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‘Prometheus’ reconsidered

June 28, 2012

I got to watch Prometheus in IMAX 3D. I think the ticket cost $14.50, but oh my, was the visual experience gorgeous. (Caution: Spoilers ahead!)

The script, unfortunately, was not improved by the experience, although I did get a smidgen more insight into the character of Charlie Holloway. He is very intelligent, yes, but also impulsive and blinded by his vision of contact with the Engineers.

Holloway mutters a key line to himself in the scene in the storage room, the one with the giant head. Having wandered off alone, after taking in the details, he says something like, “It’s just another tomb.” Well, it’s just the most fantastic tomb ever discovered by humans, but this sentence and Holloway’s pensive delivery establishes that the scientist was — in his way — as determined as Peter Weyland to meet the Engineers.

Thus it makes sense that as soon as the decapitated Engineer head explodes, Holloway — already clutching a bottle of alcohol — proceeds full speed ahead to get his drunk on. You can’t have any enlightening conversations with aliens if they’re all dead.

Sadly, none of the other plots holes in Prometheus could be cleared up by my second viewing. Why did Weyland pretend to be dead? Don’t know. Why does the ship keep on losing track of Fifield and Millburn? Not sure. Why does the Engineer pursue Dr. Elizabeth Shaw after his ship crashes? Unclear.

Another glorious Ridley Scott mess

June 25, 2012

So I’ve seen Prometheus, the new Ridley Scott movie. Summing up: What a glorious mess.

The setup is intriguing. About 80 years from now, archaeologists Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) discover evidence that an alien race which they call the Engineers created humanity.

More accurately, they have found what appear to be star maps in artifacts from ancient human civilizations scattered across very different places and times, meaning that these cultures never had contact. The leap of faith — one of many — that this professional and personal couple make is that aliens are our makers. Corporate honcho Peter Weylanda (a heavily made up Guy Pearce) buys into this theory and dispatches a scientific expedition led by Shaw and Holloway aboard the eponymous starship to what they believe is the Engineers’ point of origin.

Prometheus is helmed by Captain Janek (Idris Elba) but under the nominal control of icy corporate bureaucrat Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron). Further muddying the lines of command are the actions of David, an incredibly intelligent and very meticulous android who answers to a mysterious authority. The identity and motives of David’s true master constitute something of a third-act revelation — although anyone who’s paying attention should be able to identify the person lurking behind the curtain well in advance. Read the rest of this entry »

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