Review: Prometheus 3D
Is this an "Alien" prequel? Or Not?When "Prometheus" was announced as Ridley Scott's next film, and with screenshots slowly dripping out, many wondered if this was going to be an "Alien" prequel.
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 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.