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Jun. 11th, 2012 | 09:48 am

Saw Prometheus last week.

The first half of the film is absolutely breathtaking, near perfect with its concepts and execution. Questions are raised – big, giant, philosophical questions (Who we are? Where we come from? Is there a god? Does it all matter?). These are the sort of questions that make me love sci-fi as a genera that no other can really match.

The second half of the film makes a mad dash to answer every single question that was asked in the first half. In fact, they had to answer EVERY SINGLE QUESTION we had from Alien. The elegance of the first half was abandoned, and in its place was a series of scenes that was clumsily assembled and served little purpose to make the audience care for any of the characters. Die in horrible (or pointless ways), I really don’t care.

Prometheus, for the life of it can’t seem to decide on whether it want to be a hard-edged sci-fi or a cheap horror flick, and while I LOVE horror flicks, the lack of direction in its second half is detrimental to its over all shape. The scattered scenes that while in isolation is visually stunning (the cockpit is beautiful) and horrifying (Shaw and that piece of tech, just, OMFG! That was pretty awesome, and if only the CONTEXT of the whole film had managed to be that tense, it could have been amazing), in context they lack impact or a point.

I love Alien because it was one of the most beautifully executed horror films ever made. It was a lean, streamlined horror film set in space. There was no wasted scene TELLING the audience what was going to happen. It raised questions that was never answered (it intrigued the audience), and its sole purpose was to rage war against the audience, every single scene in it was to increase the audience’ fear, to keep them guessing, to make them realize that no one was safe.

Aliens is one of the best action films ever made. The fact Cameron made me care for Ripley is one of its biggest accomplishments ever.

Prometheus is neither a successful horror nor an amazing action film, what it could have been was an amazing sci-fi film that could have raised the bar for the whole genera. Instead, it is a soulless piece of art – pretty, over done, and mostly forgettable.

Hell, I enjoyed Alien Resurrection way more, at least it was fun.

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Elizabeth McCoy

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from: archangelbeth
date: Jun. 11th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
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That... is about how I felt about the trailer for it that I saw! "Interesting, interesting, interesting... oh curse it, it's Horror and there's lots of alarming bits." (I never watch Horror stuff if I can avoid it. I generate my own nightmare fuel way too well! More seats in the theater for people who wanna see it. O:> )

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Jun. 25th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
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Apologies for the late response, have been travelling for work with limited internet.

I really hope you get the opportunity to watch the first 40 mins or so of the film. It is utterly stunning. But the rest, um, I got into a serious debate/shouting match with a few friends about why I hated the latter half of this film. They loved it, I couldn't.

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Elizabeth McCoy

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from: archangelbeth
date: Jun. 25th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
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No worries on time-delays. Travel is travel. (And evil. Trevil. Traevil. Something like that. I have a fever and am not to be trusted with a keyboard.)

If the first 40 minutes isn't scary, mayhap I will find it on YouTube or something, someday... >_>

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hours in the rain

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from: nyxocity
date: Jun. 11th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
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That's a shame. I love the original Alien quadrilogy--yes, even Part 3, so ahead of its time--for all the reasons you mention here and was really looking forward to Prometheus.

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Jun. 25th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
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I love part 3 in concept, but the execution always felt somehow lacking to me.

Since writing this I have gotten into a very long debate/shouting match with some guy friends who loved this film, and I don't know. I just don't see it. And this could be potentially my own fault for having such a strong idea of what an Alien film should be. I don't know. I just wish this film had either been more of a standalone sci-fi film.

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