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BY Damon-Keen nobody
Meandering, incoherent drivel. This move is so full of plot holes, bad science, dreadful characterization and laughable acting that I struggle to understand what anyone could see in it. Ridley hasn't made a good film in years, and this film continues that trend.
BY GrahamP superstar
Forget the movie "Alien" this is completely different.
Of course you can pick holes in the plot like the different blend of characters on the trip but it is also a real visual experience. The future technology is well thought out but I did wonder why wine bottles and glasses had not changed at all.
I usually find 3D annoying but in this movie they did make the best use of 3D that I have seen so far.
A sequel will be made I am sure.
BY RexH superstar
Dr Smith wasn't the only reference to spot throughout this movie. The older Wellend looked uncannily similar to Keir Dullea's Dave character at the end of 2001. In fact, the 2001 referencing was noticeable throughout this film, from the scattered landscape panoramas of the opening to the video calls home to the... More exercise sequences and the trip to the monolith.
More amusingly, there was a direct Moebius connection with regard to the look of the "creators" and the somewhat hilarious struggle at the end between the humanoid and many-tentacled alien was a swipe from a Moebius strip in which a hot woman turns out to be... a many-tentacled alien! It's not surprising, since Moebius contributed concepts to original Alien movie of 1979. Perhaps this was Scott's homage to the late Jean Giraud.
Apart from referencing 2001 and his earlier Alien project, Scott seems to have been influenced by Forbidden Planet (again), the Quatermass films, those two Mars movies and Contact... There was a moment before the captain decides to ram the alien spacecraft when I thought of Star Trek, in particular Scotty, though that was probably just me!
I don't mind guessing - or viewing - all these influences, real or imagined, but what annoyed the hell out of me were the poorly written characters (and for such good actors). Not since George Lucas introduced mind-numbing woodeness to Star Wars 1,2 and 3 have I seen characters I couldn't care less about! Oh, the biologist is dead! Good thing, too! What biologist approaches a completely unknown alien life form as if it's a cute kitten? Idiot!
The geologist? Why was he even there? Oh, right; to die.
And the set up once they had all regurgitated themselves out of cryo-sleep was absurd - an improbable rehash of the Nostromo crew without any back story to make it credible. Irascible, unco-operative, dysfunctional... this is not how one picks a top crew for a major undertaking worth trillions of future bucks.
There were plot holes you could drive battalions through. No explanation as to what the "creators" were running from or how they came to be decapitated. Not by our favourite aliens, they hadn't been birthed yet.
Oh, and Ridley? Evolution is a SLOW process - it takes a little longer than twenty or thirty minutes!
The Theme: nothing new, but interestingly put forward and it would have been even more interesting if all the above nonsense had been put to one side to allow a deeper exploration. Sometimes exposition gets in the way of a good movie but in this case exposition would have helped immensely.
So what was good about this film? Surprisingly, quite a lot. Notably Fassbender's David. He was almost a movie in himself. In fact, he could probably sustain one. The clip "Happy Birthday David" was brilliant and scary! Charlise Theron makes a delightful Ice Queen, yet still remains delightfully hot!
What engaged me most of all was the visuals. Sumptuous landscapes, stunning sets, excellent CGI, satisfying use of 3D, and a gritty feel that involves the viewer. There were moments of pure poetry - the Prometheus in orbit around the giant planet, and the holographic star chart in the chamber are two that sit in my memory. When it worked, it worked brilliantly.
Unfortunately, the "horror" sequences were just slapstick.
BUT.... it's the first science fiction movie deserving of the name in a long time. That's worth 3 stars in itself.Hide
BY KatieF superstar
Some of the plot at times were a bit hard to follow as you're unsure of where it's heading and you're left with many questions when the film ends, but after reading more about the plot and significance of objects and names in... More the film it becomes clear.
I will certainly watch this again.Hide
BY Jordan superstar
Not just for want of more stories from a loved franchise, but also for the amazing visual journey Scott took us on with "Alien".
So what has he given us with "Prometheus"?
This is the story of Drs. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace, whose star grows ever faster) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) who discover a series of images... More from our ancestors that show a chart to a planet, left for us by those beyond the stars.
As they take a journey with a star-studded cast (Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender turning in a performance worthy of Lance Henriksen's "Bishop"), on arrival to this mysterious planet, the environment isn't the only thing that is alien to them.
Everything starts to fall apart in a thrilling manner leading to an ambiguous ending that is open to your interpretation.
While the dialogue is shoddy in parts, and some of the thrills rather obvious, visually it is one of the most beautiful films to have shown up in the last few years. While this is highlighted in 2D, it has used 3D fantastically and is a better film as such. There is no colour loss allowing the detail to really come in, and the depth given to the world is something to see. In many ways, it does 3D so much better than "Avatar", which popularized this format.
Overall, while there are some quibbles with it, "Prometheus" delivers a great film, packed with delicious visuals and some great, thrilling action-packed moments.
This film definitely gets close to delivering something that lives up to its namesake.Hide
BY Sarah29 superstar
It was most a 2.5 stars...
To be honest it was a bit boring and lacking in any real scares. The 3D was fabulous and it all looked great but the story didn't flow very well and there were lots of moments that left me wondering why it was even included in the film at all. I was hoping for more terror like in the original films, but I left feeling disappointed and a little bored.
BY DarcyClay lister
Add to that the plethora of... More terrible performances (hold Fassbender and Rapace who are awesome!) and RIDICULOUS plot points and you have a film that does nothing but frustrates. I mean, I'm fine with glossing over minor incongruencies or taking a few liberties with a story to keep things ticking over but when the whole premise is shot down in the first few scenes it just doesn't make for happy viewing or any immersion in the story. Like, a company apparently spends 1 trillion dollars sending a expedition in search of what might be the birth of humanity (based on rock drawings) but the crew who are sent there wake up at their destination with no idea who anyone else is on the ship and asking "Alright, what are we doing here? SEARCHING FOR OUR HUMAN ORIGINS!? Oh na eff that! I came here for something else. To look at rocks or some sh!t." Nothing fits. And the animosity between all the characters on the ship is just totally unneeded. I could go on for hours about how disappointing this movie was but I would just hurt myself so... just do yourself a favour and don't go see this movie.Hide
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BY RealityCheck superstar
Genre : Horror, thriller, alien, sci-fi, action (boarding on genealogy or religous in nature), with huge relationship to growth on many levels.
3/5 : Maybe I was expecting too much, plus I think a lot of people will leave feeling slightly confussedHide