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Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Prometheus 2012Damon Lindelof,Jon SpaihtsRidley ScottMichael Fassbender,Charlize Theron,Idris Elba,Guy Pearce,Noomi Rapace Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Prometheus(2012)
 

“Prometheus” appeared on our radar with a fantastic trailer that really gave us hope it would be a very well done sci-fi film with some hints of horror, to tie it in to “Alien”. Many touted this film as Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi and higher quality filmmaking than some of his latest films, many of which are not that great. Unfortunately, he is only successful with the first half.

“Prometheus” follows a crew of scientists who are flying out to a star system that matches a constellation they found on many-a-historic works of art, including a cave drawing. When they arrive to the planet they begin to explore some structures they find and set out to find the alien creatures that are thought to have created man.

The story of “Prometheus” is a good sci-fi premise that should have given us a great film to love and enjoy, but what starts off as a solid sci-fi piece ends up a typical Hollywood film. The saddest part of this is how great the first half of this film is. The direction and writing is extremely well made, but there is one defining moment in the middle of the film that had me think, “Oh, shit. This is gonna start sucking.” Unfortunately, my assumption was correct. The film stops caring about telling it’s sci-fi tale and decides to just become a bunch of people getting chased or killed by an assortment of creatures. There are two moments that could have been good enough to save this film in the second half, but they fall extremely flat. I won’t spoil it, but it was the one twist with Charlize Theron’s character and when they reach their goal.

The performances here, with the exception of Theron, are very solid. Everyone is able to get across their characters motivation and while no character is really fleshed out, they are distinct enough that we can live with it. The issue with Theron’s character is that she’s amped up in the first half to seem so important and then them becomes inconsequential in the second half. Her performance is a big flat and part of that lies with the writing.

This movie should have been great. The filmmakers could have made some minor tweaks to the story and cut out a good thirty minutes from the second film to make this movie great. Unfortunately, this won’t happen since I’ve never seen a director’s cut that is thirty minutes shorter and changes some important scenes.

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Credits:
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace


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