Monday, June 18, 2012

Jason reviews Prometheus

Hands down one of the most anticipated films to come down the pike in years, and I'm pleased to say Prometheus doesn't disappoint, at least for the most part.

For the record, a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. Once there, they find more than they bargain for and engage in a desperate fight to save the future of the human race. 

I'll answer one question right out the gate: yes, this is an Alien prequel. But don't go in expecting everyone's favourite space bug to be the main antagonist (don't worry, they do make a brief appearance, and it's awesome). Prometheus can also be taken as a standalone film, and is satisfying on that count.

Other critics have already said it, and I'll say it again here, there is no way Prometheus can meet expectations. It leaves as many questions unanswered as it does answer, and the stage is set for a whole new run of films should 20th Century Fox desire. This will frustrate those who expected everything to be handed to them on a silver platter.

But it is a damn good movie, and it respects the audience's intelligence, which is more than I can say of most Hollywood blockbusters. So yes, you gotta think a bit to enjoy this one, Basement Dwellers. And you'll get some shots of adrenalin along the way. Being a Ridley Scott movie, everything looks great, so no worries there. There's some action, some scares and a whole bunch of eye-popping visuals.

I have to agree with The Arrow, taken as an Alien film, this comes in third after Alien and Aliens. I wasn't as initially let down by Prometheus as I was with Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, and I will see it again. A Good from me.

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