“How far would you go to get your answers?”
It’s been 20 years to the month since the release of Ridley Scott’s classic science fiction thriller, Blade Runner. Now, after has directed movies such as Thelma & Louise, American Gangster, & the multi-Oscar winning film, Gladiator, Scott returns to the science fiction genre by releasing the highly anticipated film, Prometheus.
The movie begins when explorers Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) & Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover an ancient painting in Scotland that possesses the same pattern to other isolated ancient cultures worldwide. This leads the duo to hypothesize that this was done on purpose by the progenitors of mankind in an effort to lead their descendants to them. This idea intrigues elderly Weyland Corporation CEO, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) and ultimately finances the creation of space research ship called the USS Prometheus & hires Shaw & Holloway as they firmly believe that the similarities in the ancient remnants will lead them to meet their creators. Also included on the crew are mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), an android known as David (Michael Fassbender), and the ship’s pilot, Captain Jamek (Idris Elba). Once landing on the moon of LV-223, the crew slowly discovers that their quest for the meaning of life will lead to their death.
While Prometheus has accomplished stars such as Rapace and Theron, it’s Fassbender’s performance of David that is really alluring. As David, Fassbender’s performance makes enhances the ambiguousness of the character & delivers his lines with a voice similar to that of HAL 9000 from the Kubrick classic, 2001, A Space Odyssey. His chilling performance of ‘David’ is a treat by one of the best actors today. Prometheus also has wonderful visuals. The set design paints the illusion of being on a starship in the year 2093 & the cinematography of particularly the LV-223 scenes also display the grand scale of the planet. However, pacing of the first 30 minutes or so is slow & the plot seemed muddled for a portion of the movie. During this time, the movie can seem overly complicated. Despite the slow stretches & somewhat predictable first encounter with the alien, the movie becomes a thrill ride to an unexpected final encounter once the action picks up.
Be warned; THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. It has scenes that are quite disturbing and difficult to watch. They involve a couple of grisly procedures, mutilation, and a good amount of blood. If you (or your kids) are squeamish (if you flinched at anytime during the previous sentence) & are under 17, then you may want to check out Men in Black 3, if you haven’t already [See my review by clicking here.] Otherwise, you run the risk of being as the crew on Prometheus by taking on more than you can handle. If you’ve got a strong stomach, are mature enough to deal with the goings on aboard the Prometheus, and an Alien fan prepared to shell out an extra fee for the IMAX 3D (to get the full effect), Prometheus is a worth a try. B-
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