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Prometheus

 

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: John Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

 

Plot: In the future, A group of explorers discover a series of cave drawings from around the world that seem to point them in the direction of a far away moon that might hold the key to the origin of mankind.

 

Rate It: (0 – 3 Guys)

 

Adam:


Scotty:

Griff:

 

So what did you think? 

Adam – This film is a glorious spectacle to behold upon the screen.  One of the few times I have actually been glad to see in film in 3D at an IMAX theater.  Awesome special effects combine effortlessly with wildly imaginative set designs.  These factor coupled with strong performances by many members of this talented cast would leave one to believe that I loved this film.  Sadly that is not the case; this film gets dragged down by a script filled with occasions where the cast is forced to consistently make the worst choice possible.  More than simple plot holes, these inconsistencies of basic logic and reason quickly overwhelm, the philosophical questions the film is trying to present.  Although at times Scott’s direction overcomes these flaws, they more often than not drag the film down into B movie ludicrousness.

Scotty - I thought the film was entertaining and enjoyable.  The cinematography was top notch as you would expect from a Ridley Scott film.  I was certainly not blown away by the film and found it to be weak in character development.

Griff – I have to say I was a little bit let down. I was really looking forward to this one and on some levels it delivered but in other areas it was a real let down. The cinematography was exceptional, the cast was, for the most part, great. The movie gets bogged down by a lackluster script that leaves you feeling like you have just been had. The plot is full of more holes than my grunge era blue jeans. It’s frustrating because I feel like this could have been an amazing film. The kind of thing people would be talking about years from now, but it falls short. The aspirations are there but the delivery isn’t.

 

 

Any thoughts before you saw the movie? 

Adam – This film had the greatest viral campaign I have ever seen.  This film rocketed to the top of my must see list for the summer.  I only wish whoever was responsible for this viral marketing had been consulted on the script as a whole.

Scotty – I was hoping for a science fiction that I was fully immersed in and was wondering how the hype lived up to the film.

Griff – I was pumped up like a 5 year old at Christmas for this one. After the heavy marketing via viral videos I couldn’t wait to get my ass in a seat front and center.

 

 

Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative? 

Adam – Let’s cut the bullshit this is an Alien prequel.  I don’t know why they continued to present that case that there was any ambiguity about that fact.  There were a lot of fresh and exciting scenes in the film, but fans of the franchise are going to see a lot that is familiar, especially if you recently revisited the Alien franchise.

Scotty - Shockingly, no.  The most innovative piece was David but we have seen a lot of these human/robot androids as of late.

Griff – It certainly wants to be. It tries really hard to give you a feeling that you are watching something mind blowing. Unfortunately it falls short, descends in to straight action movie at the end and leaves you wishing they had done more.

 

Did you think the script was well written? 

Adam – The best way I could describe this film would be it’s as if a bunch of 14 year-olds had watched 2001 A Space Odyssey, smoked some weed for the first time and then wrote a script.  While the general concepts and questions about God, man’s role in the universe, why we are here, and who made us are all present, and worthy topics for discussion, the execution of many of these ideas is juvenile.

Scotty – I thought the script was alright but it seemed like it had 2 pieces of good bread with no meat in the middle.

Griff - This is where Prometheus really falls apart. The script very obviously wants to introduce some large ponderous ideas that we can reflect on for days after seeing the movie but all I could think about after seeing this were all the plot holes. I could spend days talking about how ludicrous some of this movie was.

 

 

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam – Fassbender plays a mean android and Idris Elba is great as the ship’s captain.  Charlize is Theron looks great in a body suit and I could watch her all day.  However, she was not given very much time to shine in the film.

Scotty- Fassbender was great as David, the other characters were blah.

Griff - Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are both stand outs for me. Noomi reminded me why the original Dragon Tattoo films were so good. She is a great actress. Fassbender devours his role as Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. All kidding aside, he is excellent and these two definitely carried the film.

 

 

Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam – lots of spooky sounds created an atmosphere of tension throughout the film.

Scotty - Not a one, but the opening sequence had some classic big picture score that was cool.

Griff - They mentioned CSN “Love the One You’re With” in the film and Idris Elba tries to bang it out on the squeeze box. Does that count? I think it does.

 

What was your favorite line? 

Adam – “meet me in my cabin in 10 minutes” I would have been there in 5 minutes FYI.

Scotty – “God does not build in straight lines”

Griff – “My God, we were so wrong!” -true on so many levels.

 

 

What would have made this a better movie?

Adam - Lets not have people make piss poor choices the whole film.  O, Charlie is infected with some sort of weird alien virus let’s put him on the ship.  Lets separate from the group, Let’s take off our helmets, lets touch that weird goo, how about I try and pet that alien snake, Lets wake up that weird alien giant, lets open the hatch to see what’s up with that zombie outside, are among the ludicrous choices that we are expected to believe that any rational person would make.  It’s even harder to believe due to the fact that these are supposed to brilliant minds at the top of their fields, making these decisions.

Scotty – I thought the character development was weak and wish there was more about the crew and why they chose to take this journey, it seemed rushed.

Griff - Someone needed to read this script and just let them know it was stupid. I don’t know if no one wanted to question what Lindelof was doing but someone should have. You get the impression that he thinks he is a lot more clever than he actually is. P.S. The ending of Lost sucked too.

 

 

Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?

Adam - Despite all its flaws, I think this is a film best seen at the theater.  There is a lot of spectacle and Scott and the cast get a lot of mileage out of a piss poor script. Hell they almost manage to make this a great movie.

Scotty – I would certainly say if you are going to see this film then see it in the theater.  This is the type of movie you need the large screen and incredible sound system.

Griff – One thing that I have to say here is that Adam and I spent the extra few bucks to see this in IMAX 3D and it was a spectacle. The movie is a visual masterpiece and it is worth seeing for that alone. I could have spent whole two hours just continuing to do flybys of New Zealand like a Koyaanisqatsi and I would have been happy. I just wish the story could have been as good.

 

What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film? 

Adam – Well since it is an alien prequel I would suggest Alien, Aliens, Sunshine, and Event Horizon.

Scotty – If you liked this film then you would absolutely love Alien

Griff - Two of my favorite sort of under appreciated sci-fi films from the past few years are Sunshine and Moon. I highly recommend them both.

 

 

Any final thoughts on this movie? 

Adam – Two things immediately come to mind, first, how come we don’t get to see Charlize Theron and Idris Elba do the horizontal cha cha, yet we have to watch Noomie Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green fumble around for ten minutes?  Secondly, I like Guy Pearce as much as the next guy, but I am pretty sure there are a lot of older actors in Hollywood who would like a job too.  Perhaps the guy that does old guy makeup in films such as this and J. Edgar moonlights as some casting agents coke dealer.

Scotty – I liked it but did not love it.  The film opened with an incredible first scene so I buckled up for a wild ride and was let down.  There are just too many loose ends and too many empty characters to be a truly great film, that being said it is visually stunning and worth a viewing for that alone.  I left the theater unsatisfied and that was unexpected, considering what was possible.

Griff - I feel like I bashed this film pretty good in my review and it isn’t really going to reflect that in the rating that I give it. I am still pretty frustrated by what this movie could have been. That said, it does have an amazing cast. Fassbender’s performance was oscar worthy in my opinion. It is definitely a movie that is worth seeing on the big screen and you will be impressed by the visuals and scope of the film. Lower your expectations and you will find it enjoyable.

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  • Rae June 11, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Ah!! Totally excited about this entry. :D It’s a movie I probably am too much of a weak sauce to handle, so I’ve been looking forward to reading what you guys had to say about it! I just wanted to be first in comments, so I’m posting this. Toddling off to read the entry now. Follow-up comment on the way. :p

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:05 am

      Rae if I could handle watching the Innkeepers last night you can handle this. :-)

      • Rae June 12, 2012, 1:52 pm

        LOL…or not!! Hahaha. You underestimate my lack of stomach.

  • Rae June 11, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Hahaha. Totally laughed through this whole entry. You guys are hilarious, as usual! Loved the memorable lines you chose. Question, what came after the whole they were so wrong bit?

    I’m curious to see Fassbender as David, so I’ll be on the lookout for the YouTube clips that I’m sure will come around in a few weeks.

    My favorite part of the entry had to be Adam’s comments on the bad decisions bit. LOL. And yet, stuff like that happens all the time in movies like this.

    Btw, I’m not familiar with Alien. How does this movie tie in?

    And last comment; I love it when they get 3D right. It’s not often, but when they do, it’s so worth it because I feel like it makes you feel as if you’re there. If it weren’t for the parts that I probably wouldn’t be able to sit through, I’d totally go and see this just for the effects, hahaha.

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:06 am

      Totally worth checking out for the spectacle alone.

  • Rodney June 11, 2012, 8:04 pm

    He he, I laughed reading this, guys. Great stuff. I agree, this film was horrendously disappointing, and I hate to say it, but we really might be witnessing the death throes of Ridley Scott’s career as a director…… at least creatively.

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:07 am

      Thanks Rodney, come on Scott still has to subject us to Blade Runner 2 before he calls it a career. :-)

  • Scott Lawlor June 12, 2012, 12:38 am

    “Adam – “meet me in my cabin in 10 minutes” I would have been there in 5 minutes FYI.”

    Well I would have beaten you there by 2 minutes!! HAHA

    :-)

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:07 am

      Damn looks like I am stuck with sloppy seconds….. o well ;-)

  • Mark Walker June 12, 2012, 1:27 am

    Excellent review guys. You have hit the nail right on the head with this one: poor script, bad character development, visually stunning but otherwise empty. A big big letdown for me. WTF is Guy Pearce about in that make-up and why waste Theron is such a thankless role? Fassbender is really the only one that came out of this unscathed.

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:08 am

      Thanks Mark, How come Fassbender gets to wear all the cool looking helmets, first X-Men and now this?

  • Jaina June 12, 2012, 2:49 am

    I think I’ve been forgiving for this film. Very. The marketing campaign was epic. It was hard not to get caught up. I sometimes think if Avengers had such an awesome viral campaign, would my hopes been so high that even that awesomely epic film would have let me down?

    Like to concentrate on what good this film does is the questions it raises and what we as humans need in terms of reasons as to why we’re here. Prometheus did a good job of proposing those questions and letting the viewer put the answers together.

    Yes, things got a little ham fisted towards the end, but it’s still one of the most beautiful and good space sci-fi films to come by in a long time.

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:11 am

      I agree Jaina, best viral campaign I have seen. Also concur about the topics raised being worthy of discussion. However, the script totally lost me with the amount of inexplicably stupid things we are expected to believe that the cast decides to do.

  • The Cinemaniac June 12, 2012, 3:00 am

    Great review, guys! I must say, I disagree a bit. I loved this movie. I loved how it was, without a doubt, a prequel to Alien, yet at the same time, it stood as its own film, questioning humanity’s origin rather than telling a story of survival. It did that, too, but surely not as strongly as Alien did. I loved how it was thematically philosophical, à la 2001: A Space Odyssey, yet it still wove in the thrills that made Scott’s 1979 classic such a chilling roller coaster ride. Best of all, I thought it was great how Ridley Scott actually WASN’T being sucked into the clichéd filmmaking tactics of today’s era, where horror movies are always having sudden things appearing behind people, and science fiction is usually flaunting brilliant special effects, though in absence of a script to make sense of them.
    Here’s my review:
    http://themoviefreakblog.com/review-prometheus

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by, look forward to checking out your review. I agree with alot of what your saying. If it was not for Scott’s direction and the strong cast this movie would probably have been unwatchable. I just had a hard time with the amount of dumb ass decisions we are expected to believe the crew undertakes. Maybe you can have one poor decision as a plot device, but going to that well over and over is lazy screenplay writing in my book.

  • Fogsmoviereviews June 12, 2012, 7:13 am

    the horizontal cha cha LOL!!! Thats a new one to me…

    I agree completely Gentlemen. Very disappointing, and primarily because the character actions are unmotivated and irrational. It was still gorgeous to see on screen and some of the action scenes were pretty cool… Its definitely still worth a trip to the theatre.

    But it was a big let down.

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:16 am

      Feel free to use that line with the ladies Fogs!

      I am in agreement that people should see the film but this film could have been great and it is not.

  • Max June 12, 2012, 8:18 am

    If nothing else Prometheus is a spectacle. It deserves to be seen in the biggest possible theater with the best possible sound. I’m glad that I had an opportunity to see it in IMAX 3D and would recommend that to witness the technical marvel. Unfortunately the story isn’t as marvelous.

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:17 am

      Max, I am glad my brother forked over the extra cash and purchased IMAX 3D tickets. Especially since I did not have to pay the $19.00 :-)

  • wordschat June 12, 2012, 8:38 am

    This is one of those that I start to like less the more I think about it. On the surface I liked the Search for our origins aspect, an incredible sweeping score and those surveying spheres but as Adam said how many dumb moves could these people do? Also what’s with the Guy Pearce character? On one hand I thought he knew all about the planet then it was obvious he didn’t. Fassbenders David a humanoid HAL9000 certaintly knew more than he was letting on or did he?

    • Adam June 12, 2012, 11:19 am

      Thanks for stopping by Mark, I am glad I saw the fim and the topics it covers are important ones. However, as we both agree the plot devices used were extremely lazy.

  • Eric June 12, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Haha, good review guys! You had me laughing quite a bit. :D

    I agree on quite a few things, particularly the lack of character development and their oftentimes ridiculous behavior, but I still really liked the movie overall. It was going to be near impossible to live up to the insane viral marketing campaign though.

    • Adam June 15, 2012, 5:40 pm

      Yeah I agree Eric I still liked the film but I wanted to love it. Seems like some poor script writing was holding the film back from being all it could be.

  • Chris June 13, 2012, 5:45 am

    pumped up like a 5 year old at Christmas for this one, ha-ha ( :

    There are a few implausible moments by the “brilliant” scientists, as you noted, but it sure was a great ride, and brainy also in a tacit kind of way. I gave it 7.6 in my monthly recap. I agree that we see a lot that is familiar, I think it was an advantage I had not watched Alien movies for some years.
    The extended version Ridley is hinting out for the dvd may answer a few questions, if not, the sequel, maybe ( :

  • Adam June 15, 2012, 5:41 pm

    chris I think this is certainly a film worth seeing but it could have been one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time if they had corrected the flaws we both mentioned.

  • Mark Walker June 16, 2012, 6:52 am

    Adam buddy! I’m still not getting e-mail updates on comments. Is this a problem from my end, do you think? How can I remedy this?

    • Adam June 16, 2012, 7:10 am

      Mark let me put my IT guy brother Mark on it. I will ask around to see if anyone else has that issue as well. Thanks again for the heads up.

  • Mark Walker June 16, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I can now see the “follow-up comments” button. I could never see that before but hopefully when you respond or someone else posts I’ll get an e-mail. Its looking positive. I’ll give you a big 10-4 if all is good. Mark out!

    • Adam June 16, 2012, 2:58 pm

      mark let me know if this message got through. My brother said he added the button you described but set teh default to not automatically send the messages unless people checked it.

      • Adam June 16, 2012, 3:46 pm

        actually Mark informed me it works exactly the opposite as the way I described it lol

  • Mark Walker June 16, 2012, 5:03 pm

    That’s a big 10-4 Adam. I recieved the email. It looks like we’re all good to go now. Cheers man. That’ll make it easier to keep involved.

    • Adam June 16, 2012, 6:46 pm

      Sweet :-) Once again thanks for pointing out that issue in the first place. I guess that is one of the fuctions that wordpress takes care of for you but when we switched to self hosted the functionality went away till we added a widget.

  • nediundedited June 17, 2012, 1:37 am

    **Deep sigh**

    Yeah…I am writing my review and you will see that I agree. I purposely avoided ALL the viral stuff because I did not want to be over excited (did not need help in that area) and I was still left wanting.

    I loved the look and style of the film. The acting was first rate (especially Rapace and Fassbender). But, thematically it over-reached. It tried so hard to be more (lots of dogma being thrown around) and failed to be what it could have been, which is an intelligent, beautifully crafted sci-fi film. So close…

    PS Great recommendations! Moon and Sunshine are both awesome! I would add Pitch Black! Creative and a mixture of genres. I appreciated the fact that there were no clear cut heroes (nice element) and it had unexpected depth.

    • Adam June 17, 2012, 1:42 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nedi…. Pitch Black is a good call… a very underated sci-fi film.

  • Chris March 15, 2013, 9:56 am

    Saw this in the theaters, not sure why it got such bad reviews, I liked it a lot.

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