R, 2 hr. 4 min. Directed By: Ridley Scott. Release Date: Jun 8, 2012.
I have really mixed feelings about Prometheus, and not in the way these summer movies normally tear me apart. On the one hand, this is EXCELLENT science fiction. The science is believable, the technology is well-executed, and notably for a near-future sci-fi piece, appears easily spun out of our “modern” technological capabilities. Magic/technology don’t blend, and we don’t suddenly have capabilities that seem way far out of our grasp. The cast is outstanding, even the members of the cast who aren’t famous (or known for being good in front of the camera) do a fine job. The special effects are great, and Scott didn’t fall for the Michael Bay mousetrap and make all the special effects over the top. I have to commend him on the choice to make most of the things that would set this as science fiction understated.
But even there, I spotted a few holes in the theory. I don’t have a PhD in biology (xeno or otherwise), nor do I play one on TV or in a movie, but I can spot a threat display when I see one and I’m smart enough to know when to take my ass back a step or two so some critter doesn’t prove that humans are not the top of the food chain, we just pretend we are. The fact that this PhD didn’t is kind of mind boggling. I also took exception to Data, I mean David, even with Fassbender’s art behind him, David is too frigging much like Data to be worthwhile. If someone had, even in jest, asked if he was “fully functional” I was GTFOing.
And then, I’m not sure WHY this movie was made. They clearly spent some dough on this movie, and I’d bet a TON of money that this is the herald to some Alien reboot or remake… well, you’d be pretty foolish to bet against me. That’s all I’m going to say. But back to my point: I’d rather have just watched a new Alien model roll through.
And I say this because, while I found this film to be technically close to flawless, I didn’t love this movie. I didn’t have the same awe-filled reaction to this that I had to the last really good piece of science fiction to get churned out of Hollywood… oh, almost three years ago. I didn’t love the characters. Actually, I didn’t like any of the characters. Not even a little. But, they were presented to us as they were intended to be. At the end of the day, I’m mostly wondering why we aren’t just waiting for the eventual remake/reboot.