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)
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.