Prometheus is My best 2012 movie – So Far

The last time a movie left me breathless as the light in the cinema was turned on was Inception and it took 2 years to finally feel the same sensation again…Prometheus took my breath away. Thank you Ridley Scott.

There are only 2 movies I am dying to see this year (I am excluding Cillian’s Murphy’s 2 next movies because I want to see those 2 movies because of him not because of the story), those movies Prometheus and The Hobbit. I am so happy that Prometheus lived up to my expectation…I love every minute of it!!

I saw a review with not so satisfying title on one of movie bloggers I know of, I didn’t read it because I never read any review on my most anticipated movies even though the review is praising the movie, just by reading the title I had this bit of doubt that the movie would be as great as I hope when I saw the trailer…but as the movie starts, the doubt shattered little by little. I don’t like sequel or reboot that much, but this is the first movie I so badly want to see its sequel. (I am excluding Lord of the rings, and The Hobbit, because the sequels were things that have to be done due to the book thickness).

Some said that this is the prequel of Alien, in my opinion it isn’t 100% Alien prequel. We get to see how Alien is born but that is not the real essence of the movie. Alien birth is part of it but not the center of Prometheus. If there is a sequel (I am sure there will be because the movie left us with some unanswered questions) I believe it will head to the giant man whereabouts.

Dr. Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) and Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) were searching for the beginning of human race. They found drawings from the primitive age that kept showing a man pointing to a star constellation unseen with naked eyes from earth. Few years later, they managed to find a company that would fund their finding of the star. They found a planet in that constellation.

Prometheus is the name of the ship in which a group of people consisted of scientists, an android robot, the company representative, a millionaire and the ship crew headed to the new found planet. Charlie and Liz wanted to ask their creator why they created them. They found the remnants of civilization and a dead corpse of giant man with similar DNA to human. But David, the robot, found something else…he found a strange black liquid. He tested it on one of the people. His test would soon move too uncontrollable direction.

Simply said, what they wanted to know from their creator whom they called ‘the engineers’ was not the kind of answer they wanted to hear.

I saw the 3D version and I think it was done much better than Alice in Wonderland. The 3D illusion works quite well and I really enjoy it. However, I really want to see it again in 2D cinema…but I am not sure the movie will still be around next week 😦 Jakarta’s cinemas are so fast in taking this movie out of circulation just because Madagascar showed up.

Prometheus has a nice pace of story, it starts slowly but gain speed at the end and what I like the most about the story is the fact that I can’t guess where the story is heading to. How I miss this kind of movie so much!! With all the superhero movies out there with stories I can easily predict, Prometheus is indeed a wonderful change.

I love the cinematography, the action, the thrill, the story and of course the cast. Everything about Prometheus is loveable. There were some moments when I couldn’t stop gripping the side of my seat because of the thrill. Unfortunately, the scoring is not memorable at all.

Now let’s talk about the great cast involved in Prometheus. I gladly say that Noomi Rapace is the new Ripley!! She was great here (hardly unrecognizable from her performance in Girl With Dragon Tatoo). Her character, Elizabeth Shaw is not a weak woman waiting to be saved but she is also not the masculine type, she is a strong woman in the way she knows how to be strong. Michael Fassbender as the android David, although has no emotion but from time to time he has shown human-like expression. Although I am still not a fan yet but there is a possibility I might be one one day. The beautiful Charlize Theron as the bitch from the company name Vicker is not an essential character here but her existence gives value to the movie. I didn’t expect to see Guy Pearce looking so old 😉 The rest of the casts are also fun to see.

Prometheus is 100% my kind of movie…do make more movies like this 🙂

I have decided to make this movie as part of my World Cinema Series (Hosted by Caroline @ Beauty Is a Sleeping Cat) from United State because lately I am getting bored with US action movies and Prometheus had pulled me back in…hope to see more action movie like this comes from nowadays Hollywood.

Movie Detail:

Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Ridley Scott, David Giler, Walter Hill
Writter : Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Starring : Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron
Music : Marc Streitenfeld
Cinematography : Dariusz Wolski
Rating:

35 thoughts on “Prometheus is My best 2012 movie – So Far

  1. I’m glad this lived up to your expectations. I’m looking forward to it as well. I saw the trailer and thought I really want to watch it.
    I didn’t like Fassbender before but I must admit he grows on you. I saw him in Jane Eyre te other week and now I really look forward to seeing him.
    I always like seeing Charlize Theron. She is so beautiful.
    Thanks for a great review.

    1. I hope you can see it soon Caroline…I am curious with what you think because the movie creates split reaction and it doesn’t have high rating in Rotten Tomatoes.

      So far, Trailer hasn’t failed me much. When I saw Prometheus trailer, I knew I would like it.

      You don’t like Fassbender, how come? Many people seem to like him.

      Thank you Caroline 🙂

  2. Is the movie really good?? I’m confused because my brother’s friend told me it was strange or maybe he didn’t understand the story. So, I was confused, should I watched it or not…?

      1. Ahh, I don’t think I watched that movie. T^T…My genre is more to action, if there’re war and shooting involved, the better..hehehee..

        1. This is also an action movie but a sci-fi action. I like Sci-fi more than simply action.
          My favorite all time movies are almost ALL sci-fi, such as The Matrix, Inception, Terminator, Alien, D-9, etc.

  3. Yeah, i really liked it too though i i think crowning it best movie of the year is a bit…premature.Its nothing against you Novroz, but i get annoyed when people start declaring what the best movies of the year are when the year isn’t close to finishing. Just a pet peeve of mine

    1. Ah!! I should have mentioned SO FAR…but still it’s only contender is The Hobbit.
      In my years as movie lover I have never ended saying best movie toward movies that are not the ones I am dying to see. I don’t know why, it just happened to be like that.

      anyway, I Am glad you also like it because this movie creates split reaction.

  4. I went to see this one last week and….. ummmm… errrr…. Well. I didn’t absolutely hate it, but I really didn’t like it much either.

    It just had too many really glaring plot holes for me…. Things like the way trained professionals would never act like any of these characters…. taking their helmets off on an alien planet without at least the simplest of atmospheric tests for unknown pathogens…. the way they split up and made no efforts to keep tabs on each others movements… not to mention the captain failing to mention the footage of the alien massacre to either his science team or the corporation official in charge of the ship even once the bio-weapon affects one of the crew.

    What about the engineers themselves? Why manufacture a bio-weapon like that at all? To exterminate the humans on earth? According to their carbon dating this all happened 2000 years ago…. you don’t need something like this to wipe out the barbaric inhabitants of earth circa 100AD, you just whip out your ray-guns and shoot them all considering they were already there… being worshiped as gods. Why did our surviving engineer try to complete his mission? It’s been 2000 years…. if the engineers wanted earth destroyed, how does this guy not expect that it hasn’t already happened… or that his people might have changed their minds.

    I did like Noomi Rapace…. and I found Michael Fassbinder’s android intriguing but not enough to really pull this one together as anything more than a merely pretty bit of CGI inspired eye candy film-making.

    But…. I really am glad you enjoyed it Novia….. (Just don’t be mad at me for not liking it too….. ) 😉

    1. hahahaha don’t worry Miyuki…I never hate people’s opinion when it comes to preference, it is afterall depending on someone’s taste. Just like this movie I saw last week, everyone kept saying that THOR is really good, but I end up saying not bad/it’s okay.

      There are explanations to some of your plot holes, at least for me. About the engineers, I do believe it is all kept for the sequels. They took off their helmet is a bit confusing but their reading did say the air is breathable and cleaner than the earth. They didnt contact or keep tab of each other is also simple to explain, the others were to excited with what they had just found and let’s face it that they didn’t actualy have strong bonding, they just met (unlike the movie called Sunshine where the crew live together for 6months).

        1. Me too!! I can’t wait for the sequel!!
          I agree with you, that part is a bit too long but fortunately the whole movie is still great.
          Glad to hear you like it too Audrey 🙂

          1. I missed the first five minutes because my dh and ds wanted snacks and I’d volunteered to get them before I realized how close to start time we were. It’s driving me nuts trying to find just that part of the movie.

  5. I loved the movie Inception. I haven’t heard too much about this film but after reading your review I am adding it to my list. It has been a long time since an American action film has really piqued my curiosity.

    1. I should remind you that it’s not like Inception 😉
      It’s sci-fi but of different subgenre to Inception. I like Alien a lot and it’s easy for me to like Prometheus.
      Same with me…I am so tired of seeing one superhero movie after another, I want another kind of action movie that involves good story.

  6. yep, I’ve also noticed lots of mixed reviews, mostly bad ones, but there are good ones too. I’m not a fan of the ALIEN nor of the director so I will watch it for Charlize and Fassy. I am, though, quite glad that MADAGASCAR with my penguins, kicked PROMETHEUS at the box office last weekend 🙂

    1. Ah…you need more sci-fi in your life Dezz 😉

      I think I have said it so many times, digital animation rarely intrigued me…I am still into traditional animation. In fact, i still haven’t seen Madagascar 2 yet 😉

  7. Glad you liked this Novia. I’m going to write up my review tonight but I had some issues with the movie despite the fact that it was quite entertaining and had some interesting ideas.

    1. I’ll be waiting for your review Cas 😉
      I know I will come across reviews which didn’t like Prometheus but it’s still my favorite of this year…so far.

  8. I’m glad you liked it that much, Nov. I finally saw it last night and though I think it works as a sci-fi thriller, it fails in answering all the big questions it raised, it’s like the plot is just too big for the filmmaker to tackle. Still it’s not a disappointment, I just don’t think it’s the BEST film of the year for me.

    1. I still believe that the questions are going to be answered on the sequel.
      I think the main reason why I like it a lot because I finally can see another great sci-fi from Hollywood. lately I felt bored with whatever Hollywood had offered

  9. While I agree that Prometheus is a good film and should certainly be seen in IMAX 3D if possible for the spectacle. I had alot of problems with the enourmous plot holes and the decision to use crew stupidity as a plot device, repeatedly. My brother may have summed it up best when he described the crew of the Prometheus as the outer space equivalent of McHale’s Navy.

    1. I agree with you that the crew is a bit careless…but such crew could exist, especially when the crew didn’t come from military background. I can accept it as the plot.
      Thank you for sharing your thought Jedi 🙂

      1. Yeah I don’t think I am as forgiving as you, from taking off helmets, getting lost after you map a complex with a gps unit on your arm, treating cobra like alien life forms like kittens, opening hatches with a zombie outside and numerous other instances of lunacy, I just didn’t buy it. My local McDonalds has stricter addherence to safety protocols.

  10. This film is REALLY AWESOME !!

    i also watch the 3D version of this movie, and the film is really lived up. The philosophy is awakening, and the graphic is without mistake. I regret some people in indonesia think bad about the concept of this film, they said that this film is an illuminati’s campaign,etc … IMO, Islam never said that there is no other creation beside human, and how. What a great science fiction.

    1. Horay!! more fans of Prometheus 🙂
      I have been reading many reviews which seemed to dislike the movie and always happy to meet another person who also love it 🙂
      I never heard of such notion before…I don’t think it’s Illuminati at all. I know! I don’t believe that alien is human’s creator but I still have believe that there is possibility that another being is out there in the universe…Qoran never said we are the only ecosystem in the universe.

    1. *high five* 🙂
      I have been admiring Rapace since The Girl With Dragon tattoo…so nice to see her with different character. I can accept her as the new Ripley.

  11. Certainly among my favorite movies of this year! The artwork by Giger is my favorite part! Also, unlike other origin stories, it’s actually as good as the original movie(s). I haven’t seen ”The Dark Knight Rises” yet, but I’m sure it will be no. 1 in my book 🙂

    1. The original movies meaning alien?
      I think it’s different to Alien, it mentioned a bit about Alien but they are not the main issue, in my opinion.

      I haven’t seen TDKR but I don’t think it will be my number one as I don’t really like superhero movies…I am still waiting for The Hobbit to blow my mind 😉

  12. I thought that Promethues was predictable and very disappointing when I first watched it. However since subsequent viewing it has grown on me as one of the best films of 2012 (just as blade runner grew on me – remember it was panned by critics initially). Promethues has so many symbolisms to it and it is essentially a modern day christmas story:

    1) They arrive on the planet LV-223 on the 25th of December (remember the captain decorating the Christmas tree)

    2) Shaw states she can not have children yet she miraculously has birth to a alien hybrid similar to that of Mary with Jesus.

    3) LV-223 = Leviticus 22:3 in the bible–
    “For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is
    ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings… that
    person must be cut off from my presence. I am the Lord.”

    This is only one of several interpretations. You also have the Greek Promethues metaphor in the film as well and many other variations and double narratives. You can watch this video if you are interested in more analysis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u94wR0NfewE

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