Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Prometheus Unbound

Watching Prometheus (2012) was really Ms. Spenser's idea, and a very good idea, indeed.

Prometheus is supposed to be Ridley Scott's prequel to the Alien movie, although not necessarily the Alien sequels. In fact, the continuity is so scattered that you can't really say how much it sets up, explains, etc. In fact, the plot is so weird and unlikely, you can't really say much about it at all. It's all about the experience.

From the surreally beautiful opening scene of a Titan dissolving in Iceland, through the Geigeresque scenes on the alien spaceship, the surreal big giant head, it's full of strikingly beautiful images. Someone (can't remember or Google who) suggested that it had the visual look of an old sci-fi pulp cover. They even had someone escaping from a giant hula hoop (spoiler, I guess). I saw that influence again and again.

I don't want to discuss the plot because it doesn't make much sense. Again, we have a group of dimwits and sneaks on a spaceship, again one is an android, one is a kick-ass woman. Again they meet up with space jockeys and chest-bursters. But the overall feel is very different. It's not the blue-collar haunted house in space this time. This expedition is all sciency and virtual realityistic.

Also, the android is Michael Fassbender, you know, for the ladies. For us guys, the kick-ass woman is Noomi Rapace, from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and also some Swedish movies about a girl.

This movie isn't the breakthrough that Alien was, but it was a lot of fun to watch. We expect to own it soon, and watch it again and again.

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