Caught Prometheus in 3d at the dollar theater. I think that it was unquestionably a good movie. Not fantastic, but well-acted and well-written, and gripping.
I think I'd call the film a "spiritual reboot" of Alien. The shared universe and fan service certainly contribute a lot to this (as does the unapologetic explanation of the decades-old mystery of the "space jockey"), but there were a lot of little shared plot points and parallels you could draw between the two films as well (I think the automated surgery scene was this film's chest burster :3). On the other hand, Alien was a far more focused film. Prometheus seems to have a much broader scope, where the alien creatures in question aren't necessarily the major driving force. Part horror, part philosophical exploration, and part blockbuster. A few hard-to-watch gore scenes, a few spectacular CGI moments, a few discussions about human origin... so it at once feels very much like Alien, but very different as well. Odd, but not necessarily bad.
I liked the creatures, but I never had a very clear grasp of what they were, how they functioned, or how they were all related. This added a certain sense of mystery to everything, but it also left me feeling a little confused about some parts. Why did that one crew member come back to life as some sort of super zombie? You can guess and deduce, but nothing makes complete sense. Or why did the creature that grew inside Shaw in turn end up spawning an Alien-like creature inside the evil space jockey at the end? Again, not a plot hole... but I would have liked some sort of consistency or recognizable functional pattern to creature behavior.
I also had some issues with the quasi-cliffhanger ending. Not sure why it was necessary, unless Scott is planning a Prometheus 2. Oh, and the 3d was well-done, but a little underused. Or maybe just more subtle and reserved than we're used to seeing.
There's a ton of other stuff I could nitpick or talk about, but I think that it was ultimately a well-made sci-fi thriller, and impressively managed to make the ruined Alien franchise feel fresh and exciting again (despite, or perhaps because of, it being technically a different IP). If you can deal with some of the violence (and although there's not a lot of it, it's pretty brutal when it does occur), and haven't already decided to pick it apart, I definitely recommend it.
Post edited July 13, 2012 by jefequeso