Tuesday, 19 June 2012

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Prometheus IMAX 3D [Review]

Opinion: B+

Mystifying and alluring, Ridley Scott immerses his audience with good genre techniques in keeping them up and edgy. Looking out for chilling plot turns and to seek curiosity satisfaction, one will arguably agree that Prometheus is indeed an effective sci-fi horror despite its befuddling script story. Nevertheless, it somewhat fails to deliver itself as a standalone movie although it is meant to be the beginning chapter of a series of complex futuristic mystery.

Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

This is what happens when you bring onboard the perplex-minded scribe who's behind the famed television hit series LOST.

Yes, Damon Lindelof leads you to dark and mystifying routes of plot uncertainty.

Never meant for the audience to piece up pieces of plot mystery, the entire film's running time of 124 minutes feels very much like a brooding chapter lost in futuristic outer space. Set in the late 2080s, those new to the Alien franchise will definitely be unassuming and be led into intriguing scenarios establishing the grand masterplan meant for probably more sequels (or prequels rather) to achieve.

You will know this if you've stayed all the way till the end of the credits where a website URL for the Weyland Industries is revealed, along with a date 10.11.12. It requires a few focused hours to try and connect the dots, I'll leave you to determine your own theory/thesis on what is supposed to be going on (a signature trait of Lindelof, akin to what he has achieved with LOST).

Essentially, it uses notions of technology and industrialisation to hint at possible explanations of the origins of mankind (and likely our evolution and other species as well) with science. While not a blatant message sent across, it subtly implies the consequences of contradicting the religious beliefs in the origins of mankind that we know of today.

Did God created man or did we derive from other sources?

This is something that Scott and Lindelof will like their audience to think of, very likely heightened in the subsequent sequels to come. A fictitious mythology is a grandeur outcome far beyond  expectations of the Alien franchise. Just use the example of Alien vs. Predator to align with the majority's expectation.

The film fares well in the technical production values. Photography was adequate, but the interesting technique was noticed in its use of 3D. I had the luxury of viewing this film in IMAX 3D and realised that instead of exploiting those cheesy moments where things pop out at your face, the team decided to render depths to give the film a natural feel of realism. This is a surprising but pleasant choice in my opinion, as I've always felt that some films try too hard to abuse the latest buzz in 3D technology.

Noomi Rapace feels comfortable in her first major English speaking role and Michael Fassbender lacks life (meant in a good way) yet hints of questionable menace as David the cyborg. Charlize Theron also makes an impression as the "corporate lady" personality. Strict and stern with traces of weakness.

Of course, the film doesn't deliver as a solo film as it lacks its own flavour and purpose. Although this is possibly the first chapter of more to come, every chapter means something and here I'm afraid to say that it seems nothing more than a good genre showcase with hints of little somethings that will eventually lead to big things. And, it's also less chilling and mystifying than Scott's 1979 Alien.

But maybe, I'm just expecting too much.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely loved this movie. It had the visual appeal of the other alien movies and the atmosphere that every set had was just grand! I wonder how they conceptualized the alien vessels. My friend argues that they had to have used 3d scanning to get all the features right, because Riddley Scott is big on CG and using props for his films.


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