The Search for Our Beginning Could Lead to Our End.
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Prometheus has landed; finally. After months of spoiler-heavy trailers we get to see if it really is a prequel to Alien and whether Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he helped establish was worth the 33 year wait. Unfortunately, even having seen the film, the answers to both these questions remain unclear.
Whilst it is a prequel in the broadest sense (i.e. existing within the same universe and occurring before the events of the previous film) it is clear why they were coy when explaining how closely it related to Alien. For me this sideways prequel is a blessing. It doesn’t directly demystify elements of the ‘79 classic but it teases familiar imagery and ideas making the film appear richer…
The ratings of Prometheus are really all over the place, especially from people who have opinions in which I value and respect. There's really nothing I find more intriguing than that, honestly. I think the one thing almost everyone can agree on is that Michael Fassbender as, the film-loving android, David really stole the show. He was the most believable character and he wasn't even supposed to be human. The one character I had the hardest time with was "digesting" Logan Marshall-Green as a Doctor, he was loathsome and I'm not even sure if it was supposed to be intentional or not.
(This is really the only comparison I'm going to make to Alien, I promise.) I did not have…
As a direct prequel to Alien this film fails on all levels imaginable. I am happy that I was able to detach this film sufficiently from Scott's legendary film and enjoy it for what it is, a visually stunning and immensely entertaining science fiction film.
Don't get me wrong, I needed a bit of help to reach this conclusion. A short anecdote, if you don't mind. After watching Prometheus I was confused and didn't immediately know what to make of it. My initial response veered towards the 'It isn't Alien' corner, something I had promised myself I wouldn't do. Behind me in the theatre were a man and his son. I guess the son was about 18 years old. The…
My God, we were so wrong...
I think that quote pretty much sums up everyone's expectations of this film whether or not they liked it. I made the mistake of checking out the ratings and spoiler free reviews of the various people I follow on Letterboxd before seeing this at the midnight showing last night. Coming out of the theater I was thinking to myself "Was I supposed to like this movie this much?" then I came to the conclusion why not?
I'm not one of those people who will say this movie is a masterpiece and if you don't think so that means you didn't get it. That's insulting and I still have respect for the people…
El segundo visionado - esta vez en blu ray - confirma mi opinion anterior: se tendria que colgar al guionista del palo mas alto y azotar al director por permitir lo que le han hecho a la franquicia Aliens. Los fallos de guion, las tonterias que hacen esos supuestos cientificos a lo largo de la pelicula son tantas que no vale la pena enumerarlas todas.
Lo unico bueno que puedo decir, es que visualmente esta muy trabajada, la primera parte, antes de que lleguen al planeta de los ingenieros, el viaje espacial, el comportamiento del androide, esta bien, lo mejor con diferencia es el androide, aunque tambien uno se pregunta porque hace todo lo que hace, si se empeñan en señalar una y otra vez que no tiene sentimientos, que no tiene alma, no se explica como reacciona durante toda la pelicula.
Auch beim zweiten Mal fand ich den richtig stark. Audiovisuell überragend. Ich mag die Crew. Coole Stimmung und die Geschichte fand ich auch interessant.
Read my Washingtonian review here.
So much promise squandered. There were interesting ideas here, but they're wasted in a film with such lazy characterisation, weak writing, and so much silliness on display. Zombies in an alien film? Great things could have been done here .
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While Prometheus (2012) doesn’t live up to the hype generated by Twentieth Century Fox’s brilliant advertising campaign, it still proves to be a mildly well-executed genre film. In short, archeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Halloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover ancient pictograms around Earth that lead them to believe that a superior race of beings from the other side of the cosmos engineered humans genetically. Driven by the desire for knowledge, Shaw and Halloway lead a corporately funded expedition to find our “Gods,” and hope they can provide answers to science’s biggest question. Once they arrive, they unfortunately discover the reason our creators abandoned us.
Prometheus is an odd beast. From the outset, it’s clear that the…
I was trawling through my 4.5/5 star ratings as I'm compiling a Top 25+(-ish) list and I noticed and was very surprised that I gave this such a high rating given its reputation. So, naturally I re-watched it.
This doesn't hold up in comparison to the original Alien. But, it is still my second favourite Scott film, just beating Gladiator. Visually stunning as you'd expect from an $120+ million film.
FINALLY a science fiction movie that is more in line with the great literary side of the genre than the idiotic, vapid stuff Hollywood churns out that is passed off as "science fiction". This movie has ideas and isn't afraid to leave some things unanswered. It has actual characters that have something going on in their heads. It's beautiful to look at. I loved the Lawrence of Arabia nods and subtle subtext, and the tiny bits of foreshadowing! All so very well done. Loved loved loved it!