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Prometheus (2012)

The ‘Alien’ franchise has gained a huge following ever since the release of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic. With news of a ‘Alien’ prequel arriving in theatres directed by the legend himself, the expectations rose to unbelievable heights. When that storm calmed down and the news came out that mr. Scott had decided on making this an original story with ‘Alien’ dna in it, people were anxious to see what he’d come up with, and now it’s here!

Prometheus is exactly what Ridley described to us, an original storyline with lots of ‘Alien’ dna in it.
The story revolves around Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) who finds the same signs in several ancient civilizations.
In a very stylized and comprehensive opening scene we immediately skip onto the Prometheus, a huge ship which is funded by an aging Mr. Weyland that is headed to a planet called LV223, the planet that the signs supposedly were pointing too.

We meet the Prometheus’ crew consisting of David (Michael Fassbender) who is a robot, and Vickers (played by Charlize Theron), and many others.
After landing on planet LV223 (not to be mistaken with LV226 which was the planet in ‘Alien’) they find a huge dome which holds lots of familiar and unfamiliar characters.

To go any further into story details would be a shame, it’s safe to say that Ridley has done his best to create a world which is filled with gorgeous cinematography, sets and manages to pull you in almost instantly.
Elizabeth and David are standout characters who will be remembered long after Prometheus exits the theatres and there will be several scenes which will suffer the same grand fate.

However, and this is a big however, it’s story leaves us with more questions than answers and never truely decides what it wants to be. It’s not an Alien Prequel and if you go in thinking it’s one you’ll be sorely dissapointed. The story it does tell has very interesting themes and it definitely can carry its own weight, but ultimately it falls flat. We don’t get the answers we’d like and on top of that it’s too far removed from any answers regarding it’s origin. You can puzzle the pieces together after having seen Prometheus, but you can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t have been better to explain things a bit further.

The expectations for this movie are sky high, and it does manage to live up to them.
On top of that, the aforementioned characters and the gorgeous world created by Ridley Scott are all huge plusses on deciding whether to venture out and see this or not.
But when it comes down to it’s core, it’s a sci-fi story that dances around the answers to the intriguing questions that it’s asking us.
Whether that’s a stylistic choice or not, remains to be explained by Mr. Scott in the future.
Be sure to check this unique piece of cinema out, and strike back in the comment section below!

8/10 stars!

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3 thoughts on “Prometheus (2012)

  1. You’ve managed to make so much more anxious to see this now! Thank you!

    Posted by Santos Ellin Jr | June 1, 2012, 03:49
  2. must. see. this.
    great job, Paul. I got very excited while reading your review. cant wait.

    Posted by Victor De Leon | June 1, 2012, 20:12
  3. Spot on review. It was fun to watch but ultimately it’s less than the sum of its parts.

    Posted by kidmiracleshitter | June 14, 2012, 04:14

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