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Alien Procrastination aka I Finally Saw Prometheus November 20, 2012

Posted by Alichat in Humor, Movies, Random.
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Procrastination…..yep…..it is a family trait.  I’m not sure why I’m so good at it.  Maybe it’s because I’m a Gemini….so I have many interests.  Then again, it may just be because I’m a lazy ass!  Yeah….probably the latter.  So, Saturday night I checked off one item from the procrastination list and rented Prometheus.  Ridley Scott’s prequel-which-they-said-is-not-really-a-prequel to the Alien film series had HUGE buzz before its release.  The anticipation of a new sci-fi movie from the man who brought us the fantastic Blade Runner and Alien was understandable.

Huh.  So….huh.

That was my reaction after finally seeing Prometheus.  If I had my way, I would see every movie in the theatre, as they are meant to be seen.  But, finances and all being what they are, I can’t do that.  So I missed Prometheus.  And visually, it was meant to be seen in the theatre. Bright and shiny, yet bleak, dark and rocky.  The shiny part is the ship of course, named the Prometheus.  And the planet they travel to is rocky, dark, and bleak.  Still, all visually exciting to see.

The story however, is just ok. Interesting, but ok.  It is pretty basic once you get into it.  The year is 2089 and scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) have found evidence of the origins of mankind.  This leads them on a journey to a moon orbiting a remote planet, known as LV-223, to meet our makers and ask all the questions you’d want to ask if you had a chance to meet our creators.  Funding this little journey is Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce,), deceased head of the Weyland Corporation.  There are 14 others aboard the ship, but you really only get to meet and care about half that many, which is ok because you can’t choke up a film with character introductions.  Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) is the cold, calculating self-appointed bitch representing the Weyland Corporation on the journey.  David (a ridiculously handsome Michael Fassbender) is the requisite android, a must in all of these films.  The rest of the cast includes a pilot, two co-pilots, a doctor, geologist, a zoologist, and on and on….you get the idea.

I won’t give away the plot, because I hate it when people do that.  But it’s not a spoiler to say that things do not go as they expected.  Maybe a little teaching moment on Prometheus will help.  In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a titan who retrieved the fire, which Zeus had stolen from mankind, and returned it to them.  His punishment was eternal torture.  He was tied to a rock and everyday an eagle swooped down and ate his liver, only to have it grow back for him to experience this fun again the next day.  I know, right?  Gross.  Prometheus became a champion of mankind, and in western interpretations, a symbol of our quest for scientific knowledge, even at the risk of unintended consequences. In the Romantic era, he was looked at as the lone genius whose efforts to improve human existence could also result in tragedy. (Thanks Wikipedia!) So, you kinda get the idea of how this all turns out.

But don’t get me wrong.  I say rent it!  (I mean, hello!  Michael Fassbender!) But while it’s not as a strong a story as I expected it to be, it is compelling, gross, creepy, and suspenseful.  And it’s interesting to see the intricate detail the filmmakers gave to the characters and sets.  For example, look closely at David’s fingerprint in this 10 second clip.  Neat huh?

 

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