June 8, 2012
20th Century Fox
2 hours 4 minutes
It seems that it is tradition now in the summertime to release a movie that is a mind numbing experience. In 2010, Christopher Nolan brought audiences into the dreams with 'Inception.' Last year Terrence Malick really confused many people with 'The Tree of Life.' The thing about those two films is that they both were highly praised and were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. This year, Ridley Scott has returned to his sci-fi roots with 'Prometheus,' a possible prequel to the 'Alien' films. I personally didn't want to see any of the 'Alien' movies prior to seeing this film to see if my opinion would be different from others who have seen the adventures of Ripley and her crew prior. While the film does raise some questions at the end of the film, it is a pretty basic story with some fantastic visuals and a spellbinding cast. Scott clearly knew what he was doing on this film, because 'Prometheus' is thrilling, exciting, and brilliance at its finest.
After a discovery that they found in a cave, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway talk their way into getting a funding to go into space and explore a long distance planet. With an intelligent android and a loyal ship captain among other crew members on the ship, Shaw and Holloway embark on a journey to discover where the origins of mankind really are from. While crew members are suspicious at times, the two scientists know that there is something special about this planet that they're going to that could explain what created humans in the first place. However when they get to the planet, they soon realize that there are things that should not have been disturbed in the first place. What they went looking for on the planet might be the very thing that terminates their lives, as well as jeopardize the lives of many others as well.
Noomi Rapace is coming off of her first English role since the disappointing sequel 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.' Compared to that film, she is great here in 'Prometheus.' It's fun to see likeable characters who are trying to search for the answers to things that are way over their heads, with the audience just as curious as these characters, which also includes the equally as good Logan Marshall-Green, who plays Rapace's boyfriend/co-explorer. For a first time actor, Green delivers some very impressive work, which could hopefully lead to him learning new techniques in acting and improve his talent even more. The rest of the cast, which includes Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, were all very good in their roles, aside from these two annoying guys who *SPOILER* are the first ones to die in the film. *END SPOILER* However the performance that really shines in this film is Michael Fassbender, who plays the android David.
David is a robot programmed to be more understanding of human emotions, despite not feeling them, while being efficient to anything that it's commanded to do. The thing about David is that he is such a complex and interesting character, that you have no idea whether or not he's on our side or not. Michael Fassbender gives a beyond stellar job at playing the most interesting robot since HAL 3000 from '2001: A Space Odyssey.' I love how David is such a curious robot that he will do ANYTHING to find the answers to his questions. I wouldn't even be surprised if Fassbender gets a Supporting Actor nomination this year, because he simply blew it out of the park. It is ironic how in a movie that's about humans trying to survive against aliens that a robot is the best character in the movie.
'Prometheus' will have people scratching their heads by the time the credits roll. Hell, my own father didn't understand anything that was put on screen for the 124 minute duration. However if you are able to follow the story and get into the flow that was created by the genius mind of Ridley Scott, then chances are you will enjoy this movie. It's a well-acted, visually stunning, and beautifully written movie that will capture the imaginations of anyone who puts their mind in the right place. Sure this movie is a bit hard to follow at times, and some of the characters are really weak for what they have to do, but this is definitely a must see for hardcore Ridley Scott, 'Alien,' and all-around sci-fi fans. If this movie is still playing in 3D, then I'd say definitely check it out in the third dimension, mainly because it makes the film look crisper, deeper, and so damn stunning! If there is one sci-fi movie that will be the talk of the summer because of how controversial it is, it's probably going to be 'Prometheus.' There really are a lot of secrets in 'Prometheus' that cannot be spoiled, so hop on the ship and take this spellbinding trip for yourself.
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