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Review : Prometheus – Cerebral Sci -fi thriller
Published on Jun 8, 2012 10:14 pm IST
Release date: 08 June 2012 Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Ridley Scott
Producer : Ridley Scott, David Giler, Walter Hill
Music Director : Marc Streitenfeld
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender

Ridley Scott is back with a sci-fi extravaganza, ‘Prometheus’, a genre he loves very much. The movie has Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall Green in the lead roles. Produced jointly by Scott Free Productions and Brandywine Productions, Prometheus was made with a budget of about US$ 130 Million. Background score was provided by Marc Streitenfeld. The movie released on Friday in India, so let us see how the film is.

Story :

In 2089, Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall Green) and Elizabeth Shaw ( Noomi Roopace) discover some ancient cave paintings that seem to illustrate the presence of an alien influence on earth. Taking into the account the presence of several similar illustrations in multiple civilizations, they track down the pattern in the paintings and identify it to be a distant moon – LV 223.

By convincing the old billionaire Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) to fund an interstellar space exploration project, Charlie and Elizabeth set off to explore LV 223 in the spaceship Prometheus, which is under the command of Captain Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron). During this interstellar journey, they are in a state of stasis and they are taken care of by the Humanoid robot David (Michael Fassbender). Once they reach LV 223, the crew of Prometheus encounter strange structures and mysterious humanoid skeletons.

They soon realize that their actions could quite possibly be the trigger for the destruction of the human race and they must now do all that they can to prevent it. What happens on the moon LV 223 and what sacrifices are necessary to save the human race? These points form the story.

Plus Points :

The movie has spellbinding imagery and the visual effects are topnotch. The film has powerful performances from Noomi Roopace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. Roopace in particular has a very significant role and she makes the most of it. Fassbender’s performance as the Humanoid robot elevates the movie considerably and his character is key to the film’s plot. Charlize Theron brings sheer class to the character of Meredith Vickers and though there is not much skin show from her, she is pure eye candy.

There is a good amount of intensity to the movie right from the opening sequence to the end. Brilliant use has been made of sound effects and cinematography to keep the interest going despite having no proper ‘action sequences’ for most of the first half.

The film picks up terrific pace halfway through. The relentless climax block has been handled very well and for fans of the ‘Aliens’ franchise, it will be pure delight. The director has cleverly positioned some scenes in a way that will force you to ask questions and think about ‘what could it have been?’. For those philosophically inclined, the concept of mankind meeting its scientific creators is brilliant.

Minus Points :

This is not a regular popcorn entertainer. So if you are going in expecting to watch tons of action and casual entertainment, this movie will not work. There are some loopholes in the plot and these are especially apparent once the crew starts exploring the alien spaceship.

Some sequences in the film are predictable and quite cliched. Basically, they are scenes that you have already seen in every Hollywood movie where extra-terrestrials decide to pay a visit.

The first half is a bit slow and as I said before, it may be a bit boring to casual moviegoers.

Technical Aspects :

Dariusz Wolski’s cinematography and Marc Steinfeld’s background score are very crucial for the film to work and they both deliver faultlessly. Together, the visuals and the rousing background score are highly effective.

Special mention must be made of spellbinding special effects and the visual artistry. They are of top quality and right up there with the very best of Hollywood. Editing is neat

Verdict :

Prometheus is a very intense sci-fi thriller that will reward you for your patience. It is intelligent and not your regular run of the mill action flick. Spectacular visual effects,a rousing background score and powerful performances are major assets for the film. If you are looking for a popcorn entertainer with tons of explosions and action, stay away from Prometheus but otherwise, it is a brilliant watch – something worth experiencing on the big screen. Rating : 3.5/5

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru


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