Well I promised you my top 10 Sci-Fi films, and I shall deliver! In the presence of Prometheus being released, I feel it’s only necessary to talk about the film that everyone loves - Alien.
The crew of the deep space mining ship Nostromo are awaken from hypersleep to investigate a strange signal from a nearby planet. While investigating the signal, they discover it was intended as a warning, and not an SOS. When writing this basic plot summary, I automatically drew comparison’s with Prometheus. Noomi Rapace’s line in the trailer “we were wrong, we were so wrong”.
The acting in this film is something special, Sigourney Weaver was made in Hollywood after this performance of which she got nominated for a BAFTA.
Alien’s quietness in the void of the empty spaceship and planet is what creates such intense suspense, a technique many directors harnessed after. Many call Alien a horror, and I suppose in some ways it is, the film tests our fear many times throughout the film and as the mysterious creature grows we grow in fear and slowly one by one the crew are killed.
Alien is hailed by many as one of the best sci-fi films ever made, and personally I also have to agree with them, and that is all down to ‘the actors’ director Ridley Scott who managed this script is such a professional and fantastic way that he created a vast empty ship with it’s dark looming corners along with it’s bright future like kitchens,halls. The way Ridley Scott used silence as his main contributor to the suspense in this film created a film many will never forget.