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Prometheus (2012)

US 124m, Colour
Director: Ridley Scott; Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron

As the prequel to the vastly superior science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), Prometheus is comparatively a dull space adventure with decent special effects, but which has little to offer on its own merit. Following the well-worn von Däniken “Chariots of the Gods” theme for humanity’s extraterrestrial origin, we discover the origins for the Aliens while further dealing with a “bad” robot which has the company’s interests above his human shipmates. Despite the predictable mayhem which ensues, the lack of likeable or even mildly interesting characters makes it difficult to be engaged by this mildly entertaining movie (Klaus Ming June 2012).

6 comments on “Prometheus (2012)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    06/12/2012

    I tried to see Prometheus last Friday. I failed (http://u-town.com/collins/?p=3324) and saw The Avengers instead. Based on your review (and the comments of other friends who have seen it), it sounds like maybe I got the better end of the deal. 🙂

    • Klaus
      06/12/2012

      I think you did. The Avengers was certainly a lot more enjoyable. Still – any fan of the Alien franchise is still going to want to see this – despite its deficiencies.

      • Anthony Lee Collins
        06/12/2012

        I’m sure I’ll see it. Real 3D by Ridley Scott is enough to make me pay to see it in a theater (well, plus I still have my free pass 🙂 ), and in particular I’m eager to see Noomi Rapace (the whole cast is good, but I think she’s amazing).

        I did see a news story today saying that the DVD will have a longer cut (20 more minutes of footage), but they didn’t commit themselves as to whether it would answer any unanswered questions or not. 🙂

      • Anthony Lee Collins
        06/19/2012

        Well, I did see it, and wrote about it on my blog. I was glad to see it, but it lost the things that made Alien great without coming up with good alternatives. Oh, and I agree with Derrick’s point that not only is is a prequel to Alien, but it also tries to function (way too much) as a remake.

  2. Derrick
    06/13/2012

    Good Review, i agree with you completely.

    For a movie that numbers fifth as a sequel and Tenth in a franchise Prometheus is a gift to fans that want a visually crafted film graced with an excellent cast.

    However, its structure and tone are 100% Alien 1979. Prometheus feels way more like some odd remake then a prequel and seems to be broken up into 2 sections. First hour is a great start up, developing characters and a promise of answering alien 1979 questions. Second hour is a mash up of confusing movie action, off character contradictions and a general feeling of writers running out of time to tell a story and tag on enough “new stuff” for a sequel. It also suffers from today’s “Lost” trend of cluttering up a story by putting mystery and unanswered questions into a film who’s soul purpose is to explore and give insight into unanswered questions from 30 years ago.

    The viewer is left with a odd mix of feeling ripped off by a film that didn’t really answer anything but is happy to see it put on the screen in such a visually intelligent and stunning way after decades of the franchise being watered down. Such a good looking film was unexpected for what is essentially Acid Aliens From Space Inyoface 10 3D. Beggars can’t be choosers but it really is just Alien 1 retold with a twist, the twist being that bits of all the other movies in the franchise are in it as well. Nothing really wrong with that, i love the franchise as a whole, it’s just why did Ridley Scott come back after 30 years to just remake a movie that he got right in the first place? Ridley Scott has been quoted as saying Prometheus shares some Alien DNA but is not a direct prequel .

    Prometheus not only shares Alien DNA but also its skeleton, complete muscle structure and tendons. Its skeleton is made up of the very familiar images of a shady corporation, an android that can’t be trusted, a crew made up of scientists that act more like truck drivers in space then professional field teams, crew members that breach containment protocol, A strong female charter that becomes the lead in the second half who has a strong survival instinct, aliens dead set on killing the crew but audience not knowing why, and as you mentioned, the chariots of the gods idea. Its muscle structure is the complete copy of the tone of Alien 1979. I found this very surprising considering the Alien films,up tell Prometheus, however similar in story each have very different tones. Its tendons are the little unnecessary homage pieces glued into the film. The flame throwers, the androids ripped off head, the lead being impregnated, crew members that want to get laid more than doing their job, etc, etc.

    All these things can be justified as important parts of what makes an Aliens film an Aliens film but it would have been nice for the prequel to shed most of them.

    As an audience we don’t need to see them again. They have been very prominent in not only the franchise but the sci fi genre since sci fi movies have started. Alien 1979 in itself was a very typical b movie creature feature that used very familiar space film concepts. It springs to mind The Thing franchise. 3 movies that are in essence a remake of a remake of a remake.

    How many of the Alien films should one consider true sequels to Alien? That is debatable in the fan base. As the father of the franchise, Ridley Scott, more so than anyone, has the right to do whatever he wants in an alien sequel, but one would think he would use this opportunity to make a fresh movie and not fall into the Hollywood trend of remake reboots.

    • Klaus
      06/13/2012

      Thanks derrick. I hadn’t thought of this film being a re-make of Alien (but yeah) – I see your point (it’s as much a remake as a prequel). I also could have done with a 2D version of this one.

      I also like Rapace (but not so much in this one).

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