(WARNING: May contain spoilers)
Yesterday was my 18th wedding anniversary (Yay me! I should get a medal or something) so my husband and I decided to celebrate by taking in a movie and doing lunch. So off to see Prometheus we went.
I already had some reservations because I'm not really a sci-fi kind of person. Never been much into watching Star Trek or Star Wars and movies of that nature. But I had heard great things about the movie and decided to give it a try (just take a look at the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes).
It started off well--the first opening scene was pretty cool. Then I started going, "Wait a minute."
For me, I really, really hate it when people do dumb stuff. There are "rules" that should be followed when it comes to certain types of things. Such as, in a horror movie if you hear noises outside, don't go checking it out wearing only your underwear. Psycho killers will chop you to pieces. Especially young cute girls. This is just common sense. Also, never put your eye up to a keyhole to see if someone is out there, because 99.9 percent of the time, someone on the other side is going to jab a long pointy thing right into your eye and directly into your brain. If you do either of these two things, you are stupid and deserve to die. I have no pity for you.
So when I see two supposedly smart science-like men, who made the choice to have their bodies shut down for two years while they fly into space to an unknown planet, start talking to a weird looking alien snake kind of thing, telling it, "It's okay. You're beautiful", I want to slap my hand to my forehead and say, "Doh!"
That's like rule number one in visiting an alien planet -- DON'T FRIGGIN' ENGAGE WITH WEIRD CREATURES! They will eat you! It's a given. All foreign things want to eat our faces and then take over our bodies. Every single one of them. Even the things that look no bigger than your thumbnail want to eat you, and they will. Don't underestimate them. That's when they get you good. (Okay, so E.T. was nice and didn't try to eat anyone, but are you willing to take that risk?)
Another rule when visiting an alien planet -- DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING! Come on! If something oozes green or black crap don't touch it. Don't put your fingers in it. Don't lift it to your nose, and for all that is good and descent in the world DO NOT PACK IT UP AND BRING IT ON YOUR SHIP. Seriously! It will grow. It will explode. It will take over. You will die. That is a given.
Now, one scene was pretty cool--the scene where she was in the medical pod-thingy and it cut her midsection open. That was interesting and good, but in saying that, there is NO way that anyone who had their midsection sliced open, say like a cesarean section, could then get up off the table a few second later and walk down a hall. Let alone run. I don't buy that. Yet, in this movie, with her stomach stapled, the female character did just that. Actually, she did quite a bit of stuff that amazed me for someone who just went through a major operation. So either she was super tough (wonder woman) or this movie was pushing the limits. I didn't buy it. But then again, I'm a wimp.
To give the movie credit, it did have some pretty cool imagery going on and cool special effects, and if you're into science fiction and aliens, and you don't care if the characters do stupid, unrealistic stuff, or why in the end there is a blue alien with a pointy head (I didn't get that part--it didn't fit with the explanation for the rest of the movie. At least, not for me), then you will like this movie. Plenty of people did. When the movie was over, I turned to my husband and said, "I know I didn't get you anything for our anniversary, so consider my sitting through this movie your gift."
Anyway, that's my two cents. I would rate this movie a C.
Have you seen it? What did you think?
I liked Prometheus, although I totally get what you're saying about those scenes. I was shaking my head at them too. Things like that usually ruin movies for me but I decided to ignore it this time. I felt it was strong enough in other ways.
I loved Prometheus. I spent hours discussing it with my boyfriend after we walked out of the theater. Yeah, the characters do a lot of Too Stupid To Live shit, but if you can look beyond that, there are some really profound and provocative themes in the movie.
6/12/2012 03:27:17 pm
Oh Angela. *SMH *hugs
6/12/2012 04:01:33 pm
It's not a matter of suspending disbelief, it's a matter of a movie having it's own internal consistency .. & this one didn't. I've just come from seeing Prometheus, and having gone into the movie with high hopes (I'm a big fan of the whole alien/predator franchise) I left the theater shaking my head. 5 year olds have more common sense than most of these supposed scientists and space explorers. I just couldn't immerse myself in the story for being yanked back to reality every 2 seconds when someone made a blatantly stupid decision. Kudos For the concepts presented, and the android character was superb, beyond that (sadly) a waste of time.
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