'Prometheus': more visual than scary

The 1979 movie Alien was a classic, a horror film set in space. In Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returns to the same realm, only less interested in primal screams and more interested in origins and mythological beginnings, as referenced by the title.

Again, there is a spaceship, this one called Prometheus, and it is headed for another suspicious planet. It's captained by a rough-hewn veteran (Idris Elba), who smokes cigarillos and owns an old squeezebox. His boss is an icy company woman played by Charlize Theron, following her turn as the icy queen in Snow White and the Huntsman.

There is, of course, an android on board, as expected in the franchise. The droid, whose name is David, is trying to make himself as human as possible. He is played by Michael Fassbender, who has said he was channeling Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia for the role, and he does have a similar alien quality.

Noomi Rapace, the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is researcher Elizabeth Shaw, who wears a cross and sees the mission as a spiritual quest. She and her husband, Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), have discovered a star map in Scotland that matches others from several unconnected ancient cultures. They interpret this as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the "Engineers."

For those who want to see the film, it's best not to reveal much more. There are many reasons to see Prometheus because Scott always has something interesting to offer visually. It just won't provide the jolts of Alien.

Prometheus retails $29.99 or $39.99 Blu-ray.