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Something is happening 10.11.12, but what?
What happens after Prometheus?
I wrote my review and I want to see it again because I feel like a second viewing will help me appreciate it better. Also I’m willing to bet the director’s cut of this film will be better- a lot better.
Still tell me what you thought of it, and don’t feel shy about saying spoilerish things.
Ridley Scott’s latest film and his return the world he created in 1979 film Alien is a beautiful looking film with a great ensemble cast and a story that leaves you wanting more. The film has a simple enough plot: human’s go search in the stars for the answers to the origin of life based upon a message left behind by an apparently alien power, and then discover a terrible truth. One of the strengths of the film is taking the plot, which has been done numerous times in science fiction stories, to create a tense atmosphere of paranoia of the unknown. It takes the primal fear of walking into places we find alien and placing that front and center for the audience and this isn’t even the film greatest strength.
Perhaps the greatest strength of the film is its visual grandeur and terrifying beauty. The visual effects, both practical and CGI, are gorgeous. Easily the most beautiful science fiction film since Avatar- say what you will about Avatar’s story it was undeniably exquisite eye candy. The aliens, the holograms, the ships, and the equipment were all amazing to behold in their spectacular attention to detail. I don’t know where they were filming, but the establishing shots were awesome.
Continuing in how awesome Prometheus the cast was fantastic with one minor exception. Even with this being an ensemble type film the standout performance clearly goes to Michael Fassenbender who plays the android David. I don’t want really spoil anything about David other than Scott plays with the inhuman humanity he first created with Ash in Alien, but in a new way. Fassenbender definitely brings his A game to this role. The rest of the cast does a great job with the each of their roles making you believe they are who they say they are. The only exception to this is Guy Pearce. It’s not that his performance is bad, but considering his role it was surprising and just a little disappointing to see him. Oh and there were two characters who I found particularly pointless to the film- not to bash the actors playing them as they did a good job with what they were given. I just didn’t understand what their propose for the story was.
I’ve spent most of this review praising Prometheus, and while Prometheus is a great film worth seeing it’s not without flaw. The primary flaw is that the story does leave wanting more in both a good and bad way. I’m personally of the view that since a film (or any other medium for that matter) is under the total control of those who make them why hide anything from the audience? A movie isn’t like life in that we don’t always get the answers, and while I do understand and like films that leave with hints of mystery I don’t think this is one of those films that completely pulled it off. I think a film should take the time to answer some questions for the audience even if the characters never find out. Not all of the questions mind you because you have to leave some possibility of sequel (especially movies this costly to make), but this story definitely left me wanting more answers than we got- Damon Lindelof. The second complaint I have with the movie is that while it worked while watching it the score was not memorable, but that’s a relatively minor complaint.
So should you take a chance on board with the Prometheus to find out the answers to mankind’s origin? Yes absolutely join the crew on the big screen in Ridley Scott’s great return to the world of science fiction. Become a true believer.