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Prometheus ReviewJune 8th, 2012 at Fri, 8th, 2012 at 8:14 pm by andrewnisargand
Let me put this very simply to start: the trailer’s do NOT do it justice. Bam. There’s your introduction.
The story of Prometheus begins on Earth with a research team finding ancient cave drawings from 3500 years ago. Their excitement at this discovery comes from the fact that these cave drawings document what appears to be giant humanoid figures pointing towards some kind of star map. And they have found this star map all over the world. After convincing the head of the Weyland Corporation to fund them, the two scientists head out with the crew of the ship Prometheus to find this star system. And that’s your premise. Two scientists have quite literally begun the search for God. The very concept of this is so very intriguing. Also, if you’re in any way a fan of Alien, you know the ship they find is the Prometheus which tells you that things went horrendously wrong. I find myself extraordinarily interested in this concept as it reminds me so much of Cosmicism from the Lovecraft Universe. That God exists as Aliens, they just don’t care about humanity. That we are insignificant on the Galactic stage. But let me add this bit in now: if you think you predicted what was going to happen in this movie because of the trailers, you’re wrong. I went with two good friends of mine, both of which love the Alien universe, and all three of us predicted what was going to happen. We were wrong, so so wrong.
The movie itself has more than a few genuinely terrifying moments. You eventually see what happens to the crew, and the kills are all pretty gloriously awesome and absolutely terrifying. I’m not going to tell you what happens to them sadly but I’ll just say the kill during the twist is pretty good. The general atmosphere of the movie is what makes this movie so very creepy though. It’s literally an exploratory mission, that lands on a planet with giant pyramids complexes built on it. And the scientists proceed to think it’s a great idea to just run in and scan through them. At some point you do have to realize, that what you think is a great idea, is incredibly stupid. Or maybe I just have great survival instincts.
The acting in this movie is phenomenal. Each character feels unique and manages to stand by themselves without the rest of the cast supporting them (much like how Alien felt). But also much like Alien, one woman steals the show. Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw is quite easily the most memorable and effective character in this movie much like Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley from the original series. I would tell you what happens but honestly that would ruin some of the magic in my opinion.
And here’s where I talk about the 3D. Now anyone who knows me, knows that I generally hate it. It ends up making my eyes ache, the glasses are generally too small, and the effect is mostly lost on me. However, this was a very different case. Prometheus’ 3D was absolutely fantastic. Let me just give you an example. The film opens with a panoramic view of the planet. It cuts between different viewpoints as the credits play. I don’t think I have seen a more realistic planetscape in…well ever. It was absolutely amazing. The 3D was easily some of the best I have ever seen and, if you get the chance and have the money, go see it in 3D. The effects themselves were also absolutely fantastic. The planet, the pyramid, the creatures, the ship…everything looks so very real. To an astonishing degree.
Well then everyone, I think you know what I’m about to say. It lives up to every OUNCE of the hype. It’s not only worth your time, but if you’re in any way a fan of horror or science fiction, you owe it to yourself to go see this movie. Trust me, you’ll love it. An easy 5 out of 5. Let me just say one thing that you’ll understand when you see it: Surgery sucks. Enjoy everyone!