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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Prometheus Review 2012

Ridley Scott cut the anticipation on June 1st releasing the eagerly awaited Prometheus to cinematic screens everywhere.

Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron lead a promising cast in this Sci-fi whirl-wind exploring once again, the genre that brought Ridley Scott's ego to light.

Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Green) spend their days exploring caves and landscapes seeking clues, leading to conspiracies, leading to self-belief of the numerous possibilities and unanswered questions behind mankind's creation. Their obsessive will for exploration pays off when they discover what they believe is the key direction to the life-form that walked before us. The loved up pair can't help but accept a thousand year old carving to be an open invitation to join whatever it may be they seek.

Prometheus is the holding vessel carrying a crew of numerous qualifications. The Journey through space is constructed by Shaw and Holloway, with both of them being the navigational system to the universe they are destined to arrive in. Idris Elba plays Janek, the captain of Prometheus. He represents a strong character, ever so careful as to why he, as well as others should risk their life believing in Shaw's ambitions.

Meredith (Theron) is on board for one reason only, to see the journey out safe while so obviously wanting nothing to do with the desires of both Holloway and Shaw. From what Meredith can see, this is a far-fetched idea and a pointless wrong she was about to be. Theron is once again the bitch in the movie. Sure why not? she plays it ever so sexy!.

The journey through one universe to the other leads Prometheus into a battle that could change history. Upon an amazing discovery through the ambitious Shaw and Holloway, their mysterious yet expected find leads the ship and crew into a fight not only for their own lives, but the lives of others.

Prometheus is a brilliant sci-fi movie as Michael Fassbender helps by leading the movie to the enjoyment it Deserves. Introducing his robotic character, David. He is constructed by Peter Weyland to have as much interaction and affiliation with a human, as one human would be to another. His hilarious, soulless body is well created to the point where the viewer believes in Fassbenders' desire to act. David is the back-Bone to the ship, as the crew appear unfastened to rest their lives in his hands. A darker side to Fassbenders' character is surprisingly exciting, giving Prometheus tense interactions both on and off the vessel.

Prometheus is as mysterious as the trailer makes it out to be. Ridley Scott does fantastic in returning to the concept of Aliens, but not "Alien". Just like his previous movies, without naming the obvious, Ridleys' way of creating likable characters is still smartly written with his latest work appearing highly nostalgic. The audience will realise the ship descending into the unknown and where you will once again find yourself rooting for certain characters to make it home. There are always individuals on board who you know are either too arrogant or unqualified to be on such a mission. Prometheus does well in offering the audience a general mix of personalities.

However, it does, like most movies with a great introduction reveals some loose ends with an explanation much needed if Ridley Scott was to return for a Prometheus sequel. The first 100 minutes or so are quite tense and does well in keeping the audience attention and anticipating a possible unforgettable climax. Prometheus will disappoint some fans on the basis of what I and most would believe to be a highly rushed ending to the movie. The production just seemed to run out of ideas in the last 20 minutes or so. Maybe that is the appropriate result and much deserved outcome for a film that got the wrong attention and anticipation and seemed to have manipulated fans awaiting its release ever since its first statement which claimed Prometheus to be a prequel to alien...

There is so much to be said about Ridleys' return, but so much the audience must answer for themselves. Prometheus is an all-round bloody good sci-fi movie. A concept not too original but fans of the Alien saga will enjoy without having to connect any apparent dots.

A prequel originally, but I believe Ridley Scott himself fails to agree. Prometheus is its own concept, with some convenient characters. A must see for all Sci-fi fans, leaving a positive result in a return to chilling torture in outer space that no other director would dare to challenge. Oh except for James Cameron. :)


  1. Good piece and and loved the final paragraph. Frankly that's the most positive review I've read on it. I read about there being too many sub-plots and characters the viewer feels unable to engage with!

    I'm trusting you though Ger, gonna go see it the weekend for sure.

  2. Good review Gerard. There were plenty of moments that shook me to the core, but then there were plenty of other times where it felt like the film could have done so much more and just ended up being a mildly entertaining sci-fi flick. Maybe I went in expecting something along the lines of Alien and got something not that up to par.