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Old June 9 2012, 12:18 AM   #135
Base_Delta_Zero
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Re: PROMETHEUS - Grade and Discuss

Spoilers, I guess? I mean, if you're reading this thread that discusses the movie, you're going to be spoiled.



It was bad and the more I think about it afterwards, the worse it gets. I don't care that it was pretty or that it made references to the Alien franchise. The movie was boring, cliche and poorly written. Creature CGI was overused and not quite right shading/color wise, so it looked like CGI.

For instance, the fetus in what was one of the few tense, gross-out scenes with Noomi, would have been much more horrifying had it been an actual prop and not clearly another "effect" no one but the digital artist could see until post.

The script came across at every turn like a mash-up of the worst Ancient Architect bits from the AVP movies (films I otherwise don't mind, actually) and EVERY SCI-FI HORROR MOVIE made since the first Alien. Everyone makes insanely stupid decisions or is prevented from making a sane decision by some other moron at every opportunity. It's like everyone on board the Prometheus didn't want to be there, didn't care they'd found alien life or (ugh) possible origins of human life, and actively sought death at every turn. Except for Theron's character, who had the few brain cells the crew could scrape together, was capable and clearly wanted to live.

I thought a huge error was made in putting so many characters in play and then setting up Noomi (who isn't that good) as the clear heroine with a character shield from word one. She should have died about half way into the film suddenly and with great violence, so that Theron's character (the justifiably paranoid asshole who couldn't get along with anyone) could step in and try to salvage the inevitable disaster, if only for herself and maybe the audience would have been surprised at a turn the film took.

Elba, Theron and Fassbender were all good, but they weren't given anything to work with. Noomi was meh. Her boyfriend was lame just like he is in every movie he's in and the rest of the dozen other characters are ciphers, with little or no dialogue, only there to hold up the sets and then die.

As for the deeper message? Engineer Aliens are assholes. And humans are assholes to robots. That's it. Having characters say there are Big Things out there that need Big Answers is not the same as actually having those characters explore those Big Things or find those Big Answers.

I'll give it one more go with a Director's Cut (Kingdom of Heaven DC is frickin awesome compared to the wreck of a theatrical release). The only reason to see this in theatres is to see the pretty scenery on a big screen.

C+ (Leaning towards C/C- as time passes)
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