Critic Review - Screen-Space

The deep, dark shadows that played such a crucial role in the shot-on-film Alien and its sequels are gone in Prometheus.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space | Comments (25)
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Thradar

Neal U

Of course they're gone in Prometheus...because it's not Alien.

Jun 1 - 05:45 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

Yes it is. it's like it's baby brother.

Whether you like it or not people will base this off of Alien because Ridley is a liar and wanted you to believe it wasn't a prequel when it actually is.

Damon said it himself

Jun 1 - 05:54 PM

Brennan Cook

Brennan Cook

Sense when are brother the same and have the same tastes? Ever heard of something called a sibling rivary? Yes this is Alien's brother but it's still not a alien movie. People trying to compare this to alien when it should be seen as a stand alone movie in the alien universe is going to hurt this movie.

Jun 1 - 06:09 PM

Brian Wright

Brian Wright

The fact that Ridley Scott has to insist that it isn't an Alien prequel or sequel on record automatically seals the fate that it will be compared to Alien. If he had just shut up and not said anything, the film could have stood on its own merit. Although, people would have still compared it to Alien strictly because he used the face hugger device and the lv426 alien ship. You can't reuse a device used in such a prominent earlier film and then expect not to be compared to the film where it was first used.

Jun 4 - 12:49 AM

Ethan Kelly

Ethan Kelly

The entire reason that Ridley Scott kept emphasizing that this was not an Alien Prequel (Even though it is) Is because he didn't want people to compare it to Alien. You know why? Because he knew that stupid people would knock the movie down for not being the same!

Jun 1 - 06:58 PM

Brian Wright

Brian Wright

The sheer fact that had to state that it isn't a prequel automatically guarantees people will compare the films. Basically, silence is golden. He should let the film speak for itself.

Jun 4 - 12:54 AM

James Heywood

James Heywood

Even if it was a direct prequel, why would it have to be the same style as Alien?

Jun 2 - 03:37 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Whoa whoa whoa, careful that you don't ask the yokels to over think it, they might break a banjo string.

Jun 4 - 01:48 PM

crushin russian

Vite M.

Does this critic really want another rehash of Alien?

Jun 1 - 06:32 PM

Joedrumma

Joe Donahue

I don't think he's asking for a rehash of Alien. After reading the full review, my take was that he's comparing the production values of the two films - for example, shot on film vs digital. That's what I got out of it. He feels that the digital look is maybe a little too sterile, or maybe that digital look and feel detracts from the sense of mystery seen in Scott's earlier films?

Jun 3 - 02:19 PM

Jordan K.

Jordan Kahl

And this isn't Alien. It's Pometheus. Why can't people read? Genres include Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy... basically a big idea that's perhaps too big for all these older folks to wrap their primitive minds around. S'okay though all us younger cooler kids get it and Ridley Scott is far more genius than any of these moranuses will ever be.

Jun 8 - 02:37 PM

Ethan Kelly

Ethan Kelly

The entire reason that Ridley Scott kept emphasizing that this was not an Alien Prequel (Even though it is) Is because he didn't want people to compare it to Alien. You know why? Because he knew that stupid people would knock the movie down for not being the same!

Jun 1 - 06:57 PM

Nick C.

Nick Coyle

Certainly the similarities of the trailers and overall tone seem to suggest a closer relationship than Scott is leading us to believe, huh?

Jun 1 - 09:38 PM

Justin Peterson

Justin Peterson

Yes, because Scott finished the movie months and months ago and was responsible for every iota of marketing.

20th Century Fox pulled the rug out from Scott's feet on Kingdom of Heaven, and they did it again here by blowing the Alien trumpet whenever they could.

Jun 3 - 08:28 AM

Nick C.

Nick Coyle

Do you know for a fact that's the case? Because the way I see it is that Scott is already rehashing much of alien to create prometheus anyways. It's kinda his fault that people are comparing it as such.

Jun 4 - 07:04 AM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

I was afraid of this. There always seems to be some of that shadowy "aura" missing when shooting in digital rather than film, and for something like a sci-fi horror movie, that could be a weakness.

Jun 1 - 08:46 PM

mike l.

t. Howard

umm, yeah they aren't the same, cause this movie was a totally different concept. It isn't a bunch of guys running around in rubber suits with steam everywhere and strobes going off to hide the creature(also called Jaws in Space). IMHO, this was a unique and highbrow look at, "Where do we come from?".

Incidentally, Fox didn't even want to shoot the Space Jockey scene in Alien, which would have made it tough for this movie to exist today.

On it's face, this is a good movie by any standards.

Jun 2 - 04:48 AM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

Really? This is a good movie by ANY standards? I find it hard to believe any film scripted by Lindelof can enjoy that label.

Jun 2 - 10:03 AM

Mark Sewell

Mark Sewell

You've seen it then?

Jun 3 - 01:49 AM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

These critics have. And some of them don't like it. For the script. Which was made by Lindelof. Who also made Cowboys and Aliens.

Jun 3 - 11:56 AM

Enoch C.

Enoch Ching

the script is important, but it's only a part of what makes a movie work. The actor's delivery, the writing, the pacing, the support from the Director, the ability to effectively use technology and effects, etc. Braveheart has a bare-bones script and it's still a classic. Same as Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Alien + Aliens, etc.

Jun 3 - 08:23 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Even a broken clock is right twice a day...

Jun 4 - 01:51 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

Sorry, it's not a good movie by my standards, which require both a coherent script and for characters to be more than archetypes of characters from the previous movies. It also requires that supposedly smart people not do stupid things to advance the plot. it would also be nice if the story was actually as smart as it thinks it is.

Unfortunately, Prometheus had none of this going for it. It was a pretty movie with one tense scene and some decent acting, that's it.

Jun 2 - 12:30 PM

Tony Norrgrann

Tony Norrgrann

And this guy is a "critic".. hah!
It's not supposed to be Alien dimwit..

Jun 2 - 09:29 AM

Sue Lefteratos

Sue Lefteratos

I have just returned home after watching Prometheus and have to say I was extremely disappointed in the movie, yes, the special effects etc in 3D were spectacular, but I thought I was watching Alien all over again with exact replicas of some scene of said movie in Prometheus.....shame was really hyped to see it

Jun 2 - 09:58 AM

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