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"Prometheus, Are You Seeing This?"

Despite some uneven character development, Pat has mostly praise for 'Prometheus.'

Prometheus

I went into this film with a lot of expectations. I started to get really interested in this film when I read about all of the key actors that had signed on to team up with the masterful director, Ridley Scott. Names like Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron.

The big hype regarding Prometheus began a number of months ago when the film started a vast viral campaign – almost too much in my opinion. For a few weeks it seemed like everyday I went on the Internet there was a new video regarding the film. I stopped watching them a while ago so I could go into the theater knowing nothing more than the trailer.

Things haven't changed since Ridley Scott stunned the film universe in 1979 with his classic thriller Alien. He remained true to his roots, creating an incredible world for which his characters live in.

The attention to detail is like no other. Every single scene has immaculate precision to it. Much as Alien changed the world of visual effects, Prometheus has done the same. Some of the best CGI I have ever seen on the big screen. I'm not a huge fan of 3D but Ridley Scott utilized it quite nicely throughout.

Where there are many praises there are bound to be flaws. Prometheus has its fair share of them. One major flaw was the lack of depth in the characters.

Besides the "main" one, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), all of the other characters seemed almost flat and one dimensional. It was hard for me to connect with most of them. The only ones I connect to were Elizabeth, Janek (Idris Elba) and David (Michael Fassbender).

Surprisingly the most human character of them all was David, who is in fact an android robot. He is a very mysterious character in many ways. He is there to help the humans... but he is very selective in that process.

He sparks a lot of interesting debates philosophically with other characters. He questions why they must question everything. Michael Fassbender did an outstanding job with this role. All of the years I have been watching films I have never seen an actor pick up as much pace as he has done in the past few years. He brings such passion and effort to his roles, something I haven't seen done on a consistent basis in a long time.

There are three very distinct scenes that stuck out to me during Prometheus. I’m not going to spoil anything, but the first death scene, the storm and the surgery were the most memorable parts of the film. I literally could not look at the screen during the surgery, it was that agonizing.

They’re images that will haunt my dreams, but in a good way. Not many films can make me feel like that. You would not expect these type of scenes or a film like this from a 75-year-old. Yes. Ridley Scott is 75 and still has a lot of tricks up his sleeve.

The ending of the film felt a bit rushed as well. It is widely known that this is a prequel to Alien and many were wondering how they correlated. The first 75 percent of the film was unique in it's own right. After that Ridley tried too hard to connect the pieces between the two.

But do yourself a favor and watch Alien before you see this in theaters. I feel as though you'll appreciate more so if you do just that. Side by side these two films are so similar, yet so different in hundreds of ways.

That being said, I was still left satisfied when I left the theater. They leave it open to the possibilities of more tales to come. I'd watch.  It is well worth the watch in the theaters and if you don't mind shelling out a couple of extra bucks for 3D, do it.

7.5/10

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Stephen Greenwell (Editor) June 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I would give it an A-. I thought it succeeded pretty well on its own merits, but the connection to 'Alien' only helped my enjoyment. It faltered a bit in the second half, when it switched from more of a thriller to an action movie with a homicidal robot. I do think there are ample opportunities for a sequel though, and I'm interested to see how they accomplish that. Also Pat, the person I saw the movie with had the same reaction that you did in several parts, haha. Like the original four 'Alien' movies, there are definitely some cringe-worthy parts.
Samantha Turner (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Aesthetically, this movie was stunning. When it came to plot, it seemed to falter a bit – though I admit the concept is pretty interesting and I'd be intrigued to see if they followed up with sequels. Oh, and that surgery scene? Yeah, I was covering my eyes the entire time...which I normally only do when a) there's a clown on screen or b) someone's hanging off a cliff/building/any other tall structure. I would say wait to see it in when it comes out on DVD, but it's definitely one of those movies you need to experience on the big screen. I'd give it a solid B+.

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