Thursday, 7 June 2012

Prometheus Review

Prometheus is one of this year's biggest summer blockbusters, and while it isn't the best film I've seen this summer it was still a great movie, and a must see for sci-fi fans whether you've seen the Alien films or not.

Prometheus follows the story of a group of scientists travelling to a distant planet under the watchful eye of Weyland Industries. They're going there after ancient signs seem to say that it was there that the human race came into existence. But, as soon as they step off the ship and start investigating the planets mysterious caves, things start to go wrong. Very wrong.

The plot is pulled off very well. It's well-paced, not wasting any time getting to the main story and is made even better by the great visual effects and fantastic cast. None of the actors in Prometheus deliver bad performances, but for me the two that stole the show were Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, and Michael Fassbender as the creepy android, David. What helps as well is that these two are probably the most interesting characters in the movie.

Prometheus Video Review

The problems I had with this movie are, firstly, it felt like it didn't have to be in 3D. IMAX may be fine, but when it comes to plain ol' 3D it felt unnecessary. That's not to say the 3D here was bad, it just didn't add much to the film.
Secondly, I couldn't help but be disappointed by the ending. I'm not going to spoil anything, but I think it just a left many questions unanswered. I get that this is a prequel and some of the questions may be followed up in the Alien films, but it seems to me that Ridley Scott wants to turn Prometheus into a franchise of its own. And that may well happen if it does well at the Box Office. But I also think that maybe the questions brought up in the movie were a little too big for Ridley and co. to answer.

But, overall Prometheus is not to be missed. It's a great movie, for sci-fi fans and can easily be watched as a stand-alone sci-fi movie due to it not being too heavily connected to the Alien films. The acting is brilliant, the effects look beautiful (whether you see it in 2D or 3D) and the movie will keep you on the edge of your seat until the slightly disappointing ending.


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