100 movies: Prometheus

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

Prometheus Prometheus (03/06/12)

A team of explorers 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.

There was just utter silence from the audience when the credits rolled for this film. You could and most definitely would have heard a pin drop. There wasn’t a single sound. Not even the scrunching of a sweet wrapper. Just silence. There were a few seconds where everyone just stayed sat in their seats in silence.

There’s good reason for this. Everyone was probably just trying to take everything they’ve just seen, in. Boy was there a lot to take in.

It feels like it’s been a very, very long time since we’ve had a straight up sci-fi film. It doesn’t disappoint. Prometheus is very much in the same vein as Alien, but at the same time, a completely different beast. If that makes any sense. You’ve got your Ripley-esque character in Noomi Rapace Shaw. I swear, as the film went on, she even began to look more and more like Ripley! Though, Prometheus is much less of a horror film. Much, much less.

It throws out there the biggest question for humankind – what the heck we’re all doing here. Interesting. I like where they went with it. It certainly gave my brain a bit of a work out.

Michael Fassbender’s David is creep-tastic. One of the creepiest/nicest androids to grace the big screen in a very long time. His mannerisms and speech were all so … robotic, yet laced with a hidden intent. Brilliant work from him.

Ridley Scott has succeeded in making one fantastic looking film. The sets are excellent and the world that’s created in it just looks beautiful.

While this wasn’t the film I was expecting. I left wanting more and being ever so slightly confused in some part. But I left asking questions and wanting to seek answers. Can’t remember the last time a film did that for me. Though, my all time favourite Ridley Scott film is still Gladiator, Prometheus is one of his better recent efforts.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

41 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)
  11. Safe House 4/5 (24/02/12)
  12. Reservoir Dogs 4/5 (25/02/12)
  13. This Means War 4/5 (02/03/12)
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums 3/5 (03/03/12)
  15. Reign of Fire 3/5 (04/03/12)
  16. Dear John 2/5 (04/03/12)
  17. Road to Perdition 5/5 (05/03/12)
  18. The Three Musketeers 3/5 (06/03/12)
  19. The Eagle 2/5 (10/03/12)
  20. Everybody’s Fine 2/5 (14/03/12)
  21. Frankenstein 4/5 (15/03/12)
  22. Love and Other Drugs 2/5 (15/03/12)
  23. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2/5 (17/03/12)
  24. The Big Lebowski 5/5 (18/03/12)
  25. The Hunger Games 3/5 (23/03/12)
  26. Headhunters 4/5 (07/04/12)
  27. Super 1/5 (07/04/12)
  28. The Cabin in the Woods 5/5 (13/04/12)
  29. Watchmen 4/5 (14/04/12)
  30. The Hurt Locker 3/5 (21/04/12)
  31. Avengers Assemble 5/5 (26/04/12)
  32. 22 Bullets 2/5 (28/04/12)
  33. Bad Teacher 1/5 (29/04/12)
  34. Red Riding Hood 1/5 (04/05/12)
  35. A Perfect Getaway 4/5 (05/05/12)
  36. Ca$h 1/5 (13/05/12)
  37. Kung Fu Panda 2 3/5 (14/05/12)
  38. Everything Must Go 2/5 (24/05/12)
  39. New York, I Love You 2/5 (25/05/12)
  40. Beginners 4/5 (26/05/12)
  41. Prometheus 4/5 (03/06/12)

27 comments

    • Hmm, a little bit, but in a completely different way! There’s still very much that feeling of “WUHHHH?”

  1. Prometheus was very good for suspense, I don’t really have anything bad to say, other than the story was a little bit similar in certain moments to other Alien movies.
    I guess Ridley is getting philosophical in his older years, because there wasn’t much of that in the 1979 Alien film ( :

    • Yeah, the story wasn’t all that groundbreaking at all. It didn’t make me think in that way, but the philosophy side of it definitely got my brain going.

  2. Awesome that you liked the movie, I can’t wait to see Fassbender’s work in this, he really looks like the most interesting character in the movie and I’m sure he creates amazing performance.

  3. Since i am waiting to read any reviews until I watch the movie, I skimmed real quick to your score and was relieved to see your rating!

    I will return after I have watched/reviewed it to see if we match up! But i have a feeling we just might. :)

    • I hope so! I think I’m being kind giving it a 4. Maybe. A very, very high 3 that’s for sure.

      It’s tough when you tell yourself you’re not allowed half points!

  4. When I first saw the trailer for this, I had this feeling of it being a little ‘Alien Remixed’, but even though the concepts seem similar, it’s good to know that there are plenty of differences too.

    I’m kind of wondering if I’d be better waiting for the DVD because when films leave me going “WUHHH?” I kind of want to watch them again straight away to figure stuff out.

    • I was left with the urge to see the film again to make head and tails of it this morning! Though I would say, the film looks amazing on the big screen. Definitely worth a trip to the cinema just to see the big ol’ world that Ridley created.

  5. Man I’m so jealous that a lot of people have seen this one. I figure it’d still be hard to top Gladiator, but I’m glad it still lives up to the hype. Sci-fi movies like this tend to offer more questions than answers, but there’s a point it becomes irritatingly so. Hopefully that’s not the case here.

    • Hopefully not. It’s out over there this week, right?

      Lots of questions and … quiet little answers. I think.

  6. Went out to see it yesterday and really loved it. Some characters could have had a bit more background story, but I’m looking forward to rewatching it later this year.

    • Definitely looking forward to a rewatch. By the end I wanted to watch the beginning again just to make some more sense of it.

  7. Didnt read it, because I havent seen the flick yet. :( Suddenly you people across the pond are getting all these movies first!

    = me not happy.

    I did take a look at your grade though. 4/5 was good to see at least.

    • I was a bit perplexed that this was released over here first too. Especially as it was the massive bank holiday Jubilee weekend. Thought they might have wanted to avoid that.

      It’s a weak 4/5 but … I couldn’t give it a 3/5. Not this one.

    • It’s getting pretty mixed reviews across the board. It’s good that most of them are good ones! Looking forward to reading what you make of it :)

  8. Ahhh, so very jealous! I cannot wait to see Prometheus (yet I have very few to no sci-fi film friends. sigh.)! Glad it got a good review from you – I’m a fan of movies that make you think, and Noomi Rapace looks excellent in it. It’s released tomorrow here in the States!

    • “Very few to no sci-fi friends” – They don’t know what they’re missing! Though I remember coming under fire by some non-sci-fi loving film fans when I brought up the fact that Inception is sci-fi… ohhh they didn’t like that!

      It’s a very good sci fi film. Not a great one, but a good, solid sci-fi flick.

  9. Ok, checking back in with everyone’s Prometheus reviews. Agreed, agreed and agreed.

    Not perfect, not what I hoped, but still very good.

    You’re right, there definitely is a lot to take in… no doubt.

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  11. I’ve been holding off reading reviews until I had written mine, but it seems you agree with me. Stunning film, asking as many questions as it answered. I loved it and really want to see it again.

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