Reviewed on 2012 July 5
I finally saw this today, and was thrilled with our timing. The theater lobby was filled with families with kids still buzzing from too many sugary desserts from the July 4th parties, but they all headed into Brave, Madagascar – pretty much everything but Prometheus. We were a small handful of people in the cool, dark theater, and I didn’t hear a pin drop. After the movie, Mr. Shukti turned to me, visibly irritated with the thing and not wanting to influence my opinion of the movie. He picked it to ribbons, and I’ll get to that later.
Personally, I loved it.
Two scientists, Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green), notice a pattern of stars repeated many times throughout history. When some ancient glyphs on the Isle of Skye match the star pattern that they’ve found in ancient Egyptian, Sumerian and other drawings, they interpret it as a message; specifically an invitation to see how man himself was possibly created by an older, wiser, extraterrestrial race. Anxious to understand the dawn of man and perhaps meet their makers, they jump at the chance to join a team of scientists who are as curious about life’s origins.
The team is fronted by one Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), who has his own reasons for discovering the secrets of life. The rest of the crew appears to be more mercenary. They land on a planet known as LV-223, rushing to explore a structure that calls to mind a burial mound on hallowed ground.
To say this will not end well is an enormous understatement.
My husband ripped some of the elements of the movie to shreds; I glossed over a lot of that, despite one clear case of “I gotta poke it with a stick!” I’m not going to throw the baby out with the bath water. The film itself is gorgeous, and the acting is good, despite the remoteness of most of the characters. The creature effects are varied and good, and the work of Noomi Rapace particularly impressed me. The amount of venom spewed over this thing on the IMdb site shows how divided opinions are; for the record I am going to get the DVD the day it comes out.
Three chocolate morsels.