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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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Viral Video for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is the movie I am most excited for this summer.  Ever since I was old enough to tie my own shoe-laces I have been a fan of the Alien films.  I remember playing with the Kenner designed action figures from the Aliens series while Scott’s Alien played on my TV.  The toys were loosely based on the characters in James Cameron’s installment along with a diverse offering of unique aliens but didn’t quite capture the essence of what was in the movie.

Being in my early twenties my passion for the Alien series somewhat faded by the sub par attempts at an AVP (Alien Versus Predator) merger.  What made Alien, Aliens, and even Alien 3 so captivating is that they were set in the future where even the most advance technology and weaponry could not protect us for the savage nature of the xenomorphs.  But now I zest to bite into some sci-fi/horror greatness again because of the brilliant marketing of Prometheus.

(I do not own this picture)

For those living in isolation and have not heard, Ridley Scott is returning to the sci-fi/horror genre he created.  Collider.com provided official synopsis and it is as follows:

“Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”

Prometheus is staged to occur prior to the 1979 classic and not even feature Sigourney Weaver of the alien/xenomorph we have grown to love.  But need not worry for there are still a lot of consistent elements.  The main staple connect the film is the devious intention of Weyland Industries that put discovery ahead of the lively hood of their crew or staff.  And part of having Weyland involved means one definite thing, an android (very human-like robot).  Check out Michael Fassbender as Prometheus’ android, David:

So if there is no xenomorph, what is there to make this a horror movie on top of its sci-fi setting?  Those who are well versed in Scott’s Alien, will remember when crew finds the carcass of a much larger other worldly being/creature.  Ridley Scott named this as a “Space Jockey.”  Currently it is uncertain the spacey jockey role but a fan can dream about the possibilities.  Here is a picture of the deceased space jockey from Alien:

(I do not own this. It is from Collider.com)

Now a lot of my information for the upcoming Prometheus is from Collider.com.  So if you are looking for developing news and footage, definitely check them out.  What I stated above a merely a brief footnote of what’s out there about the film.  I am sure I will be posting again about it.

Lastly here is a video from a press conference in Paris featuring director Ridley Scott and stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Noomi Rapace talking about Prometheus:

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“Lockout” Review: Relentless, Fast-Paced Action that Helps & Hurts It

Lockout is the latest action/thriller from Luc Besson (Taken) follows a similar formula of his other action films.  Lockout jumps right into the action and refuses to slow down. The premise is somewhat original with many elements from other future isolated prison films.  I think the best way to describe this movie without giving away too many details is that is a cross between John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York” and David Fincher’s “Alien3” (minus the alien of course).

Guy Pearce plays a wise cracking, hardened government agent who, following some misunderstanding with his superiors, has to go into space on a solo rescue mission for the President of the U.S.’s daughter (Maggie Grace) who is trapped on a run wild women-less prison holding murders and rapists used for conducting experiments.  Okay maybe the premise is not too original.

Pearce’s portrayal of Lockout’s Snow is one action movie fans will like, he can take a punch while delivering effortless one-liners (much like Bruce Willis did in Die Hard).  But I will say the zippy comebacks get annoying at times, some were great zingers I will admit but there are some that were unnecessary.  You got the idea Snow didn’t give a crap about anything without them.  Maggie Grace was a typical damsel in distress, nothing much else to add there.  The villains were kind of creepy, Joseph Gilgun was off the wall but predictable and same could be said for the leader played by Vincent Regan.  I actually thought of Peter Stormare as Langral as the major antagonist rather than the prisoners.

Like I say in the title, Lockout has action from start to finish which has advantages and disadvantages.  The very original special effects were fantastic and fight scenes were well done which made the movie go by very fast.  The problem with so much action is that the story gets jumbled or rushed.  Besson used this for “Taken” and it worked out for it, but with Lockout there were some things missing or flaws in the story.  One was there seemed to be some references to the President being like a tyrant by Pearce’s character but it is never really explained.

Overall Lockout was a fun movie, great action with so-so acting and an interesting outer space setting.  7/10 stars for me, maybe if it were 15 minutes longer it could have made up for its flaws.

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