Ok, so Prometheus. Some critics love it and some critics hate it. I ignored the critics who thought that this movie was complete garbage because I really wanted to love it.
Ridley Scott returns to the science fiction genre by creating a prequel to Alien. Who didn't want to love this movie? No one wanted the Alien series to be damaged anymore than it already has thanks to the Alien vs. Predator movies. So did I have high for this movie? Absolutley! And did Prometheus live up to the hype? I'm going to have to say no I did not.
Prometheus is not really a bad film persay but it just tries way to hard to be like the original Alien. I can't imagine that trying create the same feeling that was in Alien would be an easy task but this movie fails on most aspects that it was trying to recreate. Alien did a great job of making us feel a sense of awe and tension as we witnessed the characters going on their journey and also it made us frightend when the scary alien stuff started to unfold. Prometheus actually succeeded at first with the awe and tension threw the first act when the crew is landing and exploring the planet. It made me feel as the crew did, amazed and eager to explore.
However the moment things start going bad the feelings of tension are gone. This is because most action felt rushed and were unintentionally funny. Like, when two crew members find a strange creature that is hissing at them they start to talk to it saying that its ok and that the creature was beautiful. I'm sure you can guess what happend to those two idiots.
Also another thing Alien did well was give depth to not only the main characters but most of the crew members as well. Honestly, I only cared about two characters in this movie which were David the android (Michael Fassbender) and Janek the captain (Idris Elba) and those weren't even the characters I was supposed to have to cared the most for.
Since this is my first review I would like to take this moment to personally express my appreciation for Mr. Fassbender as an actor. He is probably the best actor out there today and gave the best performance in this film. Idris Elba was just as good as Fassbender but was way under used in this movie.
Acting aside, those characters were the only ones I cared about. Vickers (Charlize Theron) can go die in a hole and Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Holloway (Logan Green) were flat and were not at all interesting. It's not the actors faults because they didn't do that bad but its just the way the character was written. Also in the opening of the film it is told to you that there is 17 crew members and its obvious that the main purpose for more than half of the crew members is just to die. This is something that I did not expect from an Alien movie.
Also if there was any case in a movie where it could have ended earlier it is in this movie. I've counted and there are six possilbe spots where this movie could have and should have ended. It just keep dragging on and on and your wishing that this movie would have ended ten minutes earlier. However the real ending of this movie was pretty awesome, but why have the other 6 possible ending spots when you only needed this one.
Despite my obvious complaints however I did not find myself hating this movie. One already stated plus was the acting but also although the story was not well executed at parts it was a well written story and held my interest. Props go out to the newcoming writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts for creating a good story. I know the story isn't really original but it was still fun. Props also go out to the people who created anything to do with the visuals in this film because they are honestly some of the best visuals I have ever seen.
So was Prometheus a really good movie? No it was not. Was Prometheus an ok sci-fi horror? By all means it was. And if you go into this film not expecting it to be like Alien then you might like it better. However I was a little disappionted and have to give this movie a C grade.
The author, Jake Zorro, is a rising sophomore at South County Secondary School.