Prometheus 2: Apparently it's happening

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by RoJoHen, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    I completely agree with all of this. The old-age makeup looked simply horrendous. And the Geologist who doesn't care about alien rocks and the Biologist who is afraid of an alien corpse...WHY WERE THEY EVEN THERE?!
     
  2. Levi

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    As an HD whore, I enjoyed Prometheus. I thought by itself (as long as you understood the back story) it was good movie to see.
    Though, as an Alien (franchise) fan, I didn't think it was all that great of a movie. It seemed almost like they tired to make it stand alone away from the rest of the franchise. I don't really know what it was that threw it off but something just didn't seem like it was done right with it.
    As far as a sequal goes, I dont know how I feel about it. Im sure again, as an HD whore, it will be a good movie to see. But I doubt Ill buy it or want to watch it again.
    But who knows.
     
  3. JacksonArcher

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    I was going to retort but Locutus nailed it.
     
  4. Timby

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    Well, that's why Scott kept saying it wasn't an Alien prequel or sequel, it just "shared some of its DNA."

    It all boils down to how you interpret it. The way I read the film, these people thought they were leaders in their fields, but the only one who actually even remotely was was Shaw. Everyone else was an incompetent hobo hauled off the street by Weyland, because he didn't give a shit about the mission, he just wanted immortality. "Pfft, as long as they get me there, David can do the rest."

    I guess it boils down to what you're looking to get out of the film. It is such an unsettling film. I'm a huge fan of Ridley Scott but I don't think he's ever done anything of this magnitude. The attention to detail, as seen in Alien, and the relentlessness of the themes, as seen in Blade Runner, are there. I don't think Prometheus beats either of those films as Scott's "best," but it's definitely one of his smartest films.

    Think of how you approached love, relationships, when you were young. You went all-in with this naive, idealistic sensibility, and then you get in over your head, and you wonder to yourself, "What the HELL have I done?" You try to do your best to carry on, soldier forward, and find some meaning in everything ... and, nope. Nothing.

    Then you meet "God," your creator, the being responsible for your existence, and you ask God why everything is so incredibly messed up. And God ... gives you no answers, shows nothing but pure hatred and then sets out to express that hate upon your entire race and it's incumbent upon you to prevent that disaster.

    Fuck, now I need to go watch it again tonight. :lol:

    Edit: Time to start talking titles. Prometheus and Prometheur? Prometheus 2: Genetic Boogaloo? 2Pro 2Metheus?

    Edit 2: To further clarify, when Ridley Scott goes sci-fi, his films aren't necessarily about telling a compelling story. Blade Runner is boring as hell until you look at the design, the art direction, and the themes, and you realize that it isn't a boring cop movie with pretty pictures, because there's so much going on beneath the surface -- the subtext is ridiculously rich. Even in Alien, too, because that film's about a gigantic penis monster raping the shit out of a crew of ineffective fools and only the woman can repel it.
     
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  5. Morpheus 02

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    Amateur-metheus?
     
  6. DarthTom

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    I read this as one possible premise:

    Prometheus 2
     
  7. billcosby

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    :lol: Please tell me that Apparently it's Happening is the real Prometheus 2 subtitle! Outstanding.
     
  8. BigJake

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    Prometheus wasn't the worst movie ever made or anything, and I really wanted to like it... but one gets the nagging sense watching it that the pieces of a much, much better film were left on the cutting room floor. There are a lot of awkward transitions that suggest crucial set-up for character actions and interactions were cut, and I'm with Forbin on post C-section heroics (at least gesture at an explanation if you're going to do that?), and I don't understand how when running from a large object rolling in a straight line it does not occur to someone to move to the side, and I felt like the final encounter with the Engineer and the decision to basically just make it a Boss Fight was a hugely wasted opportunity in treating a much more human-esque and less Pure Nightmare Fuel kind of adversary.

    Stuff like that is frustrating, because there were pieces of a really good, smart Ridley Scott movie there. Fassbender's David was perhaps the coolest and creepiest Weyland-Yutani android we've seen (or was he just a Weyland android?), the visual design was spectacular, I liked the fact that they didn't just set up the events of Alien in a linear fashion and made room for a mystery both larger and more interesting than just the xenomorphs, the setup of the mystery and the creepy atmosphere was top notch, and an endeavor is never entirely wasted if it involves the awesome Charlize Theron being totally &!*@ing awesome, as she always is.

    All in all I was happy they made enough money to have another shot at delivering a really solid film exploring these concepts. Scott is a creator who cares enough about craft to make a real effort at correcting flaws like that and delivering a better product.
     
  9. crookeddy

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    So are the AVP movies officially thrown out of Alien canon with Prometheus?
     
  10. BigJake

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    ^ Never seen them. Why would they be?
     
  11. Starbreaker

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    I was underwhelmed by Prometheus in the theaters. I've watched it at least three other times and I FREAKING LOVE this movie now. I've gotten used to the fact that all the scientists are idiot lowlifes who probably only took the job for the money.

    Some of the biggest questions raised in the first film are pretty evident upon rewatches. David is pretty obsessed with Shaw. He's watching her dreams, kills her boyfriend, and wants to impregnate her. He's ambivalent to the rest of the crew but feels some kind of attraction to her, even if he just wants her to be the mother of an alien baby.

    As far as Charlize not running to the side, I imagine it's hard to predict the way a freaking spaceship is going to roll. I'm over that too.

    I'm really excited about Prometheus Part II if it's really happening. I'll be there opening night at the IMAX.
     
  12. -Brett-

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    I don't recall anything irreconcilable between them. Then again, I haven't seen any of these three movies since they were in theaters.
     
  13. MacLeod

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    Sure Prometheus isn't without it's issues but many films have issues. Was it as good as the likes of Alien and Aliens I would say not but it wasn't as bad as Alien 3 and Alien: Resuurection.

    Sure you can critise Theron's character for not running to the side, but in real life do people always do the sensible thing? You could the say the same thing about freaking out about finding an alien sure it's one thing to concepetually grasp the context of alien life another thing to have it right in front of you.

    You could also say that Shaw was in some pain after the removal of the alien but as part of the medical process a drug was entered into her system which took some time to take full effect to reduce her pain. I would also imagine during the end that Shaw was producing a fiar amount of adrenaline.

    Sure it could have done a better job of explaining things like the black goo, and you could argue that a film should explain most if not all plot points, but if it's planned to be a series of film you might want to leave some plot points unexplained so as to leave them open for future films in the series.
     
  14. Mr Light

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    Shaw is shown reacting in pain and holding her stomach after the abortion. And... it's sci-fi medicine :p ;)

    As for Theron not running the right way, in a true panic situation you're not necessarily going to think coherently...
     
  15. doubleohfive

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    Sorry man, not meaning to target you alone with this but rather all of fandom because I see comments like this all the time and it really puzzles me.

    I fail to understand this consistent and everpresent (seemingly) need to bust Lindelof's balls for Prometheus. Feature films are a director's medium; if anyone is to be "blamed" would it not be Ridley Scott?

    I can understand people taking Lindelof and Cuse to task for how they ran LOST -- even if I don't agree with it. But here, surely, Sir Ridley was the guy calling the shots, n'est-ce pas? Why would Lindelof be the sole target of the nerd-rage and blame and not Ridley himself?


    Lastly: I was underwhelmed by Prometheus when I saw it, but I also saw some things in it that I appreciated. Much as with Superman Returns, even though neither are perfect films by any stretch of the imagination, each had enough in the way of "good bones!" to keep me interested, and I'm glad at least Prometheus will be getting the chance to expand further in a sequel what it began in the first film. Having re-watched it now a few times, I find I like it more and more. Sue me.
     
  16. MacLeod

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    ^But don't directors/actors shoot/perform what's in the script? That isn't to say they can't make a mess of what's in the script but equally that doesn't mean they can save something which has a week script.

    There are many people involved in making a film, you can't always single out flaws to one person. i.e. Sometimes the studios financing the film will insits on certain things or they won't finance the film.
     
  17. doubleohfive

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    Yes and no. But Scott was the auteur here, not Lindelof. And as I said, features are a director's medium. Scott was the man at the top of the food chain and the one everyone had to report to. His was the prevailing vision that would be guiding everyone else on the crew.

    No, I'm not saying "One person should be blamed and one person alone," I'm saying that in the world of feature films, the writer (who often has little to do with the final product after a film is made, let alone recognized for their work) is not the person to blame for everything you don't like about the picture, and certainly not before the director. The language I keep seeing and reading about this picture always boils down to the same thing "All the shitty stuff was Lindelof's fault; the stuff I tolerate/like came from Ridley." That's intellectually dishonest and betrays a lack of understanding of how Hollywood works.

    Too, I'm well aware too that studio interference can be to blame. I've sat through enough studio and network notes calls myself to be so naive to think they wouldn't be an actual concern. I'm not disputing that that may have occurred here as well. I simply pointed out the very large disparity that there are those who blame Lindelof for the failings of Prometheus but not Ridley Scott. This is patently ridiculous. Nothing Lindelof did for the film would have been in there had Scott not wanted it there so it's kind of stupid to blame one but not the other (if you must take it to that level.)
     
  18. Spider

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    Prometheus was OK, but disappointing to me only because I expected more out of a brand new Ridley Scott scifi film. I'm sure they'll spend a bunch of money on the sequel and it'll be at least fair to middling as well. Hopefully better if we're lucky.
     
  19. Gaith

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    Hey, it worked for Batman Begins... :p


    (Clarification, I do love Prometheus.)



    The Big Bang Theory? :devil:




    True, that was ludicrous even by sci-fi action standards. In the original script, a traditional chestburster was extracted, and Shaw dozed in and out of consciousness over the eight or so hours it took to grow to a full size xeno, and I assume the machine was healing her that whole time.



    Hey, the homey was asked to write a Green Lantern movie. Talk about a no-win scenario! Also, the other two co-writers are now kicking eighteen different flavors of ass on Arrow.

    The actual "chief selling point" on the new writer is that he's been writing the Blade Runner follow-up, and apparently Team Scott likes what it sees.
     
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    It was a tad dull, but I enjoyed it well enough. I'll check out the sequel when it is out.