December 09, 2016

Prometheus is a mid-level version of what it is

HollywoodNews.com: Come what may, Prometheus is a mid-level version of what it is. By that, I mean it is, in the end, a somewhat generic Alien/The Thing-type horror film. It is mostly science-fiction only in that it takes place in the future and involves inter-stellar travel. Its ‘big ideas’ can be summed up in two sentences, and they are not only not-revolutionary but recognizable to probably 90% of the viewing audience. It has some truly wonderful visuals and it’s arguably worth seeing once purely for some of the images it creates. But as a full-blown movie it doesn’t quite work. Like Super 8, it gets tied up with horror elements in its last half that its filmmakers don’t truly care about and feel like a commercial concession.

Like last summer’s botched 80s-Spielberg homage, Prometheus takes advantage of a genre audience so worn down by threatened reboots and remakes that it seems almost groundbreaking that this film is merely a glorified rip-off of earlier genre entries of this nature. While advertised as an original science-fiction epic with tangential ties to the existing Alien franchise, it really is a bigger budgeted and better cast variation of that specific template. Despite must-see production values and some genuinely compelling imagery, it’s somewhat closer in quality to The Thing 2011 than The Thing 1982

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