Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012) Movie Review

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Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender
Director : Ridley Scott
Run Time: 124 Minutes
Censor Certificate: A

The film begins with a primaeval sacrifice of an Engineer who offers himself to the ancient earth’s rivers, seeding it with his DNA, from out of which the earth’s first microorganisms will arise.

In the present timeline, In  Scotland with two scientific explorers, Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green), who discover drawings inside a cave that suggest life outside of Earth. The Weyland Corporation, led by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) hires the two scientists to head an expedition into outer space to further investigate to the planetary system that is described to discover the origins of the human race. There, they find a terrifying secret and must battle the past to save humanity’s future.

Ridley Scott has not directed a sci-fi flick after Blade Runner in 1982. After a 3 decade gap Scott’s welcomed by his sci-fi fans with most awaited film this year, PROMETHEUS. Prometheus which said to be a prequel to ALIEN has some prequel aspects, But on the whole Prometheus a STANDALONE film in the end. There were several questions about the film, if you have seen the ALIEN trilogy you will fully understand and appreciate PROMETHEUS. PROMETHEUS works the best on the person who haven’t done any research on ALIEN stuff.

Coming to question whether or not to see PROMETHEUS in 3D. Prometheus one of those films which actually shot in 3D, SO it’s definitely worth watching in 3D. The 3D aspects of the film are stunning and about 5 minutes into the film; I completely forgot I was even wearing the 3D glasses.

Liked and Doubted??

*A cosmological tale that describes how life on earth was created by a race of alien beings known enigmatically as the Engineers.

* liked Prometheus questioning life, faith, and creation. Who? What? How? And why we were created? Is there a God?

* If the aliens were coming back to kill us, then why leave a message with directions to the weapon?

* David who actually works for his master has poor team skills and Shaw teaming up with him at the end to guide her to engineers.

* Religion and God has no place in SCIENCE, it should be obvious that the same applies to PROMETHEUS. Love the scene where shaw believing god and asks who created them (Engineers)?

* Liked the scene where Noomi Rapace operates herself to remove her baby in the belly.

Coming to performances, Michael Fassbender steals the show. As a character similar to Bishop in the past Alien movies Michael plays the robot “David” cleanly. It’s wonderful to see the robot’s dark side set into his personality, ensuring Weyland’s motives for being there are carried out. Sadly PROMETHEUS didn’t develop any kind of fond regard to any other characters. Not because of the acting, I think it has more to do with the plot and script. Elizabeth Shaw (the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace), Weyland Industries representative Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), and the ship Captain Janek (Idris Elba) were supportive in their roles.

Ridley Scott has a different filmography. He made classic films known to man [Alien, Blade Runner] and made a few other very substantial films [Black Hawk Down, American Gangster], but more than all that combined, he’s made a staggering amount of experiments Robin Hood, Body of Lies, Gladiator. You never know what kind of Ridley Scott you’re going to get. He was just at his best with PROMETHEUS, Fan of Ridley Scott you will be stunned.

Screenwriters John Spaihts and Lost co-creater Damon Lindelof created a laudable script that has excellent pacing. The special visual effects and make-up effects are amazing all-around. They blend seamlessly, oftentimes making it difficult to tell which is live on set or added later via CGI. The sound design is great. Costumes and set design are all convincing. I wouldn’t call the music score impressive, but it is appropriate and never feels intrusive.

PROMETHEUS is aspirational. This cannot be refused. Some very fascinating ideas are introduced in the film. In terms of the actual mechanics of the story, it starts off very well. The first half of the film builds nicely. It’s the second half of the film where logic and coherence suddenly take a backseat to plot twists, random moments of violence, and cool special effects. On the whole, with its special effects and spectacular ideas PROMETHEUS is definitely a film that lives up to its EXPECTATIONS.

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