Plot: A group of scientist go exploring a single from a far off planet.
Review: My favorite description of “Alien” came from Ridley Scott and he said “Alien” was “a haunted house movie in space.” And it makes sense, a bunch of people are trapped in a house “spaceship” with a creature. It follows all the tropes: the people venture somewhere they shouldn’t, then they act rash and are punished. The only one who survives is the virgin or in this case the one who isn’t motivated by greed or selfishness. And if “Alien” is a haunted house movie then “Prometheus” is a devil movie. Once again following the tropes, it’s about a bunch of people mixed of skeptics and believers who go looking for God or our creator and instead find the devil or our destructor. I really enjoyed this film. It has a couple of plot holes but not as many as other reviews would have you believe. I think a problem with audiences nowadays is that we want answers to everything and Scott isn’t willing to give us them. He works like he did on the original. For example in the original, we never really knew what or how the aliens ate and we didn’t need to. Here is the same thing. He leaves it up to us to figure out somethings and that may annoy people. (as it already seems to be) The performances are really good and quite surprising. Last week, I said Charlize Theron did a good job and again she impress. Even Noomi Rapace turns in a great performance and makes her character more than just another lead. This is after a boring turn in Sherlock Holmes: A game of shadows where I thought she didn’t bring anything to the role. Shaw is a good character if not a generally likable one, which is even more difficult. There are a lot of references to the Alien movies, my favorite being Michael Fassbender’s David. Go back and see what Bishop says about the synthetics in “Aliens” to see what I mean. This movie also doesn’t take place on the same planet but in the same universe so there are a lot of connections but it’s not a lead up. It’s a step child. Like if the Star Wars prequels were about the original owners of the Millennium Falcon. Overall the film is good and you should try to see it. Even if it doesn’t hit every mark, it tries. Harder than most and movies should be rewarded for that. Movies should be awarded with trying to make you think even if it’s a big budget film. That was one of my favorite things about this franchise. When it’s good, it’s because they have taken a movie about killer aliens and done it so well that it makes you think more even as you enjoy it. Summer movies don’t need to be thinkers but when they are, they are special.
Trivia: Designer H.R. Giger was brought in to assist in reverse-engineering the design of the Aliens in the film.
my review for prometheus. What did you guys think?