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

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.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) Trailer

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the sequel to Ghost Rider. As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. Directed by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor and starring Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds and Idris Elba, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens on February 17, 2012.

Thor (2011) – Movie Review

Thor is superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on comic book character by Marvel Comics.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"
Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"

Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard, defeats the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey (Colm Feore) in a bid to prevent them to conquer the Nine Realms and in the process capture the Casket of Ancient Winters, the source of their power.

Unlike his father, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is arrogant, ruthless and ignorant. After failing to ascend the throne of Asgard as King when interrupted by the invasion of the Frost Giants, Thor invades Jotunheim against his father’s order, accompanied by his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three which consequently forces Odin to save their lives. In an effort to teach Thor a lesson in humility, Odin banishes Thor to Earth and strips all his power. He’s accompanied by his hammer, Mjolnir but he can only wield it if he’s worthy.

Thor lands on New Mexico fashionably in a tornado and is discovered by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), her bubbly assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) whilst Thor’s hammer is found and confisticated by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who also confisticates Jane’s data, her computers and equipments. When Thor learns about Mjolnir, he invades S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to retrieve it only to find himself unable to lift it. He is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. but is later rescued by Dr. Selvig and falls in love with Jane.

When Loki discovers he is Laurey’s son and was adopted by Odin, Odin falls into Odinsleep (coma) due to stress and Loki takes over the throne. As the God of Mischief, Loki offers Laurey the chance to kill Odin as well as retrieve the Casket.

Unhappy with Loki’s ruling, Sif and the Warriors Three convince Heimdell (Idris Elba), gatekeeper of Bifrost Bridge, to allow them to enter Earth and rescue Thor. Knowing that, Loki sends the Destroyer, a metallic Golem, to pursue them and kill Thor. Funnily, S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson mistakes the Destroyer as another Stark’s invention.

Sif and the Warriors Three find Thor but are not able to overcome the Destroyer, forcing Thor to sacrifice himself to save Jane and others. As Thor dies, he proves worthy to wiled Mjolnir and the hammer returns to him restoring his powers to allow him to defeat the Destroyer.

In Asgard, Loki betrays and kills Laufey, revealing his true plan to use their attempt on Odin’s life as an excuse to destroy Jotunheim with the Bifrost Bridge and prove himself worthy to Odin. Thor arrives and fights his brother before destroying the Bifrost Bridge to stop his plan, stranding himself in Asgard. Odin awakens and saves the brothers from falling, but Loki allows himself to fall, believing he has failed Odin.

Don’t forget to stay on for the post-credit scene where further connection to the Avengers is revealed.

Overall, Thor is not your regular god of Thunder from Nordic mythology but he is a superhero character from Marvel that is associated with the god of Thunder. Later on, he will join forces with Iron Man and others in the much anticipated Avengers. Thor is light-hearted, be it humor or action while remains entertaining.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Watch it! It’s fun, entertaining, action-packed yet humorous
  • Yes

The Losers (2010) Trailer

The Losers is an action adventure film centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. After being betrayed and left for dead, members of a CIA black ops team root out those who targeted them for assassination. Starring Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Losers opens on April 9, 2010.