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FTN reviews Prometheus

June 1st, 2012 by bash 5 Comments

Prometheus (15)
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.

3 out of 5 nerds
Michael Bashford

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5 Responses

  1. Dicky Iamdickyc says:

    Bash, I would leave this to Marc and you review Top Cat, because your wrong sir! Its a fantastic film, top quality plot and forget its related to Alien, just enjoy it for what it is. Go home, get some sleep and then your see its movie magic at its best.

    • Have to back up Bash there, in the review that Stuart and I wrote on the monday movie show site ( we had a similar reaction. We both liked it and agree that it’s a good movie, but it’s not perfect. We’ll be talking with Marc about it when he’ll be a guest of ours next week.

  2. Angry Young Man ANGRY YOUNG MAN says:

    I’m just home from seeing this movie and I must say I was very disappointed. It was extremely flawed. It was well shot, some actors performed brilliantly but I don’t think even they could carry the film, some characters were completely one dimensional too. The amount of inconsistencies and plot holes, and the sheer stupidity of many of the characters is mind boggling. These people are meant to be well paid scientists (mostly) yet they act as if they all work in KFC. It has left me feeling thoroughly confused.

    I’m disappointed that it is more like Alien Resurrection and the AvP films than any of the good ones.

    Without providing any spoilers, I believe any intelligent human being will be left with more questions than answers, and not in a good way.

    I can count at least 15 seperate things that make no sense whatsoever in this film… I did not expect that from Mr Scott.

    Good review Bash.Though I’d say it deserved 2/5 simply because there are just so many inconsistancies and that the two sub-plots I noticed – science vs religion and parent/child relationships were completely hollow.

  3. Big Phil Big Phil says:

    I watched it and I loved it, brilliant filmin that it doesn’t answer every question from Alien which is exactly as i wanted it.

  4. Ben Darth Savo says:

    I think Bash’s review is pretty fair. While it’s by no means an awful movie, as Angry Young Man states, it is a mess in parts, overall it’s a curious and enjoyable mess. The concept is fantastic and it does finally answer a few questions from Alien and well as tell us a few things that we thought were totally the opposite. But it does open new questions too. As Dicky said too, take it as a separate movie from the Alien series for full enjoyment. But overall, it was pretty slick and mostly intriguing and enjoyable. But it’s no Blade Runner… even though it tries to tackle some of the same issues, though nowhere near as well.

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