Review: Prometheus (2012)

I cannot tell you how excited I was to see this movie, but I can sure tell you how disappointed I was by it.

Prometheus” was initially supposed to be a prequel to Scott’s “Alien” franchise, idea deserted in favor of the movie being an original and part of the same “Alien” universe.

A team of explorers set out to find the so-called “Engineers”, alien entities who supposedly created human kind. Somewhere, in the darkest corners of the Universe, millions of miles away from Earth, they find the answers they were seeking for and more.

Let me start by saying how incredibly nonsensical and illogical the premise of this movie is. Two scientists, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace – “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo”) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall Green – “Devil”) find some drawings in a bunch of different caves. Conclusion? Superior alien entities have sent us a message/invitation and we must honor it. I-..alright!

They find a schmuck with more money than he can handle, who’s willing to pay an exorbitant amount of cash to sent them in space in search of these Engineers, as the scientist dubbed them. Said schmuck is Peter Weyland, Guy Pearce in a latex prosthetic mask, a guy with a clear agenda.

Why do they immediately assume the drawings were an invitation? Where exactly does the belief that the Engineers made them comes from? I’m with the skeptic, asshole biologist (Rafe Spall) on this one: “How do you know”, the guy asks.

Moving on, the characters. I consider both Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron, who plays Meredith Vickers, exceptional actresses, yet I didn’t see any of the talent I know they have, put to use in this film.  Theron played a robotic, feeling-less character, which I’m guessing served a purpose in making the movie that much more ambiguous: is she or isn’t she an android, like David (Michael Fassbender)?

Speaking of ambiguity, it’s like the writers didn’t know what to do with the characters, so they wrote back and forth “are they, aren’t they” scenes and hoped to get away under the premise “it’s an open to interpretation movie”.  Biggest example of that is the character of David, android-on-board. He’s portrayed as both obedient and in awe of human beings, but also devious. He seems to find pleasure in killing one of the crew, even though he’s only acting under directives from Weyland.

It’s silly. The whole plot is silly. Storytelling under the influence of hallucinogens silly.

The only thing note-worthy about “Prometheus” is the art direction. Stunning visuals, well done, gorgeous landscapes at the beginning of the movie, great use of special effects, interesting sets and costumes, make-up, all of them setting a foreboding, eerie and creepy atmosphere.

However, awesome CGI does not equal good quality, it just means visual prettiness, and that’s about everything this movie has going for it. Oh, and if you ask me, the ending comes head to head with the idea that this movie isn’t a prequel.

Disappointment!

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6 thoughts on “Review: Prometheus (2012)

  1. It’s funny, because my views are very different. I loved the premise this film was based on and just about everything within the film, especially Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of David. Nice to read other peoples thoughts though, especially when they contrast so much.

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