MODEST REVIEWS by Phil: Prometheus (Ridley Scott, 2012).
Prometheus is an Alien prequel because at the end there is an Alien and he makes a noise. That’s it.
Prometheus is Ridley Scott’s best movie in 11 years, but only because it is not a 200-minute middle finger to everyone watching it.
Instead, it is an underwhelming 124-minute journey to some planet full of “why the fuck did you do that?” by an expeditionary vessel full of one-dimensional sci-fi stereotypes. A story full of plot holes, unresolved narratives, and smart characters doing incredibly dumb things is glossed over in beautiful CGI landscapes and visual wonder.
For once, the director is confident enough with the visuals and modern CGI to not black out 80% of the screen to hide what’s happening. This confidence in the technology and application thereof on the part of Scott makes me hopeful for Sci-Fi’s future. All he needs to do now is go to Wal Mart, buy a .38 special, go to his writer’s house, and blow his fucking brains out.
This is definitely the best film in the Alien franchise since Aliens. If that sounds like a backhanded compliment, then it probably is.
5 out of 10.»Jun. 10 @ 11:38PM | 30 notes