Without giving too much away (we promise not to spoil anything), “Prometheus” is philosophical, beautiful, and utterly disgusting.If you couldn’t handle the alien popping out of John Hurt‘s chest in the original, just skip this.
Oh, and don’t listen to what all involved claimed, because it’s totally a prequel. Those unfamiliar with the “Alien” universe will still enjoy all of the striking visuals and action sequences, but there is a lot of mythology that will go unnoticed.
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The opening scene of the film is spectacular on its own, and sets an ominous tone for the next two hours, but it doesn't really fit into the rest of the film.
It's hard to go into detail without giving anything away. There is a definitive answer, but it's hard to understand until thinking back to it after the credits roll (I won't post it here, but check the Wikipedia page for a possible explanation).
Anyone who's seen one of the dozens of trailers, TV spots, and featurettes knows how visually striking this movie is. Aside from solid special effects, the lush landscapes and detailed sets bring the film to life. It's a shame Scott didn't shoot with an IMAX camera.
Filming on location leads to great cinematography that green screens can never fully capture. Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski previously worked on all four 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films, but this may be his crowning achievement.
This also may be the rare occasion where it's worth shelling out the extra cash for 3-D, which adds more depth to the already spectacular scenes.
It's almost unfair to compare lead Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw to Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in the original, but Rapace was on the other side of this conversation six months ago with 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' so fair is fair.
Ripley is a complete badass, possibly the toughest heroine in cinematic history. It's understandable that all involved wouldn't want to try to mimic that character, but they didn't need to make Shaw seem like nothing more than the lead in a generic horror movie. Rapace has her badass moments as well (which I won't spoil here), but she's no Weaver. One also can't help but wonder what Charlize Theron could have done with the role instead.
Enough cannot be said about Michael Fassbender. The man plays a freaking android in this movie and he's still brimming with charisma! Off a banner year that saw him attract Oscar buzz for 'Shame' and gain mainstream popularity with his well-received portrayal of Magneto in 'X-Men: First Class,' this will further fuel his assent to the A-list.
If this ensemble has a breakout, it's Fassbender yet again (honorable mentions to Logan Marshall-Green and Idris Elba).
Anytime a movie forces the viewer to think about life's big questions, it's worth the price of admission. Were we created by an alien race? The answer almost doesn't matter, it still poses the question, 'Who created us?' and the thousands of others that follow. No other movie this summer can offer that.
A big thank you to the fine folks who marketed this movie for giving away so much of the plot. Anyone that has seen the trailers knows enough to guess, and for the most part guesses the entire story correctly. They may have gotten a few extra people in the seats, but it was at the cost of the film.
Writer Damon Lindelof had more to do with the hit TV show 'Lost' than anyone, and 'Prometheus' is his largest project since that ended.
Working off a draft from John Spaihts, it's not surprising to see some 'Lost' fingerprints on the final product. Namely, he embraces a new mythology, the 'Alien' series, and makes it his own, instead of simply churning out a sequel. That being said, as with 'Lost,' for every question answered, two more are posed, which is all the more frustrating when another episode isn't six days away.
Still, he has a gift for creating these worlds that the viewer longs to know more about, and that's a rare skill.
Anyone that found the first 'Alien' a little slow will be happy to know 'Prometheus' maintains a brisk pace from the first scene.
Space jockeys, face-huggers, all the old favourites from the original return, which should be more than enough to ensure favourable buzz from die-hard fans. Crucially, if these terms are new to you, it's not important to follow or enjoy the movie.
The movie stands on it's own just fine, but it's glaringly obvious that a lot was purposefully left open or unanswered for a sequel, which doesn't work out if the film isn't profitable.
In that case, fans will forever wonder what this movie could have been had everything been answered. Granted, there will likely be a 'Prometheus 2' (or if we're following with the rest of the franchise, 'Prometheuses'), but why not leave everything on the table, and should a sequel get greenlit, restart the process with fresh ideas instead of stale leftovers?
If you haven't seen the original, but want to know what all the fuss is about, don't worry, you'll keep up just fine… but your friends may like it a little more. As far as summer popcorn flicks go, they don't get much more original, and it's certainly one of the best this year.
A versatile cast and jaw-dropping set pieces make 'Prometheus' well worth your time. Pass if you're easily grossed out, otherwise strap in and enjoy the ride.
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