Thursday, June 7, 2012

Prometheus Review - 3 Stars

Ridley Scott advanced our idea of science fiction horror in 1979’s “Alien”.  His new movie “Prometheus” originally promised to tell the story leading to the story of “Alien”.  Instead it presents a standard space exploration plot.  Noomi Repace – best known as the lead in the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – stars as a passionate, religious, scientist who hopes to travel to a distant planet and discover the secret of creation.  The ship looks appropriately futuristic and has the usual crew of diverse and varied personalities.  Charleze Theron comes along as a standard issue corporate villain.  More effective is Michael Fassbender as a humanoid robot.  He’s creepy in the manner of “HAL” from 2001. Sure enough, the scientists discover an abandoned space ship filled with oozing canisters and pretty soon they morph into aquatic snake like creatures and the fun begins.  “Prometheus” looks great, makes good use of 3 D and has some of the year’s best special effects.  Not great like “Alien”, but good enough for the summer of 2012.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Sci fi horror.  Is it entertaining?  Jump out of your seat moments.  is it worth the price of admission?  For fans.