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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sheep Double Movie Review: Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott

Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott stars Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. This one's really tough to review for the simple fact that I am STILL lost in space on the storyline. Someone pull the airlock hatch and let's just abandon ship already!

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Maybe my opening line was a wee bit harsh but really what was the point? This film felt like half a movie or a short story maybe. The plot is one of those slow burn types that's supposed to build up to some epic event but that event never took life for me. I was more entertained with the flashy bright lights and special effects then anything the plot had going for it. Characters seemed to be just thrown in for tickles rather than serving an actual purpose; like what was the point of Theron even being in the film?! She had nothing major to contribute and overall lacked any depth whatsoever. Was she supposed to be the bad lady who won't let them play with her toys in the school yard? I don't know. It just added to my feeling of being lost in space.

Giving credit where credit is due I did like Fassbander's robot character and never knowing just whose side he's on. Is he good, is he bad? You aren't sure but it's fun watching him make his final touch down at the ending. Some gruesome scenes of gore and guts just kinda thrown in for the Alien crowd but those felt force fed and I couldn't really get into it. Overall I wish I would have watched an old rerun of Alien on TNT or something. Anything would have been better then this.

Getting 2 'come here little buddy' sheep

Sharon what did you think?

I was entertained and that is all I ask for with this type of movie. If you go in expecting an Alien movie you will be disappointed. I was also confused by what was really going on...They tried to get all deep and philosophical with the whole "who made us and why?" The robot was used to show us just how arrogant humans are with our need to live forever. I also loved David (robot played by Fassbander). He was creepy in all the right places and nice to look at, but Noomi Rapace's character got on my nerves most the time.

You know when characters who should know better, do stupid stuff? Like the teenagers in a horror movie walking into the dark house instead of running from it? There was a lot of that going on in Prometheus. For scientists with all this cool technology to travel in cryo-sleep across the galaxy they sure do dumb things. If you landed on an unknown planet with no idea of what is there, would you jump off your space ship and go running into the alien structure? No, you would send in a robot to scope it out first. If two of your crew got trapped in said structure would you keep an eye on them via their high tech space suits until you could rescue them? Or would you go have sex so you wouldn't be there when they got attacked? Don't get me started on the "head" that Dr. Shaw carried through a 200 MPH wind storm and then had to ask the robot David to pick up later because it was too heavy.

Even with all the "headdesk" moments there were tons of "cool" moments and there is plenty for you and your other nerdy friends to discuss afterwards. So like I said before, I was entertained. I am giving this 3 1/2 sheep. Don't waste your money on 3D though.
3 1/2 Sheep 


  1. Good review Katie. There were plenty of moments that shook me to the core, but then there were plenty of other times where it felt like the film could have done so much more and just ended up being a mildly entertaining sci-fi flick. Maybe I went in expecting something along the lines of Alien and got something not that up to par.

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  3. I was generally entertained by the movie. I was pretty disappointed by the way that the plot moved forward... generally by stupidity of supposed trained scientists, but it had all the pieces of a good alien movie.

    I was hoping that the movie would end with the crash of the alien ship setting up the first Alien movie... but I'm supposing that that'll actually happen in the 2nd Prometheus movie... which i'm guessing won't be called Prometheus ][ due to events that happen in the movie :)

    There are a lot of really good post-release write-ups on the movie where Ridley Scott and several of the cast are questioned at length about bits of the movie that needed more context. Like a pro, though, Scott said that many of these questions get answered in the sequel.

    I think that we as americans are left unsettled and confused when a movie stops in the middle of the story, which is more or less what happened here. It's a little bit like watching Up and the movie ending right as the house takes off.

    1. I know! those scientists drove me crazy with the stupid things they did. I don't mind a movie stopping before things are resolved, but there needs to be a continuity to the story that I can follow. What was the deal in the beginning with the alien that disintegrated?

    2. That was how life began on earth! It's a theory called panspermia!

  4. okay, I thought he was seeding the planet...

    1. Yeah i think that was the implication of the scene. It sets the stage for the a-little-too-hammered-home question "why did they create us??"

      It seemed like a homage to Kubrik's scene of creation in 2001 where you have this weird camp of apes which supposedly evolve spontaneously because of the monolith. This has that kinda mysterious artsy "it came from some creator" kind of vibe to it. I could be reading too much into it though.

      One thing i wish we inherited from the engineers was squishy buttons. I definitely think that squishy button technology is something we should develop.