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01 June 2012

Prometheus (2012)

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure
USA
Colour, 124 Minutes
*No Spoilers Guarenteed*
Verdict: For fans of the original Sci-Fi classic, Prometheus may seem a disappointment and lacks the engaging suspense and chilling atmosphere the Alien franchise is famous for having. However, it is not entirely bad and has a great soundtrack, cinematography and a solid female lead.

Plot: The plot concerns a group of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. That is all that can be revealed to avoid spoilers of the sort. 


In 1979, director Ridley Scott brought to the world of cinema Alien, which since has been acclaimed as one of the greatest sci-fi films, having a cult since its release. Many years have passed since this, and now, we have a loosely connected prequel to the original, were we see just how the mission of finding the origins of humanity in Alien all started and originated. How is the film you say? Let us go into it now.

Although I am not a huge fan of the franchise, when I heard about this film a while back I was excited, knowing what a great director Ridley Scott is. Prometheus goes without saying as a slight disappointment, but certainly not a bad film. It is of course impossible to top the likes of Aliens, but the film lacked real development in its plot and it seemed unsure of what story it was really trying to tell.

With director Ridley Scott at helm, I thought the film’s narrative would have had the same kind of unique atmosphere the franchise is known for, which partially it does. The first half of the film is slow and quiet as it builds up towards the alien life forms being discovered when things start to get thrilling, which ultimately makes Prometheus a Sci-Fi, mystery &suspense thriller. There are a few chilling and thrilling scenes in the film, but it at times feels predictable, which I am quite disappointed with, with Ridley Scott.

In terms of being a prequel, it is very loosely connected with Alien and may as well be called a film on it's own.

The dedicated performance from Noomi Rapace, however, definitely makes the film worthwhile. While Michael Fassbender’s robotic character and Guy Pearce’s short appearing character are also great and support the film magnificently.

Another very mentionable element to the film is the wondrous cinematography captured. From the marvellous first minutes that are gorgeously shot, the film is full of visual spectacle. Though, try not seeing it in  3D. The film's soundtrack was fantastically composed Marc Streitenfeld that truly give tension and thrill to some of the scenes.

To be a little more positive for those pumped up for the film, I will say we do get some great gross visuals that appear to be real and not CGI at times. For those who enjoyed the flesh-ripping scenes of Aliens will not be disappointed by some of the violent parts of this film. 

I think the ultimate problem that stops the film from achieving the same atmospheric eeriness as the original film is the huge gap between them. Alien is now over 30 years of age, and in our days of CGI-dominated cinemas and annoying 3D (which I had to see this film in), it would be impossible to truly recreate the kind of things made on screen back in the day.

Today, filmmaking techniques are different and the ways in which blockbusters are created now strongly differ from those in the 70’s and 80’s. The original Alien film is a slow-paced B-Movie that went on to rake in lots of cash at the box office, and this was because of how it was made. Today, a blockbuster must consist of action, explosions or star names (or all of them). Alien is of its time and Prometheus lacks the creative spark it had in how it was made. The budget for this film was $120-$130 million, and it shows through its high-quality cinematography and CGI, which differs quite a bit from the original film. I could continue this point, but to keep things shorter for you; the film lacks the atmosphere of the original for, nor should it truly be expected, but it is disappointing in how it fails to be an engaging and suspenseful Sci-Fi thriller. 

The film is visually beautiful and I think I will have to watch the film again sometime in the future, but for now I am afraid to say it did not live up to the hype. I am sure others might enjoy it more, but this is just my opinion. 

I have tried to keep the film’s main theme out of the way to give you something to look forward to, but I will simply say this: The film has characters that are set on philosophical edge to discover something, and stumble across unexpected things. Perhaps I am being harsh on it, but it definitely did not work for me. The visuals are great, and the soundtrack is ferociously intense, but Prometheus may disappoint big fans of the original film. For me, it was quite anti-climactic, as a slice of Sci-Fi cinema that I hoped would help revive the genre. However, it still offers some chilling and thrilling moments that ARE resonant of the the first two films.  

RATING: 15 (R)

Prometheus hits US theaters on June 8th

8 comments:

  1. Well I hope I don't become as disappointed as you were Thomas. But it is a shame if it truly so.

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  2. A dedicated post despite the fact that you may not have enjoyed writing it. Nice blogging bro

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  3. thanks Joker.

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  4. Well, I hope you can enjoy it.

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  5. great review! I personally haven't seen Alien or Aliens so hopefully this does play as a stand alone film. This is the reason why I hate America: Instead of getting Prometheus first, we get disappointments like Dark Shadows and Snow White & The Huntsman. :)

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  6. The main problem is the fact that the hype was so big that it was almost sure we were gonna be disapointed. I will try to catch it as it will be released this friday here in Quebec. I really like your new layout! It's clean and crisp!

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  7. thanks, glad you like it! I hope you enjoy it. Go in with medium expectations, you might love it.

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  8. Actually, the parts that didn't work for you were the things I found most interesting in the film. Luckily, I went in with as little expectations as possible and I found the movie to be reasonably entertaining.

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