Friday, June 8, 2012

Prometheus Review

We haven't seen a Ridley Scott movie in a while, much less a good one. And while his latest efforts aren't amazing, the film is still pretty decent in scale and visuals. Returning to the "Alien" world (a non-confirmed prequel to the 1979 movie Alien), Prometheus' main focus draws us away from those acid for blood, vicious monsters to, instead, beg the never-ending question: "Where did we come from/who made us?"

The plot rolls like so: Two scientists (
Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) discover a similar celestial patterns in cave drawings across the world and pinpoint its deep-space source. A few years later, in 2093, a discovery mission is launched. Piloted by laid-back Janek (Idris Elba) and run by icy, cold-hearted Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron). Its passengers include assorted co-pilots and science types. And no "Alien" movie would be complete without their android. David (Michael Fassbender) is a fearless and a much more sarcastic driod than the others. The crew soon find what they are seeking, bad things happen, fights break out and lives are lost.

The first half of the film grabs you tight with intrigue, but soon loosens up in its second half. At first the film has you thinking, "wow, I don't think I've seen a movie this year so beautifully shot." The 3D visuals are definitely impressive, added one or two great performances. It's just a shame Prometheus crumbles to an "um... what?" in its second half. It simply asks more questions than can be answered. And they’re not small plot questions either. It's almost as if Ridley devoted too much time and energy to the look and feel of his film (which is amazing, by the way) that he completely forgot about the main plot.I grew up with the Alien movies. I'm huge fan, which is why I thought this movie would be amazing. And while it was in so many ways - definitely a great Sci-Fi flick - it just fell short, leaving an unsettled taste in my mouth. So while I wasn't blown away, by any stretch of the imagination, I was definitely entertained. And on Ridley's scale Prometheus is a tremendous and unexpected ride. It's definitely worth seeing in 3D.

What did you think?


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