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Spoiler-free Review: Prometheus

Over the weekend I went to see Prometheus. After watching the trailer, I knew it was something I wanted to see because it looked really exciting, but hadn’t decided if I would see it in the theater, or wait until I could watch it at home.

With so many other movies coming out this year that also look amazing, and the fact that I’ve probably already been to the movies more times in the last 4 months than total over the last 4 years, my plan is to be a little pickier about what I go see at the theater going forward. After about my 23rd viewing of The Hunger Games (really it was only the 3rd :)), I decided a movie must look and sound really good (in the trailer), and also have some great reviews for me to see it in the theater.

After hearing a review that included the phrase “best movie I’ve ever seen.” from a co-worker who went to the midnight show on opening night, the scales were tipped in favor of my seeing it in theater. Luckily, I was able to tag along with someone else who was already planning on going, and didn’t have to sit there wearing a pair of super stylish 3D glasses by myself.

Going into this movie, I really knew very little background information, just that it was rumored to be a prequel to Alien, what I had read in/heard from word-of-mouth reviews,  and the trailers. (Had I known beforehand that the trailer gave so much away about the movie, my decision to see it at a theater may have been different.)

Somehow I’ve made it this far without seeing the original Alien (or any of the sequels), and the only related film I’ve seen was Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. For the most part, I don’t even remember Requiem, as it was a few years ago, so I really had no expectations of plot tie ins or any prejudices for Prometheus.

Upon leaving the theater after the film, I was definitely left with more questions about what I had just watched than I expected.

One of the biggest being, why was this a 3D movie? Sure, there were several scenes that made me jump, but even those didn’t have any 3D effects jumping out of the screen that I can recall.

If a movie has so few memorable 3D scenes, why go through the expense to film and then market it as a 3D film? To me (sorry about the rant here- this is one of my pet peeves), 3D is just another gimmick designed to rake in even more money for the film industry anyway. Plenty of movies I consider as great films probably would have been ruined if they were shot in 3D. Just because the technology exists doesn’t mean that it needs to be used in every single film possible.

While there were definitely some parts of the movie I enjoyed a lot, and some of the most beautiful scenes I’ve seen in a sci-fi movie, I was honestly a little disappointed that so little action actually happened in the course of a 2 hour-long film. Ridley Scott did an amazing job with the storytelling and in making this movie, that I just wish there had been more going on.

Something else I really did like about it was that it raises some questions that even though the film doesn’t answer them, they are a good starting point for interesting conversations, and will hopefully be answered if a sequel (other than the already existing Alien) is made.

For this film, I’m not sure if I should recommend seeing it or not. If you want to see some amazing scenery and camera work, and don’t mind that you will probably leave with lots of unanswered questions like me, then by all means go see it! If you want a movie where everything is wrapped up neat and tidy, then this probably isn’t the film for you– and hey, there’s always Madagascar 3.  🙂

Responses (3)

  1. Josh says:

    IM or PM me on facebook. I’m curious as to what questions you were left with.

  2. ecodolphin says:

    You really should see Alien and Aliens (the first two). The first one I couldn’t, or wouldn’t, even start my car for twenty minutes until I calmed down a little bit. It was very intense, if that’s the kind of thing you like seeing?

    • Katy says:

      I might give them a try at some point, although I don’t do well with scary movies in general. But, I’ll put them on my ever-growing list of movies to watch.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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