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June 4th 2012 08:26
: My mind is confused at this one

I am of two minds in reviewing this one - I wanted to do nothing more than to love it and even told another reviewer pre the screening "if you say anything bad about this film I will hunt you down". However upon watching it I am disheartened and have to write the honest truth - it isn't near as good as it could have been.

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Michael Fassbender

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.

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Firstly - as a stand alone sci fi - it is epic. It is visually superb with a new universe created that is mind blowing and secondly - the cast are amazing - huge names, great acting and thirdly an alien race that is intriguing and beautiful - I want to be immersed in this universe over and over again.

BUT - as an Alien film it is visually the best but lacking in near everything else. I found the film lacked that team cohesion while trapped in an isolated terror. This film didn't have it and the team thing is so far removed with every character having their own agenda. It made the plot fall to bits. The film raised more questions than it answered and to me it fell to the Star Wars error - it tried to explain too much and create such a detailed story that it failed in its basic necessity - to just tell a good sci fi monster film. It is more 2001 than Aliens or more it is Alien meets 2001.

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace is amazing - this is her first international film after starring astoundingly and taking the world by storm in the European GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO trilogy. I fell in love with her sassiness and ballsy acting and I was so stoked to see her in this one. She is good in this as Dr Elizabeth Shaw but as there are so many characters in this film it took a long time for her character to develop and it wasn't enough for me. They are trying to set her up as the replacement for Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the franchise and there is definitely an opening for a sequel but she is nothing on Ripley. She was great as her own character but she gets so messed up and beaten in this film that it seemed unrealistic - OK - here I am talking about unrealistic in a sci film about Alien monsters and the dawn of human civilisation so maybe unbelievable is the correct word.

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

I am a huge fan of Charlize Theron and she is one of the most beautiful women alive who can act with ease and she plays her character well in this - she is such a fucking bitch you want to punch her but then she has very rare moments of being likeable that are not necessary. Again her motives aren't as well explained as they could have been.

Logan Marshall-Green is great, I want this guy onscreen more - he is so hot it is a crime But again why did what happen to him actually happen? What was the point of it besides making David look like a monster. Charlie's motives weren't even necessary - why did he give up so easily? Why oh why? I am disappointed in this supposed scientific prodigy!

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Idris Elba

Michael Fassbender was my favourite actor in the film as the robot David. But they made David out to be programmed to be nasty and the "company" machine working for the greater good of Wayland Enterprises but you like him, he does good things and you support him - he lacked the crazed programmed motivation of the first robot in Alien. It wasn't necessary for him to tell Dr Shaw "I know we have had our differences but......" - they didn't really have any differences??

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

The Captain of the ship, Janek, played by Idris Elba was the most likeable of the entire crew and to me the closest person to a character from one of the original alien films however we didn't see him as much as I would have liked to and his decision at the end I could not believe, although heroic, the audience did slightly scoff. This guy could be the great grand son of the drill sergeant from Aliens

Another thing that is just odd - a prequel like film with better technology than the future?? It is a hard thing to accomplish but it always bugs me that when going backwards why can they not make things more true to the timeline - they managed it with Star Trek

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Logan Marhsall-Green, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender

The film starts swiftly but moves slowly, what do you expect from an Alien film? You expect some bloody body jarring terror and some quick as a flash merciless slaughter from unforgiving xenomorphs! This film has it extremely limited - when it first happens it is stupidly set up but highly effective - the first victim seriously breaks every alien movie rule of engagement - it was like a moment from a Scream film with them breaking the rules of horror. The fights are limited but effective and there is no expense spared on this budget. It looks just out of this world (total pun overload) and the cinematography makes it one of the best looking sci fis ever made.

Alien, Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

I enjoyed this film - I will own it on BluRay but I also have Alien 3 and 4 on film. It looks spectacular and is great as a stand alone film but to me it was too far removed from the Alien universe. It hurts as I was expecting the best film ever made but I am only awarding Prometheus a 7 out of 10. It starts this coming Thursday 7th June (with special Wed 6th screenings at Hoyts).

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Comment by ClaireBear

June 7th 2012 11:24
David's a dick.
But then again, I'm scared of robots, so.....

Comment by Jason King

June 7th 2012 21:57
Agreed he is a dick but for a robot he has a lot of emotion? So Claire bear - thumbs up or down?

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