Genre Grandeur – Prometheus (2012)


Here’s a review of Prometheus by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews for this month’s Genre Grandeur – Space.

It still isn’t too late for anyone still wanting to participate in this month’s Grandeur.  Just send me your review by next Sunday, 28th September to space@movierob.net and I’ll post it before the end of the month.

Let’s hear what Drew has to say about it!

 

Prometheus

Synopsis

Archeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover clues to mankind’s origin and takes a ship and crew to an alien planet, thanks to the Weyland Corporation. At their destination, they find more than they expected, and may end up causing the destruction of the Earth.

 

Review

Prometheus exists in the same universe as the Alien movies and acts as a pseudo-prequel, supposedly hoping to answer the questions about the origins of the xenomorphs. However, in the end, it creates more questions than it answers. It follows a very similar format and pacing as Alien (not surprising since they both come from the mind of Ridley Scott). We meet the crew of Prometheus as they come out of stasis. Then they go to the planet’s surface, where they enter an alien structure. All of a sudden, the crew must fight for their lives against an alien creature. It’s almost exactly the same as the aforementioned Alien, but it lacks the atmosphere that made the 1979 film a classic.

 

That’s not to say it isn’t entertaining, it just offers a slightly different experience given their similarities. Micheal Fassbender is the highlight of the film. He plays David, an android very similar to Ash in Alien. He is creepy but sophisticated at the same time. Noomi Rapace is the Sigourney Weaver of this film, proving that women can kick just as much alien ass as the men can. The first two acts are mostly set-up and exploring the environment and catacombs. It’s fairly slow until the last third, then it really picks up once the alien is revealed. At times it seems to attempt the horror aspect of Alien, but it feels out of place compared to the rest of the film. Prometheus is an enjoyable film, but if it’s goal was to clear things up about where the xenomorphs came from, it fails. But hey, at least it looks pretty, right?

 

Rating

3.5/5

 

Trailer

 

Cast & Crew

Ridley Scott – Director

Jon Spaihts – Writter

Damon Lindelof – Writer

Marc Streitenfeld – Composer

 

Noomi Rapace – Elizabeth Shaw

Logan Marshall-Green – Charlie Holloway

Michael Fassbender – David

Charlize Theron – Meredith Vickers

Idris Elba – Janek

Sean Harris – Fifield

Rafe Spall – Millburn

Benedict Wong – Ravel

Emun Elliott – Chance

Kate Dickie – Ford

Guy Pearce – Peter Weyland

Ian Whyte – Last Engineer

 

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Thanks again to Drew for this review!

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