Prometheus (2012) Movie Review

Prometheus (2012)

2012 | R | Sci-Fi, Mystery, Adventure
124 minutes /

User Score: 56/100

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Prometheus Review


Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone.

Prometheus (2012) is a USA/UK science fiction adventure film filled with mystery. Ridley Scott (Blade Runner (1982), Alien (1979), The Martian (2015)) did a marvelous job executing Prometheus. Ridley’s second film, Alien (1979) made him famous and a director of the world stature. Prometheus was set in the late 21st century and is about a wanderer steamer picking up a dangerous passenger on an isolated island. The film revolves around a crew on the spaceship Prometheus that is following a star map. The star map was discovered in the artifacts from several ancient Earth cultures. The crew is seeking the origins of humanity and arrives in a distant world where they discover a threat that possibly could extinct the human race.

Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Drop (2014)) and Charlie Holloway are two archaeologists in 2089. Elizabeth and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green - Devil (2010), Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), Cold Comes the Night (2013)) found ancient pictograms in Skye in a cave that makes them feel that their visitors from a planet far away have visited earth. Elizabeth wears a cross around her neck because she is a practising Christian and Charlie is a militant atheist who later believes that extraterrestrials could have created their world. The time jumps in the film where we see the spaceship Prometheus approaching an unknown planet on December 21, 2093, because they are on a paid mission by the head of the giant Weyland Corporation. Elizabeth and Charlie are two of the seventeen people aboard the spaceship where the people are waking up after sleeping for two years on the cryogenic deck.

Android David (Michael Fassbender - Inglourious Basterds (2009), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: First Class (2011)) is the only one that has been awake for the entire trip. Everyone scatters and do what they have to do once the spacecraft lands which resulted in them not taking to long to see signs of present/past habitation. Elizabeth and Charlie were the most excited out of everyone to see if their assumption was right. Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Hancock (2008), Monster (2003)) is the Weyland official head of the mission/operation. Janek (Idris Elba - Pacific Rim (2013), Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013)) is the ship’s captain who only cares for everyone’s safety.

Prometheus can be mind boggling and irritating at times, but I was never bored throughout the entire movie although there were many holes in the plot. There was no characterisation which made it hard to care for any of the characters after they started to die. With that said, the cast was strong and the two hours flew by before I knew it. There is always a sense of tension at every corner as the story progresses that makes me feel like something major is about to happen, loved that feeling. Prometheus was designed superbly where it was exciting at times and a little slow at times. The advances in CGI amongst other things does not compare to the atmospheric masterpiece Ridley Scott brought us in 1979, with Alien (1979). The cinematography was impressive as well as the CGI, camera angles and 3D experience.

A few things to expect in this film are: internal view of body, religion versus science, dismemberment, genetic engineering, burned to death, pregnant with an alien fetus, cave painting, cryogenics, disembodied head, impregnation, human body as an alien host, xenomorph, kamikaze, spaceship collision, spaceship explosion, new lifeform, panspermia, mercenary, trapped in space, biological warfare laboratory, mayhem, planetarium, animal attack, pile of corpses, infected, giant monster, giant creature and other strange/gruesome things.

About Prometheus 2012

Title: Prometheus
Original Title: Untitled Alien Prequel
Year: 2012
Runtime: 124 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 27 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Robin Atkin Downes, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Rafe Spall, Michael Fassbender, Richard Thomson, Logan Marshall-Green, Peter O'Toole, Ian Whyte, C.C. Smiff, Emun Elliott, Kate Dickie, Sean Harris, Daniel James, Guy Pearce, Florian Robin, Ian MacNaughton, James Embree, Matthew Burgess, Matt Rook, Giannina Facio, Eugene O'Hare, Stuart Saunders, Philip McGinley, Giannina Facio-Scott, John Lebar, Jenny Rainsford, Noomi Rapace, Rhona Croker
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Director: Ridley Scott

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