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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Film Review: Prometheus 2012


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Finally just got round to watching Prometheus with Charlize Theron et al and I find myself asking myself IS IT ME?

Is it me, and are my expectations of a good movie these days too high? Is It Me, as someone once said, who is the lone voice in the wilderness, and I am so different to everyone else that it is me that is the lone non conformist among the millions and millions of cinema goers around the world - ok I didn't actually go to the cinema to watch it- so at least I saved a few bob there ....

I had seen the trailers months ago and couldn't wait for it's release, but then missed it. I read the rave reviews by the masses telling me that this was a great cinematic experience and a wonderful piece of entertainment.

It was made by Ridley Scott who terrified the life out of us with Alien (the sequels not so much)

I even saw Michael Fassbender who plays David being interviewed by Graham Norton OK, you got me there, interviewed and Graham Norton in the same sentence is a bit of a leap , but he is funny and so is the red chair. Apologies to US and other readers if you have no idea to whom or what I refer, but he raved on about what a great movie it was too, I like Graham Norton, but he lied to me on this....

It had Charlize Theron in it who appeared to be a clone, a beautiful one albeit but they forgot to give her personality, charm or wit and I suspect she must have forgotten her script as she was as laconic as a moody gunfighter hitching his spurs over the bar rail in a smoky saloon.

It had Idris Elba, dark brooding erudite John Luther from a TV show here in the UK who was a caricature of a heroic ships captain but who at least did the right thing in the end.

And talking of doing the right thing..... Lazy, lazy lazy writing in the extreme to come up with two characters right out of the stereotype handbook who are cowards through and through without one ounce of redeeming character between them, and who you just know are going to die horribly, and so too should the scriptwriters for that sheer piece of unadulterated dribble along with the director, producers and the studio for allowing them to remain in the script. We have seen it time and time again but one need look no further than David Hewlets portrayal of Dr. Rodney Mackay in Stargate to see the same traits as these two, BUT Rodney, while a coward, learned to step up to the plate, he didn't want to, but he did or he died and when he did it was great, AND he survived and we all thought better of him for it.

Guy Pierce was the only one who came out of it unscathed, only because he was made up to be an 100 year old dying nut job and therefore unrecognisable.

If you have yet to see this movie, well done; watch the trailer all the best and most interesting bits are in it and it only lasts for about 2 mins 40 seconds you won't wast another 119 minutes watching the rest of a forgettable movie which came from thoroughbred stock but bred with a nag producing an ass....

Foot note: Fassbender is the only one for me who came out of this with any credibility and that's only because he played an AI being but maybe his acting is that wooden as I can't recall seeing him in anything else.

Tom's rating: Prometheus was a Greek God from Mythology, a bit of a trickster and we believed and were tricked so,  A miss .

8 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your review MUCH more than the movie. I remember the trailers and was excited to see it, but in the end it just wasn't that good.

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    1. Thank you Brian, isn't it disappointing when something you have been looking forward to for a while turns out to be a bit of an old banger .. xxx

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  2. People in the States hated it. Was widely panned. I won't waste my time-- I didn't even find the trailer interesting! However your review makes for entertaining reading!

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    1. So Jules, my sweet. Americans do have tasteful appreciation

      Only kidding xxxx

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  3. You reviewed it perfectly, Tom. A big budget film that failed big time.
    I especially agree with your specific character comments, the stereotypes and predictable strengths and weaknesses. I would have gotten up and left except it was a hot day and the air conditioning felt so good...oh, and the buttered popcorn.
    Jim and I kept expecting it to get better, but it didn't.

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    1. I think I may have stayed too had I seen this in a theatre Marylin, just for the air con. Ishbel knows when I am not really enjoying a movie, I usually go for a break or two or more and when I get back I feel as if I haven't missed anything.

      And I love buttered popcorn xxxxx

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  4. Thank you. That is 119 minutes of my life you have saved me. Now - what to do with those minutes ..........

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    1. My work here is done then Kerry, darling! If I have saved you precious time to enjoy the glorious living in France with an abundance of Red wine, fluffy light bread and to see even more Jazz concerts, then all is well with the world xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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