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Prometheus Review: A Visually Stunning Sc-Fi Spectacle

The long awaited science fiction/action/horror movie Prometheus finally hit US theaters this past Friday and I could not have been more excited.  Ridley Scott has returned to the genre that made him famous and has done so in grand fashion.  The hype this movie has circulating it is well deserved.  Prometheus’ plot is well known but for review purposes I will give the dumbed-down version:  a group of scientists funded by a space travel industry juggernaut, Weyland Industries, travel to an undisclosed moon in a distant system of planets in an effort to discover where humanity came from.  This review may contain spoilers at the end but I will give warning.

Many people are labeling it is a prequel to Alien which is not completely fair and is why I would agree with what writer Damon Lindelof  called it, a parallel prequel.  It takes place in same universe as the Alien films but functions as its own movie.  It features familiar elements such as Weyland Industries, the space jockey (giant dead carcass found in Alien), and the horse shoe shaped, otherworldly space craft.  As far as content is concerned that is where the similarities end but stylistically there are similarities.

The film opens with fantastic, long establishing shots that do wonders for setting up the movie which is a Ridley Scott trademark in my opinion.  Scott seems to like to show you everything about the setting so there are no surprises later that leave you thinking: “Wait, how did they get there?” or “where is that place?”  It gives off that great sensation of isolation that adds to the terror.  On top of the feeling of being alone the shots are awe-inspiring especially in the 3D format.  Scott said he made it for the purpose of being in 3D and it shows.  There are unmatchable graphics in this movie I cannot even begin to describe.  Kudos to Scott and his team.

After the setting has been set we are introduced to the characters and the story line.  There two notable performances to be acknowledged, not that the others were not but these two were most prominent.  Starting with the unmatchable performance by Michael Fassbender as David, the android sent along to aid the scientists while fulfilling the hidden agenda of a higher authority.  Watching it I could not decide if he was humorous or creepy because of his perfect posture, precise diction, plain expression that come across as sincere or devious, and so much more.  If you have seen the movie or even the trailers and viral videos you know there is something eerie to him.  David also has some of the best lines in the movie that are both witty comebacks to his human counterparts and uniquely philosophical.

Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of the high-hoped scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, in search of our creators was phenomenal.  Her idea of faith and desire to understand mankind’s origins is very clear almost in an annoying sense.  If you have seen the movie The Mist, there is a character that is very religious to the point is gets irritating, that is how I felt about Shaw initially.  But with every obstacle thrown her way Shaw confronts it head on and truly evolves as a character.  Is she like Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley?  Not at all.  Is that bad?  Again, not at all.  David says it best in the film that Shaw has “an incredible survivor instinct.”  This movie would have been boring if it too closely resembled any film that came before it.

Shaw’s faith and need for knowledge on our beginnings is what fuels Prometheus’ story along.  They find a collection of painting/etchings of ancient civilization that piece together what they view as an invitation to a distant moon with a system that watches the planet.  To illustrate just how far away that moon is, it took them nearly two and a half years to reach it.  As mentioned earlier this was the scientists reason for venturing out there.  Weyland however has a different goal in mind that is fairly obvious when it is revealed so I will not cover it.  But the story of the mythical Prometheus can sum up what they discover on their journey.  That is covered in one of my previous posts so I go check that out by clicking here.

Warning this is where the SPOILERS of my review are.  Now the most important topic which makes Prometheus a sci-fi movie, the extraterrestrial life forms.  The foreign beings in this movie are different from what I expected going into the movie.  There are essentially two types, the engineers (space jockey) and the others can be best described as a destructive weapon with tentacles that they created.  And the “tentacle” and eel like creatures were very gross and creepy so naturally I loved them.  As disclosed in interviews with Scott and Lindelof there is a tease of xenomorphs, aka the aliens we have grown to love and are very familiar with and how they came to existence.  END SPOILERS

So my verdict on Prometheus is a definite 9/10.  I will admit initially I scored it a tad lower but when I saw it a second time everything clicked a lot more so I you were a little disappointed when you first saw it, the second viewing may be better, keyword being maybe.  I will also say I like Aliens more than Alien because it is has more action which could explain why those who appreciate Alien more were disappointed by Prometheus.  This is just an opinion not a fact so do not get upset if you disagree with me.

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Damon Lindelof Comments on if Prometheus Viral Campaign & Trailer Spoil the Film?

(Photo from Collider.com)

It is safe to say that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has had some of the smartest marketing I have ever seen for a film.  Not only does it tease us with some of the horror and action to be seen but leaves a lot of questions in your mind about how it all comes together.  So there is still a lot of mystery behind the film and everyone is keeping a tight lip about it.  The reason for the secrecy is that the completed version of the film is much different from the original script because of the involvement Lost writer Damon Lindelof according to Adam Chitwood of Collider.com.

Prior to Lindelof tossing his two cents into the script for Prometheus, Jon Spaihts had written essentially a direct prequel to Scott’s Alien.  An interview with “Entertainment Weekly” reveals that it was actually Lindelof’s idea to have Prometheus be a “parallel prequel.”  I must say that is pretty genius because ever since Alien 3, the xenomorph and all its different forms have lost their flair.  Alien Resurrection and the AVP’s just were no good.  This also should allow for a Prometheus 2, should fans demand it.

Lindelof then goes on to comment on the viral campaign, the videos featuring Michael Fassbender as David 8 and Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland.  This is what helps place it in front of Alien if you were to plot it on a timeline.  In Alien, Weyland Industries is well established where as in Prometheus it is just starting out considering its creator is still young and alive.

The latest full length reveals a lot more about the events in Prometheus.  If you have not yet seen the trailer that debuted almost two weeks ago refer to one of my earlier blogs about it.  If you have seen it, do you think it showed too much?  Lindelof states that with a lot of trailers lately you walk out thinking you just saw the whole freaking movie, why would you want to go see it now?  As I stated earlier I think there is a good balance of what it does show and what is left to your imagination.

Now the final bit to the interview was about what does the title of the film/ship stand for and/or suggest?  As the myth goes, the Gods were uncertain over the potential intentions of the human race if give the power of fire.  So how does this apply to the film?  To put it plainly without giving too much of the Prometheus’ story, Lindelof says:

“So the essential story is:  I don’t want to give my kid this toy because eventually he will develop it into a weapon that will kill me.  So I will therefore withhold it from him.  And what is the price I must exact on somebody who betrays me?”

Does this mean the human in the film are given an opportunity of greatness and when they choose to do the wrong thing with it other worldly being will unleash a wrath upon them?  I cannot wait to see Prometheus!  For more on the story here is a featurette released not too long ago:

 

Consulted Article:

Chtiwood Adam. “Damon Lindelof Talks Turning an ALIEN Prequel into PROMETHEUS, the Viral Campaign, Revealing Too Much in Trailers and More.”  Collider.com.  Date Published:  May 11, 2012.

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Prometheus to Receive “R” Rating

This is not all that surprising but a relief none the less.  I am sure that if Prometheus got a PG-13 rating, director Ridley Scott would still have found a way to thrill and scare us but by getting an R-rating opens the realm of possibilities of grotesque, sci-fi greatness so much more.  And there is no doubt in my mind that this movie will be anything but epic.  The latest trailer released last week for an international audience teases the horror to be seen this June.  It shows a slimy creature that appears to be a cross between an eel and cobra grabbing hold of a member of the crew and the presence of little worm-like things on the bodies of other members of the crew.  But to me the scariest part of the trailer is what appears to be the suffocation of one member in his suit outside the ship.  Hear are some stills from the trailer:

Now I am not sure if this is all of the same crew member since they are stills from different points in the trailer but I am guessing they are.  Maybe it is because I am a tad on the claustrophobic side but this picture scares the crap out of me.  Set so far in the future, it is terrifying that their advanced suits could not hold up to whatever caused this.

In case you missed my previous post about this film, I have never been so excited for any film.  The Alien franchise consumed my childhood with all the action figures and play sets that it feels like I am a kid again watching any Prometheus trailer.  Leave a comment on your favorite part of the trailer or what you think is the scariest.  If you have not seen it, here it is:

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