REVIEW: Prometheus , Big Yet Inelegant, Groans Under Its Own Weight
20 February 2014
Excerpt: People with a strong sartorial sense know the difference between what’s elegant and what’s merely elaborate. It’s not the same in the movie world, where big and overcomplicated is so often mistaken for better, when really it’s only...big and overcomplicated. Ridley Scott ’s Prometheus , designed as a sort-of prequel to the director’s 1979 terror-in-space aria Alien , is elaborate all right. But it’s imaginative only in a stiff, expensive way.
Excerpt: Cool connections to Ridley Scott's "Alien," a great performance by Michael Fassbender, and impressive production design make "Prometheus" well worth checking out in theaters, but a familiar plot and stupid choices by the characters keep it from being the sci-fi classic it could have been.
Excerpt: Some people never learn and some people only have one trick up their sleeves. It's hard to tell which you're dealing with sometimes, and "Prometheus" is a perfect example of that. Ridley Scott's much anticipated return to the "Alien" universe morphed, in the hands of co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof ("Lost"), into a sci-fi epic asking bold questions about a creations relationship with its creator (or creators) that would very much like to be this generations "2001.
Excerpt: It was amidst much hullabaloo that 20th Century Fox announced director Ridley Scott ( Blade Runner ) would be returning to the Alien universe. As is often the case, things gestated and mutated, and the end result came out quite differently than what most people were anticipating. Probably the most talked about film of 2012 (save Marvel's The Avengers ) defied lofty expectations, dividing movie-goers and critics alike.
Summary: Prometheus isn’t a perfect film but it is a very enjoyable one if you go into it with expectations in check. It’s really just a very dressed up monster movie performed by an interesting cast and loaded up with slick sets, cool costumes and plenty of interesting sci-fi style. The performances are good, the set and creature design is very cool and the admittedly very large logic gaps can be easily ignored all in the name of good old fashioned entertainment!
Conclusion: Here it is, folks – my new favorite demo disc. Watching the film itself is a journey that I wish I could take again for the first time. Upon reflection and analysis, it only gets better with each viewing. Sure, there are those who loathe 'Prometheus' – and I've carried on extensive debate-like conversations defending the arguments – but I stand by my opinion that this is one of the very best contemporary science fiction films, a more-than-worthy chapter in the...
Excerpt: No one considered the Alien series was part of our origin species. It’s doubtful even its creators did back in 1979. They wanted to make a movie about a creature ransacking a crew in tight corridors, complete with a ferocious female heroine. Unbeknownst to us, they were making us human. It’s important to toss aside elements of Alien . If anything, they almost detract from what Prometheus is capable of producing.
Excerpt: The origin of human life has tortured scientists, religious figures, and normal people since the dawn of time. While theories abound, both scientific and faith based, no solid proof has been uncovered as to the truth. In 2089, there seems to be potential to unlock the mystery of man’s origins, but what will that truth be? A team of anthropologists exploring a cave find an ancient cave painting, one similar to others found around the world.