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.
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.