Spoiler-Free Review: Prometheus (2012)
June 8, 2012
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Prometheus Spoiler-Free Review:
You can try forgetting this isn’t really an Alien film, but it kinda is, but it isn’t. Ridley Scott keeps dropping hints that we are in the same Universe as Alien but wants us to forget about Alien. go figure. This is first 3d movie I have seen that blew me away with the quality of the presentation. The 3D effect (seen in IMAX) was used to enhance the scenery rather than take focus. The massive alien structures seemed truly to extend deeper than the window of the movie screen, while CGI elements felt you could reach out and touch them. This is 3D done right.
Prometheus is definitely the best movie I have seen this year, including Avengers, Men In Black 3 and Hunger Games. This movie was more intense and horrifying than I expected, without being full of Cheap scares. It returns us to older cerebral sci-fi where the idea of what is occurring and the unknown factor is more terrifying than anything else. We don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle and that just makes things a bit creepier.
Prometheus is not without its flaws, but they are specific to characters and scenes, so it can be difficult to analyze without spoiling plot points. Suffice to say a few characters make typical slasher movie style decisions, when they are supposed to be scientists that takes you out of the film for a moment to say “uhhhh ok…that was REALLY dumb.”
The cast was a bit forgettable at points, but Noomi Rapace did a great job in her first major english-speaking main character role. Michael Fassbender steals his scenes as David, someone who’s agenda is never quite clear, which makes him by far the most fleshed-out character in the film. Idris Elba, who plays Janek, Prometheus’ pilot, is probably one of the most realistic “average working guy” characters in sci fi since Yaphet Koto and Harry Dean Stanton brought Parker & Brett to life in 1979’s Alien. (there go those Alien comparisons again…)
Sci-Fi fans: See prometheus, leave your Alien expectations at the door and just enjoy the film. Bring some friends because you will want to discuss this one for a long while to come.
Everyone Else: Get ready for one unique ride that should be seen on the big screen to be appreciated.