I've been really looking forward to this movie for a very long time. While I have been revising during the last couple of months I spent a fair amount of time on forum boards discussing Prometheus and soaking up every trailer, clip and leaked piece of information that flew out of 20th Century Fox. Being a big fan of Alien, Blade Runner and Ridley Scott, my excitement was elevated even more so. So finally after the end of my final year exams I treated myself to a showing of Prometheus.
All in all, if you haven?t seen Alien you?ll enjoy this film a lot more than someone who has. While it had been made painfully clear that this wouldn?t be a direct prequel to Alien and would merely involve small references and similar themes, I still went in expecting that these references and themes would still at the least make the smallest bit of sense. Alas, they did not. The theme and mood of the film was a million miles away from that of Alien. It was bright and cheery, not dark and suspenseful. There were only brief moments when the slightest bit of tension was introduced, though overall I didn?t feel like I was sitting on the edge of my seat at all.
The plot and storyline I found satisfying, although there was so much room for improvement and I got the impression there was some real confusion between the director (Ridley Scott) and the writers (John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof) about the story they wanted to tell. The directing and cinematography felt a little like Alien but the script just didn?t match up. Poor dialogue just destroyed any suspense. Parts of the plot were confusing and left far too many open questions, which were sometimes welcomed yet, on the whole unnecessary and frustrating. A moment with one of the crew becomes a zombie like creature was pointless and unexplained; it felt more like they just felt they needed an action sequence and a way to kill off a load of the crew so they just conjured up a reason to turn him into a monster. What became so frustrating about the plot and script was that there was a real disjointedness and it was pointless sub-plots, which added nothing to the story. Had the script just been simplified and streamlined it?d have been far easier to follow and far more enjoyable. Though what can you really expect from Damon Lindelof the creator of Lost and his crayon set.
As far as acting goes, it was on the whole good. Michael Fassenbender really stood out head and shoulders above the rest as David, a Weyland robot who has a fascination with the Lawrence of Arabia movie. He had the deepest character development and proved to be the most interesting of them all. The remainder of the cast acted well but there was nothing particularly outstanding. Noomi Rapace who played the protagonist did her job well though I couldn?t shake the feeling she was as confused as the audience as to what the hell was going on.
Visually this film is magnificent and the cinematography is fantastic. At the very least I see an award in the form of a Bafta or Oscar heading towards the SFX department. It?s easily one of the most visually stunning films I?ve seen for a very long time, and this is one of it?s saving graces.
Overall, I found the movie enjoyable but also a massive disappointment. If you know nothing of Alien then you?ll like this movie with the exception of it?s many plot holes and disjointed script. If you?re a fan of Alien and expect more of the same, even if the original creature isn?t really mentioned then wait for the blue-ray. It?s so frustrating since this movie does have the ingredients to satisfy non fans of the original and die hard Alien fans. Simply streamlining the script and plot would have done wonders along with cutting out all the pointless unexplained plot holes.