Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: Prometheus [2012]


Background:
Release Date: 7 June 2012 (Malaysia), 8 June 2012 (USA)
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan-Marshall Green
Duration: 124 minutes
In A Nutshell:
In the year 2089, a group of scientists led by Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (played by Logan-Marshall Green) discover a series of cave paintings that they believe are a map to a distant star system. Fast foward a few years and the couple are on board the spaceship named Prometheus on their way to that very star system. The head of the corporation funding this mission, Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce) believes they will find the origins of mankind there. They are joined by a crew which includes the corporation representive, Meridith Vickers (played by Charlize Theron), Weyland's android robot, David (played by Michael Fassbender), and spaceship captain, Janek (played by Idris Elba).
Thumbs Up:
+ Ridley Scott delivers genuine suspense and thrills that comes close to rivaling his original Alien [1979] movie
+ The cinematography, production design, and CGI combine to create dazzling visuals
+ Good performances especially from Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace
+ Thought provoking themes
Thumbs Down:
- The dialogue is somewhat dull
- Rather dodgy old make-up/special effects on Peter Weyland, although not as bad as the make-up in the movie J.Edgar [2011]



The Verdict Is In:
Work has caught up with me and I've been extremely lacking sleep this week so this is gonna be a very short review (they tend to be relatively short anyway). Prometheus explores some pretty interesting themes such as human origins, Darwinisms, what it means to be human, and asks us questions such as "Where did we come from?" and "Does it even matter?".  Much of the hype surrounding this movie has been about it being a prequel to Ridley Scott's masterpiece Alien [1979]. Fans of that movie (is there anyone out there who isn't?) will be delighted with a few references to the film but what I loved the most is that it succeeded in generating a feeling close to what I experienced when I first saw that timeless classic. The second half of the movie especially delivers some truly suspenseful and thrilling moments. This is Sci-Fi Horror at its best. Because of its lower budget, the original Alien feature had more creative thrills while Prometheus has more action and is louder. Ultimately, Alien is still the better movie, but Prometheus isn't that far behind.
Rating:
8.5 out of 10

5 comments:

  1. Love that Prometheus isn't far behind Alien! I really hope Fassbender will get at least some recognition for his work here, it's very interesting character, given how he only mimics people but seems to have agenda of his own.

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  2. kor nangis tak mcm aku time ending? (nangis kegembiraan yeh)

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  3. @Sati: Fassbender does stand out, as he always does. Ironic that an android is the most complex and multi-dimensional character.

    @Reza: scene fevret aku masa scene pembedahan tuh... John Hurt all over again

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  4. while I liked parts of the the film. I think it had a few more flaws than poor makeup.

    My main gripe was with the script, using moronic character choices to advance the plot. I expected a bit more considering the big ideas presented in the film.

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  5. Yeah, I can understand that point of view too. It just didn't bother me that much so I'm sticking to my gut... I love the movie! Still, thanks for the comment!

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