Prometheus : A finely crafted Failure


One thing is glaringly apparent after watching Prometheus, Ridley Scott still has it in him to churn out a fine thriller. He uses all his skills and experience to try and recreate the magic of his first Alien movie. But what he falters at, and this comes as a huge surprise, is the way he handles his actors. Ridley Scott movies have until recently had one of the finest team of competent actors who very rarely fail to impress. But here they are just pathetic!

I wasn’t even born when the first Alien movie was released. But I remember that it was the first Sci-Fi movie I watched and which got me hooked me onto the genre. It scared the hell out of me, with all its creatures bursting out of the stomach and gruesome and scary monsters. I remember sleepless nights in fear of my stomach breaking up from the inside while am asleep. There’s a scene I vaguely  remember where a pilot is sitting on the controls of spaceship with his ribs and abdomen destroyed, the scene makes you wonder what happened to this guy!?How the hell did his insides just explode!?

Scott’s latest film pulls back the curtain on this 33-year old mystery, and what is revealed is truly horrifying: a prequel to the series he kicked off, masquerading as a film about the cosmic origins of humanity.

Scott merges two not entirely unique story lines, one of the Aliens and the other of our origin, our genesis theory. Prometheus follows a pair of archaeologists, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Naomi Rapace) and her partner Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), who discovers a series of ancient cave drawings (from different cultures, separated by thousands of years) that point to a single location in space: a distant moon, LV-223. Shaw and Holloway believe that LV-223 is home to an ancient truth about humanity’s origins – a belief that is also championed by billionaire Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), CEO of the Weyland Corporation. After hearing their findings, Weyland agrees to send the pair – along with a fifteen-person crew – to LV-223 aboard the spacecraft Prometheus. However, when the team arrives on LV-223, it quickly becomes clear that Shaw and Holloway underestimated the implications of their expedition, as age-old questions are answered and new horrors are brought to light – horrors with Earth-shattering consequences for humanity.

The Alien franchise has been utterly disappointing with its series of AVP and Alien Resurrection attempts. While Ridley Scott does prove that he is far better a person to handle the xenomorph than any of the other makers barring of course James Cameron, he really should not attempt to enter the Alien Territory again and end his Alien journey here to avoid repetition.

The movie is beautiful to look at, with scenes of virgin mountains and terrains. The opening sequence is a treat to watch. Also the action and horror sequences are brilliantly choreographed. The CGI is at par with best, as you can always expect from Scott.

The first half of the movie grips the audience completely. With Scott playing with the audiences minds with the fear of the unknown. You are continuously left wanting for more. Just a word of caution though, if you haven’t seen the first Alien, you might not understand the on goings of the movie as there are many links with the first.

The second half becomes outright dumb and predictable and at times overdrawn. Things just keep on happening for no real purpose. And what makes it worse is the acting. You just don’t feel for any characters! For a movie in this genre, the viewer has to feel connected to the side characters even if they are about to die. You know very well that they are, but the actors should endear themselves to the audience, for the viewers to feel horror when they die. Here the cast just leave you un-satisfied with a halfhearted attempt.

Naomi Raprace and Charlize Theron. Impressive actors to say the least, are pathetic and irritating here. Michael Fassbender, another fine actor, just doesn’t put up a convincing show. Guy Pearce is unrecognizable in a blink and you’d miss of role.

Prometheus was shot entirely using 3D cameras, and much like Avatar and Hugo before it, the film once again proves that in the hands of a smart filmmaker, the format can enhance the moviegoing experience. Plenty of detractors will surely assert that seeing any movie in 3D is a waste of money – and plays into the hands of greedy studio executives. However, Prometheus is well-worth the upgraded ticket. The format isn’t distracting and successfully highlights details in the alien landscape as well as internal (yet massive) environments – not “pop out of the screen” jump scares. Scott’s use of the added dimension throws fuel on the argument that instead of decrying every 3D film, we should be sending studios a message about what type of 3D experiences we’ll support, boycotting tacked-on 3D and poorly implemented post-conversions. To make the experience even more potent, go the full distance with a 3D IMAX viewing.

Despite its many flaws, I still feel that Prometheus is a welcome return to form for director Ridley Scott – Delivering thrilling visuals, gorgeous 3D and some smart scares.

Go for it only if you are an Alien fan, the rest, buy yourselves the DVD pack of Alien and Aliens, crank up the stereos, switch of the lights and enjoy the scares!

Rating :

Direction                   :   3.5

Acting                        :    1

CGI                              :    3.5

Cinematography   :     4

Story                           :    3.5

Total                            :    3

IMDB Link     :   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/

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