Prometheus 3D – 7GPPs
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
Straight to the point:
Worth admission but loses its way at the end, disappointingly
I am an Alien fan, I have an Alien tattoo and I have every dvd/blue-ray edition known to man. Prometheus therefore should be a no brainer right?
Despite an unhealthy obsession with the Alien universe, I went into Prometheus with an open mind, knowing Sir RIdders had been very clear on the fact that although technically a prequel, it would be in the loosest terms of the word. I therefore left, most of, my expectations at the cinema entrance and sat down to await one of the most highly anticipated films of the year.
After seeing one of his best film legacies being shit upon by the abomination that was, AVP:Requiem, Ridley Scott decided it was time to go back to the world of Sci-Fi and give the series a more cinematic feel once again; and that is exactly what he has done. The world he has created in Prometheus is beautiful, looks glorious – something he does best – and the 3D is well used, so as to not overwhelm, bringing a visceral quality to the surroundings… Scott is an artist and the camera is very much his brush.
Sadly what lets Prometheus down is the screenplay. Written mostly by Damon Lindeloff (co-creator of Lost) it starts well but meanders along the way. Personally, I think he may have done the exact same trick as he did with his Island tale, writing the ending first and filling in the bits as he went along; inserting the elements Ridley wanted around characters he liked.
There are of course many little nods to the first 2 Alien films littered throughout the movie and I enjoyed them, but somehow it felt as if they were thrown in just to shut Alienites like me up , so we wouldn’t bitch about it not having an actual Xenomorph (that we all know and love) stomping around.
The cast is strong but some feel underused. Michael Fassbender is outstanding as Bishops great great grandaddy David and his performance is truly the most watchable thing about the film; Idris Elba is underused in my opinion, but still delivers and the various minor characters all fill out well with Sean Harris as Fifield deserving a special mention (definitely one to watch for in the future) Then there is the Ladies of Prometheus, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron. I have decided to dub them Split-ley; you’ll know why when you see it.
Prometheus is not a bad film and is miles ahead of any other sci-fi out there, but the plot holes and too familiar beats from the other Alien films hold it back from what it could have, nay should have been. It was written to answer questions but instead creates its own…. But then you don’t always get the answers you want in life which, I guess, is exactly the point of the film.
By Rossa Kegan