“Prometheus” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

27 April, 2017

Year of Release: 2012
Ridley Scott
Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Director of Photography: 
Dariusz Wolski
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Synopsis: A team of experts sent on a mission to find man’s creator unintentionally stumble upon the creatures who killed their gods. Haunted by an unstoppable force of terror, the team seek answers from their makers but discover further chaos in their search for meaning.

Prometheus Review:

A reclamation of dignity from the man who made Sci-Fi history, “Prometheus” is a revival for the ages, lest we forget that Ridley Scott, the pioneer of the “Alien” franchise, was left to stand on the sideline for over three decades while directors David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Paul W.S. Anderson publically embarrassed themselves at the expense of his iconic Xenomorph. Thankfully, “Prometheus” brings the series back to where it all began, upgrading it for a new era while the creator who brought it all to life delivers a revival of aching necessity.

A film of awe and wonder about mankind’s incessant need to explore unchartered lands, “Prometheus” leaps into danger, revealing a familiar yet enhanced world where gloopy bio-pods and skeletal space suits divulge a secret that was never made to be uncovered by humankind. Punished for their pragmatism and left to suffer in the face of unstoppable peril, the explorers are ravished by their own intelligence as both Alien and Engineer shun their finders while seeking to destroy everything that stands in their way in an unmistakably similar fashion to Scott’s 1979 original.

While the all-muscle organisms beneath the Space Jockey exoskeleton lumber on-screen like albino gods ripped straight from the pages of classical mythology, the Xenomorph retains her fear-encompassing design as a bulging head pulls back to reveal endless rows of teeth; exuding an ickiness that viewers have come to expect from the unstoppable monster. Sadly, the vicious predator becomes mere payoff in a film of bad decisions and avoidable bloodshed as the beats fall into place like a strange case of amnesia without packing much of a punch.

Forgivable due to Scott’s extended absence from the franchise, “Prometheus” uses its copycat skills to render a new-age alternative to a dated yet marvellous classic, trading Sigourney Weaver for a younger model in the form of the now forgotten Noomi Rapace. Still reeling “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Rapace goes to great lengths to prove her worth, participating in an excruciating self-induced abortion sequence which easily matches the horror of John Hurt’s violent stomach burst. Despite her marathon-level achievements requiring a heavy suspension of disbelief, the film engage viewers through action, running away from the mess caused by endless reels of exposition and stopping only for momentary breaths as nonsensical reasoning fails to undercut the excitement of pure environmental carnage.


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