Marcus Reviews Prometheus

9 Jun

Synopsis:

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race

What I Liked:

The first thing that I want to say is that this movie is absolutely gorgeous. Choosing to shoot mostly in the desert really was an inspired choice because it really gave the planet the right amount of “alien” quality without blatantly alien, if that makes sense. There really wasn’t a whole lot of CGI used in this movie to give it a more organic look, but when it was used it was really impressive and only added to the space odyssey feel of the movie.

Scott did a great job of establishing a truly haunting and claustrophobic atmosphere throughout the movie. Just like the Aliens movies that came before it, you really did begin to start feeling the paranoia that the characters were developing as the move progressed. It’s actually the first movie in a long time to actually get me to jump because it was that good at reeling you in with the mood.

Speaking of Aliens there were a lot of throwbacks to the saga that fans of the movies will be delighted to pick up on. There’s a stinger at the very end of the movie that is particularly juicy and had everyone in the theater reacting in a truly entertaining and hilarious fashion.

Acting-wise, everybody in the movie did a good job fleshing out their characters but it was Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender who were the true standouts. Rapace displayed the perfect balance of child-like curiosity, unwavering belief and fiery determination in her character (Elizabeth Shaw). While she’s no Ripley, Rapace’s Shaw was a scrapper and really showed that she’d do whatever it took to get the answers to the questions that she’d be asking for so long. Michael Fassbender on the other hand was absolutely brilliant as the equally curious but morally ambiguous andriod, David. Fassbender puts on a method acting tour de force in this as I actually found myself believing that he was actually an android for a second. He was so delightfully cold and vacant in everything that he did but there are moments where you’ll see a slight glint in his eye or a pause in his movements that lets you know that there’s more to him than he let’s on. You can literally see the gears turning in his head at certain moments throughout the film and you just know that doesn’t mean good things for the crew.

I think the writers (Jon Spaihts & Damon Lindelof) did a wonderful job of giving us a group of characters that really represented different viewpoints. Shaw being the believer, Holloway (Logan Marshall Green) being the skeptic, Janek (Idris Elba) essentially representing the audience as he’s the one asking “Why are we even doing this?”, Vickers (Charlize Theron) being the pragmatic realist and most interestingly David who is a robot caught in a war between aliens and humans which I find to be a fascinating variable.

What I Didn’t Like:

The first half of the movie is so strong and steeped in mystery that once we get our answers and everything goes to hell it’s almost a bit disappointing. The movie kind of devolves into a horror film in the final act and, while I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I was still more interested in the search for answers.

Speaking of searching for answers, the movie left me with more questions than anything. There was so much that was left up in the air that there almost needs to be a sequel just for my own peace of mind.

Overall:

Prometheus serves as Ridley Scott’s triumphant return to the genre that he revolutionized 30 years ago and it feels damn good to say that it was worth the wait. Being the spiritual successor to the Alien saga, this movie had a lot riding on it and it delivered on nearly ever front. Boasting a great cast of characters, very strong performances, gorgeous visuals, haunting atmosphere and a truly interesting story, Prometheus is one of the best sci-fi movies to come out in the last decade. Prometheus is a movie that’s not afraid to ask questions that many of us have asked at one point in our lives and, while we may not have gotten all the answers, we got closer to finding them out. It may not be a perfect movie but it’s pretty damn close in my book and I can only hope that we get a sequel somewhere down the line because I desperately want to see this world expanded so that, like Elizabeth Shaw, we can finally get the answers to our questions.

Rating: A-

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