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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.
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The movie: Visuals and effects? Incredible and satisfying, so nothing to fault there. Character development? Ok at best with Noomi and with the android, but silly and hokey at times inre to the rest of the crew. Not too bad overall as this is an aggressive film where the action sequences that are shown and the build-up to them leaves little time for character development... so it ends up being rather laser chiseled in where it can. The story? Great premise, ambitious, but would be a better long novel instead of a 2 hour movie in the telling. That being said, it is not too hard to see that this is the first of a trilogy unfolding, and not too difficult for the Alien/Sci-Fi Horror fan's mind to fill in. You don't have to be the 'hardcore' Alien or Sci-Fi fan or purest to enjoy this movie, but go into it without constantly comparing it to the early Alien movie looking for pitfalls, nor go into it expecting (like the 'Thing' prequel to John Carpenter's the 'Thing' did pull off) that the end of this movie immediately leads in to the original 'Alien'. There is still some evolution to go to get to that point, but this movie does waft of the essence of that evolution, and not too bad at all with subtle tie-ins to the Alien Universe that... in juxtiposed time... is yet to come. Finally, the Horror? Great! Creepy! New Creatures and even a Zombie! I wonder if one of the creatures was an homage to the Lovecraft 'Cthulu'! Yes, there is still a lot of the 'why do people always do the most illogical and against all common sense things' moments during the suspense, reminiscent of slasher movies everywhere... but all in all, with the pitfalls, the lapses, the holes, and other such things that people love to lambaste in reviews... I thought this movie was entertaining and satisfying for what it is... and can clearly see it as the first part of a longer story... or prequel... that will move us eventually forward... back to the Alien Universe we have come to know and love!
Four stars simply because, imho, Charlize and Guy Pierce were completely wasted on this film. Their characters were weak... too weak for their presence. I believe it would have been better to get Lance Henricksen to play Wheylan (why not, as he appears in the Alien Universe more than any other actor outside of Sigourney), and someone like Mimi Rogers or some other recognizable name to play the cold hearted company gal. I believe NOT having their names in the cast and credits would NOT have slowed the ticket sales, nor made any difference to anything in this film if less 'screen presence' actors were used. I really like both of them, but was especially disappointed in the character Charlize portrayed.
BTW... Noomi is NOT Lizbeth in this movie... but IS Elisabeth... and is nothing short of a Delight!!!
I won't get into the details of the movie itself (explaining the story line) as that could be covered elsewhere. Anyone who sees this movie will know what I am talking about with the following commentary. Where I have to drop it some is in the story and acting. Here I was a bit disappointed as character development and the acting is a bit curtailed and kinda not polished (real). The movie could have put another 10 minutes into it and enriching the main characters a bit more to allow a better/fuller understanding instead of a few one-liners or very quick summaries. I felt they were rather rushed. It just didn't flow for me. The plot and story line was interesting and it developed quite nicely but for me it wasn't the message I was looking for. Perhaps this could have been a two-parter movie that would maximize on some further background coverage as well as generate further detail that would really sink me into the characters personalities. So for the first time it is usually an entertainment perspective and the second time it is a technical analysis but it progressed rather slow for me so I got into the technical before its time as you tell my my commentary. Nevertheless, I will be watching it several times hoping to gather more information about the characters and plot and story line. So I guess I could give this an overall 4.5 stars if you want to get right to it!
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