Review of Sci-Fi film "Prometheus" (2012)*Spoilers!*
Recorded and produced in 2011 and released in theaters in 2012, Prometheus is a science fiction film and is semi-part of the Alien franchise. I say this because, in the words of Ridley Scott, these events precede those of Alien , but are not directly connected and serve as their own story and ideas.
The film was supported by extensive viral campaigns to boost anticipation and included extended release trailers, extra supplemental video material, and digital conferences. It premiered to mostly positive response. I saw this film last night and am reviewing it from memory, giving my first impression of the film.
One of the biggest compliments I can give to this film is the imagery and majesty of the scenes throughout the film. As the entire movie was shot with 3D cameras, its visuals impress. From the deep space shots, the ships and their equipment, the creatures both human-like and not, to the planet and its characteristics, the visuals of this film are universally acclaimed. The spaceship Prometheus is very well done and an attractive display of very believable future human capabilities.
The characters were varied in how much I really cared for them. Michael Fassbender delivered an excellent performance as a very convincing android, Charlize Theron plays an unlikable but determined monitor, and Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, the lead explorer and main character in the film. While I did admire Rapace's performance and cared for her character, I didn't feel anything for the rest of the cast, as endearing as the captain's attitude and the crewmen's bet were, they just seemed like filler. The same, to an extent, could be said of Shaw's love interest, Holloway. I suppose the relationship between the two was of moderate significance to me, but when he was infected and, essentially, immolated, I wasn't all too heartbroken.
As far as the plot goes, the overall originality provides points in the film's favor. How events played out, both between the crew in itself and between the crew and their surroundings. As far as scares go, I never jumped once. As far as gore goes, the most graphic, and to be blunt, exciting, part of the film was when Shaw was impregnated with an alien and had to have an automated machine remove it from her stomach. Another action sequence that comes to mind is when the two crew members are stranded in the tombs and are attacked by the creatures. There should have been a bit more of this, as the action scenes seemed few and far between.
The two characters that were most interesting were Vickers and David, as the viewer is constantly trying to gain insight to their true intentions and knowledge. While there was purposely left out plot information, as a sequel is evident from the success Prometheus, it still seems like too many questions were left ambiguous. What made David so interested in human emotions and did he have motives unknown to even Weyland? What did David say to the alien/human and why did he react in such a violent way? Why did the alien/human seek to carry the volatile contents of fluid to Earth? How do these concepts connect to Predators and Xenomorphs?
Overall, Prometheus is a must-watch for fans of Alien and its sequels. It has been lauded as visually stunning and original in story, although less so than the visuals. While the characters and acting was more or less of a mixed bag, and the plot could have been improved while still saving potential for a second movie and beyond, the film furthers the series of Alien, to an extent, and provides interesting concepts added to the fictional universe that holds millions of fans around the world. Would I watch Prometheus again? Maybe once more, to catch little things I might have missed. But the movie will hopefully serve as a launching pad for an improved sequel and subsequent releases. 3.5/5
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