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 Wikipedia.com.
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.
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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