|Posted by jesskroll on October 6, 2012 at 9:15 PM|
3.5 / 5
The difference between (most) literary science fiction and (most) cinematic sci-fi is the depth of ideas portrayed in the material, as well as the use of specific visuals and not the audience’s imagination. Prometheus begins with a standard but solid literary SF premise, scientists searching for the origin of life, but ends in a typically sci-fi fashion. Between these are some of the most stunning visuals yet in scifi. Computer generated imagery has finally allowed movie effects to mimic the realism and detail of the human imagination, save for Guy Pearce’s horrible old man makeup. Unfortunately once the opening and thematic question is abandoned the film becomes, essentially, (spoiler) a retread of Alien. Certain setpieces are tremendous, the surgery is unrealistic but intense and innovative, but too much of the plot is intentionally held back for the obvious sequel. While the visuals may approximate the depth of human imagination, the ideas remain millennia behind.
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