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Prometheus 3D IMAX

Reviewed by Chris Tyler
Fox
presents a film directed by Ridley Scott
Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof
Starring:
Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender,
Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron

Running Time:
124 mins
Rating: M
Released:  June 7th, 2012

 

 
When Riddley Scott announced in 2008 that he was revisiting the Alien franchise that had put him on the map everyone who was even remotely interested in horror or Science-fiction were cautiously optimistic. To say that this is the most anticipated sci-fi film of the year would be no exaggeration. But then the studio said “NO” to an Alien prequel and Riddley started claiming that this wasn’t an Alien prequel but it contained the “DNA of Alien”.

 

I was lucky enough to see it at IMAX which defiantly added to the grandeur of the film and if you want to see Prometheus after this review I urge you to pop the very reasonable $25 for an IMAX ticket. Because if there is one thing the film has going for it, it’s the visuals. There’s no doubt that Riddley has lost none of his eye for spectacle or his eye for detail. Unfortunately with those two eyes occupied there were no eyes left to look at the script. Some films have third act problems where the end of the film betrays the promise of a great first two acts. Prometheus starts to lose it in the second act, betraying the promise of a frankly brilliant first act. So does Prometheus contain the “DNA of Alien?”

Yes, yes it does and then some. Clearly Alien and this film are very close. The nods to Alien are many from the “Ron Cob” inspired space ships, the obsession with both male and female genitalia attacking you, the creepy android, the strong women characters going on through adversity and intensely intrusive procedures. There’s a clever and disgusting take on the chestburster scene. The Space Jockeys, the strange creatures intent on getting inside you. It’s all here.

Where the film starts to fall over is first it’s characters, in Alien and any good horror film the expendable crew don’t know their expendable in fact they are the stars of their very own little films so they do whatever they can to survive. Not so in Prometheus, the characters never feel fleshed out, we never get to feel anything other than clinical curiosity as one after the other they die horribly.

 “Oh, a vagina on a stick has rammed itself down that mans throat..I wonder if that will affect him?” They seem to say.

 Then there are things that make no damn sense, at the end of the film you are not only left with more questions than answers you are left with the kind of questions you shouldn’t be asking. “Why did she do that? How on earth did that happen?, Why did he do that to him and why would he think it was ever a good idea?” These are just some of the questions that that my friends and I were left with after the screening. But then this is Damien Lindoff the man who allowed Lost to make no sense behind the typewriter. Who knew he couldn’t finish a film?

There one saving grace of Prometheus is Michale Fassbender, damn but that man can act. And he does a fantastic job here as David the Lawrence of Arabia loving, human hating, complicated android. The first act of the film is all his and it’s no coincidence that this is the part of the film that works.  

Video:  IMAX makes everything look huge and great.

Audio: The score is there, but it’s nothing like the brilliant Jerry Goldsmith score of Alien.

Feature: 5/10

Audio: 7/10

Video:  9/10

Overall: 6/10 






 
 



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