Prometheus – Movie Review
- Published on Sunday, 08 July 2012 23:46
- Igor Hrenovac
It’s been some time after I have seen Prometheus movie but I had to watch it again to actually make some less biased review. I’m not some huge Alien franchise fan even though I have seen all 4, if you can call the last one really a part of the trilogy. Scott, Cameron and Fincher did great movies but last one was just trying to ride the wave. I’m not even sure what really happened in Alien 4.
Why I had to see the Prometheus twice? Because there is so many questions and some stuff that doesn’t make sense that you can’t catch everything in first watching. There was a lot of talk before the movie came on the big screen if the movie is actually a prequel to Alien franchise. Yes it is. There are many correlations between the movie and Alien first part, even noticed by me who is not a diehard fan. I guess the most noticeable moment is when they find that big gun looking thing with a weird skeleton in the seat, though in Prometheus we find out that it’s not a weird looking skeleton but actually a body armor used by alien race very human look like.
In the start of the movie one of those aliens drinks some black goo that dissolves his DNA and he drops in water from some rock. So I guess somehow that black goo changed the DNA and human life really did start in water. Now just after the first scene there comes the first big question in the movie, like what the hell happened to the evolution in process. One way to look at it is maybe the Neanderthals where the really products of evolution and the Homo sapiens are from alien origin.
It’s good for the movie to have few of those grand questions that makes you think after it’s over, that usually means it’s good for sequel, but there are so many questions like the first one it’s just silly, so even though it’s good movie, the script has many holes that they could have filled in during the movie and not leave the viewers in WTH moment. Anyway, like I said the movie is pretty good even if it’s a standalone Sci-fi movie. Story is interesting, cast is good especially Michael Fassbender who plays android David. I must say that those androids are really scary in those Alien movies, because you never know what their agenda is. That is also one of those big questions, why David did brought back the black goo to the ship, why did he put a drop in the Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) drink and how did he know he will have sex with Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and make her pregnant, even though she can’t have children.
Lots of why’s, and the best thing is at the end it was David that kind off created the first Alien. Dr. Shaw gave birth to a little squid, or more of a get the squid out from her lower abdomen before it rips its way out. The squid got rather big by the end of the movie and got pretty familiar look of giant head hugger from original franchise. Then the big head hugger caught one of the humanoid aliens and guess what, a little Alien is born, first of its kind. At least so far as we know that. So why David did all that is a mystery, because his owner Peter Wayland, 100+ year old man (played by Guy Pearce, rather hard to recognize) just wanted to have a word with human creators get some kind way to extend his life , I don’t think he told David to experiment with stuff he finds around, especially not on the crew members.
Later we find out that humanoid aliens are not really friendly relatives, because the moment they find one in stasis chamber and wake him up, he starts to kill the crew. He couldn’t kill David even though he ripped his head off, I guess he didn’t know David is android. It seems that whole planet was actually a factory for black goo which is some kind of mass extinction weapon and they intended to send a ship with it on Earth to fix the mistake – us.
So only way to stop the alien to finish the job is to wreck their own ship into the alien ship that was about to leave the planet. Now I didn’t mention Charlize Theron so far, but yeah she is in the movie too, playing Wayland’s daughter and acts kinda bitchy throughout the movie. Even though she does pretty good job playing these type of roles lately, in Prometheus she only stands up at the end with stupid death. I mean, if there is a huge donut shaped alien ship crashing on the surface and starts rolling and you are running to avoid it, you don’t run in the straight line because you can’t outrun the huge rolling donut . You need to run and then move to the side, not run on the path of the rolling ship. The smart one, Elizabeth runs to the side and Meredith (Charlize Theron) trips, fall down and well, there is where her story ends.
The movie ends in kinda predictable way – sequel ready even though there only like 1 and a third crew left. There was another alien ship on the planet and Elizabeth with a help of David’s head go in a search for answers and with a movie with so many questions, better end then that one would totally suck. Ridley Scott said Prometheus is not a direct prequel, he will need to make 2 more movies to connect the stories and I bet he will do just that.