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Alien meets 2001,
This review is from: Prometheus [DVD] (DVD)The title references two of the greatest sci-fi films of all times and visually this film is their equal. Set design, costumes (love the space suits) and special effects should all be Oscar nominanted. However that's where the positive comparisons end. The film does touch on big topics but the script can't handle them. Either there should have been bigger and better discussions about "what does this all mean?" or less script and make it more enigmatic, allowing your brain fill in the blanks like 2001.
As for frights and gore, theoretically there is a lot more danger for the crew of the Prometheus than for the Nostromo but because the film doesn't quite know which audience it's playing to, the suspense is minimal and the action while great when it happens is too infrequent.
The collection of acting talent is awesome and the themes they could have been allowed to play with could have made this really special but instead most find it hard to get past Hollywood Cliche- for example Idris Elba can be so much more than a gruff pilot. Michael Fassbender is the only one to walk away having achieved his potential as the android David.
Would love to see the directors cut but as it is, it's a daring but flawed blockbuster.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2012 07:31:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jun 2012 07:32:48 BDT
Spot on. Elba was just an Apone clone and most of the rest of the crew were just ciphers. Even Charlize Theron - I could hardly work out what her role was supposed to be.
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 08:10:34 BDT
The space suits in Prometheus were lifted from Bava's 1965 space horror Planet of the Vampires (which some critics have dubbed the REAL Alien prequel).
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012 09:55:42 BDT
I see what you mean on the bodies but from the neck up Prometheus wins
Posted on 12 Jul 2012 20:44:21 BDT
Michael Doyle says:
I like your review a lot; it's pretty much how I feel. Interestingly, the internet buzz about Prometheus seems to be getting more passionate; this film has stayed in people's heads for long after they saw it (just like 2001: A Space Odyssey has ALWAYS stayed in my mind!). There is an awful lot in this film with its mythological and religious themes and allusions, that I don't think any script could ever do it full justice, because those themes have to be rolled over in your mind AFTER the film has finished. However, I think the film was poorly edited and felt rushed to me; I would have preferred a 3 hour film. I wanted a long, luxuriant bath but all I got was a shower, although the content of both a bath and a shower are the same. I know that sounds pretentious, but it works for me!
Roll on Director's Cut and give me a 3 hour movie . . .
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 09:10:24 BDT
If you read this month's Empire magazine theres an interview with Scott and it shows that they had some really interesting ideas rolling around that didn't make it to the film. The script definitely lost it's way in the current version.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2012 08:10:53 BDT
Mr. Brian Nicholson says:
Is Planet of the Vampires any good? Would you recommend it?
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2012 15:32:24 BDT
Cartimand may disagree, it's got some good ideas but like virtually all sci-fi from the 60's is very much showing it's age. I think there are better Friday nights in front of the TV than that film.
Posted on 21 Jul 2012 14:34:40 BDT
Mr. Nigel Baxter says:
Alien was one of the best scifi horrorfests ever shown on the big screen, and 2001 a space odyssey was one of the most thought provoking movies ever made,asking some huge questions about what is humanity, where do we come from and where are we going. This movie is an absolute mess, it doesn`t know what it wants to be, and it certainly cannot be compared in any way shape or form with either of these classics.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2012 14:38:19 BDT
I was using the comparison to demonstrate where the film falls short rather than to sing its praises. Prometheus obviously aspires to be compared to those film but never achieves their greatness and I think that's a fair point to make.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 02:36:18 BDT
P. Edwards says:
Absolutely. Wonderfully atmospheric SF film and like IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE, the source of inspiration for ALIEN for Dan O'Bannon.