Movie Review: Prometheus

I’m going to preface this by saying I have seen none of the Alien movies. And I probably never will. Not because Prometheus was a terrible film, but because it wasn’t the type of movie I particularly enjoy. There was far too much birthing horror. You know, where things punch their way, or are birthed out, of a place something should never come out of. GAH. Not my favorite thing to watch, I maybe gagged for five minutes. I was with my friends, who were probably more turned off by my gagging than the movie, so I’m sure that was a pleasant experience for them.

Synopsis:

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. — (C) Official Site

Basically a bunch of scientist and expedition backers (i.e. the money people) travel many light years searching for the origin of humans. They land on a planet/encampment area and their expedition turns dangerous. But the danger isn’t just from the outside elements and creatures that begin to awaken, danger also comes from duplicitous co-explorers and subplots that come out of nowhere, but were easily foreseen by the viewer. Maybe I felt this way because I was just watching this as any other film, and had no expectations based the other films.

This film had an amazing cast of characters. I fell in love with all of them. Charlize Theron was in her element as the cold blooded financier, making all the hard decisions. Michael Fassbender was amazing as David, a futuristic robot who makes sure the crew gets to their destination intact, but seems to have a different agenda than everyone else. I also have a huge crush on Logan Marshall-Green, who I first saw as Dean Bendis in Dark Blue, a short lived show about undercover agents and their handler’s lives. It was a really good show and I was looking forward to his appearance in Prometheus. I was not disappointed. He did an excellent job, and though his part to play wasn’t all that grand, his character evoked empathy and was very memorable.

But it was Noomi Rapace who stole the show, her character nuances were amazing. Noomi Race is of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) fame and she was also in  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Race plays the films one religious character, believing that if they can discover the creator of their origins, then humans can know why they exist. I enjoyed that she didn’t come off as a religious nutcase, but as a believer seeking truth. I thought that particular nuance was really well written and played, and the story line was better for it. Her quest for truth did not lead her where she thought it would, but she handled what she was given with great strength of character. I also really liked that of the several dozen dangerous situations she found herself in, more often then not, she figured her own way out of it. That is the kind of strong female character I like to see.

Prometheus was an excellent film, there is no doubt. Well acted, well written, with beautiful cinematography, it is no wonder it has already been nominated for awards. But I just cant get past some of he more graphic horror parts of the film and at least one of my friends said the film gave her nightmares. It is a disturbing movie, both visually, ethically, and emotionally. If I had to do it all over again, I would have liked to have watched it with friends who could have told me to look away at certain parts that did not drive the plot forward but were just in the film to add graphic horror. Honestly, I’m gagging again just thinking about it.