The search for our beginning could lead to our end.
A groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discovers a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle for the future of the human race.
Alien. I don’t know about you guys/gals, but I am a huge, HUGE Alien fan…and I am talking about the big badass Alien that Ridley Scott created in the original so many years ago. So, when I heard about a “prequel” going into production, I was most excited indeed! If it’s one thing I have always wondered about the race, it’s where they came from (or were created). Thank goodness I didn’t view any trailers, so every bit of the film was untarnished and left a lot of room for the unexpected.
The story, funny enough, has a slight “Alienish” beginning. We get introduced with great heed as to who the characters are, what they do and who we should hopefully worry about. With a strong cast at the helm, all the acting was spot on. Certain characters are there just to fill the spaces, but it doesn’t distract and everyone who should’ve received enough screen time, did. As for the story, well, that’s why you’re going to watch this movie, isn’t it? (yes it should be). It is original to a certain degree, although reminiscent of other films with a formula that is somewhat changed around, so you are never really sure what’s on the other side of the airlock…
The camera work is astounding. Even as the movie begins, we are shown a great amount of scenic views that are very pretty to say the least. We do move around mostly to and fro from two main points, but you definitely feel as if you are there…on the planet, a part of the expedition. The set pieces and gear the cast had to use also promoted a more realistic environment. I like that the equipment looked advanced, but nothing mind blowing.
One thing which is slightly different about this movie (and I wasn’t quite expecting) is that a whole lot of action doesn’t take place. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few scenes of heightened excitement, but don’t expect action from beginning to end; when used though, the effects are second to none! With great use of the CGI modelling, it looked true to life, especially the Prometheus.
As for faults…I can see some viewers finding it boring or perhaps a little slow. Particular folk could also be expecting certain things to come about and will be disappointed when it doesn’t happen or appear. If you have never seen any of the previous Alien films, you might be slightly confused as to why this all happened or for what reason. Other than that, some of the editing can feel choppy and there is an abundance of plot holes that you can perceive to your own discretion…
At the end of the day, “Prometheus” bursts onto the screen, with enough gusto that should impress most sci-fi fans and more importantly gives us some sort of explanation to the earlier films. This film won’t be for everyone and will be seen by many as either a hit or miss. Even without any expectations from this flick and after viewing it, it still wasn’t what I had expected…I can’t help but feel it was missing…something. At the current time the film is doing moderately well mustering a profit of $160Million on a budget of $120Million.
Worth the watch if, you are a fan of the previous “Alien” movies, are a big fan of Sci-Fi or interested in watching something total different.
|Leading Cast:||Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron|
|Writer:||Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof|
|Studio:||Scott Free Productions, Brandywine Productions|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure, Horror|
|Running Time:||126 Minutes|
|Release Date:||8th June (South Africa)|