06 June 2012

Film Reviews - Prometheus

Saw Prometheus today

Certificate – 15
Running time – 124
Scene after the credits – A web address

Cast –
Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw
Logan Marshall-Green as Charlie Holloway
Michael Fassbender as David
Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers

The plot

Set in the late 21st century, the story centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the remnants of several ancient Earth civilizations.

Led to a distant world and an advanced civilization, the crew seeks the origins of humanity, but instead discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race.

What's right with it?

Well it certainly starts off really well, the idea that ancient civilisations have images of giant men pointing to some kind of star map, all the same discovered in different regions of Earth all apart from each other including both distance and time in history they were created. Your left with a sense of wonder discovering the planet at the same time as the two main scientists and the rest of the crew deep down into the atmospheric lower depths of the alien ruins.

The technology on the Prometheus, from the advanced cryo pods to the spacesuits to the ship itself is also great to see and leaves you hoping that you'll see this kind of tech in real life.

Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw is a marvel on screen, and it was certainly a surprise to hear that she is a Swedish actress and worked on set with a dialect coach. I'll certainly be looking forward to more films with her in future.

What’s wrong with it?

Now if you're a massive Alien fan like I am, you would certainly know that this is a sort of part prequel to the main Alien films. While the film tries to be in of itself the ties to the later films are so in your face sometimes that they leave you with an extremely weird feeling of, hmmm, I wanna say dissatisfaction or anguish. It's a real shame that this left me feeling like that because the rest of the film I thought had a pretty good concept.

The main design of the "Space Jockey's" is weird. There has been plenty of theories on what they really look like after first hearing about these exoskeleton creatures in Alien but the designs in this lack a certain something. SO much more could have been done with them but I suppose they had to be the way they are due to the story which I won't spoil here.

Okay enough with the Alien comparisons I hear you saying, what's wrong with the film on its own terms?

You don't really get to know the rest of the crew of the spaceship apart from David and the two main scientists. So when the inevitable happens to bit part crew members in a fifteen rated sci-fi film you just don't care.

The black goo substance isn't really explained properly apart from that it's some kind of weapon and the film can't even keep the facts straight on that. You see a couple of worms that evolve into different creatures through it but at other points it destroys things.

The ending should have occured ten minutes earlier than it should have and it would have been an adequate finale, as it is though it brings up more questions for more....you guessed it....sequels.

Best Scene?

Probably the caesarean scene for just the intensity of it or finding the star map

Best Quote?

David: Big things have small beginnings.

Elizabeth Shaw: We call them Engineers.
Milburn: Do you mind telling us what they engineered?
Elizabeth Shaw: They engineered us.

Elizabeth Shaw: Not a map. An invitation.
Fifield: From whom?

Bonus Trivia

Director Ridley Scott named the film "Prometheus", seeing the name aptly fit the film's themes: "It's the story of creation; the gods and the man who stood against them." In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus was a servant of the gods, who stole and gave to mankind the gift of fire, an immeasurable benefit that changed the human race forever (for better AND worse).

During production, Ridley Scott kept the use of computer-generated imagery as low as possible, using CGI mainly in space scenes; Scott recalled advice VFXpert Douglas Trumbull gave him on the set of Blade Runner: "If you can do it live, do it live", and also claimed that practical VFX was more cost-effective than digital VFX.

Charlize Theron found herself struggling during her action scenes due to her smoking habit, particularly the segments that required her to run through sand in boots weighing 30 pounds (14 kg).

Final Thoughts

I'm gonna pitch you a film

Imagine one of the best film series of all time. Okay you got that? I wanna make a sort of prequel to it which kind of isn't......but kind of is. Best of all lets make some ridiculous choices that kind of contradicts those beloved films, let's also leave it open ended so we can make more sequels if it does well. We've got this awesome story to tell which probably won't make that much money unless we bolt these things onto it.

Wait a minute.....that kind of sounds like Phantom Menace except for the awesome story part.

My Advice?

Go and see it and make sure to order some popcorn, you're gonna need to take this with a grain of salt

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