“Prometheus” – Review (POSITIVE)
I recently revisited both “Alien” & “Aliens”, to prep myself for the empending release of Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi, “Prometheus”. As a fan of “Alien”, this quasi-prequel does impress the fan in my quite a lot; it’s visuals, production design, creature feature, and ideas are ambitious & wonderous. However, screenwriter of the film, damon lindelof, does his trademark “Lost” staple, by giving us an ambitous idea with many thought provoking questions we barely get any answers to, and that can be frusterating.
Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) & Dr. Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) journey through the universe, with a team of rag tag individuals, on the spaceship ‘Prometheus’. They’ve all come together for a journey to investigate Alien life forms on another planet, more importantly life forms who may in fact be our creator. The team of scientists becomes stranded on the Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind. With secrets scattered throughout the ship, an android (Michael Fassbender) with alternative motives, a business woman named Vickers (Charlize Theron) who’s as strict as they come, and a begrudging captain (Idris Elba), who can be trusted, and who can be relied on the most.
Let me first say I really liked this film, yes it has it’s flaws, but as movies go, this was a very interesting one. One I’m sure many people will look back on decades from now as a cult classic, and have multiple things to say. Like “Blade Runner”, this movie does have some very absorbing ideas, with questions that seem to have the need to have another look at. You might miss some things here and there, which will leave any ordinary movie goer stunned and confused over, but the true fan will focus very carefully on the secrets this film is hiding. For instance, I learned from a reliable source that the planet this film is set on is NOT the same planet in “Alien”. Fascinating, no? Well, with an open book ending that the movie presents itself, the need for a sequel is an absolute must, so it may give “Alien” fans some sort of resolution to the pantheon they so cherish all these years.
Performances in this movie were very good, we’ve got a well collected cast of actors at play here. Noomi Rapace is making her jump into the American audiences faster than I think she could have ever anticipated. Rapace is extremely well performed here, she sort of resembles a bit of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, but not so much where it feels like a carbon copy. However, the real person (or android) everyone will be talking about is David, played by the seriously talented Michael Fassbender. Fassbender is the man, plain and simple, he’s got this great balance of being sweet and caring one minute, to suddenly transforming into a questionable ally that may turn on you. You can see a lot of Ian McHolm’s Ash in this character, and its eerie at time, very eerie.
3D wasn’t neccesssary, with a movie set in primarly dark settings, it doesn’t really help giving us that 3D depth we were promised. Ironically enough this movie was shot on 3D cameras, so go figure. There was one or two scenes that stood out, one scene in particular is when David is venturing into the cockpit of the Space Jockey ship, all those hollowgrams in 3D is treat for the eyes. As much as the movie is flawed, overall it has great intentions, I love the ambitious ideas making it so that this is NOT about the xenomorph aliens we’ve come to love, but more importantly, a film about humanity and where it all began. It’s a thinker piece, with some gritty scares, and some stomach churning scenes. HEED THY WARNING, SEE THIS ON AN EMPTY STOMACH!
3D GRADE: C+
MOVIE GRADE: B+
OVERALL GRADE: B+
Special thanks to Julie Klein for being brave enough to see this movie with me! I’m so proud of you Julie!