I have been procrastinating writing a review on this movie. Mainly, I have been trying to form an opinion of it.
The movie centers around a team of archaeologist, engineers and other scientist that travel to a distant planet to explore the origins of humans. Unfortunately, what they find is not the origin of humans but a possible plan to end all of humanity instead.
The movie was visually great. It is one of the few movies worth watching in 3D. The shots of space and the ship Prometheus are beautiful. The lighting whether the cast was in the ship or in the dark cavernous ruins set the cold and ominous mood of the movie. Unfortunately, the movie was as suspenseful as a cheap horror movie.
As much as I like this movie, the characters were not as well developed as I had hoped. For such a beautifully shot movie it missed creating believable/likable characters. Other than the actual crew that flew the ship, the men were all men of science (archaeologists, engineers, biologist). They did not have the temperament or verbiage of being more than a regular Joe Schmoe from a fishing crew. Yet, we were supposed to believe these men were maybe some of the brightest minds set to go explore the origins of man kind on an entirely unknown planet. Two of these brilliant minds get separated despite the immense technology the ship has to possibly locate them and bring them back to the ship. The captain was the least likable for me. As a captain you would think he would have more decorum, yet he definitely reminds me of one of the captains from those shows on TLC.
I highly liked David the android. Just as the original Alien movie had a android with a separate agenda so did David. He almost seemed to have emotions as some of the other crew members constantly took a jab at his logic and purpose of existence.
I also have to give props to Charlize Theron for a great performance as a cold bitchy umm captain? I have no idea what her role was in this movie. But whatever it was, she did a good job at it.
Noomi Rapace also does a good job for what is given to her. She is basically a young Ripley and was probably one of the more developed characters in the movie.
Anyways, there are a few more bloopers that can be discussed but I don’t want to ruin the movie. I do recommend people watch it and take it for what it is. It’s a prequel that deserves a second movie to resolve all the unanswered questions it creates. And despite all the negative reviews its getting, it sure makes you think about the plot gaps and allows fans to create their own conclusions. I have read several theories on the Engineers already and its kinda fun reading fan fictions based on their own conclusions of the movie. So go see it for yourself! As a matter of fact, I want to watch it for a 2nd time. Its pretty enjoyable with lots of cinematic eye candy. It leaves you thinking, but isn’t that good sometimes?
P.S. Just wanted to share a funny pic someone sent to me 🙂 Thanks Chris!