Prometheus (2012) * * * * *
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
I'm sure that by now you've probably seen the movie Prometheus, or read about it online. Even if you haven't seen it, you are most likely already aware of all the problems that have been noted by the many, many people who have seen the movie.
And really, there are lots of problems. I freely admit that there are a lot of things that happen in the movie, that when you think about it, don't make any sense. People make choices that are illogical. The scientists ignore basic scientific protocols. The guy with the nifty mapping probes gets lost. Another guy decides to touch something that most people would run away from. Why was the medical machine only programmed for one gender?
The list goes on and on.
The thing is, though, that for the most part, while you are actually watching the movie, you don't really notice all of that. And the reason you don't really notice all of that is because the movie itself is so big, and huge, and awesome, and amazingly gorgeous, and freaky, and wonderful, and terrifying, all at the same time, that while you are caught up in the moment you don't really stop to think "Hey, how come no one has asked her why she's running around half naked and covered in blood? Is this a common event that happens so often that no one around her gives it a second thought, or are her fellow crew members all just asshats?" It isn't until after you leave the theater and start to think about the movie that you suddenly realize that there were things that didn't quite fit.
In my opinion, that's a good thing. I loved Prometheus! It's awesome and amazing! It scared the crap out of me at least twice and Bob has the fingernail imprints in his arm to prove it. And I loved the movie not because it's perfect, but because it's not.
People do stupid illogical things, like take their helmets off before they know if the air is safe to breathe. People push buttons when they have no clue what those buttons do. People panic and get lost even when they are holding a map. Humans can be so passionate about something that they will do all sorts of stupid, dumb, illogical things while pursuing their passion. It happens.
In addition to that, one of the things that I like best about the movie is the level of discussion and thought that has resulted from people watching the film. This movie has made people think - not just about what's wrong with the movie, but with bigger things, like philosophy, and creation myths, and archetypal personality-types, the origin of the universe, relationships between a creator and its' creation, and what being human means. Folks are writing articles and blog posts and tweets about this movie and how their perceptions of these concepts, and the resulting dialogue has been fascinating. To me, at least.
But that's what I think a truly great movie should really do - make people think. About stuff that doesn't even have anything to do with the actual story being told in the film. Of course a movie should tell a good story, and this is where Prometheus falters slightly, but it more than makes up for its' missteps by taking people's mind and thoughts and hurtling them different directions and causing conversations about ideas.
That's why I give Prometheus five stars. That's what I loved the most, and that's why I think everyone should see it, no matter whether or not you like Science-Fiction, or Horror, or Suspense-Thrillers. Prometheus is all those things, and also so much more.
Have you seen Prometheus? Do you agree or disagree with me? Let's hear your thoughts in the comments!