Prometheus Review – John Stringer

June 8th, 2012 at 3:45 pm by Kokila Patel

 

PROMETHEUS [Review]. .

As a fan of the Alien franchise, Ridley Scott and James Cameron, I went and saw this tonight. Special effects by Weta.

It is great, but the plot has some holes. It’s a believable storyline, the pre-humans are excellent (they look like Pre-Raphaelite Silver Surfers – gaydom will be drooling), and the Aliens are awesome as usual. Not as scary as Alien I-III (no corridors with big slimy toothy crustaceans chasing you). The best thing about the movie is it ties together several of the Alien story pieces and explains: what the Aliens are (think other-world weapons of mass destruction and Iraq invasion allusions); how humans got to earth; and what/how the ‘alien’ space ship is from Alien 1.
Explanation (you need this). The opening sequence (don’t be late) is one of the human ancestors (“Engineers”) seeding his DNA on the earth at the dawn of time, perhaps Niagara Falls, NOT on an alien planet. Not that well explained visually which led to confusion. The black stuff in the movie seems to be Pre-Raf Ancestor DNA but has been invaded by those messy Aliens in their various life-cycles who swim around in it (we get a new one in this film, a hooded-cobra phase. They start tiny, and like eyeballs).

Prometheus, the Greek Titan, stole fire from the gods by trickery and seeded it to man on earth, viz ‘gods’ dna in this movie. The ship in The Matrix was the Nebuchadnessar, evoking madness from God.

A nice Creation/faith sub-plot centered around a Christian cross necklace (usually an anathema to Hollywood). “After everything, you still believe?” (a bit of a rip off from The Matrix). Sci Fi borrows heavily from the Bible, and this story is basically the “Sons of God” intrigue of Genesis 6.
The characters are not that strong, just ok (the fighting-daddy complex is a bit tired, played by “David” of Kings Speech [Guy Pearce]. There is another “David” here too, ie the giant slayer of Old Testament, Michael Fassbender [Mission Robot] – a reworking of Spock-who steals the show). Ultra aggressive red head Irish uptight geologist had potential, but is eaten early. He comes back though, as Wolverine on speed.

They all had great potential (especially the Captain and his Japanese Sulu) with better scripting, and CharlizeTheron is a bit wasted here. Her end by giant do-nut is good though.

The allusions to the earlier Aliens films are fab. For groupies like me (archaeology runes; deep sleep pods; long dripping dark tunnels; mission android gets head ripped off; acid blood; alien and heroine in the pod unexpectedly together; etc).

It is not as scary, but quite visceral (a self-caesarian section is pretty dramatic stuff) but in the end I wasn’t with the heroine as much as Sigourney fighting to survive and saving children. At least this femme fatale wasn’t the gorgeous tall Amazonian cliche so many Sci Fi.s wimp out on (like “Alien vs Predator Requiem”). She’s just a confused but persevering Seeker not a kick-butt Barbwire Babe (sigh of relief).

Best line: “distance from earth 3.7m x 10 power of 4″ screen text. Some great Alien close-ups and fight scenes (not shadows and darkness on this one Bug-eyed Monster lovers). You’ll never eat squid again.

Held me all the way, but missed some of its queues, mainly in the dialogue and character development, and overall, potential was missed. But definitely worth seeing. 7/10.

Avengers is better.

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23 Responses to “Prometheus Review – John Stringer”

  1. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    “gaydom will be drooling”

    Interesting how some people huff and puff about bigots, but then are nonchalant about stereotyping homosexuals as people who are overly fascinated by the male form just to crack a joke.

    But back to the topic. I can’t wait to see the movie. I remember being enthralled when if first saw Alien.

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  2. rouppe (913 comments) says:

    He comes back though, as Wolverine on speed.

    Which seemed a wasted scene. Seemed to have no purpose other than avoiding finding another way to kill some of the crew…

    Charlene Theroux is a bit wasted here.

    Indeed. As in that scene with the ships captain. What was that about? Didn’t add to the story at all, and there was no skin for the hetero’s to drool over…

    I was left wanting a bit more… More tension, more thought…

    I’m left wondering whether to waste my money on the Batman or Spiderman prequels…

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  3. SGA (800 comments) says:

    Charlene Theroux or Charlize Theron?

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  4. Longknives (4,390 comments) says:

    Christ Rouppe- Do we really need yet another ‘reboot’ of the tired old Spiderman franchise?

    Looking forward to seeing Prometheus though- Charlize does Sci-Fi…Hell Yeah!!

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  5. Daigotsu (450 comments) says:

    This review could have used a proofreader.

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  6. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..but missed some of its queues.(sic..).”

    ..brilliant..!

    phillip ure@whoar.co.nz

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  7. Colville (2,058 comments) says:

    Its the first moive in ages that I will actually go to the movies to see.
    Have read on IMDB its better 2nd time thru which I think is true for most complex movies (maybe I am just a bit dim?)

    2D or 3D that is the question!

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  8. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,810 comments) says:

    I saw Prometheus last Saturday here in the UK. Well worth seeing in Imax 3D. A great film.

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  9. Manolo (13,315 comments) says:

    I’m left wondering whether to waste my money on the Batman or Spiderman prequels…

    None. Buy books instead. :-)

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  10. Christopher Thomson (374 comments) says:

    I’m not too sure I would get that carried away about this effort. Some things never made sense or were poorly explained.

    Future women must be a tough bunch. getting a c section and then doing all that stuff straight away.

    The spaceship hits the ground and doesn’t produce enough shaking to knock them off their feet. really?

    Why is it that when something huge is rolling toward you, you run in the direction it is rolling? Wouldn’t runing off at a 90 degree angle be smarter?

    Apparently a lot of stuff was left on the cutting room floor.

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  11. metcalph (1,359 comments) says:

    The whole film was a mythology episode which could have been heavily improved by taking a cluebat to the writers. The side-plot with Guy Pearce, for example, was absolutely pointless (and I’m not convinced casting him in the role was the right call).

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  12. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Is it true that National have asked Ridley Scott to re-write their education policy?

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  13. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    The details might not make much sense but it’ll be big on ideas.

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  14. Sonny Blount (1,845 comments) says:

    Colville,

    I really don’t think there is enough depth to improve any on a 2nd or 3rd viewing, unless you snoozed through the 1st.

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  15. Kimble (4,375 comments) says:

    Sci Fi borrows heavily from the Bible, and this story is basically the “Sons of God” intrigue of Genesis 6.

    Or maybe Sci Fi and the Bible get their stories from the same place.

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  16. duggledog (1,332 comments) says:

    I can’t wait to see it. Been watching 1 2 3 & even 4, and all the documentaries & special bits on my DVDs. The Mrs is not keen to go, but I’ve reminded her I had to sit through The Piano. The question is, 3D or 2D? The former makes me want to spew.

    BTW isn’t it amazing how the Alien franchise went from one of the greatest movies of all time (Alien) to possibly the shittest movie of all time (Alien Requiem). It was the same with Star Wars.

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  17. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Alien Requiem was great…..2 was awesome…3….mmmm. A vs P…..ok for what it was.

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  18. UpandComer (506 comments) says:

    East Wellington – um yes male homosexuals are fascinated by the male form, very very fascinated by it. So, um, yeah.

    Haven’t seen this. Avengers was cool as.

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  19. Lance (2,439 comments) says:

    I enjoyed it but was (mildly) dissapointed in some of inconsistencies and unrealistic aspects of the movie.
    As someone who recently had abdominal surgery, to see the lead character running around and climbing after a substantial incision (through the abdominal muscles) across her abdomen was more than a bit implausible.

    Spectacular special effects. Not as scary as the Alien 1 movie.

    You must have seen the Alien 1 movie for it make sense.

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  20. tom hunter (4,367 comments) says:

    Hmmmm. Having sat through Alien 3 and experienced a huge letdown after Aliens, I decided not to donate any more money to the franchise.

    However, I might go to this one. As an aside – who’s the chick in the photo and why is she screaming (I ask because it may not be obvious – as in, she’s about to be eaten)?

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  21. Lance (2,439 comments) says:

    A wee hint Tom

    There are more than just aliens out to get the good Dr

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  22. Fentex (855 comments) says:

    I just saw it and wasn’t terribly impressed. It’s another example of excellent technical work wasted on an absence of story.

    The ‘plot’ is enough to build a story on, but they didn’t. The movie had a number of plot points it wanted to hit and it did without bothering to join them with a coherent story.

    Still, spaceships. I need the occassional spaceship fix and they’ve become few and far between these days.

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  23. Andrew Stephens (2 comments) says:

    I saw this on Friday and left the cinema very confused – the film looks great but the script is a mess. Nothing makes sense and the characters’ behavior is inexplicable throughout.

    I was moved to write my own review of Prometheus, it’s a little more critical than this one.

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