Film: Prometheus splits critics, thrills audiences
June 15th, 2012
Omaha, NE – Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction has left critics divided and audiences thrilled. From the Movieha podcast, Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood take a look at Prometheus.
Ryan: Prometheus is not a prequel to Alien.
Matt: Are you sure, because that’s not what I heard.
Ryan: Prometheus IS a prequel to Alien.
Matt: Wait, you just said it wasn’t?
Ryan: Are you the type of guy who needs a specific answer to every question?
Matt: Yes. No. Maybe. What was the question again?
Ryan: If you find that movies that engage in crazy philosophical notions without clear conclusions are frustrating, director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is going to ruin you.
Matt: Set in the same world as Alien but many decades earlier, Prometheus follows a curious couple played by Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green, who discover a series of cave paintings that suggest our divine creators may have an address.
Ryan: So they do what any of us would do, get corporate funding from an evil organization, collect a crew that consists of an android named David played by Michael Fassbender and a stoic ice-princess who does semi-nude pushups played by Charlize Theron, and head out in space to meet our makers.
Matt: Once the gang gets there, they are dismayed to find bizarre godlike biological weapons and a host of unspeakable creatures that do unspeakable things to unspeakable places.
Ryan: As much a staggeringly beautiful visual extravaganza as it is a legitimate action thriller, what sets Prometheus apart is it’s willingness to grapple with the divine, provoking the most spirited debate among those who have seen it.
Matt: One group contends that the movie’s failure to postulate specific responses to the questions of creation and destruction that are brought about is a sign that the movie is actually quite dim. Blame is being cast on former Lost writer Damon Lindelof, who carries with him a reputation for failing to deliver in the third act.
Ryan: But such accusations are unfair and unfounded, as part of the fun is considering the possibilities that run wild. The same people who lament the lack of exposition here are the same gang who blasted the sci-fi prequel Star Wars The Phantom Menace for attempting to explain that the force was really just a manifestation of tiny alien bugs.
Matt: No, Prometheus does not tie a bow on anything and leave itself wide open for sequels that aren’t the original Alien movie featuring Sigourney Weaver, although there are clearly echoes of that earlier work all over.
Ryan: What Prometheus is in reality is a clever tale that encases high-octane action and effects inside some thought-provoking questions. And if that is what some people consider a failure, I encourage them to wait until this weekend, when Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy comes out.
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