside, looking at you).
Check out that Prometheus viral video (along with a tie-in promotional poster) below:
If the visual of Fassbender’s artificial head in a plastic bag – or how the actor effectively plays David as a fake human whose behavior falls into the “uncanny valley” – creeps you out… well, then Scott and his collaborators have accomplished exactly what they set out to do.
Similarly, even if Scott and screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost) ultimately aren’t able to pull off the lofty existential sci-fi themes or metaphysical horror elements featured in Prometheus with as much grace as early trailers for the film have suggested, it’s hard to imagine the 3D production won’t still prove to be both one of the more memorable and provocative additions to the sub-genre Scott helped establish over three decades ago.
Prometheus arrives in theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.