Does it live up to the hype? Most certainly.
**** ½ out of 5
Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Article first published as Movie Review: Prometheus (2012) on Blogcritics.
Prometheus.” David (Michael Fassbender) is an android with a love for Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia,” designed to look after the crew. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are archeologists searching for the answers to where we may have come from. Cave pictograms (some dated 35,000 years old) from ancient civilizations across the world have provided clues, which all seem to point to one location in distant space. Shaw and Holloway have convinced Weyland Industries to fund their mission to seek the possible answers to our creation. Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) keeps a steady hand on the proceedings and works for the deceased Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce). Hoping to meet our makers, the crew of the “Prometheus,” including the ship’s captain, Janek (Idris Elba), find more than they bargained for when they discover that our “engineers” they were so hopeful to find, may have been seeking an escape of their own.
Steering clear of spoilers is obviously for the best. The closest I came was watching the original “Alien” and “Aliens” the night before the screening. But there’s plenty in the trailers, TV spots, and viral videos to clue you in on some of what Scott, Lindelof, and fellow writer Jon Spaihts are up to. But there are some amazing and huge surprises up their sleeves and I can’t wait to see where things evolve. Shooting for the first time in the third dimension, Scott and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, bring a truly organic approach to the gimmick and don’t just rely on the typical horror/sci-fi tropes with lots of stuff lunging for the screen. I didn’t see it in IMAX 3D but would love to as this version has a more open aspect ratio. There are some beautiful, jaw-dropping moments where you don’t even realize how effective it truly is. Having Ridley Scott return to the genre after 30 years, he manages to live up to the hype as “Prometheus” stands as one of the best sci-fi/horror films of the year.
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