Being someone who has not seen any of the Alien films, not out of protest or anything (I just simply haven't seen them), I thought this film did a fantastic job of making me feel unclear about many things all the way through. I felt like I had MANY more questions than answers. There were some part that were good, but generally for all the hype surrounding this film it was a total letdown. If in theory this is meant to be a prequel to the Alien franchise, you'd think it would have been directed in a way to cater to that fact.
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If I were you, I would have watched the movies in sequence, and not have any questions.
Because for me, Prometheus was the missing puzzle piece to how it all began. I really enjoyed it, because I didn't see any of the movie previews, but knew only very little what to expect (a lot of people were talking about it).
However, I do understand that are some people who didn't like this movie, even after they have seen all the other films.
I blame my misguided youth for this
Glad to see it does indeed have more context if you've seen the Alien films, contrary to what a friend of mine says who is a die hard Alien franchise fan. Also you mentioned not knowing much about it going in, that's what I did for this, well to be honest for every film I see in the cinema , so perhaps this was my downfall in this instance.
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Hi I just found this Film company on FacebookFilm: Prometheus (2012)
I eventually got around to watching all of the Alien series of films for which Prometheus was advertised as a prequel, so it was natural for me to see this one too. I have to say that I watched it with some trepidation as I have reservations about the earlier films; while the first one is a classic and they are all very atmospheric, in general they dwell too strongly on the yuck/horror aspects for my taste.
A brief plot summary, with some spoilers: almost a century into the future, two researchers (played by Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) believe that they have discovered pointers to a distant star system in prehistoric cave paintings and manage to persuade a billionaire to fund an expedition to the system. On arrival they discover a vast structure which is gradually revealed as a base for the Engineers, effectively the creators of mankind. Then things start to go horribly wrong in the usual - and depressingly predictable - fashion. You just know that when two members of the team exploring the structure get lost they are going to die horrible deaths; that the mysterious containers which start to leak black fluid are going to have horrible consequences for humans; and that when Rapace's character becomes impossibly pregnant she will be carrying something horrible rather than a human being; and all these duly come to pass.
There are some good aspects to the movie: Michael Fassbender plays a creepy android, Charlize Theron an android-like human, and Rapace is worth watching. There are some strong and atmospheric scenes, and I found the Engineers fascinating: I would very much like to have seen a lot more of them, including more exploration of why they created humanity and why they apparently turned against us, but presumably these developments have been saved for the sequel(s), should they eventually emerge. Instead, what we get is a gross-out yuck/horror gore-fest in the latter part of the film. The frustrating thing is that the potential was there: it has some of the elements of a great SF film but it ended up as yet another horror movie with an SF background and with nothing much new to say. Disappointing.
I also started to watch another recent SF film, Chronicle. However, after a quarter of an hour or so it seemed to be going nowhere of interest so I stopped.
(This entry is cross-posted from my science-fiction & fantasy blog.)