133: Prometheus (2012)

One day this will all be yours.

So, there’s this guy called Ridley Scott, right? Thirty three years ago he released the genre-bending masterpiece Alien. Part sci-fi, part horror, part psychological thriller, it shook up the world’s cinema screens and left audiences chilled to their bones, and afraid of stomach grumbles. Back in the present day, Scott is back in the intergalactic driving seat, inviting us all along for the prerequisite journey. Strap in, things could get bumpy.

Prometheus is a prequel of sorts to the Alien saga, only there is no Nostromo ship, no Ripley, and virtually none of the jump out of your seat/shit the bed scares. With seismic plot holes, fumbling dialogue and forgettable characters (with one robotic exception from Michael Fassbender), there’s a great deal wrong with the film, but it has many good points:

1) The bellowing music – awesome.
2) The fastidiously developed CGI – awesome.
3) A latex clad Charlize Theron as a heartless ship commander – obviously awesome.

Playing out like an extended episode of The X Files, Prometheus‘ biggest downfall is it’s inability to meet our collectively high expectations. But could it have ever reached such great heights? I doubt it.

Have a listen to the extended review with. SPOILER FREE, I PROMISE! Would love to know your thoughts on this.

Over and out.

★★★☆☆☆
IMDb it.

ADMIN:
1) Apologies that the latter half of the review is a tad windy. It’ll all make sense once you listen in. It’s conceptual, right?

2) Yes, I do sound a lot more out of breath than Lasse, thanks for noticing. He was born Danish, cycling and fitness are in his genes.

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5 thoughts on “133: Prometheus (2012)

  1. Prometheus started out all those years ago as a prequel but long before Scott completed it he decided to separate it from the Alien trilogy. So it’s actually its own movie. Which, I think, backfired in a way, since the audience just can’t help but compare them; they see little references here and there but it’s technically a stand-alone film. Basically I agree, though, too many plot holes and underdeveloped characters! (Still loved it just for being Ridley Scott, anyway!)

    • Yeah, I feel drawn to it purely because he is such a committed, all-encompassing director. He’s never cut corners, and always had something to say.

      I can appreciate it as a stand alone film too. It’s not completely the audiences fault though, the marketing campaign has totally pushed the “Alien prequel” slant. Inevitably, it was always going to be a disappointment.

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