Prometheus (2012) Dir. Ridley Scott
Like many Alien fans, I was looking forward to this for a long time which may mean I am more disappointed than the film itself should allow; but there are a lot of bugs in Ridley Scott’s sparkling return to space. Firstly the good: The cast is fantastic as you’d expect with the names and Fassbender is puts in a super performance as the synthetic human. On a visual level the film succeed, there is lights and holograms constantly flickering on grand, platinum sets without a hair out of place. It is super slick. The first half hour or so of the film is really great, there is a tension built up towards a mystery of a supposedly epic scale with some really interesting ideas that you think may be explored. However, the problem I found was that as the mystery started to unravel too many narrative strands fell out, some hit the ground rolling but most of them exploded on impact or were just plain duds. This problem wasn’t just in the narrative or plot, but also existed with the characters. There were just too many! 17 crew members with many just disappearing or getting wiped out without even meeting them. I don’t think there was a single scene where the entire crew interacted and talked to each other freely like in the first two Alien films. This even filters down to there being too many main characters, so when it focuses on one or two, you constantly wonder what the others are doing because they just seem to not exist. There is a poor script at the heart of this film that can not keep up with the large scale ideas and themes Ridley Scott is trying to put across; it is constantly chasing the sweeping visuals, which for the most part is particularly tiresome, even if rather handsome. You won’t leave the theatre without at least one thing or hole in the narrative that annoyed you, even if it is only Guy Pearce’s awful make up.