Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Rating: R Running Time: 2 hr. 4 min
Ridley Scott is famous for storyboarding his films from beginning to end. Each and every moment in the film turned into a rough comic blueprint for the cast and crew to follow. So you have to wonder – what the hell went wrong with Prometheus?
If a talented crew and director had the story written and visualized as a set of skillfully drawn doodles, why is this film littered with odd character twists, plots holes and dubious science? It was all there in front of them, and Ridley Scott is a skilled storyteller with a proven track record. Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, and freaking ALIEN!
From Idris Elba’s unnecessary accent, to the unexplained motivations of the crew’s resident android, David (Michael Fassbender), Prometheus is a frustrating mess. The film dumps some intriguing ideas on the screen, but at every turn abandons them for cheap creature feature horror nonsense. While part of the film tries to explore faith and the origins of the human race, the rest seems content contriving character meltdowns to make sure certain people are where they need to be in order to deliver some ineffective horror moments. If you’re only half paying attention to this film, you’ll quickly start poking big holes in the story.
This is one of those great looking, bad films. A visual treat, but clumsily plotted. It also delivers more questions than it answers, and will likely frustrate fans of the Alien series of movies. More so even than Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
A theater screen is the best way to appreciate this film. At home a HD screening on a nice big TV is your next best bet.
I loved the opening landscape shots during the credits, and David’s moment within the holographic representation of our solar system.