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The Debate Over “Prometheus” *updated*

(peet:  I saw the movie over the weekend.  IMAX/3D  The film is outstanding, but not perfect.  As with most of the reviews and in the comment section below, there are parts to the story that just seem not very well thought through – all of that after a C-section? – but the movie is downright  b e a u t i f u l.   It was shot in 3D so the effect is not problematic like it was for Avengers, but it still have my same whining about it – its unnecessary and distracting.  I fully recommend you seeing the movie.  Yes, it clearly ties itself to ALIEN, but the progression to that storyline leaves several questions.  No matter, go see it.)

Today is the release of the movie that is, for me, tied as “most anticipated movie of the summer” –  Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’.

So much weight has been placed on the film because of its “ALIEN Prequel” status, that the ability for it to actually end up being enjoyed is pretty tough.  Additionally the movie companies highly successful campaign of trailers, teasers and websites has not only raised the expectations, but in many ways ruined the movie because they’ve already shown you too much of what’s to come.  I will see it this weekend and share my thoughts, but let’s go to people that get paid to do that.  Here are three movie critics that I think very highly of, for different reasons, and all three have different opinions on if Scott’s movie is a success.

 First is Dave White, critic for Movies.com – Dave loves this movie, and even rates the 3D very high (and like me, Dave generally loathes 3D).  You should read his entire review here, but Dave loves it the most of the three.

But script potholes and logic blackholes aren’t always how a movie lives or dies. Sometimes scale and sweep and gorgeous pessimistic hugeness, ice-cold beauty, disorganization and the refusal to answer questions form an unlikely but strongly defiant alliance and carry you along on a transcendent wave bigger than mechanics alone could manufacture. You don’t always get what you think you want, but what you wind up with is still immensely satisfying. So you look for hard evidence and reasons for this or that and instead you get evil creatures with no interest in explaining their intentions. You look for God and you get infinite doubt. The tension remains unresolved. There’s no victory in the void. And while you’re still busy asking “Why?” something devours your entire face and decimates humanity.

Next up is a video treat.  Chris Vognar and Robert Wilonsky both work for the Dallas Morning News.  Vognar is the critic of record for the paper, but Wilonsky has a long history as a movie critic and also had his own TV show about the movie biz on Marc Cuban’s HDNet.  They got together to shoot this video and debate the merits of Prometheus.  One of the likes it more than the other, but neither as much as White.

After you see the movie, please come back and post your review in the comment section below…

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Prometheus May Be The Summer Movie

Director Ridley Scott

This is certainly the year of the comic book movie.  John Carter, Dark Knight, Avengers, Spider Man, Abe Lincoln-Vampire Hunter and others all are sourced from the pages of your local comic book store.  Avengers and Dark Knight will likely fight it out over “movie of the summer”, but a warning has been fired at that claim.

Ridley Scott has returned.  The man behind Blade Runner, and ALIEN will roll out Prometheus on June 8 and if the viral videos that are out are any indication, maybe this is the movie you need to plan on seeing.

While Scott has never really admitted it – really more like snuck around the idea – Prometheus looks to be some sort of prequel to ALIEN.  Earthlings travel to some spot that they hope to learn their origins.  It just happens to be that when you watch the trailer, you’ll spy several things that anyone who’s seen the original ALIEN movie will recognize.  A trip to the internet will reveal several really cool websites that all help set the stage for the movie as well  – including one for Weyland Industries that has all kinds of great information and images about the ships in the movie.

A new video was released the other day that shows off the android in the movie, much like Ash or Bishop from the first two.  This one is played by the outstanding Michael Fassbender and the first part – where the robot is unpackaged – is very unsettling.  It ties in nicely with the previously released video that lays some groundwork for the movie and very cooly ties into the TED summits that are so popular today.  It will most likely be rated R, which will limit is reach, but probably improve the movie (more nudity!  more violence!  more!)

I will see all of the above movies, but Prometheus is shaping up to be a excellent box-office opponent for our caped crusaders.

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Prometheus Has a New Trailer of Awesome

Ridley Scott is back in the Sci-Fi game.  On June 8th he will release the much anticipated and discussed, Prometheus.

The movie was thought to be a full on prequel to his 1979 classic, “ALIEN”, but he hemmed and hawed over that idea. Ridley will only admit that this movie, “shares DNA with” the other,  but with the trailer that was released a few months ago, and now this one, you can see that this movie in some very clear ways is tied to that movie.  Surely there will be a debate if this is truly a “prequel”, but no matter if it is or not, the movie looks fantastic.

If you go to the front page of this site, you will see a promotional video for Weyland Industries and their new synthetic human, “David”.  Not only is it crazy creepy, it sets up the tie in as robots like that were in both ALIEN with “Ash” and ALIENS with Bishop.  The script was co-written by “Lost” Damon Lindelof, and has a collection of stars including the very popular and beautiful Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.

The plot appears to be that Weyland industries sends out a team to find the origins of life and get into a mess of trouble.

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Gasp! Prometheus Gets a Trailer…

It wasn’t long ago that Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) announced that he was undertaking an “Alien Prequel” in the form of a movie or two.  The idea was to further mine his vision of the Alien story line prior to the first encounter from back in 1979.  After getting rolling Scott began to confuse the public with discussions on how the movie was taking a very different bent and maybe what he was coming up with wasn’t going to be so much about Alien after all, but it’s own thing.

Now a trailer is out for Prometheus, which hits in June, and if you look at the visuals, the ships, the way the title reveals itself – it certainly smells like Alien.

And that’s a good thing.

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