Alien, Episode One: The Phantom Alien

So I watched Prometheus a week or two ago, and I’ve been struggling to come up with a reaction more nuanced than this, but…well, this is how I felt about it. Prometheus is a stunningly made film. It’s one of the best looking SF epics I’ve ever seen, and I wish a hundred more SF spaceshippy movies would get made that look as grand as this one did. The visuals are full of eye-popping sensawunda.

The story, though? Well…it did nothing for me. It just plunked a bunch of disparate folks, some of whom with ulterior motives, on an alien landscape and then sent them out to poke said alien landscape with sticks and then get killed in awful ways when it turns out that the alien landscape doesn’t much want the likes of us poking it with sticks. So, it’s really pretty much a great-looking mashup of 2001 and Alien. One of those movies I think is magnificent; the other I think is stunningly overrated. Oh well.

I mean, Prometheus gives us a scientific expedition to another star system to investigate some kind of evidence of alien civilization, and yet these rigorous scientists do shit like open their helmets at the first sign the air’s breathable, and when they see a puddle of Alien Goo, their first response is, “I’m gonna stick my finger in it!”

I dunno…I guess I really wanted more from this movie than what it served up.

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2 Responses to Alien, Episode One: The Phantom Alien

  1. Jason says:

    I know you're not a fan of Alien… I myself am… but I don't think it matters either way. Prometheus was shit. Worse, it was shit that thought it was profound. If I wasn't already thankfully repressing my memory of what actually happened in this offensively stupid movie, I could probably give you a list of 50 things about it that I thought was stupid, but Ridley Scott apparently thought we'd overlook because we'd all be so happy Ridley Scott was back in the Alien-verse again.

    I had no interest in a sequel to Blade Runner — another film I believe you don't care much for — but seeing how Scott muffed this one makes me downright adamant that it shouldn't happen.

  2. Kal says:

    I agree. I had high hopes for this one. Everything looks gorgeous but I feel like only half the dialogue got onto the screen. I felt like I was watching a James Cameron movie most of the time. Good looking but empty empty empty. I think some things need to be left alone or they should have told us to lower our expectations about this being an Alien prequel.

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