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View Poll Results: Prometheus - Poll
A + 16 6.90%
A 27 11.64%
A - 32 13.79%
B + 43 18.53%
B 33 14.22%
B - 21 9.05%
C + 19 8.19%
C 8 3.45%
C - 15 6.47%
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Old June 12 2012, 03:23 AM   #361
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I'm thinking Weyland went into cryosleep shortly after approving the expedition, and thus the actual make-up of the team was decided by others.
This is likely, yes, but why did these "others" hire a bunch of blithering idiots? If they really thought they were travelling to meet a highly advanced alien civilization, shouldn't they have had some ambassadors or something? Someone trained to handle the amazingly important task of making first contact?

And, if they really thought they were going to meet their makers (in spite of there not being the slightest shred of evidence to suggest this) would there not be religious leaders or priests or....someone?

If the true purpose of the mission was to try and acquire alien technology to save Weyland, why did they have a geologist on board? I honestly can't make heads or tails of the composition of the Prometheus' crew. It doesn't match the mission.
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Old June 12 2012, 03:38 AM   #362
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Well, prior to the briefing, only Holloway, Shaw, Vickers, and David knew what the ship's real mission was (and of course only the latter two knew the real real mission). Everyone else had been hired under some other pretense, apparently - though even they didn't seem to know exactly why they had been hired, based on the bet about a terraforming survey. I'd assume that the people at Weyland-Utani involved in the hiring process were also under the illusion that the mission was something other than what it really was.

As for the inclusion of a geologist, perhaps Shaw suggested that one be on the crew as an "in case" precaution - she, after all, took the presumed death of all Engineers much better than Holloway did. Maybe she anticipated that possibility, even though Holloway doesn't seem to have considered it. Or maybe it was Vickers or another Company executive who decided to include a geologist, on the chance that something of value might be found on the planet.

Even though I would expect Holloway and Shaw to have been intimately involved in the selection of the scientists, it's possible that Vickers somehow sabotaged the selection process to spend as little money as possible, considering she never believed in the mission. From some of her dialogue, it sounds like she may have expected to be running the Company upon her return to Earth.
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Old June 12 2012, 03:40 AM   #363
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I really enjoyed this in IMAX 3D. It's one of the few films I've seen in that format that was worth the money. Scott's visuals are just awe inspiring! The story was a bit cliche here and there but at least it followed some cliches I grew up reading in scifi books.
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Old June 12 2012, 03:48 AM   #364
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Interesting Clarlize Theron interview.

15 big ideas in Prometheus.
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Old June 12 2012, 04:29 AM   #365
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There are times I long for the pre-internet days, before massive or a plentitude of spoilers and not quite so much hype and getting advanced information about a film was rarer and harder. I feel today a lot of films can be spoiled by this. Film critics don't help when a lot them practically spill the movie in their write-ups.

I have as much curiosity as the next person, but I try to balance that out with not buying into all the speculation and expectations. And even so we all have expectations.

A film is (or should be) one person's vision of how to tell their story. Some choose to spell everything out and others are more subtle and more enigmatic. Is it a flaw to not cater to someone else's expectations?

Candidly I feel that a lot of disappointment with this film (as with others) does arise from unfulfilled expectations. Succinctly, "I thought/hoped/expected this would be something else, something more..."

I'm not saying those people are wrong, but I'm posing the question: is the film disappointing because it's not well done, you don't understand parts off it or it isn't what you'd hoped/wanted it to be?

Thats a question we can only answer individually within ourselves.

I've certainly experienced films that disappointed me. Sometimes it is because it didn't reach what it set out to do (as I see it). And sometimes it's because I disagree with what was done with the subject matter. I can acknowledge something being well done even if I don't agree with it or if it doesn't really interest me (e.g.: Lord Of The Rings). Sometimes I like a film better down the road than when I first saw it. And sometimes I become more critical of a film after initially liking it (e.g.: most of the Trek films).
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Old June 12 2012, 04:30 AM   #366
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You know, given the amount of nerd-rage directed toward this film, I'd love to see the Internets reactions to Aliens had such a thing existed when that film was released.

Aliens was an ambitious action film, but is hardly the pinnacle of cinema so many claim it is today. Many of the nitpicky, detail obsessed complaints made about Prometheus could be applied to that film as well.

Stupid decisions by characters that get people killed - nearly all of what the marines in Aliens do fits in this category. Two dimensional characters - can anybody name a single character from Aliens other than Ripley who is a fleshed out human being? Unlikable characters - again, with a few exceptions the marines in Aliens were all complete asses that were meant to be entertaining in the shear level of douchbagerry they displayed.

I tend to agree with the guys over at Red Letter Media who say, in their review of Prometheus, that if you think Prometheus is a horrible film you have never seen a truly horrible film and that if you can't handle a great movie having flaws you should probably stop watching movies and crack open a book!
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Old June 12 2012, 04:57 AM   #367
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This is likely, yes, but why did these "others" hire a bunch of blithering idiots? If they really thought they were travelling to meet a highly advanced alien civilization, shouldn't they have had some ambassadors or something? Someone trained to handle the amazingly important task of making first contact?

And, if they really thought they were going to meet their makers (in spite of there not being the slightest shred of evidence to suggest this) would there not be religious leaders or priests or....someone?

If the true purpose of the mission was to try and acquire alien technology to save Weyland, why did they have a geologist on board? I honestly can't make heads or tails of the composition of the Prometheus' crew. It doesn't match the mission.
No, they definitely don't come across like the most professional group of scientists ever, but I get the impression Scott and Lindleoff were going for more of an old school, pulp scifi adventure kind of feel with this movie anyway-- especially when you look at the spacesuits and their obvious, Buck Rogers-style influence.

If you just look at these characters as being out of an old pulp scifi novel, their behavior makes a bit more sense I think.

At least, that's how I'm choosing to look at it.
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Old June 12 2012, 05:11 AM   #368
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Stupid decisions by characters that get people killed - nearly all of what the marines in Aliens do fits in this category. Two dimensional characters - can anybody name a single character from Aliens other than Ripley who is a fleshed out human being? Unlikable characters - again, with a few exceptions the marines in Aliens were all complete asses that were meant to be entertaining in the shear level of douchbagerry they displayed.
Good point. I rewatched Aliens recently, and I was really struck by just how utterly undisciplined and unprofessional these so-called marines were early on. With their constant jokes and wisecracks during a mission briefing, of all things. And in front of their commanding officer!

I realize it was important for the story to show these guys not taking Ripley or the alien threat seriously, but now their childish behavior almost makes it hard to take THEM seriously.
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Old June 12 2012, 05:15 AM   #369
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Stupid decisions by characters that get people killed - nearly all of what the marines in Aliens do fits in this category. Two dimensional characters - can anybody name a single character from Aliens other than Ripley who is a fleshed out human being?
Burke.

That being said, even though most characters in Aliens are simplistic, even 2-dimensional, their motivations are always clear, they each have a distinct voice and personality and even when they make stupid decisions, it's in keeping with their characterization and not dictated by the whimsical tone of a haphazard plot.
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Old June 12 2012, 05:23 AM   #370
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If you just look at these characters as being out of an old pulp scifi novel, their behavior makes a bit more sense I think.
Talk about damning with faint praise! What you're saying is that the reason these characters don't make sense is not because the writers were lazy or incompetent, but because they were following an old tradition of cheap novels written by hack writers for undiscerning readers? How does that make things better?
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Old June 12 2012, 05:28 AM   #371
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You know, given the amount of nerd-rage directed toward this film, I'd love to see the Internets reactions to Aliens had such a thing existed!
Most of the opinions are mixed or positive. I don't see huge amounts of nerd rage, which I would define as thoroughly negative or relentlessly negative, so I think that's a hyperbole.

Bear in mind I gave this movie an "A" and it's likely going to be my favorite film of 2012. So, I think I'd be very likely -- more than most -- to pick up on nerd rage if it were genuinely there.

The emerging opinion seems to be that it's just below Aliens 1 and 2 but above 3 and 4. I personally would rate Prometheus on par with Alien and above the others. Though I'd rank 2-4 closer together than most people would. I like them all for different reasons.

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Old June 12 2012, 07:13 AM   #372
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If you just look at these characters as being out of an old pulp scifi novel, their behavior makes a bit more sense I think.
Talk about damning with faint praise! What you're saying is that the reason these characters don't make sense is not because the writers were lazy or incompetent, but because they were following an old tradition of cheap novels written by hack writers for undiscerning readers? How does that make things better?
Well to me the term "pulp scifi" implies something a lot more fun and nostalgic. Along the lines of a Princess of Mars or Thing From Another World or Forbidden Planet kind of thing. Where you have a set of characters out on some grand adventure, and all kinds of crazy things happen to them along the way.

I don't automatically think of it as this cheap, hacky thing.
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Old June 12 2012, 07:31 AM   #373
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Excellent article - unfortunately, the film as implemented doesn't live up to its ambitions. A pity - it would only have taken a few script tweaks to the behaviour of some of the "scientists" to make it much better.

I took the name "David" to be a reference to the android-like David Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey - in that film, HAL was the most human and most fallible character.
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Old June 12 2012, 08:13 AM   #374
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Well to me the term "pulp scifi" implies something a lot more fun and nostalgic. Along the lines of a Princess of Mars or Thing From Another World or Forbidden Planet kind of thing. Where you have a set of characters out on some grand adventure, and all kinds of crazy things happen to them along the way.

I don't automatically think of it as this cheap, hacky thing.
Fair enough but no matter what our personal preferences may be, pulp sci-fi (or really, any kind of pulp literature) is at its heart a cheap, exploitative and disposable form of entertainment designed to thrill rather than uplift. I mean the genre itself is named after cheap paper stock! That's hardly the best way to explain away Prometheus' characterization problems.
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