Monday, June 11, 2012
MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Prometheus
2012 has already seen its fair share of blockbuster hits ("The Avengers", "The Hunger Games" etc.) but none of them really floored me. What a treat then, to find a truly skilled genre director (Ridley Scott) who delivers the goods. "Prometheus" is a wonderful addition to the "Alien" franchise, as it is riveting from start to finish. Scott is clearly a master of sci-fi, as he hooks you in from the first breathtaking scene. When I think of this film, so many adjectives come to mind. It's visually stunning, thrilling, mysterious, thought-provoking and at times downright terrifying. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen for a second. This film is a real directing triumph, but the entire production team must be commended. Maybe the IMAX 3D experience played a part, but I found the film's look and feel really lived up to the epic grandiosity of the trailers. Among a strong cast, Noomi Rapace shines in a plum role (Fassbender is outstanding too, but I kinda hated his character). This is her best performance to date (even better than her Lisbeth Salander imho). She has a bright future ahead, go get 'em girl! I will admit, the film doesn't fully answer all the ambitious philosophical questions it poses. In my view, if you are dealing with the origins of mankind, it's damn near impossible to give a satisfying answer. There will always be the question "Who created the creator?" For me, I was just happy that a summer blockbuster would have the gumption to provoke such deep thought. In addition, the pure enjoyment levels of this film should appeal to many, regardless of the minor plot flaws.