Prometheus (15)

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Science fiction

Michael Fassbender, far right, in Prometheus

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Time Out says

Thu Jul 21 2011

So here we are, after all the hype, the leaked scripts, the rumours – is it an ‘Alien’ prequel? Ridley says no, everyone else says yes – the viral clips, the teasers, the trailers, the teasers-for-trailers, the press conferences, the wild anticipation, and ‘Prometheus’ turns out to be… well, just another monsters-in-space movie. That’s not the whole story, of course – as sci-fi horror movies go, this is a pretty expensive, epic, ideas-heavy example of the genre. But it’s far from the game-changer some had hoped for, and it may in fact leave some viewers entirely baffled.

If you’ve seen the trailers, you’ll know the basic plot: in the year 2089, archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) stumble across a pictogram hidden in a cave on the Isle of Skye. Matching it with etchings found across the globe, they conclude that the drawings constitute a star map. And when dying multi-billionaire (Guy Pearce) agrees to fund a mission, the two doctors head out into the cosmos aboard the starship Prometheus to find, they hope, an answer to the questions of life, the universe and everything.

What they find is, of course, far slimier and less friendly. Arriving on a distant rocky moon in the company of android David (Michael Fassbender), hard-ass corporate stooge Vickers (Charlize Theron), cigar-chomping ship’s captain Janek (Idris Elba) and sundry other scantily characterised and wholly expendable shipmates, they stumble across a giant structure buried in the soil. Could this hold the key to mankind’s origins?

There’s plenty to recommend in ‘Prometheus’: the photography is pleasingly crisp and the design is stunning, nicely redolent of ‘Alien’ and its sequels. There is a small handful of truly bracing set pieces – one scene inside a medical pod is without doubt the most heart-poundingly memorable moment of the blockbuster season so far.

But its flaws are impossible to ignore. The script feels flat – a few pleasing nods to the original movies aside, the dialogue is lazy, while the plot, though crammed with striking concepts, simply fails to coalesce. After an enjoyable setup, the central act is baggy, confusing and, in places, slightly boring, while the climax has flash and fireworks but no real momentum.

There just doesn’t seem to be much logic at work here. Some events – such as one crew member going tonto on his shipmates – seem to happen because its expected from the genre, not because they make much sense. And fans of ‘Alien’ will feel shortchanged: the script makes no real effort to pre-empt that film, and in fact is happy to ignore it altogether while at the same time eagerly exploiting its beautiful HR Giger spaceship design. The ending is left wide open for a sequel, which may close some of the bigger story holes, but there’s still a frustrating lack of care being taken here.

Perhaps more than any other film, ‘Prometheus’ is reminiscent of Chris Nolan’s ‘Inception’: it’s slick, gorgeously designed and scattered with intriguing concepts. But there’s just no real power behind it. The characters are thin and emotionless, the plot twists are predictable and the entire thing seems built on ideas plucked from superior predecessors (in addition to the original ‘Alien’ movies, there’s a little bit of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, a touch of ‘The Abyss’ and a whole lot of ‘Star Trek’). There’s no denying that ‘Prometheus’ will make for a perfectly entertaining night at the movies – but we were promised so much more.

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15

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Fri Jun 1, 2012

Duration:

124 mins

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Dedalus

I agree with this review on some points. The dialogue was clunky at times and some of the characters were barely fleshed out. The two performances which mattered most were that of Rapace and Fassbender and they both dialled in two of the most memorable performances ever seen in a SF film. I saw this film having (miraculously) avoided almost all the hype machine. Perhaps a contributing factor to my enjoyment of the film when I saw it, which was immense. Plenty of great stuff in this film so with ease I was able to forgive its few sins.

Dedalus

I agree with this review on some points. The dialogue was clunky at times and some of the characters were barely fleshed out. The two performances which mattered most were that of Rapace and Fassbender and they both dialled in two of the most memorable performances ever seen in a SF film. I saw this film having (miraculously) avoided almost all the hype machine. Perhaps a contributing factor to my enjoyment of the film when I saw it, which was immense. Plenty of great stuff in this film so with ease I was able to forgive its few sins.

totoro

agreed, its all about the fact that riddles cant make a good movie anymore, and has lost the plot in many ways, looking back he's actually only made one good movie, this is one of the absolutely worst films i have wasted my time going to see, i hope he dont make a prequel to the hovis add, i'm so angry at this piece of tat, makes me want break something, even now and i watched it many weeks ago, its what you get having too much money and no f-king brains

Dr. Manhattan

It´s not about alien or not, it´s about the script and the plot, characters, are totally non-sense.

critique

Disappointing. Some risible dialogue and piss-poor characterisation. Precious little suspense. The opening sequence is visually magnificent but it`s all downhill from there.

lizzybean

holy crap say it aint so well unless mr Scott grows some balls and actually writes a decent script i wont bother lol me and you toddling off to imax lol

lizzybean

oh see thts 2 more i want to see hopefully spiderman and batman an rescure me from my prometheus dispointment

lizzybean

Boo. after waiting so long to see this fim i could nt have ben any more disappointed, I am a die hard Alien fan i was bouncing around with exitement as we sat down to watch it my excitment soon dwindled as the plot unfolds (or not) and getting so fed up with the outing barbie act from Charlize Theron i suppose the few explosions an the ending that hints at a second film (wich i hope will be better if its made) but i just feel let downwont be rushing out for the dvd anyhow

P Holtz

Film was long enough to explain itself. Maybe Ridley Squat will do a directors cut to fill in the gaps and make more money for nothing? No investment in characters or plot, even the main ones which is lame. Captain unsuccessfully flirts with Theron and dares - are you a Robot? - We presume they had sex, but no reference beyond or before that point, other than dudes and extras getting killed. Ridiculous video game style cinema. So gets 1 star. Mr Blobby had a number 1 chart hit, so like this film Mr Blobby is an all time classic! Yeah!

danny kyle

what a screenplay,! more loopholes than my old jumper, and characters that i wouldn't let take my bins out, i wish i had read these reviews first before wasting time and money on this oh so lightweight nonsense, dan o'bannon must be turning in his grave, but i guess it fits in with alien 3 and 4 and the alien predator nonsense, but ridley directed it!! thats why i went, i believed in him ( i feel let down, and very much taken for a fool) he's done no more than just cashed in knowing there is enough morons out there to rate this as good

@Trolly Dash

and finally to you, i couldnt care 2 shits about your opinion on this movie but i do care about personal insults which you do so on a regular basis. maybe you should learn some restraint and manners before BSing off all your blllks so again i couldnt give 2 SHITTS about your review or others but I DO CARE about personal isnsults, so maybe you can learn from that, if i get pissed off when someone personally insults me and then that makes me weird then you really are a very small and very stupid person!!

Trolly Dash

@ Rimmer & Aeon, you are a real couple of sad cases. Just because I did not respond to your ridiculous comments (and immediately), it appears that you have gone on a paranoid ranting campaign. It is laughable how sad you are replying to posts between midnight and 3am in the morning. Some of us have other things to do with our lives (like work and play) and not live on this forum. I had merely understood that I had said everything that needs to be said to you regarding your posts. Your mentality and responses are so predicable…. Now it seems that you are so paranoid by my absence that you are now accusing other forum members of being me and vice versa. Really? I never said the film was “soo bad� (how old are you again Rimmer?), I actually believe it is no more than an average film. On the whole, it is arguably not as good as you say it is and not as bad as other say it is. But it is a very poor offering from a director with the experience and standing of RS and comes nowhere near the level of hype generated. The problem I have with the weirdo’s like you on this forum, is that as soon as somebody gives a negative rating or review (for whatever reason) you start ‘Trolling’. I have merely defended the rights of others to say whatever they like about the film, without being stalked by oddballs. I am not sorry if my opinion offends you. For what it is worth, I have never used any other name to make my points. Any future silence from me, will not be out of any perceived defeat or fear of weirdo’s like you (far from it). But pity for you both, as you need me to respond to your inane commentary, to be able to add some purpose to your very sad lives. Off you go now to fashion some sad and poorly spelt response. Stick to the comic books, UFO’s and figurine painting. Try to have a nice life without me weirdo’s. TD

Mr Flux

Mr Flux ain't Aeon, I know for sure, not part of a gang, either, people, deal with it and be more flexible in your opinions. BTW, loved the movie...

Mr Flux

Mr Flux ain't Aeon, I know for sure, not part of a gang, either, people, deal with it and be more flexible in your opinions. BTW, loved the movie...

Bummer

I actually criticised this movie before I watched it, now I can only apologize for that and recognize that is a very good film and that I look forward to its sequel

Shut

I liked this movie very much, I understood it -not that difficult- and don't belong to Ridley Scott club fan

Shut

I liked this movie very much, I understood it -not that difficult- and don't belong to Ridley Scott club fan

ShutupBummerIvana

Bummer, just say whatever you have to say about the movie and don't play games anymore, other than cussin' you do nothing here

ShutupBummerIvana

Bummer, just say whatever you have to say about the movie and don't play games anymore, other than cussin' you do nothing here

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) Stop drifting and talk about the movie, you're the Troll-y Dolly here and have stopped making any sense, though you're funny, I give you that, Ivana.

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) Stop drifting and talk about the movie, you're the Troll-y Dolly here and have stopped making any sense, though you're funny, I give you that, Ivana.

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) Stop drifting: talk about the reasons why you don't like the movie, and stop trolling around big time. And not interested in your marital status, I know you're single as no one would like to swim in the gene pool with your black-goo ADN. BTW, I'm not keen in dating a lady, with all my respects for lesbians.

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) Stop drifting: talk about the reasons why you don't like the movie, and stop trolling around big time. And not interested in your marital status, I know you're single as no one would like to swim in the gene pool with your black-goo ADN. BTW, I'm not keen in dating a lady, with all my respects for lesbians.

Bummer

@ Aeon nah, Bummer don`t use no alias. Mr Flux is u. U aint kiddin no one. Don`t think I`ve irritated no one. Why u so interested in mah marital status...u aint gonna aks me out on a date, r ya, Fluxy?

Bummer

So we ladies probably understand much better this Prometheus balderdash? Interesting proposition, Fluxy. Wonder what the guys out there reckon?

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) To be true I thought you were behind that Mr Flux, you were the first one using that nickname... What can I say? I don't have a say in any follower of this site choosing their names, it's flattering... It shows that you might have irritated a lot of people here, Ivana Bummer... Is there a Mr Ivana Bummer, sweetheart?

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) To be true I thought you were behind that Mr Flux, you were the first one using that nickname... What can I say? I don't have a say in any follower of this site choosing their names, it's flattering... It shows that you might have irritated a lot of people here, Ivana Bummer... Is there a Mr Ivana Bummer, sweetheart?

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) A lady would never use that foul language, and probably would understand so much better the movie Prometheus... Or are you on hormones treatment? That would explain quite a lot of erratic and almost maniac behaviour on your side... You don't stop amusing me big time!

Aeon

@Bummer (aka Ivana) A lady would never use that foul language, and probably would understand so much better the movie Prometheus... Or are you on hormones treatment? That would explain quite a lot of erratic and almost maniac behaviour on your side... You don't stop amusing me big time!

Bummer

And, Aeon, I guess you`re now going to lie that Mr Flux ain`t u neither. U ain`t foolin no one cept urself. Woof!

Mr Flux

bummer, ivan or whatever loves to get kicked on the mouth by you, aeon, well done its a big mouth with small brains

Mr Flux

bummer, ivan or whatever loves to get kicked on the mouth by you, aeon, well done its a big mouth with small brains

Aeon

@Bummer, I got no idea who Rapsta is, told you I don't have a clique here, but thanks for the support, which I extend to Rimmer.

Aeon

@Bummer, I got no idea who Rapsta is, told you I don't have a clique here, but thanks for the support, which I extend to Rimmer.

Aeon

@Bummer, LOL! Pavlov died in 1936, I daresay you're very fussy for being a corpse for so long. LOL, in any case I should call you Ivan from now on, it's a good name for a Russian escort, the cheap kind. As you don't develop beyond your idea of "shite" this conversation it's getting old, I'm the only one bringing some diversity in the subject; evolve or die... Oh, wait, you're already dead, at least your encephalogram might be flat. Sorry,, as before you FAIL.

Aeon

@Bummer, LOL! Pavlov died in 1936, I daresay you're very fussy for being a corpse for so long. LOL, in any case I should call you Ivan from now on, it's a good name for a Russian escort, the cheap kind. As you don't develop beyond your idea of "shite" this conversation it's getting old, I'm the only one bringing some diversity in the subject; evolve or die... Oh, wait, you're already dead, at least your encephalogram might be flat. Sorry,, as before you FAIL.

Bummer

@Aeon i understand Prometheus all too well. It`s shite. And of course I`m familiar with the conditioning u mention cos I AM Pavlov and YOU, my self-deluded pet, are the dog.

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