Friday, July 5, 2013

Prometheus Review.

For the first part of my Alien franchise review, here is the Prometheus review, since it was the first movie in the Alien franchise I actually watched.
Thoughts: Prometheus the kind of spinoff/quasi-prequel to the popular Alien franchise, that people still cannot determine how it fits into the Alien franchise. At the time of watching Prometheus I had not seen any Alien film (unfortunately I have seen both AVP movies) and therefore did not have any expectations before hand. Because of this Prometheus was actually a surprisingly enjoyable movie. A few days later, however, my interest in Prometheus convinced me to watch both Alien and the sequels Aliens, which were even better.
Prometheus has to be the most surprisingly good movie of 2012 for me since I had no expectations upon my first viewing. It certainly has its flaws, Prometheus is an entertaining and visually stunning science fiction film nonetheless.
Prometheus is one of the few films were an R rating was actually necessary due to the graphic content in the film, opposed the pointless barrage of obscenities (it does have some) present in most R rated films today. One scene in particular almost made me squirm. The camera work, practical effects made the scene very suspenseful and almost painful to watch, which is rare considering how desensitized I am to violence.

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Suspense,
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Running Time: 124 minutes
MMPA rating: R

The Good: Many practical effects, Visual spectacle, Excellent performances by Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, One unforgettable scene that will make you squirm, Easy to follow for those new to the franchise,

The Bad: Stupid decisions made by a few characters, A few illogical plot points,

Plot: The following plot summary is copied from
As a hovering spacecraft departs an Earth-like world, a humanoid alien drinks a dark bubbling liquid, then starts to disintegrate. The alien's remains cascade into a waterfall. His DNA triggers a biogenetic reaction.
In 2089, archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover 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". Peter Weyland, the elderly CEO of Weyland Corporation, funds an expedition to follow the map to the distant moon LV-223 aboard the scientific vessel Prometheus. The ship's crew travels in stasis while the android David monitors their voyage. Arriving in 2093, they are informed of their mission to find the Engineers. Mission director Meredith Vickers orders the crew to avoid making contact without her permission.
The Prometheus lands near a large artificial structure, which a team explores. Inside they find numerous stone cylinders, a large, monolithic statue of a humanoid head, and the decapitated corpse of a large alien, thought to be an Engineer; Shaw recovers its head. Other bodies are found, leading the crew to surmise that the species is extinct.
Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 7.9/10- Ridley Scott does a good job of establishing the world he created and a very of the characters are well written, even if others are just plain stupid. Probably the biggest problem with Prometheus were the few horror movie clichés of characters being there just to die and doing dumb things. Scott should be better than this by now to not resort to stupid clichés. Despite this, the movie is well structured overall. Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw was one of the few well developed character and I has completely onboard with her character when the "crap hit the fan". Also the android "David" was another great character with some interesting philosophical statements, although the film puts a little too much emphasis on the philosophy , which was never anything profound. The whole "find our creators" stuff was kind of out there but is a sci-fi movie in a fictional universe so not a big problem. Some of the other characters were undeveloped, but that was not huge problem since they important to the story in the end.

Action: 6.9/10- Prometheus is much more of a thriller than action movie, but there were a few well shot fight scenes during the film.

Acting: 7.8/10- Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender gave the best performance of the cast. But other than Idris Elba the other cast members were entirely forgettable. Charlize Theron has not been all that great this past year, her performances have been too over-the-top and fake, however she was far from terrible in Prometheus. 

Special effects: 9.7/10- Prometheus' special effects is were it shines with excellent use of practical effects and along with top notch CGI. Tons of practical effects were used, which made the film all the most engrossing.

Soundtrack: 7.0/10- Not bad, but nothing particularly memorable by any means.

Comedy: N/A-

Would I Watch This Again: Sure, there is enough to make another viewing worth while.

Overall: 8.0/10- Prometheus is a smart and thrilling science fiction film with unique visual design, despite some flaws.

Closing comments: Prometheus left me wanting a sequel and wanting to know more about the "Alien" franchise, which is a good thing in my book.

Recommended for: Sci-Fi fans, Alien fans, Michael Fassbender fans, Thriller fans, Ridley Scott fans,

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  1. I've been wanting to watch this movie(as well as the other Alien films) for quite some time now, since they look really good. Glad to hear it was a pretty good movie, I'd heard some negative things on it.

    1. Providing you are OK with the gore, the series is fantastic, particularly Aliens. I recommend it!


  2. I personally loved this movie and still do after watching it again various times. It's a lot like The Dark Knight Returns for me, lots of logical issues in the story but everything else works so well I could overlook some of the glaring issues. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are great here, particularly the latter. If you want to see Rapace in a truly great role check out the Swedish Dragon Tatoo series, warning it's very dark.

    Charlize Theron felt miscast here and the less I talk about Snow White and the Huntsman the better. A smaller film she was in, Young Adult, really showcases her acting chops.

    Great review as always!

    1. Are you referring to the graphic novel/animated film The Dark Knight Returns, or did you mean Dark Knight Rises. For the most part, I could overlook those issues as well because the thrills and effects were fantastic. It would definitely make my Top 10 of 2012. I have heard of the Swedish Dragon Tattoo with Rapace, I should probably watch those, thanks for recommending them.

      I agree, Theron was terribly miscast and yeah, she was even worse in Snow White. I have also heard about Young Adult, but haven't seen it yet, thanks for another recommendation.


  3. I think Ridley missed the mark this time. Let's hope the sequel/prequel is better (if it gets made).


    1. Since I had zero expectations when first watching it, I enjoyed it. After watching Alien however, I can see why everyone was disappointed by trying to force Prometheus into being a prequel kind of thing. I first heard that the sequel is definitely coming, but some of the newer reports are saying it might not happen.


  4. I was a big fan of the Aliens Franchise, in fact Aliens 3 (the last one may be 4) may be the best of the bunch.
    We are pretty much in sych with Prometheus. I think it hit some deep themes about our own morality, the corrosive nature of power and mans place in the Universe. One thing I thought was dumb was how the engineer just goes all mongo without even stopping to think perhaps humans have evolved?


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