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Friday, June 8, 2012
For sci-fi violence including intense images, and brief language
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron
Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaihts, Ridley Scott
A team of scientists and explorers go on a distant world journey to discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.
Prometheus (2012) | Review
Prometheus took me to those places.
I avoided as much of the marketing and discussion around the film as I possibly could, and ultimately entered the theater with as blank of a slate as possible for a plugged-in film geek these days. From the opening scene I was shocked by the beautiful imagery and the mystery of what I was seeing. And as the film progressed I felt that literally anything could happen. Prometheus has a danger about it. And the images that will flash before your eyes will consistently delight your corneas.
On the imagery of Prometheus, I think there will be very little debate. The film is a visual feast. The production design integrates flawlessly with the digital effects work. The balance of CGI and practical work is ideally struck. And there are some phenomenal creature designs, set work, and vehicle designs. Even the costuming is iconic enough that I'd like to see it nominated for an Academy Award!
The beautiful imagery is probably the only element of Prometheus that will not be subject to enormous debate however. And I kind of love that about the film as well. While I clearly fall into the camp that loved Prometheus upon first viewing, I've read lots of lucid criticisms about the film's story, script, and pacing that I can't really disagree with. I will absolutely see Prometheus many more times, and the plot developments which are the most problematic may very well start to bother me more than they do now. Either way, I find myself desperate to see the film multiple times, and that simply doesn't happen all the time, even with films I love.
The ultimate effectiveness of Prometheus for individual viewers will most likely come down to whether the film carries them away to new places, as it did for me, or if it merely presents a number of grand theological ideas and plot elements that are not resolved. Although I dug the film like crazy, I will happily admit that it poses more questions than it answers. (AKA The Damon Lindelof Special.) And even beyond that, there are plot developments that don't really make sense. I hear those criticisms; I really do. But I'll have to deal with those issues more seriously upon my second viewing. What I'm happy to report is that nothing will ever change the fact that upon my very first viewing, Prometheus took me to undreamt of places and has left me thinking and questioning ever since.
My hope going in to any grand science fiction or fantasy epic is to be thrilled, delighted, and transported. And I genuinely hope for the same experience for others. It won't happen for everyone. Even The Lord of the Rings films didn't work for everyone and those are widely considered the best fantasy epics of our generation. Prometheus simply will not achieve that level of transcendancy as it appears to be dividing audiences left and right. But it worked for me and I hope it will for you as well.
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