Prometheus (2012) – Movie Review

Prometheus is a prequel to the Ridley Scott’s 1979 Sci-Fi horror film Alien.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Logan Marshall-Green in "Prometheus"
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Logan Marshall-Green in "Prometheus"

In the distant past, a humanoid alien arrives on Earth and drinks a dark liquid. Its body broke apart and falls into a waterfall, planting the Earth with its DNA.

In 2089, archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her husband Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) unearth a star map which they interpret as an invitation from the makers of humanity or the "Engineers". Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the aging founder of Weyland Corporation, funds the creation of the spacecraft Prometheus to the distant moon LV-223. Prometheus is captained by Janek (Idris Elba) and led by mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron). The ship’s crew travels for 2 years in stasis whilst the android David (Michael Fassbender) monitors them.

Prometheus arrives the destination in 2093 and a team is dispatched to explore a cave. The team finds several cylinders, the corpse of a giant alien and a monolithic statue of a humanoid head. David discreetly takes one of the cylinders with him. An approaching storm causes the crew to return to Prometheus promptly, leaving crew members Milburn (Rafe Spall) and Fified (Sean Harris) stranded in the cave.

Shaw analyses and discovers the Engineer’s DNA matches human’s DNA. At the same time, David intentionally infects Holloway with a dark liquid found from the cylinder. When Shaw and Holloway have sex, we all have a pretty good idea what’s going to happen next.

Fifield and Milburn are involved in an attack by translucent snake-like creatures. Milburn is killed when one of the creatures sneaks into his body and exits from his mouth while corrosive fluid from one of the creatures melts Fifield’s helmet. The crew returns when the storm subsides only to find Milburn’s corpse.

David who’s on his own, discovers a room containing an Engineer in stasis and a star map pointing to Earth. Holloway is rushed back to the ship when his infection becomes worse but Vickers refuses his entry and immolates him with a flamethrower at his own request. When Shaw discovers she is pregnant with an alien offspring, she uses an automated surgery table to cut it from her abdomen, thus surviving another ordeal.

Weyland is seen to have been in stasis on board and explains to Shaw he intends to prevent old age by asking the Engineers for a cure. From the mapping of the cave, Janek concludes that the cave-like structure is actually Engineer military spacecraft. Weyland and several crew members return to awake the Engineer. As David speaks to the Engineer, the humanoid alien responds by decapitating his head and killing Weyland and the rest. Shaw manages to escape once again surviving another tough ordeal as the Engineer activates the spaceship. David’s head informs Janek that the Engineer is heading to Earth to release the liquid on Earth, and thus Janek crashes Prometheus into the Engineer’s spacecraft. Shaw goes back to the remaining of Prometheus only to find the ‘Octopus-like’ alien offspring has grown to a gigantic alien. When the Engineer who survives the crash returns to attack Shaw, she releases the alien onto the Engineer and escapes yet again. At first the Engineer has the strength to withhold the alien but when it thrusts a tentacle down the Engineer’s throat, it instantly kills him.

Shaw picks up David’s head and his body and with his help with his body remaining separated, she launches another Engineer spaceship and heads towards the Engineers’ homeworld in order to find out the main reason why they created humanity and wanted to destroy it later.

An alien creature with jet-black skin and an elongated skull is seen bursts out of the Engineer’s chest.

Overall, Prometheus is made to tell the origin of Alien and is meant to be a bigger picture but despite that the storyline and the plot are mediocre, despite outstanding performance by Noomi Rapace’s Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s David.

  • 7 out of 10
  • The film is dark and solemn and despite the amazing landscape and background, the storytelling is poor and the actions are scarce, just like the barren land.
  • No

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – Movie Review

Snow White and the Huntsman is an action fantasy film based on Snow White by Brothers Grimm starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is the daughter of King Magnus (Noah Huntley) whose kingdom is thriving until he is enchanted by the beauty of a woman named Ravenna (Charlize Theron) not knowing that she is the one who creates a fleet of phantom army as a bait to lure him and his army. Once back at the castle, King Magnus marries Ravenna and makes her his queen at once. Queen Ravenna uses her witch power to immobilize Magnus before stabbing him to death and brings her own army to conquer the castle. In the process, she locks up Snow White for many years until one day she learns from her Magic Mirror that she will be overthrown by Snow White, who will not only surpass her as the “fairest of them all”, but will also be her only salvation by consuming her heart to achieve immportality.

However, Snow White manages to escape into the Dark Forest, a place where the evil Queen’s power renders useless. Therefore, a Huntsman named Eric (Chris Hemsworth) is summoned to kill the Princess. However, when Eric learns that Snow White is a helpless damsel in distress, he decides to stand up and fight against the Queen and her army. Snow White, joined by her childhood friend Prince William, several dwarves and Duke Hammond’s (Vincent Regan) army marches towards the castle in an attempt to kill her stepmother Queen Ravenna and takes back the kingdom.

Despite being a strong adaption, the film has already failed at casting level by casting a pale Snow White in Kristen Stewart. The film is not only a pale drama with minimal action but it started on the wrong foot when even the magic mirror could not tell between fair and pale, thinking Kristen Stewart’s Snow White is the “fairest of them all”. Charlize Theron’s beauty is certainly of no comparison with Kristen Stewart’s anesthetized look. She does not have the glowing beauty of Snow White and certainly does not look like she could give life back to the dead land.

Overall, Snow White and the Huntsman is rather a disappointing representation of the highly popular fairy tale. With an unnecessarily length of storytelling and minimal actions, the film fairs miserably. In the end, the film is certainly not the fairest of them all compares to other films this summer.

  • 5 out of 10
  • A mediocre film which has little thrills but tons of excessive drama
  • No

Prometheus (2012) Trailer

Prometheus is an action horror Sci-Fi about a team of explorers who 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. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) and starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson, Prometheus opens on June 8, 2012.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Teaser Trailer

Snow White and the Huntsman is an action adventure film with a twist to the fairy tale where the Huntsman is ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. Directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman opens on June 1, 2012.

Astro Boy (2009) – Movie Review

Astro Boy is a computer animated film based loosely on the Japanese series of the same name.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Astro Boy
Astro Boy

Set in futuristic Metro City, a small city that floats on top of Earth, Toby Tenma (Freddie Highmore) is an 11-year-old boy genius whose father is the Head of Ministry of Science. Toby sneaks into the demonstration room when his father and other scientist are experimenting with the two cores of energy, a “positive” (good) blue core and a “negative” (evil) red core and he ends up evaporated by a robot called “The Peacekeeper” which is powered by red core.

Devastated by the lost of his son, Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage) works day and night to create a robot that reassembles his son and has all of Toby’s memory by using the hair strand of his son left on the cap. He powers him up with the blue core and is excited to spend time with his son, he soon realizes it isn’t the same and the new Toby reminds him that his son is gone.

By accident, Toby learns that he is actually a robot and can fly but President Stone also discovers Toby’s blue core energy and tries to capture him. He ends up on the surface of Earth and finds a group of kids led by a caretaker named Hamegg as well as some robot friends to learn the purpose and true meaning of life only to be forced to fight ala Roman style with other robots in a stadium with robots after Hamegg reveals Astro as a robot. Astro forcefully wipe out all the robots but refuses to fight Zog, a giant construction robot which he revives using his blue core energy. The military then arrives and captures Astro.

Back in the lab which Astro is created, Dr. Tenma takes out the blue core and apologizes to Astro but Astro apologizes for not able to be a better son. Dr. Tenma’s conscience comes to mind when he almost gives the blue core to President Stone. Instead, he puts it back in Astro and tells him to escape. Stone uses the red stone to activate The Peacekeeper but is absorbed into it. The Peacekeeper then goes on rampage, destroying everything in its path in order to get Astro. In the end, Astro sacrifices himself to stop the Peacekeeper and dies since the blue core was drained from the explosion.

Zog then arrives and revives Astro with some of the blue core energy Astro gave him previously.

Overall, Astro Boy is a brilliant animated film with great morale value. The film is suitable for kids and adult alike and is a great way to introduce the original Japanese manga to everyone. Astro Boy may be a robot, but he certainly has a great heart, or more like a “positive” core. So, is the movie.

My ratings: 8 out of 10.