Review: PROMETHEUS

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reels

I was looking forward to this film because it is the latest offering from director Ridley Scott.  I am a big fan of his previous films like BLADE RUNNER, THELMA & LOUISE, ALIEN and GLADIATOR.  I remember watching ALIENS and feeling my stomach churn when I saw the alien eat its way out of one of the male crew member’s body.  I am a science fiction junkie and when I saw the trailer for this film it definitely caught my eye.

Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are scientists who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth in the late twenty-first century.  They discover which planet the clues refer to and spend two years in stasis getting there in hopes of discovering the answer to their questions about the origin of the human race.  Their trillion dollar journey is funded by a company owned by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) who like the other scientists must get all the answers no matter what the cost. 

This film’s characters are excellently written and acted.  I found Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of David, a robot created by the same company that financed the trip, to be fascinating and spot on.  Like with most films that include robots he is made to look and act like a human but is not.  I also found the scenes of David living his “life” while the crew is in stasis interesting because he would watch movies, color his hair, learn all languages and take care of the space ship all on his own.  It was like that was his way of acting human while performing his programmed duties.  Noomi Rapace portrays a strong and willful character that on occasion is surprising at the lengths she went to in order to survive.

To say the special and visual effects in this film are spectacular is an understatement.  This film is visually stunning in every aspect and I chock that up to Scott’s vast movie making experience.  I suppose it also doesn’t hurt to have a huge budget to spend as well.  The only negative thing I have to say about the effects is that, yet again, this film is in 3D and I saw absolutely no reason why.  Never did I think, wow; that was amazing because it was in 3D.  I do wish Scott hadn’t bothered.

All in all I did enjoy this film but the ending, for me, is a bit lacking.  However, I do believe it will do well in the box office because it is well worth the price of a ticket just to see the special effects.

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