Run time 124 minutes Cert 15 entertainment
Well yesterday I reviewed one of the two films I was really looking forward to, so much so I saw it the day it came out, and it was not good, that film of course was Cosmopolis, a film that had some good ideas, but didn’t capitalize on them, however the other film I was looking forward to Prometheus is fantastic.
Prometheus marks Ridley Scott’s long awaited return to sci-fi, it really reaches for the stars and in some cases reaches them, but in others doesn’t quite get there.
Prometheus is the story of an archaeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) who discover a star map among the remnants of several otherwise unconnected ancient cultures. They interpret this as an invitation from humanity’s forerunners. Peter Weyland (an almost unrecognizable Guy Pearce), the elderly founder and CEO of the Weyland Corporation, funds the creation of the scientific deep space research vessel called the USS Prometheus to follow the map to the distant moon of LV-223 several light years from Earth, but when they get there they discover all is not what it seems.
This film has a lot of characters and in some cases this is where it falls flat, you can tell right from the off who is going to live and die, there’s the grumpy geologist and other scientist guy and well you may be surprised to know there they’re the first to die, I know shock and horror right.
The best performances are from Michael Fassbender as David an android who’s there to safeguard the crew, but whose agenda becomes slightly more ambiguous as the film goes on, Noomi Rapace as our protagonist Elizabeth, she does a good job of being venerable but also steps up to the plate at the end to kick some space jockey arse and Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers she appears cold and as if she is just there for the job, but as the film goes on we understand why she is like this.
But as in all films he’s in nowadays Michael Fassbender is the star of the show, he owns every scene he is in and his trying to understand human emotions makes for some of the films funniest moments. He styles himself in the style of Laurence of Arabia and when he’s watching it I felt myself slightly sympathising with him.
This film however doesn’t give away all the answers of the space jockeys, which I kind of enjoyed because it still adds mystery to them, but don’t go into this thinking your going to get all the answers if you do you’ll be disappointed, think of it as space jockey rather than alien.
The special effects are amazingly grotesque, so it really isn’t for the squeamish, also the cinematography is awesome and even if you don’t like the film you’ll appreciate that, the direction and the script I think makes up for some slightly underdeveloped characters, the ending however is a bit like “I need some answers” “where”? “In the sequel”
I really enjoyed, Prometheus but I don’t think it’s for everyone, if you’re squeamish it’s not for you and if you want all the answers it’s also not for you, but for everyone else this is a great fun film, not as good as Alien or Aliens but better than the other two.
Rating 4/5 see this not cosmopolis.
Also HMV has the alien anthology blu ray collection on sale for £20, so if you’re an Alien fan I recommend getting that, it’s got some awesome special features.