Pooled Reviews: Prometheus

Rappler gives you reviews from different personalities and perspectives of the movie Prometheus

MANILA, Philippines – You know that moment when there’s a new movie out and you’re not sure if you want to see it just because you don’t know if it’s worth watching? Next thing you know, you’re scouring the internet for reviews to convince you to watch it.

We all know each of us has unique preferences. What’s good for you won’t necessarily be good for me. There will be tons of long reviews out there and it’s going to be time-consuming to look for all of them and read them.

Rappler shares with you reviews from different personalities and perspectives in one page. Here are reviews from Rapplers of the movie, Prometheus:

Maria Ressa (CEO, Rappler)
An action-packed, hold-on-to your seat, sci-fi movie perfect for a Friday night with friends! The wonderful part of it though is after the rollercoaster ride, Prometheus leaves a burning question: should there be a limit to how far Man — or Woman — can search for the Truth? Should we leave deeper meaning to the gods — or God? Like the titan Prometheus who suffered interminable hell for pushing too far, the movie’s main character pushes the boundaries and sets a circular chain of events in motion that show how Sigourney Weaver’s Alien began. I enjoyed it! As Carlos Conde tweeted me: even aliens deserve a prequel. This is a good one!

Carmela Fonbuena (Multimedia Reporter, Rappler)
Was it a good movie? I’m not sure. I didn’t see Alien. I don’t know what it’s trying to offer fans of the old movies. But it was a beautiful movie, from start to finish. It’s a grand display of faith, science, and, yes, gore. I think I will now try to brave the earlier movies.

Beth Frondoso (Multimedia and Newscast head, Rappler)
Alien fans will find Prometheus a worthy prequel. Praises to Michael Fassbender’s compelling and textured performance as David, the android who aspires to become human. David is petty, arrogant and scheming like his master but found redemption in the end. Dr Elizabeth Shaw lives up to Alien’s Ripley — strong, quick-witted but more vulnerable. The abortion scene was unforgettable.

Nimrod Miaco (Writer, Rappler)
I was drawn to the character of David the robot. His child-like curiosity born out of watching Elizabeth Shaw’s dreams that led to him acting out on his own is absolutely fascinating. Props to Michael Fassbender for his acting and to Ridley Scott for his direction. The visuals of the film were amazing but they did not take away from the story. It was a perfect marriage of storytelling and visual artistry.

Purple Romero (Multimedia Reporter, Rappler)
Don’t tinker with the design of life or with the dance of death. ‘Prometheus’ shows how one man’s quest to cheat his mortality has led to his own demise. It’s worth noting that the film’s storyline is pregnant with underpinnings of the quest for purpose and existential moorings. There is even an attempt to intertwine faith and spirituality with the need to unearth one’s origin, though it wasn’t as effortless as that of Robert Zemeckis’ “Contact.” The film is visually riveting and succeeds at inveigling moviegoers to revisit the ‘Alien’ series.

Carlos Santamaria (Multimedia Reporter, Rappler)
I was very excited to watch Prometheus after I read that it was supposed to be a prequel of Alien, in my opinion one of the best science fiction movies of all time alongside 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ridley Scott’s own Blade Runner. I was surprised in the opening minutes when it seemed the story was going to be more transcendent than Alien, which although brilliant, is mostly action. But that premise is soon abandoned, there is barely any character development and most of the scenes feel like replays of the 1978 movie. Of course, the sequences and visuals are still mind-blowing and I enjoyed every second of it, but I was just hoping for something more, something that would entice the viewer to ask questions about the origins of human life. Prometheus is nevertheless a superb movie, and I recommend it to all science fiction fans and Alien geeks in particular.  

Lyn Ortaliz (Producer, Rappler)
This movie believes so much in the power of women. Elizabeth is a believer. Her character, like many women, is strong and compassionate. From my point-of-view, it seemed alien life-forms represented the unsolicited problems of a woman in this movie. She’s been through hell and back, but don’t get me wrong, who doesn’t want to see another woman struggling to get through it all?

Katherine Visconti (Multimedia Reporter, Rappler)
Prometheus has a driving narrative impulse that will keep you glued to your seat, but it’s not the kind of movie you’ll watch again and again. Director Ridley Scott handles the visuals and 3D well, transporting viewers through the silver screen to an earth-like alien planet. The sense of suspense catches viewers by the gut and pulls them wide-eyed and possibly stifling screams through the first viewing. Still Prometheus doesn’t have enough soul to make it a classic.

The bigger questions — where do we come from, why are we here, have we betrayed our purpose — are given a trivial treatment. The answers and non-answers are not stimulating enough to leave the viewer thinking after he leaves the cinema. The android butler David, played by Michael Fassbender, steals the show. But his actions don’t hold up to scrutiny. It is unclear if the robot has gone rogue or is acting on orders and in the end, he comes off as a plot device used to sow conflict and move the story forward. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace deserves an honorable mention for her portrayal of the fierce yet full-of-heart female archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Shaw. At the end of the day, Prometheus won’t go down as an iconic film, like Alien, but movie-goers certainly won’t feel like they’ve wasted their money.

Voltaire Tupaz (Multimedia Reporter, Rappler)

Here’s my brief impression: In the Greek fiction of creation, the first woman was created as a punishment. Pandora was the anti-thesis of Prometheus’s foresight, which created man in the image and likeness of gods. Fast forward to 2094, the woman evolved into a character of foresight. In the sci-fi film Prometheus, Dr Elizabeth Shaw is the protagonist-scientist, passionate and tenacious in her quest to find the answers to fundamental philosophical and scientific questions about creation. She leads the discovery that human DNA matches that of her creator, an alien engineer. She also attempts to pursue the bigger question: Why would her creator destroy what it created? But her empowered role can only do so much to find answers in the company of one-dimensional characters in a predictable narrative. She’s allowed to explore and discover her provenance, but she has to eternally probe the anomaly of creation without fresh insights. The film is overshadowed by its iconic precedent — the Alien, and by the spectacle of its own visual effects.  

Michael Josh Villanueva (Special Project Head, Rappler)

For context, ‘Prometheus’ is a prequel to the 1979 Ridley Scott sci-fi, horror, classic ‘Alien’, the 1986 James Cameron film ‘Aliens’, and two other sequels after that – none of which I saw. But while I am in no position to say how good it is in reference to the others, I must say that the ending was good enough a clincher for me to want to find out what comes next. Speaking about the way the movie ends, it seems to me that some plots were left hanging also to possibly set the stage for another movie, fingers crossed. The movie deals with questions like, who created us, why did they create us, and why would they want to destroy us (similar to questions some of us ask each day). Those questions haven’t quite been answered yet, and another movie, hopefully, would provide us with more clues if not answers, that would satisfy this thirst for truth that they have implanted in us about this parallel universe they so brilliantly painted. 

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