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Prometheus: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on June 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM


Released: Friday, June 8, 2012

Starring: Noomi Rapace (as Elizabeth Shaw), Michael Fassbender (as David), Charlize Theron (as Meredith Vickers), Logan Marshall-Green (as Charlie Holloway), Guy Pearce (as Peter Wayland), Sean Harris (as Fifield), Idris Elba (as Janek), Rafe Spall (as Millburn)

Director: Ridley Scott

Screenwriters: Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts

Runtime: 124 minutes

Rating: R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language



out of 100

The God of Science Fiction

     Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In Greek mythology, the god Prometheus thieved fire from the titans and bestowed it upon the mortal world, forever advancing the human civilization. Thousands of years later, Ridley Scott's immersive film experience "Prometheus" has kindled a blazing new fire out of the smoldering embers of the science fiction genre, just as he did thirty years ago in "Alien," the basis of his new prequel. The nuanced settings and magnificent art direction evoke a haunting visual grandeur and a mood that captures a grim sense of dread and fear. The result engrosses viewers in an indelible extraterrestrial world, strengthening the grip of a screenplay relentless in pace and intensity, although the sometimes extreme action detracts from the film's focus. Nevertheless, the screenwriting is characterized by insightful characterization; the seemingly stock characters of "Prometheus" gradually reveal multiple dimensions. The excellent performances in "Prometheus" highlight the characters' moral conflicts, complex facets, and unexpected decisions, all which shed some light on the philosophical questions raised in the film: Who are our creators? Are we alone? Is there a God? Because Scott poses these questions without providing answers, he intrigues us to complete our own puzzle out of the scattered pieces, at least until the inevitable sequel reveals his full vision. Until then, we embark on a journey to explore the beginning of an end and the end of a beginning, to discover if we are the alien or the alien is us, and to boldly go where no science fiction film has gone before.* 94/100


*Trekkies, anyone?

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