Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Prometheus - symbols, theories and observations.

By Sati. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 , , , , , , , , , ,
95/100  (124 min, 2012)
Plot: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Fassbender
(spoilers in the article and the images)

Paradise Lost
This man is here because he does not want to die. 
He believes you can give him more life.” 
- David, speaking to the Engineer.

Why are we here? Who created us? Why did they create us? Why do we die? Why do we live? These are all the questions people were asking themselves for as long as there was human life. If you think Ridley Scott's Prometheus, movie set in the same universe as Alien but with the events preceding those shown in classic science fiction.horror will answer these questions you will be wrong. Nobody can answer them, can they? But Prometheus offers some theories and ideas that are very thought provoking and not necessarily completely impossible.

The film opens in 2089 when Dr Elizabeth Show and her boyfriend Charlie Holloway discover curious cave paintings. Soon they are part of the mission sponsored by powerful Weyland Industries to the distant planet - they know how to get there because Shaw and Holloway found several of such cave paintings, each containing pictograms which put together create a star map. They are going there, because as the paintings are from many centuries set apart, spread through the history of human existence they believe they are being led to the beings that created us. They call them Engineers.
The travel to the planet takes 2 years during which the crew, which also includes icy Weyland Industries rep Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), ship's captain Janek (Idris Elba) and several others, is in hyper sleep. But there is someone watching over them - android named David, created by Weyland Industries. He spends his time playing basketball, watching "Lawrence of Arabia" over and over again, learning languages, eating and drinking. He also peeks into the dreams of Elizabeth Shaw, being so curious of people, as he can mimic human emotions, but can't feel them himself.

After the crew awakes the ship lands on the planet (in actuality a moon) and goes for an expedition to one of the temples they find there. The temple is filled with otherworldly bizarre writings and murals as well as surprises along the way. That expedition will end with each of the participants finding something - some will find the desire to play the part of creators themselves, some will find death, some will find more questions than answers and others will meet our maker. In quite shocking matter too.

Prometheus is not a new version of Alien, it's not even a prequel to Alien the movie, it's more of a prequel to the creatures we saw in Scott's masterpiece. The film is not a monster movie like Alien was - it is more focused on this group of people seeking answers in the worst possible place and on the evolution of the creatures that are inhabitants of the planet. There was a lot of criticism directed towards the script - it's very bizarre seeing how clever the script is - there are many theories out there after the movie premiered - not because there are plot holes but because so many things are left ambiguous, so many things hang on us choosing what to believe in - much like the characters in the movie.

For example there is one scene where David speaks to the Engineer. Until recently it wasn't know what he said (see this) all we knew was that the reaction of the Engineer was caused by that. It forced me to think about what David could possibly say, especially that he was met with the admiration of God at first.. All of the allegations of underdeveloped characters fall flat - David, Shaw and Holloway are great characters, Janek and Vickers also get some nice moments and develop curios chemistry. There is also a pair of others - Fifilied and Milburn, who do not share others curiosity and will be featured in one of the film's scariest moments.
Elizabeth Shaw is not Ripley, but Ripley herself would be proud of her, especially in the third act of the movie. She is a curios scientist who is looking for her answers, what is interesting here is that she is also a deeply religious Christian, who always wears her cross around her neck. She is open minded, though, and not limited to stereotypical depictions of God - she can't wait to meet Engineers and discover the answers to her questions. As the story goes on and it is becoming more and more evident that the place they are in is more of a tomb than the fountain of answers and more of Hell than Paradise, Shaw transforms into someone who puts answers first but right along with something just as important - survival.

Noomi Rapace is excellent here - both as a delicate and a little naive scientist who doesn't even want weapons during the first trip to the temple, being so sure that "Gods are good" and as a strong, determined woman who will do everything to rescue her home planet and herself. In the third act of the movie, as Shaw is holding the axe and something is chasing her, the look on Rapace's face was as fierce as her work as Lisbeth Salander. She composes herself, holds the axe and waits - incredible moment for her character. She also has great, very touching scenes here, as Shaw goes through psychological torment and has to face impossible situations.
But the key to the lock that is Prometheus is David, the android. He is by far my favorite android in Alien universe. He is a machine that can mimic human emotions, but is said not to feel them. Yet when Peter Weyland says he doesn't have a soul you can see pain and anger on David's face. He is a mix of Pinocchio, who wants to be real boy with all the scenes where he is trying to behave like human and a mischievous robot who has his own agenda ("I'm sorry we are not equipped to carry on such procedure"). He seems to have desires of his own, although he says he is being programmed by Weyland.

He appears to want to be a creator himself and he is fascinated by the Engineers - it is quite clear that he himself feels superior to human race, people who after all created him. Because he doesn't fear death as he will never die he is devoid of their biggest weakness. In the film's pivotal scene it is unclear what his motivations are and there are hints throughout the movie that he knows more there he is telling others - especially in the temple where when Holloway asks him if he can read the writings he says "Perhaps".
I loved David's relationship with Shaw, movie's second strongest character. He is obviously fascinated by her, watching her dreams and closely studying her actions - perhaps it is her strong belief and the desire to find her answers that intrigues him. Then he even saves her life and the two seem to create a bizarre and unique bond. Then as he is on pursuit of the quest of his own he turns into a monster who clearly doesn't care about humans' feelings and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals, no matter how awful the means to achieving them are. And then the two are forced to work together as David intelligently uses his skill of manipulation. It is even implied that as he despises humans he may even desire all of them to be gone.

Michael Fassbender delivers astonishing performance as he looks very innocent - especially as David is watching the holograph created by Engineers, being mesmerized by it - and as he acts like the most clever and manipulative part of the crew - with his condescension for humans, elaborate planning and his ability to keep secrets and strategically withdrawn information. His relationship with Weyland is also interesting and as a lot of things in the movie it has religious connotations - the thing David says about every child wanting his parents dead and the scene where David washes Wayland's feet.
Another character connected to Weyland - in what may or may not be a nod to Blade Runner - is Meredith Vickers, who is on the mission to make sure everyone else will do their job. Vickers is cold, distant and doesn't care about all of the scientific/religious mambo jumbo. She only wants the expedition to end so she could get back to her usual work, being a representative for Weyland Industries. A lot of people say that her character is unnecessary - by this logic you can find unnecessary characters in every single movie. She is as much of part of  Prometheus as everyone else is and her character is pivotal in one particular scene which ends in some of the crew meeting the creatures in the temple and nobody doing anything about it.

Vickers also has great chemistry with Janek, ship's captain who as she doesn't care about the expedition, "he just flies the ship". She has quite the complex relationship with David, at whom she looks down upon as she seems to hate androids and is visibly hurt when Janek asks her is she is one. The reason why she hates David so much is unveiled later on in the film and her final scene along with hints throughout the film suggests that she may be more like David than we are led to believe.
Theron and Elba deliver strong work here, really developing their characters beyond the script and injecting their own charisma into those people. Logan Marshal Green who plays Holloway is also very good, delivering strong work as a scientist, adventurer and in the end someone determined to do the right thing. All of those people, interacting, being forced to do unimaginable to each other and then depicting remorse, painted on their faces are heartbreaking to watch at times. Prometheus is as much about its crew as it is about the world the film is set in.

The film tackles great issues and forces us to think about them - Ridley Scott himself says that "Both NASA and the Vatican agree that it is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today, without there being a little help along the way. That's what we're looking at: we are talking about gods and engineers, engineers of space. Were the Aliens designed as a form of biological warfare, or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"
The Engineers' design was quite shocking because it wasn't what I imagined at all, though it was really nicely made, especially in the film's beautiful opening sequence. They were modeled after sculptures of ancient Gods and it really shows, especially when it comes to their faces. They look unbelievably creepy and I almost wish the scenes where David sees them wouldn't be made in the form of holographs. Those giant beings just walking around are so freaky I was genuinely scared when I saw them walking in behind the scenes for the movie.

It is clear that the opening sequence contains the look on Prometheus of the story, but the thing is that he is not the only one - the story is also about the sacrifice and we see many instances of it throughout the film, both from the people and the Engineers.

Another interesting thing are the new creatures we see here and the most fascinating aspect of them is when we see them evolve. There is one creature in particular that has four different forms and the steps to its evolution are almost always shocking and very gruesome. The creatures are meticulously designed and as in Alien it all revolves around disturbing sexual imaginary, resulting in the film's most incredible and chilling sequence that is definitely going to make some people cringe and feel uneasy long after the film is over. What makes it even more disturbing is that most of the designs are actually based on real life creature - the final one has one very distinctive similarity to the goblin shark.
The designs that we see on the planet are fantastic, very creepy and otherworldly, especially the temple the crew goes in, with the room filled with hundreds of urns, which as on obvious nod to Alien. There is a giant humanoid head there, obviously a reference to the Engineers, the mural depicting the xenomorph which is either an altar, a doorway to the room containing the creatures or some sort of prophecy. And then there is a mural depicting Engineer creating a creature - the Engineer has a rip in his rib - sounds familiar? It is one of the scenes and images in the movie that suggests that birth comes through sacrifice. That "In order to create you need to destroy first".

One of the most ambiguous things in the story is what happened to Engineers 2000 years ago that caused them to conclude with a certain plan and also over lapsed with the death of many of them - that is the point where I think the movie links to the Engineer we see in Alien - there is also a pile of dead engineers with holes in their chest and holographs that show Engineers running away from something. Oh my, what could that be? I think we all know what it was. As for the choice of the date - 2000 years ago - I applaud Scott and the writers for this courage. There are some links to Christianity as well in the film's most creepy moment as this scene takes place on Christmas time. Considering the prior medical condition of the person we see during it and what is happening in the scene the film really puts a sinister and bold spin on one of the most revered religious events in the society by drawing such parallels to it.
It all makes a room for so many theories - the simplest one and I hope the correct one as Damon Lindelof has this horrible habit of creating great story arcs just to deliver retarded answers in conclusion - is that the Engineers created humans and then 2000 years ago as they decided to wipe us out they decided to use their different creation - xenomorphs. Only those escaped, killed some of the Engineers and only one (on this particular planet) survived. Another one who was carrying the cargo, presumably to Earth, crashed on the planet from Alien while already being infected.

Of course there is the big question Elizabeth Shaw asks - why do they want to destroy us? Are we also Prometheus who became to powerful? Does it tie to beginning to Christianity? Scott said the following - "But if you look at it as an “our children are misbehaving down there” scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, “Lets’ send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it. Guess what? They crucified him."
Forget the myth of Prometheus for a moment - what about the Bible? Lucifer being jealous of the love God has for people. Are Engineers jealous of us? Are they in fact not the God but the Devil? What other science fiction movie made me wonder like that? The question is - there is no such science fiction movie. It is only the best of art that makes you wonder. Or is it perhaps that the humans became too advanced and the invitation is in fact a trap? The anger of the Engineer when he sees this old feeble man demanding immortality is not something shocking - it is completely understandable.

The film goes beyond that - Shaw keeps asking her questions, never missing the mark - if they created us, who created them? It's a bottomless pit, something you will probably never discover answer to. In comparison to the eternity, the vastness of time and space, we are almost like parasites and if there is God out there who created us, our attempts at getting our answers must be a real source of amusement for him. What if he simply doesn't care or worse yet - wants us gone? Just like David does, another "being" that will never die and doesn't know fear.
The film, while being the best science fiction movie I've seen in a long time, has some flaws that really puzzled me. I'm not going to sit here pretending it is a perfect film, but with all of the ideas it put in my head, "the trick is not minding that it hurts". For the scene with Janek and the two guys on Prometheus right before collision to occur in a movie like that is unbelievable to me. That scene was so God damn stupid and cheesy I felt so hurt watching it that I thought somebody just slapped me across the face.

I mean really what the hell was that. "Hands up!"? What? Oh Yey, we are going to die so let's cheer? Apart from Janek there are two other guys in this moment and that scene made me think of Avatar and it's just horrible that it happened. It seems so out of place in this movie, many people complain about the scene with the snake-like creature, but honestly "Hands up!" takes the freaking cake.
Another flaw is the editing - people keep saying script is bad, but it's not - it's the way the movie is edited that is the real problem.  While in first two thirds of the film it's not that noticeable, it is a great shame the thrilling third act is crippled because of that. Most of the scenes from the third act of the film are obviously meant to be longer as we saw numerous shots not featured in the film in various trailers and TV spots.

 I do not know what happened but keeping in mind what happened to David Fincher with Alien 3 I am inclined to blame FOX. They most likely forced Scott to keep the movie close to 2 hours of run time. As with all Scott's movies I'm hoping Director's Cut which will include more than 20 minutes of additional material will remedy the situation.
In the effect Prometheus is the rare case of movie.where scene where the characters are running away from something should be included. There are many threats to the characters in the film and there are always two results - either death or quick resolution. In Alien there was only one creature which mercilessly massacres the crew and the whole movie dealt with them running away, trying to kill it, hiding from it. In Prometheus creature attacks as much as effective are simply to short, especially near the end of the movie.

Also - there is something very memorable that happens to Shaw - the Christmas related thing I mentioned before - and after it happens nobody mentions it. What? Things go so fast in third act of the movie, the film lacks reactions and interactions between characters. The pace is racing and that's good as it makes for entertaining scenes, but with set up like the one we see in the wreckage of Prometheus I really hoped for longer conclusion.
There have been a lot of talk about the marketing for the movie spoiling the film - as I feel FOX went too far, especially with the fact we see the collision in the trailers - the ending to the movie was a huge surprise to me - it was creepy, grotesque, unexpected and scary as hell. It is one of the film's finest moments along with my favorite moment from trailers - the scene where Shaw is composing herself - which is inexcusably shortened in the movie, but because of additional shots of her trying to pull herself together, is still very effective.

The film's visual effects are great and the design of the ships is fantastic - I do not know much about this stuff as I never pay much attention to things like that in science fiction films but Prometheus looked fantastic. The scene with David in the holograph is simply stunning, as is the sand storm approaching Prometheus at one point and the debris after the collision which really astonishes with its scale and the masterful effects.
Marc Streitenfeld's score, while not impressive as stand alone album, worked quite well in the movie especially during all the creepy scenes and the most visually impressive moments. There was a lot of complaining about music playing too often in the movie - I didn't notice that. What I felt was missing where the chilling sounds used in original trailer for Alien and all the trailers for Prometheus. I don't know why films almost never use the trailer music as people waiting for certain movies really start to identify the films they are waiting for with those superbly chosen tracks.

The concept art for the film reveals certain things that only show how much detail is hidden everywhere in the movie - the murals changing in the temple, the very images on them, even the design of the Derelict - Engineers' ship - all have deeper meaning, one that is very easy to escape the viewer upon the first watching of the movie. In the spirit of Alien the creatures were not just made with the CGI but also using the puppets - in the film's most memorable scene the creature - while still being locked after being removed - is CGI but when it breaks free and starts moving its numerous tentacles to the main heroine's horror - it is a puppet, much like the one used in the infamous chestbuster scene.
1) concept art from "Prometheus - the art of the film" 2) the same image hidden in the mural in the movie
CGI creature that is replaced with practical effects in the next shots
The ship in the movie and the symbol - The Ouroboros which represents eternal return, the cycle.
The film is a gorgeous visual spectacle and a great story with strong characters and thought provoking ideas. I am certain I will see it many more times and I simply cannot wait for the sequel as it will feature two of my favorite characters from the movie. You either are the one who dismisses the film because of "plot holes" or the one who loves it and who was left thinking about it for weeks after seeing it. I belong to the second group.

What we can expect from Dirctor's cut:

43 comments:

  1. I've been unsure about seeing this but your review is so far the best one I've read. I think I'll wait out on the extended cut as I admit to be very mixed about Scott's recent work in the past decade.

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    1. Thank you! If you haven't seen this one yet and don't plan on seeing it in the cinema I'd wait for Extended cut too.

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  2. "He is a mix of Pinocchio, who wants to be real boy with all the scenes where he is trying to behave like human and a mischievous robot who has his own agenda."- LOVE THAT.

    As much as I thought the film was flawed, and that might be because of editing since it just jumped around too much for me, I love how in depth this review is. Most certainly the best part of Prometheus is all the spiritual and existential questions it raises. Then David. I liked Shaw, but just the fact that she starts running around after "that" scene could not sit with me at all. As much as I want to look past it, it's so friggin' unbelievable.

    Great post :)

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    1. I think the thingy she kept in her hand after that was some sort of a syringe with very powerful meds, who knows what they have in the future :)

      There were some moments where the film felt a bit unbeliavble but I usually let it fly in sci-fi as long as the movie keeps me interested.

      Thank you!

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  3. I knew something great was in store for making us wait all this while for your review!

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  4. I love this post Sati, you make some great posts. Through it's flaws I will be one of the first in line for the Blu-Ray directors cut!! I want to know more!!

    Sorry for my absence since Wednesday, I have been on a little holiday!!

    Back now.

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    1. I'm really excited about Director's cut - I think out of all of Scott's films they are all better with DC except for Alien which was pretty much perfect the way it was.

      It's all right, I hope you enjoyed your holidays!

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  5. I really liked this movie. I recognize that a lot of the character actions don't make sense and there are a lot of plot holes, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the movie.

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    1. Glad you liked it! It obviously has flaws but all in all it would be hard to top it with any sci-fi movie from recent memory.

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  6. Great review, Sati! You raised some really interesting questions and brought up very solid reasons why the film works so well and why its not even close to being a perfect film.

    What I liked most about Prometheus is that it had a lot to say. For a summer blockbuster horror film, that's unexpected and more than welcome.

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    1. Indeed, plus it really keeps you thinking. I also thought the amount of the disturbing and creepy moments was quite amazing for a summer movie, especially refreshing when nowadays everyone tries to get PG 13 rating to get more money.

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  7. I'm gonna save this to read at work later today. Just wanted to know, where is that last image from? I don't remember it from the film.

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    1. It was published recently in a magazine with the article about cinematography of the film, can't remember what was the exact name. It is from the longer version of the opening sequences which includes 9 Engineers - it is also seen in Prometheus - The art of the film.

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  8. Hurrah! You're in my camp! I adored this film and will undoubtedly be watching it at least a dozen more times in the years to come, so it's safe to say I'm completely dumbstruck by the total lack of enthusiasm I've heard from so many people. Sad face. Anyhow: you really went above and beyond in picking over the details at work here. Great to see this kind of dedication. I didn't even notice the ouroboros shape of the ship WHICH ONLY MAKES ME LOVE IT MORE because seriously? The ouroboros is kind of my thing...

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    1. I'm shocked at the response too - so many times in recent films the films that were ridiculously hyped got all the praise in the world after they were released, but the one time the movie is actually worthy of it, it doesn't get much.

      I really like how the answers to many questions are hidden in symbols like that, it's really not that difficult yet for some reason people choose to whine about plot holes.

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  9. Good review Sati. I really can't go into great detail with this flick as much as you have because I didn't really love it, but I did enjoy most of it while being disappointed by others. I don't know, maybe it was just that the film played too much like Alien and was predictable because of that. Either way, I'm glad you liked it.

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    1. Thanks! I loved the similarities to Alien, but then again it's one of my all time favorites.

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  10. The wait is over! And unlike many of the summer movies I have been dying to see, this examination of Prometheus did not disappoint.

    I think the highest compliment I can give you is that reading this piece made me want to see the movie again (immediately) - and that's something that I never do.

    I am awed by this effort.

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    1. Thank you! Glad I didn't disappoint :)

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  11. WOW, this is by far one of the best reviews I've read on Prometheus and your posts are always so meticulously crafted, Sati. I bow to you :D

    Your review made me appreciate the film a bit more than I initially thought after I saw it. I gave this film a lower rating than yours but perhaps it deserved more as it did a good job making you ponder about all those philosophical and spiritual questions. I think Shaw's quote "if they created us, who created them?" sums it all, and like you said, humans will always wonder about it. That is why I can never be an atheist as there are far more evidence to suggest there is a Higher Being out there who had a hand in creating us than the argument that we simply evolve from something else.

    I love what you wrote about David, I agree he's such a compelling character. I think Ridley LOVES the concept of an android/robot wanting to be humans, that's why David is the most well-developed character in the entire movie. I actually like Shaw more but hey, that's like splitting hair.

    Again, GREAT review!

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    1. Thank you!

      I used to be an Atheist, I'm not anymore for a long time now, the beauty fo this movie is that when sommeone says prior to this 'God leaves in space and he created us" it sounds ridiculous but when you think about it, what if we are simply just creation, of creation, of creation and it goes down like that to the beginning.

      I find androids to be fascinating this and Blade Runner really had some great ones.

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  12. Fantastic review Sati! It's been a while since I saw Prometheus now and it's successfully reminded me how much I really enjoyed it. Love the depth you've gone into with the characters and their motivations.

    Sure the film had flaws, which film doesn't? I think the film fans of the world were expecting a perfect film. I'm pretty sure, on it's release, Alien wasn't regarded as highly as it is now. Time changes a lot of things.

    So glad you enjoyed the film!

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    1. Alien was definetly not as highly praised as it is now, but the reviews were positive. This wasn't a case with Blade Runner, which got a lot of negative opinions and we all know how it is regarded now. I wish I had a time machine to travel 30 years in the future to check what is being said about Prometheus then :)

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  13. Great stuff worth the wait! I'm glad it didn't disappoint you but I totally agree about the collision bit. It did feel very forced and the whole sequence had been completely runied by the marketing. Shame as there is clearly so much to love here. Here's hoping this saga continues with more questions, slightly less and better considered marketing and more of Shaw and David's adventures!

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    1. I wonder what David willl do without his favorite movie. Maybe Engineers on their home planet will be able to help him kinda like the people in the future helped Cartman with the Nintendo Wii :)

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  14. Incredibily detailed review. The wait was worth it. Are you sure your not just giving it such a high score because of how much you built it up before going to see it? Sure, how much anyone loves a particular movie is based on their tastes alone, but I could never imagine giving Prometheus this much props. I might check out the Director's Cut, but I hate that type of marketing.

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    1. If the movie sucks I always write it sucks - many times I waited for the film eagerly and it severely disappointed me - Inception, Public Enemies, Dark Shadows - those are some of the recent examples. I can't imagine people saying Inception is 10/10 movie, but hey, people are diffent.

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  15. Wow! I can see you put a lot of thought and effort into this review, well done! I like your interpretation in your paragraph that starts: "It all makes room for so many theories"

    Cave paintings are really mysterious...Because if the moon visited isn’t the Engineers home, and it was an accident that led them to be stuck there, why did they have the cave drawings lead there?
    This article gives a theory:
    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Prometheus-Explained-Unraveling-Unanswered-Questions-31317.html?utm_source=zergnet.com

    Thanks for David's translation, and the ship symbol info, didn't know that!

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    1. I think maybe the moon used to be something else, perhaps some sort of station where Engineers would greet people, or perhaps the the place where they came up with the idea to populate the Earth - maybe it was just a symbol of where it all began. But then as they decided to wipe us out I think they changed the purpose of the moon.

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  16. Well, I'm in a third group. I neither loved it, nor dismissed it. I liked it well enough to recommend, but not nearly as well as you did.

    My biggest issue (which some people refer to as a plot hole) is that these are supposedly brilliant people doing the generic dumb things that all people do to get killed in sci-fi/horror films. "I'm a brilliant biologist who just two minutes before was shown to be scared of meeting any lifeforms. Hey, look at the angry alien snake. I think I should pet it."

    My second biggest issue is the physical impossibility of Rapace's character doing everything she did after the surgery. I don't care how many painkillers you shoot into yourself, if the abdominal muscles aren't connected so that brain signals pass along them, then your body is not moving in most of the ways hers did. It was the standard action movie cliche where the hero/heroine keeps going no matter how much they are hurt. I wouldn't care about this if the movie was just a dumb action movie, but it was marketed as a deep, smart movie, so this cliche contradicts that.

    These things didn't keep me from liking the movie, but they do keep me from lifting it above the standard, "good enough" movies that come out most summers.

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    1. The snake scene was I think a bit of the nod to the Alien to the scene with the cat and the creature when the first kill happens. I think it may be a possibility the guy was fascinated byu the new life form, sure it wasn't the smartest thing to do but those two weren't exactly smart to begin with :)

      Again they have technology in the future to revive dead bodies and even some sort of insturments that automatically translate languages - Weylend industries promo sites list quite the few interesting gadgets - so I wasn't really bothered by that bit.

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  17. Wow! Great review, Sati! The film's an 85/100 for me, but I just wish I could write this much about a film. There's probably only a handful of them that I could gush over. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you and I'm glad you liked the movie! I usually write a bit less but if I have more to say about the movie it either means it's very good or very bad :)

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  18. Happy you liked Prometheus, Sati. Definitely a very polarizing movie with a lot of people seeing it as an utter failure script-wise but the film also has its die-hard defenders (like you ;)). I think it's an entertaining movie and maybe it will get better with the director's cut.

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    1. I am willing to bet it will be better on Director's Cut - to this day I can't believe how insanely superior Kingdom of Heaven DC is to theatrical cut.

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  19. I've been waiting for this!!

    I hate that people bashed Prometheus because it didn't turn out to be a real Alien prequel and was that ambiguous, like you said, that they decided to call everything that they either didn't understand or didn't accept plotholes.

    The only thing that I might not agree with you are those minor characters. I couldn't even remember who was who and why I should care what happens to them. But I just wanna see this film again, when I know what's in the plot and can judge absolutely justly this time.

    As for Vickers, I'd love to know your opinion. You said that she was more like David. A myth that she could be an android had been circulating prior to the film's release. I, for one, can't decide which theory I support. Like I said, I really have to watch the movie again. But what do you make of it? Human or robot? I think there are strong arguments for both probabilities.

    I was sad that they didn't use that awesome music from trailers, too.

    Yor review awakened those feelings that I had when saw Prometheus. You have no idea how much I want to see it again. I'm not sure if they still show it in theaters now but if they do I might try to get to see it again because the wait till the DVD will be too painful, but I of course anticipate Ridley's Director's Cut.

    Sorry for the long comment. THANK YOU for this review. VERY insightful. Ahh, I'm using capital letters, so it means a lot.

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    1. Some things people consider to be plot holes are actually things that require the focused viewings, but when I read things like "Why did Shaw called them Engineers?" and someone insists it's a plot hole I feel embarassed for human kind.

      I think the minor characters are quite the same in Alien - they are there so we could see the creatures in action without loosing anyone really important :)

      There are strong arguments indeed - The fact she is so icy, she called Weyland "father" and that technically we don't see her die really speaks for android possiblity. Scott said somethig about the possibility of two androids. Even the fact she has sex with janek doesn't prove shit - Pris in Blade Runner was "a pleasure model". On the other hand Lindelof stated she is not an android, but who knows. I think if she doesn't appear in the sequel it will mean she was indeed human and is dead.

      I really hope they won't make us wait for DC long time, though those bastards at marketing will probably release theatrical cut on DVD and DV some time later only to earn more money :/

      No problem and I'm so glad you liked it!

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  20. Nice write up Sati, glad I stopped by today to check it out.
    I saw this in 3D IMAX and it was totally worth the extra coin. Just a magnificent film to watch.
    Enjoyed alot of the larger themes the film brought up and the cast. I really hope that the directors cut is going to flesh out some of the herky jerky editing that went on. However, I don't think it will help Lindelof's constant reliance upon character stupidity as a plot device. I read someone's review and they mentioned that their local Dunkin Donuts pays more attention to safety protocols than the crew of the Prometheus.
    Lastly really hoping the directors cut shows Vickers and Janek getting it on. ;-)

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    1. I can see how some people may see this as issue but these guys are pretty much stranded there, have been briefed in about 5 minutes and spent 2 years in hyper sleep. To tell you the truth I mostly focused on the important characters and followed their emotions and motives through the movie.

      Oh God I hope so too. Theron and Elba together is going to be epic.

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  21. Wow, you really loved this film, and I'm so glad it didn't disappoint you! I know how much you were looking forward to it! Shaw had some very Ripley-esque moments (and I think Vickers had one as well). Fassbender is wonderful, Rapace is wonderful. None of the characters felt redundant to me. They all had their purpose.
    Such an in-depth, well thought out, amazing review!

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    1. Yeah I adored it, when DVD comes out I will rewatch the shit out of it :) Vickers was pretty kick ass too, I don't get the hate for her character.

      Thank you so much, glad you liked it!

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  22. Just passing through, late to the party ....

    It was obvious to me at the time that the "hands off" collision scene was to ensure that none of the three of them panicked and steered the ship clear at the last second, since they only had one shot of hitting the other ship.
    It was not an expression of celebration.

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