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

The King’s Speech (2010) Trailer

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Animal Kingdom (2010) Trailer

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Bedtime Stories (2008) – Movie Review

Bedtime Stories is a fantasy-comedy movie starring Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson. Skeeter Bronson’s dad, Martin runs a hotel business, everything was fine except that Skeeter’s dad has poor financial management until his hotel business is bought over by Barry Notthingham (Richard Griffiths) who promises Martin, he will let Skeeter runs his chain of hotels when he grows up.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Adam Sandler and Teresa Palmer in "Bedtime Stories"
Adam Sandler and Teresa Palmer in "Bedtime Stories"

Skeeter Bronson is only a handyman in a hotel runs by Barry despite his promise to Skeeter’s dad. Barry has a new business plan to build a huge hotel on a site currently occupied by a school. Skeeter’s hope fade away when Barry announces that Kendall (Guy Pearce) will be the General Manager of the new hotel instead of him. Also, Kendall has started a new relationship with Barry’s daughter, Violet (Teresa Palmer).

Skeeter’s sister, Wendy (Courtney Cox) loses her job as the school principal as the school has to close down. Wendy plans to go out of town for a week and asks Skeeter to take care of her kids at night while her friend, Jill (Keri Russell) will take care of them in the morning. When the bedtime stories Skeeter tells his nephew and niece become true the next day, he attempts to take advantage of it and make up outlandish tale so he can make a fortune out of it only to realize only the kids can make the story comes true.

His fortune changes when he is given a shot at running the new hotel when Barry gets him and Kendall to present him a new theme for the new hotel on his birthday party. Skeeter moves in to the hotel to fully focus on his presentation and the kids move in with him as well. Mickey (Russell Brand), Skeeter’s waiter friend also occasionally drops in.

Skeeter tells a tale of him getting a free red Ferrari (in the dream, it’s a red horse named Ferrari) and his niece adds that he will save a damsel in distress and while the damsel tries to kiss him, an angry dwarf kicks him and even before the next day, he hurriedly goes out to the Ferrari’s showroom only to get his wallet stolen. But he manages to save Violet from the paparazzi and she almost gives him a kiss except that an angry dwarf really appears and kicks him.

Skeeter wants his last bedtime story to depict him beating Kendall to the General Manager position at Barry’s birthday party and even though his wishes come true, his fears of getting killed by a big fireball had him uses the fire extinguisher on Barry’s birthday cake which gets him fired.

He loses not only his job but his trust from Jill, who is upset over the news that the hotel’s new location will be on Patrick and Bobbi’s elementary school. When the narrator tells Skeeter he still has hope, he dashes to the land office to stop Barry from demolishing the school. So happen, the person in charge in the land office is his old schoolmate and Barry’s application to build a new hotel over the school has been denied. Cleverly, Skeeter gets Barry a new location in Santa Monica’s beach, which was previously rejected. Barry and Skeeter then hug each other despite the fact that Barry’s afraid of contacting germs.

Skeeter gets to run a successful but low-rise beach hotels where Kendall and Aspen (Lucy Lawless) are the waiter and room cleaner respectively. Whereas Barry disposes his hotel line to go into health services and Mickey dates Violet and becomes the 9th richest man in the world.

Overall, Bedtime Stories is a funny family film which tells a tale that dreams do come true and even not all stories have a happy ending, sometimes, it’s up to one’s course of action. Bedtime stories, anyone?

My ratings: 7 out of 10.

Bedtime Stories (2008) Trailer

Bedtime Stories is a family comedy about Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.