Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus (2012)
  • Time: 124 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce


This film is set in 2093 and takes place in the same universe as the ‘Alien’ movies. A group of explorers, including some archaeologists, are on an “undisclosed” mission. They arrive at a planet millions of miles away from Earth. The team spot what they believe to be signs of civilization. They go to investigate and find more than just signs, they find conclusive evidence. But some of them have an ulterior motive for being there, including the Weyland Corporation. They believe that this is where the human race actually came from. Things soon turn from excitement to survival once inside their discovery.


  • “Whatever that probe is picking up, it’s a life form.”

    I am a huge fan of the Alien saga myself. “Alien”, the legendary cult film, I’ve seen originally in the cinema. Personally, I always thought “Aliens” was the best, most exciting and most pronounced Alien-part. But like I said, it’s personal. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it on VHS, but I know it almost by heart. The next two parts actually passed me as a volatile item. Judging by the score on IMDB it’s not that absurd. Part 1 and 2 get a 8.5 score, while the next two parts have to be satisfied with only a 6.4 and a 6.2 score.

    First lets talk about the prequel blabbering. I’m not a supporter of the prequel stuff. It has been repeatedly shown that mostly it doesn’t reach the level of the original part, and in my eyes it’s just meditating on the commercial success of the original film. In other words it’s just a way to exploit the followers and fans a little bit. But lets not generalize this. There are nuances. Personally, I think the “Star Wars” prequels are pure crap, “The Hobbit” isn’t such a bad attempt and Prometheus is, in my eyes, not even really a prequel. Well it interfaces with “Alien” but it’s SF so it may as well be other creatures. Not? “Mother” from “Alien” supposed to be a kind of supercomputer but actually it looked more like an old-fashioned ASCII mainframe, and the IT in Prometheus looks like state of the art. Kind of strange for a prequel.

    And then I read the whole discussion with all these questions about how to explain everything, why it happened and how did they end up there. What’s with the jockey, and who was now first and is this the origin of mankind. .. and blablabla … It’s SF and remains fiction. Fiction causes everyone having other type of questions where a zillion others have an own interpretation about, what results in again a bunch of other hypotheses. How the hell could they find exactly this place ? A chance of 1 in a million opportunities like I read in someones opinion. Who knows, they might have built a nano-bio ultramodern complex supercomputer on Earth, which could calculate this with superhuman precision. SF right ? But when a movie comes out which is a bit too linear and too obvious where no questions are asked about, general opinion will say this isn’t great either.

    Well, I have finally seen it ! With a bit of delay but that’s because my digital list of movies I still need to see, is that long. I don’t have the inclination to watch it in 3D, even if it adds value and looks more fantastic. I wear glasses and then I find it damn hard to start messing around with some plastic trinket to get it pinned on the rest of my too short nose. Ultimately, I am more busy dealing with the damn glasses than with the film.

    And then finally about the movie: beautiful, majestic and like a great SF should be, with breathtaking moments in terms of the scenery, atmosphere and effects. Who knows, it really looks like this in the universe on an unknown planet. I’m glad Sigourney Weaver wasn’t starring in this film, because I think she wouldn’t fit in here and then the entire prequel discussion would collapse as a house of cards. For me this was just a good SF with some exciting moments. There aren’t so many SF movies like this anymore. The fact that some characters look rather stupid and sometimes react in a very strange way, didn’t bother me that much for once.

    I’m going to make a harsh statement, but for once a sequel is more than welcome, so I can move around again in the universe in a virtual way.

  • “A king has his reign, and then he dies. It’s inevitable.”

    Much has been hyped up regarding the return of director Ridley Scott to science-fiction cinema. After all, he changed the landscape and pushed the boundaries of what was cinematically possible in the science-fiction genre with two great masterpieces – Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982).

    But that was in the past.

    As Scott returns to the genre he helped defined thirty years ago, expectations are sky-high. The question on everyone’s lips is: Has the great master nailed it and delivered a superior picture? As a genuine fan of Scott’s sci-fi films, and in particular, my intense love for the genre, I only have this to say: I admire what Scott has done, but there’s a tinge of disappointment in the air.

    For the uninitiated, Prometheus may feel like another Hollywood blockbuster (read: a visual effects extravaganza). But while it features some of the most spectacular visual effects ever seen in any film this year, Prometheus is also an anti-blockbuster in the sense that it takes its time to set its mood and tone.

    The story centers on a team of explorers who lands their spacecraft on a planet far away from Earth, hoping to discover the answer to the existence of the human race. Of course, that is just an excuse for Scott to re-enter the universe of Alien, in a bid to make a ‘prequel’ that would hopefully explain the origins of arguably the most feared screen monster ever created.

    The result is a befuddled attempt to juggle three narrative threads that not only lack clarity, but don’t quite fit well with each other. Is this a story about the origins of the Alien? Or is it a story about the ‘Space Jockey’ – a large man-like creature whose exoskeleton appeared in Alien? Or is it a story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), whose quest to explore the origins of mankind turns into the kind of nightmare that foreshadows Ripley’s traumatic experience in Alien?

    Those are questions to ask of the screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, whose previous screenplays for The Darkest Hour (2011) and Cowboys & Aliens (2011) respectively don’t exactly inspire confidence.

    To be fair to Scott, he was seduced by the conceptual idea of Prometheus, not how it was eventually penned out. Still, his direction is masterful. So are the film’s cinematography, art direction, and production design.

    Scott’s handling of suspense could be more assured though, but I suspect it is the fault of the film’s narrative structure, which has more plateaus than peaks. There is just too much of travelling back and forth the crew’s spacecraft and the mysterious tomb-like cavern that the explorers hope to find answers from. As a result, whatever suspense that could be generated dissipates as both environments, however strange or fascinating, becomes more familiar and less claustrophobic.

    And it was claustrophobia and the unfamiliar that made Alien such a nerve-wreckingly horrifying experience.

    Speaking of which, there is one sequence in Prometheus that comes close to emulating the sheer horror (and quality) of the 1979 film. I won’t reveal much except to say that it involves an automated operating table.

    The strong performances by the unassuming Rapace, and Michael Fassbender, who plays the android David to chilling perfection, help to alleviate the weak script to some extent.

    Prometheus is an ambitious science-fiction epic that delivers (or don’t) depending on one’s expectations. It is still a solid film, a different kind of blockbuster seeking for the right audience. Even though the film’s foundation is built on a shoddy screenplay, still it is not to be missed for the experience, especially in 3D.

    Verdict: Ridley Scott sets expectations too high in this generally solid sci-fi epic let down by an unfocused screenplay and suspect pacing.

    GRADE: B

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