Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Prometheus

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74% (Critics) / 87% (Audience)
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: 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.

The Good:
Michael Fassbender was incredible as David the android man servant. He was able to convey a childlike sense of wonder and a subtle hint of menace with ease and sometimes even in the same scene. His David is the anchor of this film and provides most of the better acting moments in Prometheus.
The revelation of the rue motives of The Engineers was a nice touch too.
It also goes without saying that this film is amazing looking but that is to be expected from any Ridley Scott movie. The man makes great looking movies.The music choices were also spot on too.

The Bad:
The movie was a bit jumbled and fractured in my estimation. I understand that Scott was going for a massive scope with this movie but somewhere along the lines it felt like the movie got away from him a bit. I don’t know if it was just an case of bad editing or what but the movie just felt off in some places.
Also pretty much every single one of the characters in this movie (who were all touted as experts in their field) behaved like the dumbest big boobed damsel in the worst slasher movie.

The Ugly:
I love Charlize Theron and Idris Elba a whole bunch but she was ridiculously stiff in the majority of this movie and he was using this goofy southern twang that was more annoying than not. And that added scene at the end before the credits ran was more chuckle worthy than frightening.

Final Verdict: An ambitious and visually appealing film that, while seeming to collapse under the weight of Ridley Scott’s imagination and some seriously awful characters, was saved by just enough interesting sci-fi scares and an outstanding performance by Michael Fassbender to make it worth the price of a ticket. But this movie doesn’t hold up well at all upon repeat viewing.

Grade: C

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