“PROMETHEUS” MOVIE REVIEW

Posted by    |    June 17th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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“Prometheus” (2012)

(NO MAJOR SPOILERS)

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

Click here to view a trailer of “Prometheus”

What did you think of the film “Prometheus”?  Please feel free to leave your comments.  Thank you

 

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  1. Berkley Nicholas says:

    Obviously you are a sci-fi lover too!. Saw the movie. Your review was dead on! I actually saw it in 3D. It does make a difference-good recommendation. However, you really should go back; you might give it an 8. I don’t remember seeing movie reviews on this site. Nice to see one, especially one I can understand! Last point-I agree, you can’t beat Movie Studio Grill. It’s my fav!

  2. David Murray says:

    I agree! It seemed like the Director spent too much time on special effects and less on developing the plot and characters. I am very familiar with the Alien movie series and a lot of Prometheus made since to me but I can see where others might be confused…

  3. Joe Goldstein says:

    This movie was so so and not as good as Ridley Scott’s other work. The theatre was good though. Your review of the movie was very well written and though out.

  4. Ann Parker says:

    Cool love the review. Hope there are more. Totally disagree with your rating of a 7. I’d give it a 5.5. The movie was so confusing and lacked a well written plot but that pretty norm for Sci-fi. I love the Alien series but this doesn’t come close.
    I saw Rock of Ages last night with Tom Cruise. Go see it and let me know your thoughts. I just love blogging about movies.

  5. Lucy West says:

    I took your advice and went to see Prometheus this morning in 3D! I really did enjoy the special effects and overall experience of Prometheus in 3D like you suggested. The actual content of the movie was pretty confusing and not quite my kind of movie. I totally agree that the director did an outstanding job with the film although I think the overall script of the movie could have used some work. Your review was pretty spot on though, as I would rate it maybe a 6-7 due to the 3D experience of Prometheus. Thanks for the suggestion and for your opinion….it steered me in the right direction! Hope to see more of your reviews soon! Thanks!

  6. Pete Bandera says:

    Most points have been well stated. I like the point about sequels/prequels not being as good as the original. I would have to agree for the most part. Did you hear Ridley Scott is developing a sequel to Blade Runner? YIKES!!! Cross your fingers lol!

    Ann, I saw Rock of Ages also this weekend. Terrible movie!

  7. Michelle Craft says:

    I saw rock of ages a few days ago as well and I did not like it. However, I did take your advice and went to see Prometheus; I rather enjoyed it. You’re review was exact, and I love sci-fi so it was great! Some stuff was a little weird and confusing but overall it was entertaining. Thanks for a great review, and I hope to see some more!!

  8. Hayden Pittman says:

    Thanks for the comments! Keep them coming! Share this with your friends. There will be more to follow. I love movies and writing a review blog is a great way to channel your thoughts and get people involved! Check out the rest of what YouPlusDallas has to offer! Great site!!

  9. Michelle Craft says:

    I agree with Pete. Rock of ages was inappropriate and should have been rated R for sure. You should do a review on that or another movie, I love blogging!

  10. Hayden Pittman says:

    I have not seen Rock of Ages yet. I am not sure what movie I am going to do next, but this Thursday, June 21st, I am going to a pre screening of “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. I may try to do a movie like this before it comes out in regular theaters! Maybe I will take recommendations or take a vote for a future review!

    Check out a trailer for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” here. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1307068/

  11. Pat Mueller says:

    Awesome review, have not seen a movie in ages but after reading this I plan to go, thanks for the recommendations, keep them coming!!!

  12. Pat Mueller says:

    Ps, find me a romance worth seeing!!

  13. Jim Melton says:

    Found this site recently but first time to log on> I loved the movie, Prometheus> I really don’t care if sequels are not as good> If a movie is good enough to have a sequel, then I say bring it on> It doesn’t matter if its’ not as good as the original>For all those Sci-fi lovers out there-go see Prometheus> Who cares about character development and plot> It’s all about the special effects>

  14. Hayden Pittman says:

    Pat, thanks for your kind words. Prometheus is a film worth seeing. Also, I am a fan of romance films myself, so I will see if I can do something in the future.

    Jim, I agree with you. I am a movie lover and will see just about anything. As long as the movie is entertaining, I am happy. A lot of critics are very cynical today and constantly criticize every detail. A problem of mine is that I am usually too sympathetic, attached to the movie, or think through everything and find a way to justify something I didn’t like. I tried to make this review informative and really give an honest opinion with some explanation. Its usually hard to go wrong with great special effects! Thanks for reading!

  15. jay r lucas says:

    I saw Prometheus and thought it was decent. There was nothing that really stood out to me as a reason for it to be in the “Must-see” category. Sure, the movie LOOKED great. Since the plot is no deeper than a kiddie pool, I think a sequel should be out of the question and labeled as entertaining only. Being a sci fi nerd, there is tons of better ways to waste my time.

  16. judy ramsey says:

    I am not a big fan of this type of movie; however, I found your review very informative and thorough. It was an honest review and I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

  17. Jim Melton says:

    Jay, from one sci fi nerd to another, I disagree. It’s not the plot that makes them great, it’s the special effects. You labelled it entertaining, but isn’t that what sci fi is all about. Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a “literature of ideas”. Prometheus accomplished that so it’s way worth seeing for all you sci fi nerds!

  18. jay r lucas says:

    Jim, So you are trying to tell me that Sci-fi is supposed to be a story-less special effect machine. So I like all 3 of the original Star Wars because of the special effects and not the story? My love for The Matrix was because it had cool special effects and not the great story that backs it up!?!? I understand that it is a cool bonus to have great special effects and it can complement a good story, but special effects do not make a good SciFi film. Science Fiction is way deeper than special effects. Don’t get me wrong, I love special effects but they are not the only thing that makes a good movie. They “entertain” me.

  19. Hayden Pittman says:

    Judy, thanks for your comments. I plan to explore other movie genres in the future. I am hoping my next one will be a comedy.

    To Jay and Jim: I think you make some very interesting points. I very much enjoyed Jay’s comment about “plot is no deeper than a kiddie pool”. As Jim goes on to say, “science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as…”. This is completely true. It seems like most sci-fi movies deal with content far beyond common understanding, and uses special effects and eye candy to “entertain” while trying to fumble through a story. Some stories are easier to understand, which I think makes a better movie as a whole (if there is balance between a good/understandable plot and other aspects of the movie like special effects). I think Jay was just making a point about there not being a deep plot in Prometheus; I do not think he was saying that plot makes/breaks a film. A good or acclaimed movie does not always have a good plot, but in a movie without large special effects, a good plot keeps the film standing. As for older sci-fi films with limited special effects, they had no choice but to solidify the plot. Star Wars and The Matrix are classic sci-fi films, largely in part to the plot and characters, which cannot be said of Prometheus. Today we have advances in technology and have the ability to put together an “Avatar” type film. It is nice to have a balance between plot and special effects, but films too often still survive when one of these aspects is made to the extreme, such as special effects in this case. Prometheus relies heavily on special effects and struggles to get through a complicated story. Does this make Prometheus a good or bad film? It is up to the audience to decide and will always be up for debate. Thanks for commenting!

  20. Ann Parker says:

    Although I gave this movie a 5.5, would you all not agree that the opening act of the movie was amazing? I think Ridley Scott raised the bar on Sci fi there.

  21. Hayden Pittman says:

    Ann, Ridley Scott is definitely an innovative and creative genius when it comes to making movies. From Blade Runner, to Gladiator, to Black Hawk Down, and all the way up to recent films such as Robin Hood and Prometheus, Scott is an artist. He has truly shown he can be successful and dominate several movie genres. Not every film of his is a hit, but this is too be expected with over 50+ works. I am interested to see where he takes his idea of a sequel to Blade Runner in the future. Thanks for your comments!

  22. Jim Melton says:

    Jay and Hayden, I think you will both agree that “good characters” don’t make it sci-fi, nor does “a good plot.” Those make a good story, but they don’t distinguish a sci-fi story from another story. Also, a sci-fi story that has good characterization and a good plot can be a bad sci-fi story if it lacks something critical, which in my my opinion it is the exploration of some social or technical breakthrough that takes the story in unexpected and interesting directions. Actually, this is what distinguishes science fiction from fantasy.

  23. Hayden Pittman says:

    Jim, I seem to have found the source of your definition of science fiction. After the definition, the page goes on to say that science fiction differs from fantasy because “within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature.” It also goes on to say that a difference in fantasy and science fiction is that sci-fi deals with a world closely related to reality or alternate worlds/futures. Sci-fi and fantasy are very closely related, but sci-fi implies that this reality could someday happen to us. To me, this leads me to believe that one of the main characteristics of science fiction films is the plot. As I have said, a good or bad plot does not make or break a movie, but depending on how strong other aspects of the movie are, the plot can keep it alive. In Prometheus’s case I was not impressed with the plot or story, but the scenery and special effects kept me interested. I thought the action and suspense was entertaining, but I wish it had been less predictable. I do agree with your opinion on the “exploration of some social or technical breakthrough”, because sci-fi seems to start in reality and work its way into fiction, but “taking the story in unexpected and interesting directions” is a bit broad. Thanks for your opinion.

  24. Mary Ann Fearer says:

    Loved the review Hayden..Always loved the original “Alien” movie, so this seems quite interesting. Enjoy going to the movies, so keep me informed about what’s current. Keep writing–your great!!

  25. Hayden Pittman says:

    Thanks Mary Ann!

  26. Hayden Pittman says:

    Tonight I am going to see a pre screening for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. I plan to have my next review for this movie posted by tomorrow, Friday June 21st. Thank you for your comments and please visit my next review!

    Check out a trailer for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” here.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1307068/

  27. Carter Gates says:

    I enjoyed your review of the movie “Prometheus.” However, I would disagree with you regarding your comments about certain aspects of film. You said that “a good or bad plot does not make or break a movie.” I think that it is ultimately plot that either does make or break a movie, assuming of course, that everything else is good or at least adequate. If you look at AFI’s top 100 movies, what they have in common for the most part is a great story. Film makers are storytellers. Ultimately, it is the storyline that keeps people coming back. Technology has now reached a point that anything man can imagine can be created on the screen. However, it doesn’t create a great storyline. Special effects are fun, but they don’t make great movies. As you pointed out, special effects are interesting to watch, but they can be so predictable. If there is no real story, eventually special effects become useful only as “eye candy.” You can turn the sound off of the DVD and just sit back and enjoy the fireworks. The film merely becomes a light show. Once you have a story to tell, then it is the artist’s job to bring that story alive. Technology, editing,cinematography, sequencing,directing, costumes,props, acting, special effects, etc., all come into play, but take a backseat to telling the story. You have to start with a story, then figure out how you are going to tell it. This also gives the film critic somewhere to start in evaluating the pros and cons of a film. I agree with you that “Prometheus” does seem to have a muddled plot. It’s special effects are fun, but this film will never be considered great. In my book, it’s “light show” material, but only in 3D.

  28. Hayden Pittman says:

    Carter, thanks for your comment. Seems like you are a passionate fan of film and have a lot to say. In regards to a plot making/breaking a movie, what I meant was that often movies survive without a good plot. I should have said popular/blockbuster/hit instead of “good” movie. These usually go hand in hand but there are some large movies out there that slip under the radar as “good” films when they are a success or do well in certain markets/strong fan bases. I do agree with you that plot is the underlining most important aspect of a film. As you said, most of the best/popular films have been great stories told my great artists. All of the other aspects you mention are just a bonus, but together they lead to success. My point was that all of these aspects co exist to make a work of art, but sometimes certain aspects are stronger than others. Thanks for reading! Check out my latest review of “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

    http://www.youplusdallas.com/cityblog/arts-entertainment/2012/06/movie-review-seeking-a-friend-for-the-end-of-the-world/