Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
"Sometimes, to create one must first destroy."
Why do we watch movies? Some would say it's just a way to pass the time. Others would say they watch movies for their entertainment values, the spectacle and escapism they provide. Others would say a good story is the reason. Others would say it's because of the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into putting together a movie, the process through which a movie is created, the work and effort required to bring all individual elements together and make them function as one, complete and flowing piece of work. Others would say it's because of the themes and messages movies can transmit, the existential questions movies dare to ask or the contrast with…
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…
It's just such a fucking mess, it really is.
Watching the commentary on the deleted scenes, it's obvious that there was such a lack of direction and way too many ideas that never tie together.
Now "Alien" involved a problem that I think is also present in Gladiator and Hannibal. Ridley Scott likes to spend a lot of time on atmosphere and can end up spending so much time 'building up' the scene and trying to make us marvel at beautiful backdrops that by the time anything actually happens, I've pretty much lost interest. Prometheus starts up with some spectacular scenery and I decided not to let my concerns get in the way. I was absolutely astounded by the scenes we are shown and then finally we are introduced to a strange figure by a waterfall. The shots of the scenery haven't been too lingering and we move into the initial events of the movie…
Good but not great. I enjoyed the creative back-story to the spawn of the "Alien" and the edge of your seat suspense during that unforgettable surgery scene, but Prometheus fell flat in many aspects which really distracts from all the good things this film had to offer. Despite excellent acting performances from Rapace and Fassbender, conflicting character decisions, poorly forced peril, spotty transitioning, and awkward plot progression held this movie back from the masterpiece it was expected to be. With that said, Prometheus is a unique sci-fi thriller that I will definitely revisit again.
given how diametrically opposed opinion was on first release, i can now see quite clearly that this falls down somewhere in the middle. sloppy plotting, weak characterisation and in a realm of supposed realism smart people making incomprehensibly stupid decisions; balanced by the drop dead gorgeous design and visuals, A++ fassbender, and some terrific individual scenes. the impromptu surgery in particular, i could barely stomach it!
Judged on the difference between my hopes and the reality, 'Prometheus' would have to be one of the most disappointing movies I've ever seen. I was pumped for this film. And it's dreadful. Not once does any character act in a fashion consistent with my understanding of human behaviour; not once does the action follow any meaningful path of cause and effect; the film gestures vaguely towards larger thematic meaning, but never goes further than cryptic (and ultimately meaningless) hints. I don't know if there's ever been a film that thinks it's this smart, but that actually is this dumb. It sure looks pretty, though.
Weyland spent a trillion dollars on this space mission but didn't bother to vet the crew or inform them of their mission?
Beautiful to behold and deeply stupid. For every aspect of the movie that is terrific - the effects and production design, the 3D, Michael Fassbender, that crazy abortion scene - there is something equivalently terrible - the nonsensical characters and nonsensical plot, the needlessly mysterious story without answers, the waste of perfectly good actors like Idris Elba and Charlize Theron, and worst of all the editing (seriously, there must be some version of this film where that last act makes sense, but this ain't it).
Still better then the last two Alien movies.
Absolutely gorgeous looking science-fiction movie - Ridley Scott must be the director with best understanding of CGI use in movies.
Not as bad as I remember it being. I admit I wasn't paying full attention this time, but perhaps that improved the reception. Still, interesting themes, and the inconsistencies I was so fixated on when I saw it in the theater seem less consequential now.
Will have to revisit again sometime to work out how I really feel about it. The trick, as always, is not minding that it hurts.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…