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3.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, sounds huge. Has equally massive plot holes, 17 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Prometheus [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Prometheus looks fantastic and sounds wonderful. Your expectations will soar when the film opens with magnificent landscapes, perfect cinematography and epic music. You also witness finely crafted homages to Kubrick and an effective introduction to the character of David played nicely by Michael Fassbender.

Unfortunately, once the character development commences, the cracks show and you worry that like Ripley on the Sulaco, the Alien franchise may have a fifth wheel. Some of the characters contradict themselves to such an extent it's like watching Nick Griffin wearing a turban. I don't need to catalogue inconsistencies in the actions of the characters - They are well documented online. Additionally, Guy Pearce is unconvincing as a pensioner. But then you see a big sparkly spaceship float past your face in 3D and you forget about it for a bit.

Ridley Scott has attempted to distance Prometheus from Alien. He stated that Prometheus is not a prequel - Some would say with good reason. Alien is a damn fine film and comparisons could only be damaging. Unfortunately for Scott, but happily for the rest of us, Prometheus is crammed with references to the 1979 classic that are impossible to ignore. The various creatures that stalk the crew have been rescued from HR Giger's blueprint designs for Alien and it is hard to divorce nostalgia from the experience. The engineers are hulking great albinos, curiously reminiscent of Jason Statham - They are unveiled in the first scene which removes a lot of tension from the film - But eventually you see a zombie astronaut torched with a flamethrower and crushed under tractor wheels and that's entertaining. There is also a valiant attempt to usurp John Hurt's chestburster with graphic DIY surgery. Moreover, when David walks around inside a giant holographic space-map, Prometheus really is quite stunning.

In truth, the problem with Prometheus is not Ridley Scott's direction - the man has created a visual masterpiece. Unfortunately the casting and script let the film down and the production team should be prevented from tampering with Ridley Scott from now on - I wanted to love this film. I even watched it twice in the vain hope I'd missed something on first viewing. However - Unlike Bladerunner, I don't think Prometheus will be unearthed as an underrated classic. It's not dreadful by any means - It's just flawed. The elaborate decorations on the world's most delicious birthday cake are indeed made of bird poo. They don't taste great, but by the gods they look amazing.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2013, 13:22:55 GMT
"hulking great albinos, curiously reminiscent of Jason Statham" - made me laugh out loud.

The biggest problem for me is the awful plot hole around alien DNA. If the engineer in the first scene is meant to be seeding Earth with exo-human DNA then what are the chances it will reassemble in an identical form in half a billion years, and why would he care either way?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013, 14:13:20 GMT
He wouldn't care, in much the same way as an ant or a bee wouldn't care. It is survival of the "hive" or "nest" that is foremost. Doesn't Ripley describe the collection of alien eggs they find as a hive? DNA does not "care" it just wants to replicate in whatever form it can!
I saw the film last summer in 3D, I think I lost the connection between the "hulking great albinos" and the xenomorphic aliens... mostly!

Posted on 25 Feb 2013, 22:16:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2013, 22:18:24 GMT
Fred Dread says:
I largely agree with your review. It's hard to comment when to do so would mean you have to go into details but I'll try to not give the game away too much.

Visually a masterpiece but casting was strange to say the least. I'm not sure how you can get a strong set of actors and give them characters to work with that just don't fit; well with the exception of Michael Fassbender who stood head and shoulders above the rest. An example is Idris Elba, a British actor, and they ask him to speak with an American accent! What for? Alright he can do it standing on his head but what was the point when the crew was multi-national?

The plot seemed to get lost between the opening sequence and the final section. I know from watching "The Making of Blade Runner" that Ridley can get a bit fed up at the end of a film when it comes to editing and can let things go that maybe he shouldn't or maybe he couldn't do anything about it? All I can say is what could have been a truly outstanding film was made flawed by poor casting, iffy writing and a plot that was confusing too say the least.

Mind you I still reasonably enjoyed the film despite its flaws but it's a shame to see the final version when it could have been so much better.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013, 20:36:00 BST
It occurs to me that this film has a lot in common with Ridley Scott's other epic misfire 'Legend' where very preposterous things are covered in lovely cinematic varnish.

It all looks so SO amazing and seductive but think about it for more than a few seconds and you start laughing. I have a hard time not thinking about what I'm watching.

That's not to say these films aren't entertaining for their visual and sonic prowess, but it's a bit like watching Darth Vader being unmasked as Mr Bean.

Just for the record I absolutely love Alien and have watched it more than any other film. I have a lot of time for Ridley but this one just doesn't make the grade.
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