Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Fassbender
Running time: 124mins
It’s difficult to digest a film just 15 minutes after leaving the cinema – especially one you’ve been waiting several years to see. Thus this Prometheus review may look different in six months time.
However, after spending just over two hours watching Ridley Scott’s sci-fi return I can only tell you from my gut how this film played out – and I’ll endevour to keep the spoilers to an absolute minumum.
First of all, is it any good? For me, it was ok. Yep, just ok. Sorry I can’t be any more imaginative. I don’t feel the need to go watch it again, however I DO really want to go and watch Alien once more. No so much for what Prometheus ties up (it also asks new questions) but because the quality of Scott’s 1979 masterpiece still holds strong.
While my expectations were high going into this they were not so high that I feel it is affecting how I viewed the end product.
Like Alien, things build very slowly, however, while the original chest bursting blockbuster built to a dramatic climax, this one ends with a slight whimper, but with an obvious nod to the first film in the francise.
Visually, the movie looks amazing. We all know that Scott has a great flair for the look of his movies and as ever he has delivered. But the look of a movie can only hold you so long and after a while you do begin to search for a gripping hold on some plot points. In this case I kind of kept groping for one.
Is this an Alien movie? Well yes and no. Is it as good as Alien? No, but then they shouldn’t really be compared because these two are totally different beasts. Does it feel part of the Alien universe? Yes it does and of course we get little nods here and there, especially that ending.
Performance wise, Noomi Rapace is well cast as Dr Elizabeth Shaw, while Charlize Theron is solid as Meredith Vickers, a Weyland Corporation employee. There are other notible performances by Guy Pearce and Idris Elba but as good as they are, the stand out performer was Michael Fassbender as David.
His role is very much in the mould of David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth with a chilling undercurrent playing throughout. His look very much reminded me of Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia and….well you’ll see…
Oh, and as for the 3D I was highly impressed. I’m not a fan of its use in films, but Scott has used it correctly in that it enhances the story and doesn’t hamper it.
So there you have it. This is perhaps the best review I can give without giving away too many spoilers.
There is no doubt Prometheus needs to be seen but make sure you go in with your expectations lowered.
Oh, and before I sign off. Yes, this one is definitely open to a sequel and something I’d like Ridley Scott to explore once more.