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It's All Alien To Me
Member Name: lilmsnaughty79
Advantages: Spectacular Visuals
Disadvantages: Leaves A Lot Unanswered, Throwaway Characters
It's All Alien To Me
When it was announced that Ridley Scott was working on an Alien prequel I was very excited. As time moved on Scott distanced himself from the prequel idea and said that the new film was just set in the Alien world. Nonetheless I was hooked and now I have finally seen it.
At almost two hours in length I was surprised how fast the time went, a sign of a good film in my eyes. Praise has to go to the special effects team, Scott really knows how to make a film look good, and good it certainly does look. Even in this day and age of effect heavy films, it stands head and shoulders above most. Scott is a very visual director, and has been criticised for style over substance but I think he get's the balance right more often than not.
Fans of the artwork of H.R. Giger will not be disappointed, I don't think he had a massive input but his
work is still very apparent and that is no bad thing as his work never fails to amaze me and sometimes
disturb. It's nice to see some of this work come to life again. If you are not familiar with his work I strongly recommend looking it up.
The film has been criticised for the throwaway nature of a lot of the characters. I must admit
that during the film I had no idea of the names of some of them, however the main characters I thought
were fleshed out enough. There were only seven characters in the original Alien, there are many more
here but there's no way they could all have back stories so most are there for the ride. Some of the
characters seem to act very strangely towards each other and make some puzzling decisions. I'm not sure if this is where some of the cuts were made.
Michael Fassbender excels as the android David, I don't think that's a secret as he appeared as an android in the viral marketing that preceded the films release. He is a bit like the Ash character from Alien rather than Bishop from Aliens, in that he seems mysterious and running his own agenda, but this is not at all clear cut. His actions have generated a lot of speculation in the forums. I couldn't help but think of the human looking Cylons from the new Battlestar Galactica series when he was on screen.
Charlize Theron as hard nosed Meredith Vickers does not get as much screen time as I was expecting but when she is she is very good, her character is a little ambiguous at times which I liked. She is aboard the Prometheus to make sure the mission goes smoothly.
Idris Elba is the only other character that had any real input despite a small amount of screen time as the Captain of the Prometheus. He is often the voice of reason.
Guy Pearse is almost unrecognisable as the ageing Peter Weyland, Weyland you may remember from the previous Alien films is the name of the corporation that seems hell bent on recovering the Alien for their own ends and is often referred to as simply "The Company". The art department have make up have done a great job making him look old, not sure why they didn't employ an older actor and save the hassle. Guy appears as himself at his current age in some viral videos that have been released promoting the film.
Strangely for a futuristic special effects laden movie the music is pretty much forgettable. I was kind of expecting something more in the Vangelis style but a bit more traditional sounding, but we just got a generic movie soundtrack that does seem to repeat itself a bit too often. For a director known for stunning soundtracks in film like Blade Runner and Gladiator I find it surprising. I won't be rushing out the buy the CD.
Ridley Scott is known for his director's cuts, I have read that there could be 20 - 30 minutes of footage
reinserted into the film when it comes out on DVD. I hope this is the case as some areas could do with
more explaining, and may clean up some of odd things that happen.
If you've ever wondered about the so called "Space Jockey", the large creature found in the derelict spacecraft in Alien then you will not be disappointed, but in true Ridley Scott style a lot is still left open to your own interpretation, even more so than Blade Runner.
On the whole I enjoyed Prometheus, it's not up there with Alien but it's very difficult to surpass a film
that is considered a classic and has spawned many sequels itself. I'm not sure why Scott has said it's not
a prequel, in my eyes there is too much here for it not to be, however there is enough unique for it not to
be considered a direct prequel and it could easily take a couple more films to link it back to Alien if it ever
I like how the film has left people discussing between themselves and on forums. There are a lot of different interpretations for the film as a whole and why certain characters behave like they do. For me the way it does link into Alien is one of the main strengths of the film, and of course it's left open for a sequel and I hope there is one, preferably directed by Ridley Scott again.
Main Cast List
Noomi Rapace - Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender - David
Charlize Theron - Meredith Vickers
Idris Elba - Janek
Guy Pearce - Peter Weyland
Logan Marshall-Green - Charlie Holloway
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Running Time: 124 mins
Summary: A Good Addition To The Alien World