Published on June 2nd, 2012 | by Dan Marshall0
Prometheus Spoiler Free Review
It was the news that sent the deafening sound of keyboard taps across the Internet: Ridley Scott would finally make a (not quite) prequel
to the seminal Alien…Prometheus. Now, nearly 30 years later, not unlike Prometheus’ two protagonists we want to travel the universe to
find some answers.
There is no way in hells any self-respecting Alien fan is going to forgo the opportunity to catch Prometheus and it does seem Ridley’s
it-is-but-it-isn’t answers to the questions were pretty much true.
There’s no denying the Directors eye for detail and it’s clear from his latest offering he’s still on point. All the functioning buttons and bulkheads make you feel like your on a fully functioning ship, much like the Nostromo. The vivid textures also echo what’s gone before while still keeping you guessing. Whether it be the remains of icky goo on walls or the bone like exoskeleton of the Space Jockeys. However, what it doesn’t conjure is desperate feeling of dread that was the staple of the terrible Xenomorph that was lurking around every corner to punch a whole in your face. Without giving anything away there are also points where the action gets a little B-Movie beasties even for the most die hard of fans, due to the contrast of the elegant realism.
Echoes too are apparent in the cast. Most of which do what’s required of them and act their way around a pretty piss-poor script – there are lofty themes of gods, creations and the why’s and wherefores thrown in and left for the next luscious set-piece, but never dealt with – but you can never really find an anchor. You may never have liked the Space Trucking crew of the Nostromo or the murderers and rapists of Fiorina 161, but at least they had a bit of charm and heart. That being said there is a real coup in Michael Fassbender’s Android David;
The perfect mix of subtle innocence and calculated menace.
All-in-all it just doesn’t quite hang together. The threads are in no way hard to follow, but it’s hard to decide which one you should. The world is complety beleivable even if some of the plot devices aren’t. There are some genuine thrills to be had, even if they’re undermined
by unconvincing plot points and beasties.