Sunday, 24 June 2012

Prometheus - Movie Review


In Prometheus, a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marhsall-Green
Director: Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott returns to flesh out an idea he had from his 1977 movie, Alien, to delve in to what happened before the alien ship crashed on the planet where Ripley and her crew found it.

I should have written this review sooner. Just like I saw people saying on Twitter, I liked Prometheus until everyone starting started picking it apart. Writer Damon Lindelof seems to have his name attached to just about ever new movie these days - as does Fassbender actually - and yes, there are loads of questions about the plot, but Ridley Scott is known for leaving things open ended and vague to allow people to make up their own mind about what happened.

I did feel like things started to unravel towards the end when one of the characters has to perform and emergency operation on them self, and it did feel a bit like the rest of the film was rushed from then on, just like they needed to wrap it up. There was one scene I did find silly, for those of you that have seen it will understand "just run sideways!". There was a nice twist towards the end that I didn't see coming regarding relationships between certain characters.

I was generally happy with the acting. I quite liked how late in the movie Noomi Rapace ended up looking like Ripley did in James Cameron's Aliens, when she had shorter hair. I'm not sure why it was necessary to use Guy Pearce as Weyland as they could have just used some old bloke instead. Maybe it was so that he could do his TED talk, and it was something for marketing to plug. Fassbender is excellent in the role of the designated android. I liked how we were told from start as opposed to Ash from Alien. Great familiar scenes reminiscent of Alien again towards the end of the film with him too.

I watched Prometheus on the London BFI IMAX screen, the biggest in Europe, in 3D. I've been to the IMAX before but it's the first time I've seen a feature length movie on a screen this size, and I must say I was blown away. If there was any movie worth seeing on a screen this big, it was Prometheus. I usually shy away from 3D these days as I find it generally makes it quite dark, but these glasses, while looking silly as they're huge, didn't make it too dark and added to the immersion. The film is simply stunning in such high definition, the sci-fi nature of it all looks amazing. I actually found myself feeling nauseated at one point when the Prometheus spacecraft descends through the atmosphere and rotates around 180 degrees. Well worth the £20 admission, but not sure I'd go see just any movie.

4/5
Visually stunning and a must-see for any sci-fi fan. Ignore the plot hole picking remarks and just enjoy it for what it is


9 comments:

  1. Great review! We loved all the connections to Alien as well. And the 3D was so amazing! Check out our review when you get the chance!

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    1. Thanks, took me long enough! I will do

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  2. I really like it even with the small flaws and I look forward to where Ridley and Lindelof may take it next. Some clues might be with this teaser site www.whatis101112.com. :)

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  3. £20!!!!!!!! I'm not sure any film is that good. I'm an Orange Wednesday fiend, so I rarely pay the equivalent of more than £4 for a film! Nice review though. Sometimes I just don't feel motivated to write a review for a particular film, and for whatever reason Prometheus was one of those; despite enjoying it.

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    1. Yeah I know, expensive! Friend bought the tickets in advance though and I didn't ask the price until on the day. It was a good experience though, I found myself pushing back in my seat in some of the scenes.

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  4. Nice review Steve. I was entertained, to say the least, but I think I was expecting something so much better after all of the promotion for this flick. Maybe it was too much like Alien.

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    1. The marketing team had a ball with this one didn't they?!

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    2. They totally did and it worked because it pretty much got everybody pissing in their pants waiting for this one.

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