Prometheus 2012 ★★★★★
Watched Jun 17, 2012
This review reportedly contains spoilers.
I can handle the truth.
I'm not totally sure words can explain how much I love this movie. AMAZING!!!
Let me start off by saying this film was unbelievably eye-pleasing from the opening scene as the bird's-eye view from the camera swoops over gorgeous ravines and mountains to come upon grand falls where we meet a human-like entity who we come to know as an Engineer later in the film, drinks a gooey black substance that ends up rapidly breaking down his cells to the point where within about 10 seconds he slips into the falls and down into the river below where the camera shows a close-up of a double helix strand of DNA floating in the water. The DNA strand plays an important role in the film as a whole and more than likely throughout the whole Prometheus series. Also, me loving astronomy as I do, any films with space travel and imagery of planets and other celestial bodies get my geek side revved up. Let me tell ya, they were full throttle throughout this film.
Now, there are a lot of questions to be answered in this film as anyone who may have even heard rumors about the film may know, and there are several that go unanswered. Most of this I'm sure has to do with Lindelof being the main writer of Prometheus, and some people may not like the feeling of so many questions going unanswered. Personally, I thought it all worked together in one perfectly cohesive sequence, and though there are answers I yearn for, I fully expect the sequel to elaborate further on many aspects. It was the right mix of answering just enough to taste the eat the cake with some frosting, but I believe the rest of the frosting and the cherry is yet to come.
I watched this with my father and we were discussing this over some pizza afterward. He liked the movie quite a bit himself but said he didn't quite grasp the underlying meaning. There may be multiple themes in the film, but in my opinion the main one is belief/faith. Throughout the film we see Noomi Rapace's character Shaw constantly wearing her cross around her neck. She seems to really be the only character with such a religious belief. The end of the film really brings it all to light when Michael Fassbender's android character - which I have to add was nothing short of spectacular - brings up the fact that after everything that happened she still believes and he wonders why when it seems so irrelevant. She clearly doesn't care what he thinks though and vows to find the homeworld of the Engineers.
The cast is fantastic all around and each plays their part of the story perfectly. My only complaint is Guy Pearce's old-guy make-up/mask reminds me of Johnny Knoxville's stunts as the old guy in the Jackass films. I would have thought with all of the special effects, and beautiful imagery they would have done a little better with his get-up but it did not affect his acting by any means.
I hope to see this again in theaters if I get time, because my feeling is the film will benefit greatly from repeat viewings. This will definitely be a blu-ray buy for me when it's released.