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3.0 out of 5 stars Illogical, often poorly plotted, silly, flawed, beautiful and visionary, 14 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Prometheus - Collector's Edition (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
OVERVIEW : Well presented Blu Ray disc, but leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. The only way to get the 5 hours of "making of" extras is to buy the 3-D 3 disc set for quite a lot more extra. Ouch. The extras are great, but bundling them with the "expensive 3D" set is exploitative. The Regular BR + DVD only have deleted scenes and commentaries. Thanks!

FILM : "Prometheus" is a Marmite of movies. You love it, or you hate it. But here's what you need to know : If "Prometheus" is a prequel to "Alien", then "Downfall" is a sequel to "A Bridge Too Far."

And here's what else you need to know : if you forget that "Alien" existed - and thus, forget that "Alien" brings with it baggage and expectation the size of a small galaxy - , "Prometheus" is a brave, bonkers slice of classic science-fiction that nobody would have expected. Ridley Scott, at 75, should now be slowing down and mellowing out - doing a Coppolla, and making films nobody wants to watch. "Prometheus" is a big, questioning vision. Yes, there are aliens in this. But there are not Aliens. It isn't a bug hunt, or a monster film. It's a film about something much bigger than the Monster In The Dark.

The Quest. That old movie trope. The search for the ultimate thing that drives human beings insane. (In Time Bandits, it was a Fridge.). This is what that film discusses : humans beings search for the ultimate prize, whatever that is. Some pay the ultimate price. If you want a tag line then "For the ultimate prize, you must pay the ultimate price." Thank you very much, that will be £10k.

Many of you will be unhappy with this film. There will be a lack of killer aliens. A dearth of scares in the dark. All manner of shortcomings if you want a great big scary monster film. Not every film can be Aliens, nor does every film want to be Aliens. "Prometheus" is the best "Prometheus" it can be, not a shadow of "Alien". But we live in a world where "Alien" exists, so "Prometheus" cannot be untangled from it. "Prometheus" is about the quest for knowledge, the need to know the answers that may not exist, and the insane lengths we may go to to reach that knowledge.

It opens with a moment before history on an unspecified planet. Marked with vast, Kubrickian vistas of barren, beautiful nature, Scott draws us to a conclusion through the use of almost intuiative imagery. With an intelligence rarely seen in these types of film, the script, title, and "Prometheus" theme feeds in - one might say, steals - from mythology and ancient film, in a measured and considered way that shows that at the very least, this film has a script that has been thought about, and dialogue that is almost interesting : so far beyond the appallingly dull placeholder dialogue that plagues so many films today with forgettable The narrative progression is relatively linear, though where the film starts, and where it ends, are two wildly different places.

The film does have its weak points : a couple of characters are easily telegraphed as the necessary Idiot Protagonist who does the usual thing of poking objects with sticks and trying to hug it out with a hydra headed killing machine. "All this Tiger needs is a cuddle" might be the type of thing their character says. With such lightweight characterisation, you are forgiven for considering that this film really needs to skill up its survival mechanism. Human beings may be flawed, scared, and do things that are bone-crushingly stupid, but if that is the case, why put such flawed people as the weak links in such an event? Send a robot in. People are stupid, but not necessarily as stupid as the writer thinks.

Prequel is such a cruel word. When a franchise runs out of steam (and short of "Alien Vs Predator Vs Jason Vs Freddy 3D in Space!", there wasn't anywhere left for those films to go), you go back. To the beginning : a trend built by George Lucas, but also, in franchises such as "The Thing" and "X-Men", practically the only option left.

Perhaps it should be retitled to something like "Psychotic Spaceship Of The Gods." As is often the necessary narrative requirement, there are leaps of logic, which, if you think about them too much, might unravel the whole thing and are infuriatingly dense.

On the other hand, any science fiction with £200,000,000 thrown at its production, generally, has to contain a certain number of events to satisfy bored tweenagers and lure in the more affluent 24-55 demographic. If you want a lot of explosions, some gory deaths, and some big setpieces adjoined to a philosophical debate on the nature of mankind and our origin, then "Prometheus" is an ideal film for you. Certainly, far better than your average stalk-and-slash, blood-and-guts balderdash, this film takes its horror, which is not inconsiderable, seriously : the true horror is not that of an unknown creature using your intestines as a adventure playground, but of the possibilities of our imagination.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2012 21:28:22 BDT
Adie Stone says:
The extra disc set costs £5 more than the standard. That's brand new. I've seen it for less.

Not exactly breaking the bank.
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