Movie Guyd: Does “Prometheus” Reach for the Stars?

Jay Catterson
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Jay Catterson

June 10, 2012
10:06 p.m.

After 33 years since the original Alien, director Ridley Scott is back with the prequel to the franchise. The film is set in the late 21st century, where a team of scientists gets sent to a distant moon aboard the spaceship Prometheus in order to investigate the origins of human life. They stumble upon a life force that could spell disaster for the the human race. So is this the reboot to the franchise that we’ve all been waiting for? Read on!

The good: Wow, this film is epic in scale, and oozes big budget out of its pores. It’s chock full of suspense, gore, and homages to the original Alien. The film is impeccably cast, and the film’s heroine Elizabeth Shaw, played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), is the standout. Other notable cast members include Charlize Theron as the tough and villainous Weyland Corporation mission monitor Meredith Vickers, and Michael Fassbender as the deliciously devious android David.

The gay: Let’s start with Michael Fassbender. I want a robot manservant that looks like that! Talk about the ultimate sex toy, er, butler to help you with your “needs.” And he doesn’t require you to replace the batteries! He definitely blinded me with science.

Another hottie was Logan Marshall-Green as archaeologist and Elizabeth’s love interest, Charlie Holloway. HUNKTACULAR! He looks more like one of J.Lo’s ripped backup dancers than a space-tromping archaeologist, but who cares?! His brooding good looks and sexy buzz cut, along with his sweat-drenched chiseled bod, makes me wanna go where no man has gone before.

Speaking of chiseled physiques, the albino spacemen known as The Engineers are huge and ripped, giving muscle fans something to appreciate. And the Prometheus is full of hot shipmates! I wouldn’t mind getting shipwrecked with that crew. Theron is looking all fierce and fabulous, especially when she puts on one of those slim and sexy space jumpsuits. Ferocious.

The bad: Is it me, or are there plot holes the size of moon craters in this screenplay? There’s quite a few inconsistencies in the storyline, and a lot of the situations that the crewmates get themselves into seem too far-fetched to be even remotely possible. Also, the ending was a little anticlimactic for such a suspenseful buildup. Plus, I wanted to see more aliens! Give us more aliens! (What did you guys think? Comment below!)

The fugly: Some of the gory scenes were cringeworthy, but others were just plain icky. Now did some of those alien lifeforms look a little too phallic or vaginal? Hmm…

One Giant Leap for Mankind, or Abort Mission?: Although flawed, Prometheus is a great foray into the Alien mythology. The visuals, the suspense, and the cast are compelling enough to warrant a viewing of this movie. Heck, I’d see it again! To be honest, I’m still thinking about it. The 3D is unnecessary, but whether you choose to see it in 3D or 2D it doesn’t matter. The film is worthy of the hype, and is a definite “must see” for science-fiction aficionados and die-hard Alien fans.

The Grade: A-


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