Movie Title: Prometheus
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: June 8th, 2012
Date Seen: June 10th, 2012
Seen in: 3D
My first official review!
Part 1: Spoiler-Free Quickie Review
I just got back from seeing “Prometheus” in theaters. I chose to see it in 3D since the film was shot using 3D cameras. Now, onto review. I’ve heard mixed thoughts about whether or not this was an Alien prequel, or not, and I’m going with it’s a “prequel” in strong quotation marks. It happens in the same universe/world/dimension (whatever you want to call it) as the Alien films. If you are expecting another Alien movie, with Aliens running rampant and killing people, ripping them apart, or burning them with their acid blood, that’s not what you’re getting into with Prometheus. Alien is more of a keep you on the edge of your seat movie with minimal views of the “alien” in this film. Some of the visuals are incredible, but other than for one or two scenes, I don’t think 3D was necessary. So anyway, go see it – but save your money on the 3D.
Part 2 – In-Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
The way the movie began, I enjoyed, but found it completely unnecessary. Ok, cool, watching a guy drink some stuff, then dissolve, and his DNA reform. I’m sure that was supposed to be how the humans were created, but I honestly completely forgot about the scene during the movie until just now when I started thinking back to the opening.
Next we are introduced to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green). The first thing I noticed was how much Logan Marshall-Green looked like Tom Hardy. Their resemblance is astounding! But back to reviewing. Both are archaeologist type people and have discovered this same set drawings everywhere, and so convince Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) to fund an expedition to this unknown place super far away. Both the characters of Holloway and Shaw are likeable at the beginning. We hardly see Weyland, at this time, except to introduce us on the expedition. I thought that he was a complete waste of Guy Pearce. You hardly see him and he is covered up in so much makeup to look like a dying old man, it’s just a waste. He did great in the part, but still, if Guy Pearce is in a movie, I want to see him in all his sexy-goodness-glory.
Other characters – Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), the frigid bitch lady in charge of the operation on the Weyland side, David (Michael Fassbender), the token android, Janek (Idris Elba), the token black guy and captain, and a few other random crew members who if I talk about I will mention. David is one of the best characters ever. Before Prometheus came out, I loved watching the promotion about the new David android and how “state of the art” he is. This is one place where I truly felt like this was a prequel to Alien. In the other Alien movies, the androids always seem to have feelings, personality, etc. In this film, you get to see David starting to develop feelings or ideas of his own. Even developing curiosity. Most of the other androids had some or all of these qualities. So it was nice to see a “younger” version of an android. Michael Fassbender did an amazing job. Vickers, as I said, was the frigid bitch character, but still able to joke around a little bit, with Janek, for example. It helped you not to completely hate the character, while still appreciating her bitchiness.
There isn’t much actual alien killing/stalking/etc. Going on in the movie. Two of the team, the geologist Fifield (Sean Harris) and the zoologist Millburn (Rafe Spall) (I think this was the correct person, he was boring) get stuck in the giant cavern thing overnight. The zoologist sees a snake like creature and is an idiot and decides to pet it, and it ends up breaking his arm and eventually going into his suit and down his throat. Fifield falls in some acid stuff, and we don’t see what happens to him at first. He later comes back to the ship and it appears he has started to change into something and goes nuts and kills random nameless crew members. They burn him and shoot him. The other alien type death is to Dr. Holloway, because David – who seems to hate him – puts some random alien cell into his drink. Holloway is clearly becoming sick and Vickers won’t let him back on the ship. Rather than put his crew (and girlfriend, Shaw) into danger, he allows himself to be killed by Vickers, who shoots him with a flame thrower. Watching Charlize Theron with that flame thrower, I’ll admit, I got some lady wood for her.
Now, one of the coolest scenes I thought, was when Shaw discovers she is pregnant. Conveniently, she had had sex with Holloway, the night before, when he already had ingested that alien goo stuff. So of course, now there’s a baby alien growing inside of her. They want to put her back in the cryogenic chamber, but she escapes and runs to this super cool surgery machine. She lays in it and it performs a c-section on her. It was mildly gross but cool to watch. I also think Noomi shined in this whole sequence. During the rest of the movie, she continued to have “pains” resulting from this surgery. I hate in movies when the person just had some major injury or similar and it seems to disappear. Even scenes when she wasn’t focused on, she can be seen in the background rubbing her stomach or wincing, etc. So major props to Noomi and the director on that.
Another great scene – when David first finds the control room. It was cool watching him walk around and interact with the controls, and then some giant blue virtual reality type world pops up around him. This would be the one scene that I think IMAX 3D would be well worth it to see because it was just a damn cool scene. I wanted to watch it over and over because it was so pretty. And probably to see more Michael Fassbender in all his hotness…. but that’s besides the point.
And the end of the movie – that was great. The Cthulhu type creature that Shaw had already cut out of her self now was attacking the evil pale man, and then we see the birth of the first actual “Alien” as we know it. That was pretty cool, although the Cthulhu thing was hilarious. I’m not sure exactly how to describe it other than that.
Overall – 6.5/10
I liked the visual effects, the acting, and the whole idea of the movie. But a lot of it was very predictable and was missing some action so was boring at parts. But I still liked it and would definitely recommend going to see it.