Friday, June 8, 2012
Ridley Scott finally unleashes the prequel to Alien or does he? We meet a couple of scientists who think they have discovered the origin of the human race. They get on a big ship funded by the Weyland Corporation. If that name sounds familiar, it should. It is the constant in all of the alien movies. The ship journeys two years into deep space lands on a planet in the middle of no where. The crew consists of mostly tech and science people. Charlize Theron is the corporate liaison and Michael Fassbender is the android. Those are also staples in the Alien films. Sounds like we've got ourselves a prequel, right?
The crew searches through what they believe to be a pyramid and find clues of an alien race. Things go wrong and they discover a horror that could be our end rather than our beginning. In typical fashion people begin dying and the fate of earth is in question.
What works? There are alot of familiar images. The Geiger-Esq art, creatures that gestate inside a human host, and Michael Fassbender. I enjoyed his performance as the android David. You never know exactly what his motives are, but the same thing I loved also annoyed me. There is a rather intense "medical" scene that was kind of cool and might even make you cringe a bit. Guy Pierce done up as elderly man was also a cool visual.
So what lacks? Quite a bit. You never really know Fassbender's motives. He can watch some one's dreams, but it's never explained why or how? Charlize Theron is completely wasted. You could've put anyone in her role and it wouldn't have made a difference. The creatures were lacking. The best part of the previous alien movies were the aliens. They were terrifying. These might be the birth of those creatures, but they lack a lot of aggression. Prometheus lacks suspense. There are a couple of moments, but the film really lacks the "edge of your seat," suspense that you might expect. My biggest problem with this movie is the fact that it's boring.
If there were no previous movies, I don't believe this is a solid enough movie to stand alone. The film exists in the same univers, but never says it's a prequel. The story is sub par and the so are the special effects. In a summer where The Avengers and Men In Black entertained, Prometheus feels like it belongs on cable.