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Prometheus (2012)

Posted on the 26 September 2012 by Rajtilak @rajtilak
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I have got one question for Ridley Scott after watching this movie. WHY RIDLEY SCOTT, WHY?
After sitting through those 124 minutes of this movie, I really found it hard to believe that this was the same Ridley Scott of Blade Runner and Alien fame! This movie is also a perfect example of the fact that one should not go by the IMDB ranking while deciding whether a movie is worth watching. The IMDB MOVIEmeter shows that Prometheus is up by 48 this week! I find that equally hard to believe. Possibly some poor bloke went to see a remake of Alien. Prometheus is bound to disappoint you if you went to the theaters expecting a prequel to the Alien.
Prometheus lacks in almost every department. The plot borders around a thin storyline where a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe to meet our creators, who are called Engineers. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
But the storyline is entirely juvenile and full of clichĂŠd stuff with "profound" questions like who created us thrown in to make it sound mature enough but that effort fails miserably. There is absolutely no character development and you don't feel an iota of sympathy towards them when they die in the movie. And I wonder what was Guy Pearce doing in this movie playing the character of Peter Weyland! I mean anyone could have played that character, why waste a talent like him.
And finally what hits you in the face is that there is absolutely no logic behind the action of any of the characters! One doesn't travel millions of light years spending a buckload of money to find the answers to the question "who created us" based on insufficient data just because she "chose to believe"! That's not what real scientists would do. Then we have another scientist Charlie (played by Logan) who takes off his helmet in a hostile planet on the basis of "it seems fine to me"! And then we have scientists who are lugging a severed alien head back to an unquarantined spaceship in a sandwich bag and experimenting on it without even having proper understanding what they are dealing with (oh wait, she thought for about 2 seconds though) and concludes that this is obviously some kind of "foreign cells" (impressive deduction, I must say) - and she decides to stimulate the cells with electricity - just to see what happens. No research - no caution - no nothing. That seems more to me like a bunch of schoolgirls fiddling with a dicky Bunsen burner rather than scientists who would be hired for traveling millions of miles to collect experimental data on our ancestors! And then there's Noomi Rapace, who gives birth to a baby alien through a cesarean, gets herself stitched and then goes about jumping through the entire movie as if she has just returned from Disneyland!
The music is not worth mentioning and does not match the mood of the movie at all. At one point of time in the movie, I felt as if they were playing the same score over and over again!
The only thing worth mentioning here is the CGI with amazingly detailed visuals.
But that is not enough for you to watch an entire movie, is it? Honestly, I love Ridley Scott, but it seems that after Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, he has lost his touch.

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