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Ridley Scott helms this sci-fi thriller starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. After finding fragments of Alien DNA, a team of scientists known as The Company travels into space aboard the state-of-the-art Prometheus spacecraft to investigate the origins of human life on Earth. Their journey takes them into the darkest corners of the universe - but, to their horror, their very inquisitiveness ends up posing a threat to the future existence of humankind. The scientists now find themselves tested to their mental and physical limits as they fight a desperate battle to preserve the future of the human race.
You want an alien world created anew, with wonders and horrors lurking in its furrows? You go to Ridley Scott, of course, spectacle maker and pictorialist par excellence. So Prometheus is bound to be eye filling, with fully wrought planetary vistas and occasionally jaw-dropping visual coups. And did we use the word alien back there? Yes, folks, Prometheus is a prequel, in a sideways sort of fashion, to Scott's 1979 Alien original--or at least it's a long-distant stage setter for that story. This one begins with a space mission that could reveal the extraterrestrial roots of Earth, although what's buried out on the planet turns out to be much more complicated than expected. In the midst of suspenseful episodes (and a few contrived plot turns), Prometheus reaches for Big Answers to Big Questions, in a grand old sci-fi tradition. This lends the movie a hint of metaphysical energy, even if Scott's reach extends well, well beyond his grasp. The hokier moments are carried off with brio by Michael Fassbender (the robot on board), Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba, and then you've got Noomi Rapace entering the badass hall of fame for a long, oh-no-they-didn't sequence involving radical surgery, which might just induce the vapours in a few viewers. Even if Prometheus has its holes, the sheer size of the thing is exciting to be around. Because this movie is gigantic. --Robert Horton. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So getting stuck into the film it's certainly not bad by any means, but it's confused and rather than take a clearly defined "real Alien" prequel it merely skirts around the edges unsure if it's a new film or a re-treading pre Alien.
There are undeniable nods to Alien, from the actual seemingly abandoned "Alien ship", right down to the Aliens themselves which are very close to the ones you find in the original Alien film (ie the long dead ones which were wiped out by the well known Aliens)...clearly intended on the Director's part. But it stops short of being the prequel it should have been, and leaves more questions than it does answers.
Visuals are excellent as you would expect from a modern sci-fi with the power of up to date computers and talented CGI artists you won't be left wanting here.
Cast is overall quite good with Michael Fassbender taking the part of the android "David" and probably the best performance of the film. Charlize Theron stunning as ever, and decent acting but probably not quite the role I would have picked for her. Noomi Rapace, not a well known actress but does quite well with what she has role wise (I would have picked Charlize for her role). Few other cast members really stand out though, but that's not the real issue of the movie.
If Avatar was all CGI and not much story (which in my view it was, great visuals but predictable corny story/plot) Prometheus is a bit of a let down in it's conclusion, it doesn't deal with the questions you want, it fails to be the full blown no messing around prequel it should be.Read more ›
It plods along from plot point A to plot point B to plot point C with the kind of professionalism that's rarely seasoned with imagination, the setpieces unfolding competently but without inspiration or directorial flourish, let alone excitement. Where Alien took a pulp story and treated it like a work of art (albeit an at times soporifically paced one), this takes a potentially more intriguing story and turns it into something almost anyone could have made.Read more ›
It has a distinguished director, Ridley Scott, who has made some very famous films like Gladiator, Blade Runner, Alien and (my favourite film of all time, although not a typical work for him) Thelma & Louise. However, those films were all made some years ago. Aged in his mid-70s by the time he made ‘Prometheus’, Ridley may have been past his peak.
Prometheus does though introduce the talented Scandinavian actress Noomi Rapace to English-speaking audiences.
In a supporting role is the mega-talented Charlize Theron who is, as always, good, playing the cold-hearted leader of a commercial expedition to a bleak, seemingly uninhabited planet (partly filmed in Iceland, which replaced the planned location Morocco due to the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings).
In another supporting role Michael Fassbender (who I still remember from the British Sky TV series Hex, which deserves to be better known, but has had various film roles since) is good as an android.
Sometimes, once one distinguished director or actor is signed up for a film project, it becomes easier to attract other leading people to it. Perhaps that is what happened in this case.
The main relative weakness is the story. It seems based on recycled ideas from Ridley Scott’s 1979 film ‘Alien’ mixed with the probably crank theory popularised in the 1960s by Erich von Daniken that the gods worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians and others were really folk memories of visiting aliens from Outer Space. Combine the two and you might have perfectly good material for an older children’s ‘adventures in Outer Space’ type comic, but not an original top notch film.
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Instant classic. A genre of film tat comes into its own and then excels and sets the bar higher than expected.
A very well done film...however, why Guy Pearce?? Read more
What a disappointment. The story line is good but nothing was done with it. It was so boring and the same old aliens popped up here and there. No suspense and dull acting. Read morePublished 10 days ago by L M
Underrated movie. The characters are quite annoying and dull, but the atmosphere and effects are amazing. It ends as soon as the story kicks in. Definitely worth a sequel!Published 12 days ago by Balazs Santa
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