"Big things have small beginnings." In the case of the "Alien" franchise, "Prometheus" actually goes back and presents something BIGGER and BETTER than what "Alien" ever was....and that's saying a lot.
From the moment my eyes finished with the first trailer, Prometheus was not only a major summer anticipation but one of the biggest of 2012 overall. If there is anything I can respect from movie advertising, it's not giving away any plot details through any shown-footage or summaries prior to the film's release. Through all the viral clips and trailers that have been released for Prometheus, they've managed to still keep most of the story under-wraps and for that I am thankful. I was able to go into this film completely blind and be blown away by everything that came before me. Ridley Scott impressively kept the story a good secret, as J.J Abrams did last year with "Super 8".
If you haven't seen the viral-clips that have released over the last month or so I recommend you check them out. You'll be able to appreciate a lot more and dig deeper into the complexity of the story if you see them before going out and seeing the film. Two of the viral-clips really stand out to me. I really like Guy Pearce's monologue clip. It's perfectly-written and definitely gets you thinking through different possibilities before you see the movie. The other clip was "Happy Birthday David", which featured Michael Fassbender's character in the film, David. This clip you probably have to watch before seeing Prometheus. It tells you a lot about David's character that you probably really need to know to understand the character completely in the film. Both these clips I recommend watching. They'll give you much more to think about when and after seeing Prometheus.
Instead of mentioning anything about the storyline of the film (I'd rather you readers go in as blind as I did), it can be said that Prometheus is one of those movies that might take more than one watch to fully comprehend. The movie isn't so complex and twisty that one might not understand it well enough, but this is definitely a movie I will be seeing again on the big-screen just to pick up more details on the plot and other little things that can really shed more on the story. Here's how I look at it; if a movie can make you say to yourself right after you see that you cannot wait to see it again, you know that it's a five-star movie. I walked out of Prometheus blown-away yet also drawn-back from a few things because the film will probably take a second-watch to fully understand. Movies like this and "Inception" that take more than once to understand are brilliant, and these are the movies that explain why movie-buffs exist.
One of the best things about this film is Michael Fassbender. Not just his acting performance but his character David overall. The development behind the character is so intriguing, complex, and simply beautiful that it really kept my attention glared to the screen the entire time without a blink. Fassbender is almost Oscar-worthy and though he got robbed of his excellent performance in last year's "Shame", it's time for some redemption and letting the man get at least a nod for his brilliant work here. Noomi Rapace, who you may or may not know from the Swedish "Millennium" trilogy. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" adaptations. Her performance her is wonderful. I'm extremely happy to see her acting talents cross over her to American-film. Her character is strong-willed and her acting is tough as nails. As with Signourey Weaver from the first "Alien", Scott is able to create a new leading character just as exciting....Dr. Elizabeth Shaw! Other performances in the film are all wonderful as well. Idris Elba is a great actor and I never really noticed it until now. Charlize Theron returns to the big-screen just one week later after her evil role in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and once again delivers another dark, chaotic, and incredible performance. Guy Pearce, who you may not recognize at first, does a pretty neat job for the time that he's there (he's more memorable with his monologue in the viral-clip. Check that out for sure. Great acting from him there). Overall, the acting in Prometheus is all top-notch.
The film is visually wonderful. Prometheus is a film made for the IMAX screen. My eyes are still recovering from the awesomeness. I just can't get this film out of my head and that's seriously a good thing. From the awesome craft of the space-ships, creature-design, and set-design, Prometheus has it all mastered in the visual area. Ridley Scott's direction is outstanding as all the shots are gritty and breath-taking, as most of the look from his films are. If you want to see this film in 3D, fine, so be it, but if you decide to catch this in 2D then you are making a mistake. Prometheus is a film worth seeing in IMAX!
Prometheus is just absolute perfection all across the board. There isn't a damn thing to complain about when it comes to this movie. The entire time my eyes were glued to the screen and my mind was boggling from the epicness. Without over-exaggerating too much, it needs to be said that this is seriously one of the best films released in years. Probably my favorite since 2010's "Inception". The score plays through the film smoothly. I yet to give it an entire listen, but from what I've heard it's ground-breaking. IMAX! IMAX! IMAX! Let that sink into your skull that way there come Friday night you'll be in line paying for the film in the format it deserves to be witnessed in! I honestly can not wait to see this again!
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-Written by Corey Wood