Monday 8 October 2012

Today's Review: Prometheus

The year is 2089, and a bunch of dudes discover a cave painting that's similar to other artistic depictions  around the world, all containing the same star map. Naturally, these science dudes come to the conclusion that these paintings are an invitation from the alien beings who created them to go and meet them and hang out on their planet, so they convince a corporation to shovel billions of dollars into a trip over there. But what will they discover on this mysterious planet? Will it be the key to our existence, or the catalyst for its destruction?

Of course, it's the latter, or maybe both. I don't know, nothing's ever fully explained. Sometimes that's a good thing, but a lot of this movie seems to be deliberately vague to lay ground for a sequel, or because they couldn't think of anything cool enough. It was written by one of the Lost guys after all. I mean, sure, there's some semblance of plot, but a large chunk of it is just proposed as exposition and immediately accepted as the truth. Literally, a guy who never leaves the ship says "Yeah, this is probably what's happening", and no one questions him.

So yeah, the plot could be better. But Prometheus makes up for it in other areas. The production design is stunning, with sprawling, atmospheric caves, awesome spacey gadgetry and suits, it just feels like the epitome of murky science fiction. There are some great performances too. Michael Fassbender steals the show as android David, but Noomi Rapace is excellent as the leading lady. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba are also around to complete an awesome line up.

Prometheus is a dark and dingy space thriller that is excellently made. It's just a shame that the plot isn't quite as developed or explained as it could have been, otherwise this could have been perfect.

My rating: 4/5

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