Movie Review: Prometheus (2012)

Posted: January 5, 2013 in Drama

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Two scientists, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshal Green) study cave paintings from ancient civilizations form all over the earth, and they all pointing to this one specific cluster of stars.  The human race now has the technology to go to that planet.  Elizabeth and Charlie believe that the aliens who live on that planet created human life, and want to meet them and talk to them if possible.    The expedition is underwritten by Peter Weiland (Guy Pierce) who is hoping to find some kind of fountain of youth on this distant planet.

The crew of 17 on the ship Prometheus land on the planet, and find the surface of the planet uninhabitable, but they find a series of tunnels that have a breathable oxygen environment, and so they start to explore.  Elizabeth finds a head, that definitely has human origins, but the scientists’ exploration is cut short by a silicon storm on this planet.  Two crewmembers are left behind, and the sensors they installed on the planet show another life form on the planet, and it is alive.  What is this life form?   Is it the alien creators Elizabeth and Charlie seek?  Or is it something else?

Prometheus gets its main storyline from a History Channel show called Ancient Aliens, and that’s only the start of the problems this movie has.  It borrows from 2001 A Space Odyssey’s   iconic character Hal (like many other sci-fi movies, and creates David, a human looking robot, that sounds robotic.  This movie encapsulates everything that’s wrong with Hollywood.  Hollywood is greedy, and when they can make no more money from sequels, they make prequels, that are heavy on special effects, light on storyline, and frankly should not be made.  Was there any great yearning to find out the origin of the Alien from the hugely successful Alien series?  No there wasn’t.  But Ridley Scott saw a chance to make big money, and took it.  What he did in reality was hurt an iconic franchise and Ridley Scott’s reputation.  The alien landscape is breathtaking and we get to see a lot of it, but in the end, there has to be more to a movie than stunning special effects, and there is no more to this movie than stunning special effects.

Damon Lindelof, one of the writers of Lost, could offer nothing more original than a thesis from a discredited cable show, and some warmed over scenes from 2001 A Space Odyssey.  Story was never a consideration here, and it should have been more of one.  And so, a fine cast including Noomi Rapace, Guy Pierce, Michael Fassbender, and Charleze Theron are wasted.  Rapace and Fassbender try to bring some dimension to their characters, but simply don’t have enough material to work with.  Watch the original Alien movies if you want, but skip this exercise in futility.

Prometheus:  Bound to fail.

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