MY Prometheus Review!

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    Jun 09, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    Prometheus Review - might be a bit heft on the eyes icon_wink.gif

    Plot: B
    Characters: B
    Visuals: A+


    The biggest questions about life are the hardest to find. Why do we exist? Who made us? Is there really a God? In the year 2093 a group of individuals arrive on an unknown planet to look for those mind bottling questions for the human race. However what they hope to find ultimately leads to their demise and the revelation of the inevitable truth. The success of this film is driven by Ridley Scott’s exemplary job of creating a vast unexplored, barren wasteland as a backdrop. The cinematography and set design clearly add a visual enticement which can buffer up for the loose plot. Strong performances from the cast also strengthen the film to keep the audience interested from beginning to end.

    For you Alien fans, the movie can go both ways for you. You will like it or not. Maybe it isn’t a masterpiece, but it is a nice homage and remembrance to the first Alien installation. From the tombs of the caves to the spaceship, all fans alike will be reminded of the first film. What really made me remember it was one of the first scenes when the explorers awaken to eat. The utensils being used and the set of the room brings me flashbacks of when the crew in the first Alien were eating.

    Besides the questions of life, the one question that really stuck to me throughout the movie is who can be identified as the demigod Prometheus - a demigod, one of the Titans, who was worshiped by craftsmen, when Zeus hid fire from man, Prometheus stole it by trickery and returned it to earth - in the film. At first I thought it was the main character, Elizabeth Shaw. She had the passion and drive for the success of the mission, but her sense of pride in her work and eagerness put her and her team in jeopardy. However, the android on the other hand is the one who releases the virus in a Pandora’s Box style that brings out the fear and disgusting truth about the previous inhabitants of the planet and the horror that possess the crew. The only conclusion I can possibly come to is that the combination of characters in the film represents the demigod.

    Personally, the film could’ve been a bit better, but I loved the philosophy behind the film. We humans are so eager to find out everything there is in life. However, this movie shows that our curiosity to know everything can lead to our downfall. Maybe those hard pressing questions out there that aren’t meant to be solved.

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    Jun 09, 2012 7:32 AM GMT
    Couldn't have said it better. Elba, Fassenhottie and Theron made that movie work.
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    Jun 11, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    I liked the movie a lot, however not as much as Alien. I felt the main ingredient that was lacking as a viewer was empathy for the characters. In alien you feel bad for the crew because they were screwed over by the corporation and you are routing for each one to survive. In prometheus you get the curiosity killed the cat feeling, like they had it coming or were seeking it out. This movie is still top notch compared with most Hollywood products and it will inspire many sci-fi dreamers. Worth seeing!
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    Jun 11, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
    I was a bigger fan of the review than of the film.

    Nicely done!
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    Jun 11, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    Great Review! Couldn't have said it better.
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    Jun 11, 2012 9:49 AM GMT
    Agreed! An enjoyable movie. I am now becoming a Fassbinder fan after this movie.
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    Jun 11, 2012 10:00 AM GMT
    Spot on. I enjoyed it. icon_smile.gif Was not expecting the "Space Jockey" seen in the original ALIEN to be a suit for the engineers.

    Matt
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    Jun 11, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    I saw it this weekend. The popcorn had more action than the movie. My bf and I both fell asleep through half of it. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 11, 2012 11:17 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI saw it this weekend. The popcorn had more action than the movie. My bf and I both fell asleep through half of it. icon_lol.gif

    I'm surprised you could, given the inappropriate volume of the score...!

    Personally, I was struggling not to laugh for the majority of the film. The very first scene was visually stunning... BUT YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO REVEAL THE BEASTIES UNTIL LATER, RIDLEY!!! icon_evil.gif
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    Jun 11, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    FilmGuy: I think you hit it spot on. Most people will like the backstory and be able to connect the threads between Prometheus and Alien.

    But there are gaps that exist between public expectations for a classic meditative horror like Alien, an explosive gun-fest like Aliens, the poorly written monster movies like Alien 3 + Resurrection, and the vapid schlocky street-fighter action flicks like the AVPs.

    Prometheus sought to bring things back closer to the original Alien, with all the odd directions that the franchise and the fan base moved into. It had to hit all of those marks, yet still tell a story which filled some of the gaps (the giant alien found by the crew of the Nostromo in the original Alien, an earlier genetic variant of the alien insects, the longevity of the Weyland corporation's commercial space interests, etc), and our thirst to know more about this world and hence our own.

    Mostly, it succeeded in ignoring the Alien franchise's odd directions and pulled it closer to the original thoughtful horror - the "what would you do in this situation" kind of exploratory meditation on sci-fi and horror, rather than the roller coaster of explosive "nuke 'em" all-out action flicks where its only good if there are tons of fireballs and blurry camera work. this is why I loved Prometheus. It made me think.
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    Jun 12, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    SPOILERS!



    hilarious and good questions icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 12, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    I was so excited to see this movie but I'm sorry it fell flat. Ridley Scott is better than this and it had way to many typical sci fi/horror cliches. Also, I did not care for any of the characters except the male scientist.

    to anyone who has any outstanding questions or confusions after the movie this article explains EVERYTHING (even why the engineers want to destroy humans, and while its a pretty awesome reason the movie itself was still a disappointment ) http://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/uswn1/prometheus_everything_explained_and_analysed/

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    Jun 12, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    Watched it on IMAX and really enjoyed the film. Definitely my second favourite "Alien" movie after the original also directed by Scott. I really like it when action movies make you think about bigger questions like creation and what it means to be human (similar themes tackled in "Bladerunner").

    There are definitely some plot holes. And I also found some of the characters makes some inexplicably dumb decisions (especially for apparently smart scientists). Nonetheless, the movie was very enjoyable.
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    FilmGuy18_notpornmind bottling questionsE


    YEAH.

    Mind bottling questions...
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    Mind bottling? Brain in a jar? Or the whole head, like in Futurama? icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    My review:

    The movie sucked.
  • Machina

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    Jun 13, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    I wanted to see more of the Engineers. They were badass, white, and ripped. Cool.

    This movie seems less "atmospheric" and as a result, less scary than Alien. The gore in Alien also seemed to be much more grotesque. I guess there are some things technology has taken away like the intimate and forward manner of the first movies by Scott and Cameron.

    Another case of CGI and special effects being leaned upon to prop up a weaker story.


    George Lucas' franchise immediately comes to mind....

    Having said all of that, I did enjoy the movie; especially sexy Michael Fassbender.
  • daveindenver

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    Jun 13, 2012 6:53 AM GMT
    i liked it.
    There hasnt been another remotely thought provoking film since....since....Inception, probably.
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    Jun 13, 2012 7:35 AM GMT
    thx horrorhero........you guys that didnt connect with this movie should read this and maybe then youll get more out of the movie:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/uswn1/prometheus_everything_explained_and_analysed/
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    Jun 13, 2012 7:51 AM GMT
    Everyone fucking dies
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    Jun 13, 2012 8:33 AM GMT
    7Famark saidEveryone fucking dies


    *SPOILER ALERT!!! DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE FILM*

    but the main character lives, she flies away on the other spaceship back to the original planet.

    I am more interested in them making a movie about her going back to that other planet!
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    Jun 13, 2012 8:53 AM GMT
    daveindenver saidhttp://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/uswn1/prometheus_everything_explained_and_analysed/

    Ugh. This makes me dislike the film even more. icon_cry.gif
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    Jun 13, 2012 9:18 AM GMT
    daveindenver said
    http://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/uswn1/prometheus_everything_explained_and_analysed/


    I actually picked up on some of this. The rest is nothing more than an attempt to prop up a shallow movie. Anybody needing this type of stretched stoner analysis to add intellectual weight to an otherwise vacuous film is either grasping at straws or poorly educated (and I mean it).

    I walked away from the film thinking that Ridley Scott's storytelling ability has seen better days. In fact, I was insulted. He took a steaming shit on everything I appreciate about metaphysics and the classics. News blast: Ridley Scott is not Stanley Kubrick.
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    Jun 13, 2012 9:27 AM GMT
    You know, I am so incredibly tired of science fiction that is informed by a religious ethos. This movie, The Worthing Saga (or anything written by Orson Scott Card really), The Matrix, Battlestar Galactica and many others are prime examples of this. They take fantastic technology, and then imbue it with properties of good and evil, good of course representing a twisted status quo 'natural' order. 'Evil' is then the technology/person/organization trying to subvert that order.

    Please.

    What the hell is so wrong with wanting to live longer? Can someone explain this to me? Isn't that kind of the exercise we engage in with modern medicine, and isn't that kind of a really great thing? I mean if you like the so-called natural order of things, why even bother creating technology in the first place?

    I think the real purpose of this second-rate garbage is to restore dualism and create non-overlapping magisteria for science and religion. Religion's only real selling point at this juncture is the promise of an afterlife (by the way - irony that they're the ones selling the idea that circumventing death technologically is inherently bad). If science really starts chipping away at that one, there goes tithing.

    It amounts to an elevation of mysticism, human suffering, death and ignorance in my estimation, and is the antithesis of what good science fiction should inspire us towards.
  • jhill2456

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    Jun 13, 2012 10:14 AM GMT
    The only thing worth watching was the first scene when the Engineer disrobes. After that, it is pretty boring. Hence I don't shell out $15 a pop to go to go to a movie theater cause it is always a waste.