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.

Shame (2011) Trailer

Shame is a film that centers around Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Hannah Ware, Shame opens on December 2, 2011.

Haywire (2012) Trailer

Haywire is an action thriller that centers on a black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender, Haywire opens on January 20, 2012.

X-Men: First Class (2011) – Movie Review

X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of X-Men film series and is the prequel to the first three X-Men movies.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"
Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"

In the pre World War II days, young Erik Lensherr is separated from his parents by Nazi guards. In rage, Lensherr’s mind bends a metal gate and scientist Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) witnesses it and orders Lensherr to use his magnetism power to move a coin which he fails and Shaw shoots his mom — which triggers Lensherr’s superior magnetic power. A young Charles Xavier discovers and befriends a young shape-shifting mutant named Raven (who later on was nicknamed Mystique).

Back in the present day of 1962, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) continues his search for Shaw for revenge. While Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), an Oxford University graduate is publishing his thesis on mutation and lives with his foster sister, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence). Meantime, Shaw and his mutant crony of Azazel (Jason Flemyng) a demon who looks like a hybrid of Darth Maul and Hellboy with the ability to teleport, Riptide (Álex González), a mutant who can create whirlwind and Emma Frost (January Jones), a telepath who can turn her body into diamond form causes havoc by forcing U.S. Army Colonel Hendry to install missiles in Turkey to trigger war with the Russians.

Under a desperate move to stop Shaw, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) reaches out to Xavier. Alas, as expected, a series of event after that brings Xavier, Lensherr and MacTaggert together. Xavier and Lensherr then join forces and rope in mutants from all over the world using Xavier telepathy power to locate them. They discover Beast, Angel, Havok, Darwin and Banshee. When Xavier and company discovers Shaw’s plan to trigger a World War III, they try to stop him at all cost.

Although the film has more story-telling by introducing the characters in a more elaborated manner, the film can be quite predictable given the fact the sequel of X-Men films were completed years ago. Despite that, expect surprises and differences since X-Men: First Class only follows the comic loosely leaving behind important characters like Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey.

However, do watch out for cameos from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Rebecca Romijn as the older Mystique.

X-Men: First Class should be aptly renamed to X-Men: Magneto instead as it centered around Magneto rather than the other characters. Whichever it is, it is anything but First Class.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Good popcorn movie. Watch it only if you’re an avid X-Men fan.
  • No