I so wanted to love this movie, I’m such a big fan of director Ridley Scott. How can a film that purports to offer the backstory behind the blockbuster 1979 film Alien not be amazing? I rank Alien as one of the ten most influential science fiction films ever made, and getting its director back behind the camera to make another epic when his last sci-fi flick was the equally superb Blade Runner seems like a sure winner.
To be fair, there were a ton of things in Prometheus that seemed perfectly aimed at me, from the obvious nods to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey to David watching the amazing film Lawrence of Arabia and then seeking to emulating T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) in both appearance and mannerisms. I really, really loved that part of the movie and found David a highly intriguing addition to the crew, modelled, apparently, after the replicants in Blade Runner, who were “more human than human”.
Nice review and I agree it should have better coming from Ridley Scott. Just to point out though that “northern Great Britain” is a country, called Scotland!
Saw this on Tuesday on a whim and really wish I hadn’t. I can’t believe it’s gotten the good scores that it has! It had so many holes and gaps and could have been so much better. I agree that you had no idea why the characters were doing what they were doing. Very irritating.