With the release of "Alien: Covenant", I decided to refresh myself on "Prometheus". This film has been divisive since it has come out, and I have always leaned towards the side of defending it. Looking back upon it, I can understand where opposers are coming from, however, I still stand by it.
My biggest praise of this film is that it introduces some really interesting commentary. The element involving meeting one's maker is developed throughout, but still left to grow in the sequels. I also thought that it did a very good job of adding context to the mythology of the "Alien" series with the introduction of the Engineers, however, a bit is left unexplained about the technology that can create a little conclusion. And while this film does verge more on the sci-fi side of the series (and does a good job of doing so), there is some really good suspense towards the end that is a good palette-cleanser after the horrid third and fourth films of the original series. In no way am I saying that this film is perfect, though. There are a lot of plot holes, some cheesy lines, and a couple of predictable twists. It also commits the sin of relying on the characters to make stupid decisions for its plot to progress. However, it is an interesting film, and I love the questions it poses, so i forgive it.
The visuals of this film are absolutely amazing. The special effects and CGI are great. The production design is on a massive scale and makes the film all the more magnificent. The score is really good, too, invoking the sense of wonder required for a scientific exploration adventure film. The acting is really good, for the most part. Michael Fassbender is wonderfully mysterious as the android David. Noomi Rapace is a strong protagonist, and she is surrounded by a very good supporting cast, with the exception of Charlize Theron. She tries, but when there is a bad line in the film, she seems to get it.
Overall, despite the somewhat flawed writing of "Prometheus", I thought that it was very well-executed and offered enough ethical commentary to be of note. It is a good exploration of the backstory of the "Alien" franchise.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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