Prometheus Review

Prometheus was an entertaining movie visually and had plenty of cool moments, especially the stunning opening which brings highly-discredited Erich von Daniken’s ancient astronaut theory right into the mix. Let’s not go quite crazy and say that it is Matrix-level HQ sci-fi but it’s head and shoulders above most 21st century sci-fi cranked out of Hollywood. I know that is sorta damning with faint praise but it’s a worthwhile movie.

Sure there was some on-the-nose moments in the script and we could’ve used with some more Charlize Theron (when can’t we? Try this clip for some more of her) and even more of Michael Fassbender’s David – whose character elicits the most emotion for me and he’s an android! I can tell when we get the sequel we will see a lot more of David as he seemed to be keeping ALL KINDS OF INFO to himself about the aliens.

Overall? Good movie, entertaining, scary at times (not at the same level as Alien), interesting, great sets & sci-fi elements and passable to decent acting. It had a good enough pace to keep me entertained but I have to admit I would like to see the longer cut (which we know Ridley has, like almost all of his films, lol) to fully explore more of the alien world. Just how did the big white men get tangled up with the H.R.Giger aliens?

Check it out. You should be entertained.

A few other thoughts about it…

  • Why is there such weirdly anachronistic elements in most modern sci-fi? By this I mean things like the 4-wheeler carts the explorers use – why? If we’ve advanced our science to be able to fly though space have we not been able to create mini-ships which can move quickly and, you know, fly? I guess it would’ve eliminated the scene of them racing ahead of the storm on the ground. Or how about carrying bags and briefcases? Where’s some simple mag-lev technology to carry things? And how about some new ideas on the spacesuit? It has been the same bubble-headed one for, oh, what 75, 100 years? OK, these are minor gripes but we can easily think up some new stuff, right? The immortal mind of PKD even said a good sci-fi story doesn’t need to go out of its way to explain how the things work or were invented, just put them in a cupboard and go.
  • Not sure The Original Tattoo Girl was quite up to Sigourney Weaver‘s iconic portrayal of Ripley, but that being said she had her moments, what with the self-performed c-section a nice twist on one of Alien‘s set pieces. Hey, I don’t need some big emotinal connection to our protagonist in a film to enjoy it but Noomi and most of the other actors didn’t really provoke any emotions from me, aside from the obligatory Angry Contractor guy Fifeld portrayed by Sean Harris (who was creepy great in the Red Riding trilogy a few years back from the UK).
  • We need MORE from Stringer Bell – and from the looks of Idris’s imdb page we should be getting more, with Pacific Rim looking like the film that makes him a more household name than The Wire has already done.
  • Was it just me or did the opening 30 minutes or so seem like some great hangout movie time? I could spend a season’s worth of a tv show just hanging out with the characters in he ship…and maybe this bit of news will give us some more.

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