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They went looking for our beginning. What they found was a lot of bad acting and epic disappointment
Member Name: BitterFusion
Date: 22/06/12, updated on 23/06/12 (49 review reads)
Advantages: Michael Fassbender as David
Disadvantages: Pretty much everything else
----FILM ONLY REVIEW----
As someone who is not a diehard Ridley Scott fan and *shock horror* someone who has never seen the Alien films, you may be inclined to discredit what I have to say with regard to this movie. Admittedly, the fact that this film was rumoured initially to have been an Alien prequel was of little significance to me. However, I was TRULY EXCITED about this film. Amongst all the hype I was hearing about it, the trailer had me mesmerised. I was expecting great things from this film; an intelligent plotline, lots of action and a dark twist somewhere along the way. I was ready to have my mind blown...
Well, I'm still waiting for that mind blowing moment...
A crew on board the ship, Prometheus, have travelled two years to reach an ancient moon which may harbour the answers for the human race's origins. However, when they begin exploring the ancient civilisation, they soon realise that the moon may not hold an explanation for their creation, but rather their imminent demise...
Ah, where to start with this film... let's start this review on a positive note. I cannot fault the film for the CGI landscape that was created; it was big, bold and looked excellent on the big screen. However, that's about as much of the set as I personally enjoyed. I found the design of the spacecrafts, communication devices and costumes to be thoroughly unoriginal, and as though I'd seen it all before. I felt as though I'd walked into the Hollywood Studios myself, with the ships and computers presenting nothing original to myself as a viewer.
But, let's not get carried away here. Set design is only one aspect of it. The story is the most important aspect of any film, right? Well, the overriding story was just plain weak in my opinion. Okay, so the crew travelled to the moon in order to ask the 'creators' for an explanation to the human race's origin, but little is explained throughout the film (evidently so Prometheus 2 could be made). Instead, the 2 hour movie is packed with a lot of blood and goo. Even this would have been fine by me were it not for the weak characterisations within the film.
For example, I felt that Noomi Rapace was miscast as Elizabeth Shaw, the main character, in this film. Aside from one of the only exciting scenes of the film, (*SPOILER ALERT*) where she programs a surgical machine to perform a caesarean section upon herself to remove an alien baby from her body, I felt she was weak as an actress. I mean, what was with her accent? I assume she was trying to talk with a British accent (as a flashback of her as a child clearly has a British accent), but what came off on screen was a confused and at times laughable imitation. I realise that she is a Swedish actress, but why she wasn't allowed to simply talk with her own accent baffles me - Earth does not simply exist of British and American people, Hollywood. However, aside from that, I found her to be a thoroughly flat and uninspiring heroine.
Indeed, her relationship with Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) was unconvincing as far as I was concerned. I did not find them convincing as a couple, and what came across was that it was necessary for them to get intimate in order to explain things further along in the plotline. Similarly, the brief attachment between Janek, the ship's captain (Idris Elba), and Meredith Vickers, the mission director (Charlize Theron), is done purely out of convenience to the plotline, between characters that showed absolutely no interest in each other beforehand.
I actually felt sorry for Charlize Theron in this film. I thought she did as good a job as she could do considering that the plot was pretty poor. She managed to capture the personality of the cold, ruthless mission director well, but her character was limited by the script, in my opinion.
The only real gem in this whole movie was David, an android (Michael Fassbender). Fassbender embodied David exceptionally well, and was really the only character I found completely believable throughout this whole film. His character added an interesting dimension to the film as well, as a character that was not, himself, wholly trustworthy.
However, that is as far as my praise for this movie goes. My thoughts coming away from the film were ones of utter disappointment - the trailer had looked SO promising. Unfortunately, all that was delivered was bog standard Hollywood. Considering the fact that director, Ridley Scott, lost interest in the project between 2003 and 2009, when Alien vs. Predator became his sole focus, one would question how the audience was meant to feel enthralled by something the director himself could not maintain enthusiasm for. Indeed, this film was confusing to me; perhaps from the director's own inability to assert what the intentions of this film were. We know that the film was intended as a prequel to the Alien franchise, but later it became unclear whether this was so. Scott himself was stated to have said that "while Alien was indeed the jumping-off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this story takes place" (source: Wikipedia). Scott's own indecisiveness certainly seemed to rub off in this film, with actual visual references to the Alien creatures made, as well as some explanation as to how the first Alien-like creature was created, but without crediting it as part of the Alien franchise.
In conclusion, if you want a movie that has no depth to it, has a simple plot line with some blood, goo and action scenes to go with it, this is the film for you. There is certainly the implication at the end of the movie that there will be a Prometheus 2, and perhaps concepts of the film would be explored further in the sequel. However, I simply don't care enough to go and see it when it eventually gets released. Perhaps wrongly, I had expected more from this film, and for that reason, I can only award it 2*.
Summary: Only die hard Scott fans will love this