100 movies: Prometheus

100 movies of 2012

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!

PrometheusPrometheus (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…

100 movies: Robin Hood

100 movies of 2010

I really do love the summer blockbuster season. Every single week there’s a new film out that I want to see. I haven’t been this often to the cinema in ages!

Robin Hood (15/05/10)
Reuniting Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for a good olde historical epic film. It’s not going to be a horrendously bad idea, considering their last historical outing together – Gladiator was damn good and pretty much set the bar for movies of its kind.

Robin Hood doesn’t disappoint. I won’t give away too many plot points, but as most non-spoilery reviewers have said, it’s not the typical Robin Hood story. More of an origin story of a sort. Which is good, as you get to see the film in its own light, rather than comparing to previous Robin Hood stories.

The battle scenes are epic and brilliantly done. There’s a nice bit of humour in the film as well. Here and there, and not overly done. Accents however are a bit patchy, mostly Russell Crowe! I honestly don’t quite know what he accent was meant to be, but I’m guessing Yorkshire. Kevin Durand’s Scottish was pretty good and Scott Grimes’ Welsh wasn’t bad, though I honestly thought he was meant to be Scottish at a few points!

It’s no Gladiator, but a damn good film in my eyes. The beginning is strong, loses it towards the middle, but picks up towards the end of the film. Worth watching for a bit of history. Can’t guarantee many truths in the history.
Rating: 4/5

Read more to see the full list of movies I’ve seen so far this year.