- Starring: Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Charlize Theron (Monster), and Guy Pearce (Memento).
- Directed by: Ridley Scott
- Synopsis: “Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.” (Collider)
- Rated: R for sci-fi related violence, language, and intense images
Director Ridley Scott returns to the franchise that helped define the “sci-fi/horror” genre. After the 1979 blockbuster, Alien, Scott presents Prometheus: a “prequel” of sorts that bears an entertaining resemblance in both style and scariness. Whether or not this movie is truly a prequel to “Alien” has been a subject of debate, however, the ample amount of foreshadowing and relation to the Scott film, allows for it to be enjoyed by fans of the series and genre.
With a fantastic cast, including Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, the stellar Michael Fassbender (Best character in the movie!!), and more, this story follows a group of scientists seeking understanding as to the origin of mankind. It begins right away with question-inspiring scenes full of amazing visuals and awesome “Scott-signature” cinematography. In Prometheus, as with most sci-fi thriller films, mankind’s never-ending curiosity of the origins of humanity often leads to answers and discoveries both desired and unwanted. But, Oh what answers Scott entertains us with!
Scott included much to love in Prometheus, however, some elements remain lacking. While the fun suspense, characters, horror, and gore (there were times I cringed from what was on the screen) fulfilled a level of expectation, the lack of development of certain other characters (Idris Elba) and subplots left a sense of disappoint. From watching the heart-pulsing trailers and the impressive viral campaign videos for Prometheus, the film carries and fulfills a promise of expected action and excitement. There remained an opportunity, however, for things to be explained better to audience members who, perhaps, may have missed the promotional materials as they served to strengthen the film and provide understanding about the significance of characters and events.
(The audience truly would have benefited from the inclusion/exposition of the promotional materials. Scott, undoubtedly, will have them in as part of the film in the Director’s Cut. Scenes like the vid below would have definitely served their purpose in telling the story to those unfamiliar.)
Prometheus begins with amazing promise, it then slows in momentum with a pace that, at times, bores, and builds up excitement in the details, plots, and direction towards the climatic final act. Much of the action occurs in the final act and then, very quickly, it ends with surprises, teases, and more unanswered/debated questions. In a very smart way, Ridley Scott presents a film that not only makes you blink, but also makes you think. Intermingling creation, science, religion, philosophy, and irony, Prometheus is uniquely engineered and delivers an experience and story that thrills and chills far after the credits roll.
As I said, visually striking and thought-provoking, an enjoyable journey in the mind and world of Ridley Scott’s Alien universe. So many “Prometheories” exist (I saw that term used by someone on Twitter…don’t remember who) when it comes to the meaning of different things, and I like that. Watch it for yourself, let me know what you think. But, you don’t have to take my word for it…
Check out what the First Fans from ReelzChannel (hosted by my friend Casey Messer for Hollywood Dailies). Thank you, @CaseyAtReelz
Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars for Prometheus
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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