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Reel Review – Prometheus (2012)

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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is an immense film. Serving as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 film Alien, it pays homage to it with a handful of parallels and a similar feel in the atmosphere.  At the same time, however, it is as original as it is smart and gripping.  You do not need to have seen the Alien films to see Prometheus; it’s not necessary (although recommended, because they are classics). It is a visually beautiful film, with some of the best CGI you’ll see today.

Prometheus follows a team of explorers who, after finding a possible clue to mankind’s origin on Earth, travel millions of miles from home in order to figure out if they are being lead in the right direction. The crew travels in stasis, on a ship known as the Prometheus, until they reach their destination. There, they discover evidence that supports their clues, but the results are shocking. Dealing with illnesses and an alien substance surrounding them, the crew must attempt to survive this unknown planet.

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The film stars Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce aboard the Prometheus ship, guided and watched over by an android played by Michael Fassbender. While Fassbender’s role is what makes the film in my opinion, the rest of the cast fit perfectly, and really deliver solid performances.

This is a very vast film, and leaves a lot of unanswered questions. So many in fact, that it could please some while leaving others confused and displeased. I have to admit that I am one who is usually unsatisfied unless I understand the whole of a movie. There is a general idea presented, but at the same time quite a few plot holes.

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Visually, Prometheus is gorgeous.  While exterior filming took place in Iceland, it’s hard to believe some of the scenery is even real.  The film was shot beautifully, with a well-served tone and really cool sets created for the spaceships’ interiors.  Like I mentioned, you can tell how Ridley Scott pays homage to classic sci-fi films this way (even with a certain familiar creature appearing at the end).

In the end, if you don’t let the exact plot details get the best of you, Prometheus is a very enjoyable a thrilling film to watch. Ridley Scott has delivered another masterpiece; a visually stunning, intriguing piece of sci-fi art.

My Reel Rating – 7.0/10

Written by Josh Sazin on January 4th, 2014

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2 comments on “Reel Review – Prometheus (2012)

  1. Dan
    January 4, 2014

    I suppose my expectations didn’t help this film. I was expecting Alien and I got something closer to Blade Runner in its thematic science-fiction musings. Yet, I still enjoyed it, and Prometheus probably gets better on second viewing.

    • jsazin
      January 4, 2014

      I would have to agree once you compared it to Blade Runner. I think it was visually stunning, but not the greatest movie. Looking forward to his sequel though.

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