Here’s a good exercise: If you’ve watched the movie, try and recount all of what happened. Jam packed? Yes, prometheus is filled to the brim and has a steady pace that picks up half way through and rockets you to the end where some bits are too fast.
Very much a big part of everything is that ponderous question about our origins to which the movie throws countless examples of parent/child type relationships in such directionless fashion that you’ll come back to Prometheus’ opening lesson about beliefs. That is that everyone’s got a belief about our origins and we all think ours is right ((Subtext warning!)... and that's what divides us). Look, if I wanted to wonder about life and make connections with the abstract, then I’d have stayed home and re-watched Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”
The Prometheus plus here is that there’s good acting but only on the surface as most of the characters are weak or broken at their foundation. Both Fassbender and Rapace shine especially, but performances are undermined by this movies fatal flaw at plot and character ground level.