It’s no news that the movie Prometheus has generated its fair share of questions from those seeking to unravel Ridley Scott’s rather convoluted storyline. As a matter of fact, a lot of people have been down on the film because of its apparently confusing nature. Aside from hounding Ridley Scott himself or writer Damon Lindelhof for answers, however, there is little chance to solve most of these riddles. That is, at least, until now.
It may be but a small bit of information, but the line where David is speaking to the engineer has been deciphered. Turns out they were using a real language and that the guy who was working on the film as language consultant happens to speak it. Incidentally, that same guy cameos as David’s study-buddy in the first part of the film when he’s practicing his language skills with the hologram.
The language is Proto-Indo-European and linguist himself has provided the translation:
‘This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life’.
Ok, perhaps not the most revealing of potential secrets about the film, but it’s more than we knew a week ago. The scene itself was actually shot longer, with more conversation between the two, which might have explained a little more why Mr. Giant-sized went ape-shit and killed everyone. As it stands, sounds like a pretty innocent thing to ask, right? Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to see the full convo. once a director’s cut is released. Of course, that will be useless unless they provide the translation for the extra lines as well… (or you happen to speak Proto-Indo-European)
One mystery down, only 3000 more to go.
Thanks to slashfilm for the info.