Official CorrienteLatina Rating: 3.5 / 5
It goes without question or doubt Ridley Scott is one of Hollywood’s finest directors. With a track-record of films that include “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator,” “American Gangster,” “Black Hawk Down” (despite whiners, one of my personal favorites) and of course “Alien” (A trendsetting film making Sci-Fi, Horror history), the guy has lots of bragging rights. His latest being one of 2012's most anticipated, it remains to be seen if “Prometheus” not only lives up its hype, but also lives up to and/or join a list of heavy-hitters.
“Prometheus” follows a crew (notably named by its own title) who having come across a series of questionable clues in various, remote locations across the planet pertaining to humanity embarks on finding its origins. On the flip: what they discover could very well be humanity’s extinction as a whole – including the world. Taking matters into their own hands (typical cliché); they set off on what turns out to be a journey full of complexity beyond their comprehension or control.
Pretty common upon hype, a major issue with blockbusters is their heavy anticipation affecting expectation. While making my way to the theater and reading up on film’s production notes, I was so hoping “Prometheus” wouldn’t turnout to be a disappointment. A cool, remarkable and breathtaking opening scene blends gorgeous landscapes – especially waterfalls – with The Rid’s (We’re on a tag-name basis) obsession for technology and futuristic design. This shot really sets the film’s stylistic standard for what follows. From mobile vehicles, to architecture, they’ve all been designed beautifully. The Rid’s cinematic, artistic foot-print is seen all through the film and then some, not steering too far from masterpieces during his earlier days.
Knowing the man’s got it down to a science (no pun); he also owns a fantastic ability for character development. Think about it: Ripley in “Alien,” Frank Lucas in “American Gangster” and Maximus in “Gladiator.” This is the obvious case in “Prometheus” with a pretty astute, well-rounded character who’s an android named David (Michael Fassbender). While Noomi Rapace displays a good performance as the lead Elizabeth Shaw, it is Magneto’s performance that perfectly combines subtle simplicity with darkness as an ulterior motive that generates one of the most memorable characters in the film.
The rest of the cast were decent side characters (including Charlize Theron and Idris Elba), along with Guy Pearce (Whose make-up kept me questioning why they’d go in that direction) and Logan Marshall-Green. The story has pretty, decent support acting-wise that at times feels like they were a bit overqualified for the script. The reason I say that is because the film has inconsistencies which leads to lots of head-scratching.
With some pacing issues, it morphs into a piece that feels emotionally loud at times, but then free-falls into an abyss of unsure silence. Not quite living up to Sci-Fi, Horror status (which is what I was hoping for), there is a fair bit of gore, but lacks that mind-boggling suspense horror fans crave. At no point during the film does the audience find themselves (at least not me) on the edge of their seats, while bracing themselves for what they think is behind the door. When the film does go into horror zone, it traces typical clichés that I felt it should have stayed away from.
The first twenty (20) minutes of the film displays what the crew are trying to find and then we wind up sitting for two (2) hours waiting for answers, while more and more questions arise. As a prequel, questions to the “Alien” series are lightly answered, making the entire two (2) hour run a bit pointless (staying away from spoilers) – especially during the last minute or so of the film.
Feeling a bit distraught, yet strangely “satisfied” (I guess because I finally got to see it), “Prometheus” holds most of its strength within the realm of art and talent, but when trying to piece its narrative – it’s loose. Not to a degree where it’s horrible-type-bad, but more on un-even levels of emotions as a viewer.
If you’re a Ridley Scott fan who’s JUST looking for a Sci-Fi film, this is it. However, if you’re looking to try to piece the “Alien” gem to this one, well…there are some issues. Therefore, I conclude, “Prometheus” has landed and considering it’s a watchable flick, with elements to enjoy, its bite doesn’t match its bark!
Grade: C+ / Genre: Thriller/Horror, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure / Rated: R / Run Time: 2 Hrs. 7 Min.
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron
Director/Producer: Ridley Scott