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I recently saw the newest science fiction blockbuster movie, “Prometheus”. This movie definitely left an impression, but not all positive. I left the movie theater with a lot of questions after seeing this film. I saw the film in 2D, which may have been a mistake. The film has some amazing footage and special effects and could possibly be a great movie to see in 3D or 3D IMAX. I saw this film at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas, TX. This theater is one of my favorites and features comfortable seating and an amazing dining experience, where you can order gourmet food, drinks and cocktails, as well as typical movie theater snack food.
The movie, “Prometheus”, involves a team of scientists that travel into space aboard a spaceship called “Prometheus” to investigate alien life forms. They travel to a planet with similar conditions to Earth after finding clues of the origins of mankind. When the crew arrives on the planet, everything looks deserted except for structural remains that they believe to be man-made. As they explore the planet, they realize they may have made a mistake. They quickly discover they are not alone on the planet, and the horrors they encounter begin to threaten the lives of the crew and possibly all of mankind. “Prometheus” was directed by Ridley Scott and is a prequel to Scott’s previous “Alien” films. “Prometheus” stars actors Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green and more. This film was given an “R” rating for sci-fi violence, intense images, language, sex, nudity, drugs, and alcohol.
From a special effects and background standpoint, “Prometheus” just about hits it out of the park. From valleys, to space, to mountains, to flying ships and more, the camera shots were quite stunning leaving much to the imagination. The movie was very entertaining, action packed, and suspenseful, but it felt stiff at times. I had high expectations for this movie, and it had the right amount of action and thrills; but at times I felt like something was missing, or that I was waiting for something. This could partially be because of the confusion in the content lingering in your mind throughout the film. The filming of this movie was fantastic, but in my opinion, the story lacked consistency and substance. There were also a few very stereotypical character roles, and a lot of what happens is easy to predict. I found myself not surprised with what happened next and at times frustrated with the characters for making easy mistakes that often cost them their lives or harmed others in the process.
As for the content of “Prometheus”, I was tremendously confused. I was lost from the beginning, starting with the lack of information and background on most of the crew and the status of the Earth they are leaving behind. I understood they were looking for the makers of mankind, but I was not sure what they hoped to accomplish by finding them. Like all sci-fi movies, a person does not fly into space and show up at the door of an alien race to find peace and happiness. Throughout the film, I felt like there was only one possible outcome for this story: death. It quickly appeared to me that many of the crew on board was against each other from the start based on their individual motivations. As the crew continued further on their mission, more questions arose.
“Prometheus” posed a lot of questions of where we come from and what else is out there but did not give many answers. It was not clear how much time would pass between “Prometheus” and the “Alien” film series, but it was very apparent that “Prometheus” left room for a sequel or series following up to the movie “Alien”. I did very much enjoy this movie, and it was a marvel to behold; but I also had a lot of problems with it. Director Ridley Scott did a great job on this film, but like most sequels or prequels, the finished product is usually not as good as the original. I would rate this movie a 7 out of 10 and recommend this film to anyone who enjoys intense sci-fi thrillers.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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