Film Review: Prometheus

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So, I finally caught PROMETHEUS yesterday in 3D. It’s already slowly fading out from most theaters around here, so i’m glad I was able to see it on the big screen. It’s one of those films that definitely need to be seen with big screen and big sound, no matter how good your home theater is.

PROMETHEUS is a space vessel privately funded for a meager trillion dollars, to take a crew to a far away planet to try and find answers to questions mankind has been asking for ages: where did we come from? Who made us?

A couple of doctors and a rag tag crew of so called scientists travel in cryo-sleep for two years on PROMETHEUS to get to this planet. The visuals immediately grab you and the setting is stunning. Somehow, they conveniently found the perfect spot to land on and found the perfect environment to explore. But I didn’t let small illogical things get in the way of it. The writing is clearly very loose at times, but fortunately, the film’s other strengths make up for it.

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There were some very memorable scenes that in my opinion do the old Alien films justice and fans of the franchise should get some enjoyment from. The effects are convincing – one sequence in particular, when an alien fetus is extracted from one of the humans, is especially good. I won’t say much more so as to not spoil anything, but a lot of the gore, tension and even a bit of “gross-out factor” was executed very well. I did get the feeling that director Ridley Scott put every ounce of love and passion he has for film making into this project.

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The cast was decent but clearly overshadowed by the excellent performances of Michael Fassbender as the Android David, and Noomi Rapace as Dr. Shaw, who as the film progresses, shows shade of Ripley in her.

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Overall, I enjoyed PROMETHEUS. It’s not perfect, but that’s okay, and it loses some points mostly due to some strangely loose writing. It’s a great ride, though, and the H.R. Geiger inspired designs and environments are an absolute treat to the eyes. The 3D was effective and not overly done – probably some of the best 3D use in a film that I have seen. Sometimes it was not even noticeable, but I say that as a positive. And above all, the very final shot in the film is highly satisfying, and made my mouth water for the next film.

4/5

J.P. Thorn

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10 Responses to Film Review: Prometheus

  1. “The writing is clearly very loose at times, but fortunately, the film’s other strengths make up for it.”

    Yup. That’s about the short and tall of it. The intensity of it really distracts from the shortcomings.

  2. milkbone1979 says:

    Seems interesting, only hesitation I have is when you say they search for answers of our origination. Please tell me this is not another scientology promotion like the movie “Knowing” with Nicolas Cage lol.

    • jpthorn says:

      Actually, if anything, I think it leaves it open to interpretation. Basically it comes down to believing whatever you want to. I never got the sense that it was preaching for or against any belief system, specifically. Or maybe I missed it completely. Looking forward to your thoughts on it after you see it.

  3. mistylayne says:

    I’m not a fan of “Alien” so I have no interest in this one but my friends that were uber excited and did go see it said basically that it’s visually stunning and lush and the rest is disappointing.

  4. mistylayne says:

    I’ve been (slowly when I have the time) working my way through that livejournal – definitely intriguing stuff!

    • jpthorn says:

      Yes indeed! This is stuff I didn’t necessarily think about when watching it, but it will certainly be interesting when I see it again. The sequel can’t come soon enough.

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