The search for our beginning could lead to our end
Director Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller, set in the same universe as the Alien series. A discovery about the origin of life leads a team of explorers - including Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender - to travel to a distant planet in the year 2093.... More
But the investigation into humanity's past and the discovery of an ancient civilization has brought them into contact with a powerful threat that could cause our extinction.
Not a direct prequel to Alien, Scott referred to the film as having evolved into its own "grand mythology and universe".Hide
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BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
With the infamous 'chest-burster' scene in 1979's Alien, Ridley Scott set a standard for body horror that even David Cronenberg couldn't top. There's a scene about two thirds of the way through Prometheus that may strain credulity, but hot damn if it isn't the most squirm-inducing moment of creative on-screen body trauma since John Hurt's lunch turned on him.... More
It's a great scene, but there's plenty more to Prometheus, which has to be from certain angles the most anticipated movie of the year. Anyone expecting a re-tread of the 1979 film will find plenty of call-backs and reference points, but this film has a MUCH huger scope - one that I thoroughly relished witnessing unfold on screen.
The 'Macguffin' of Prometheus is nothing less than the origins of humanity, and how it ties into the Alien films that came before isn't hugely important to this story. I found the questions posed (only some of which are answered) fascinating and ambitious.
There is a wide variety of well-drawn characters here, with Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender having the most fun as an ice queen and a robot, respectively.
The film contains no shortage of freaky and exciting set-pieces, but it was the implications that really made this special for me. I wish more films had this level of ambition, along with the artistry to execute it. As far as I'm concerned, Ridley Scott is doing some of the best work of his career here.
I find 3D annoying at the best of times, but there are some breath-taking compositions in here that make a very strong argument for the format.Hide
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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 adamatdramatrain superstar
Great in 2D - but well worth checking out the immersive 3D treatment - it really is the best use of the technology since 'Avatar.'Hide
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