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by Adam Ray Palmer (subscribe)
A film reviewer, a poem dabbler and an admirer of words. They are funny things aren't they? Words, where would we be without them? On TV probably.
Published September 5th 2012
Prometheus may crash, Prometheus may burn, but does the narrative go with it?

Well, where to begin with this spectacle? Is it a prequel? Is it a stand-alone movie? Or is it just a pure boast of what Ridley Scott's genius can create?

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Now I have waited and thought about this film, I have come up with this conclusion as a review. Undoubtedly, this is a masterpiece for marvellous wizardry of visual effects but maybe the narrative suffers slightly due to the high-end in production. The storyline seems to be very lazily written and no way near up to scratch for the graphics. To me, Scott focused on impressing the viewers' eyes rather than their mind.

The script is very much like a pleasant horror flick. By pleasant I mean it isn't scary at all. When you think of Ridley Scott, you think of Alien. When you think of Alien, you think of spine-chilling, horrifying scenes of gore and jump-out-of-seat moments that leave you on edge for two hours. However, with Prometheus, we predict what is going to happen half an hour before that specific scene arises. The weak plot is accompanied by dull character deaths as they are killed off one by one, it is very much like a Sci-Fi Saw but without the intelligence and mind play.

The three main protagonists explore a cave

I feel very harsh writing this review, but I feel undersold. The only highlight for me is Michael Fassbender. The Fasscinator (as I like to call him) is astonishingly good as the character David with his limp personality, perfectly combed hair, emotionless face and his straight leisurely-paced walk. Oh, I forgot to mention he is an android. He is the main party trick in this lacklustre movie that was simply built on too much hype to be able to meet expectation.

Idris Elba puts in a good shift as Prometheus' Captain, as did Logan Marshall-Green playing Noomi Rapace's partner. Noomi was in one of my favourite scenes of the film where she has her alien baby ripped out of her in an operating machine. It actually is an eye-squinting scene acted well. However, Rapace, I felt was out her depth on the whole in this blockbuster and could not deal with the pressure of being a main protagonist in a hopeful chartbuster unlike Fassbender. This is where I thought Charlize Theron would be in her element being a Hollywood superstar, did she know she was in this film? I normally quite like Theron, especially after her great performance in Young Adult, but in Prometheus she went missing. Maybe Michael should check his back pocket for her.

Prometheus begins like it is going to be a truly scientific, epic adventure with an opening sequence to get anyone's pulses flowing, but in the end it just fails to deliver. I knew the narrative's route from the opening half an hourů and it's a two hour film. Fassbender is amazing and steals the show, but to be fair, he had no close competition. They only saving grace is that Ridley does not hold back on the visuals. They are truly dazzling and his genius really shows; I just wished the script was there to match.

Star rating: 3/5
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When: On DVD October 9th
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