Expectations: Very high. My eyes have been locked on this project ever since I heard of Fassbender’s casting. When I heard that it was not only a Ridley Scott production, but a potential Alien prequel as well, I knew that this was going to be cinematic gold.
PLOT SUMMARY: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Reality: Prometheus is in no way a perfect movie. There are faults, in both screenplay and directing, but this is one of those movies where the faults do not matter. Scott is truly adept at creating brand new worlds for movie-goers to explore and enjoy. He is truly in his element in Prometheus.
Prometheus is a visual feast for the senses that is sure to wow any viewer. That being said, the amazing effects for space travel and alien biology also translate into the gore of the film. There are some truly disgusting moments, and you cannot help but stare, as they are still masterpieces of their own. Watching this movie didn’t feel fake. It didn’t feel staged. The wonderful effects were tangible and real. That, in itself, was terrifying enough.
Acting wise, the movie only truly relied on a few people out of its medium sized cast. Fassbender’s portrayal of the android, David, was startling and chilling. I’ve always been a bit of a “Fassbender Fanatic” and I do believe that he will win an Oscar very soon, but this was something I’ve never seen him do before. When you watch Fassbender move across the screen it is so easy to believe that he is something besides human. His every step, the way he sets down his foot on the floor, is careful and precise. Every expression is thought out and he considers every furrow of his brow. Truly stunning performance.
Noomi Rapace also impressed me. I’m also impressed with her English, as I do know that Scott got her dialect coaches and has encouraged her to improve her English. Rapace was passionate and human, the anti-thesis to Fassbender’s David. Rapace played her role of the compassionate, curious, and resourceful Elizabeth Shaw with dedication.
Scott’s direction is bar-none. He is the master of the camera and he is clearly a man who knows what he wants. His weakness, however, is in making sure the audience knows what he wants. There were a few moments that I believe were a little murky. Whether it was Scott’s direction or because of spotty script-writing, I don’t feel entirely confident about a few events in the film. There are many questions left after the credits start to roll, and that was certainly the way Scott intended it to be, a sequel cannot be far away. But I do not think we were meant to feel confused during certain points, and that certainly could have been cleared up. However, it is a small complaint, and one I will not nurture and coddle.
Prometheus is oozing creativity. It is the perfect example of Sci-Fi-Horror, and I for one, will be clamoring for more. The film was gory, violent, bloody, and surprising. I knew that Prometheus was going to deal with a different species of alien than it’s other counterparts of Alien and Aliens. There was a moment in the film, after a bout of bloodiness and horror, where the film was silent and I could hear the stunned and amazed reactions of the audience. I had to wonder if this was what it was like, all of those years ago, when the first alien burst from the chest of the unsuspecting crew member. Did the audience sound just as shocked and awed? I should hope so, because I believe that Scott has successfully managed to re-capture our imaginations, sense of horror and wonder.
Scott has proven there can always be something new. Whether or not we are inspired by old works, audiences today can still be surprised, despite desensitization. Prometheus is a symphony in the hands of this old-master, despite a few flat notes. And to be honest, those few notes could barely be heard over the roar of the audience.
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