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Theater Feature: Prometheus (2012)

For many people a film like Prometheus has been a long time coming.  Claims about whether it was indeed an Alien prequel bounced around more than a hard-hit drunkard.  Ultimately, Scott and company commented that Prometheus would be a standalone film.  Of course, given we’re in the blossoming online age, refutations to this claim came aplenty.  Now we can finally find out the truth among the summer’s biggest films.

The common, spoiler-free consensus is that Prometheus is set in the same universe as Alien, but isn’t a direct prequel.  This is about all the blind, incoming viewer needs to know beforehand.

Now that we have that cleared up, what about the film itself?  To put it simply, this is a real sparker for discussions.  Some will find this to be a surprising thought-provoker while others will at least see it as something worth pondering.  And this is a key part of the film’s theme.  We’re often searching for what we don’t know (everything) about.  Even when answers are provided, more questions can (and usually do) stem from those.  This is a key reason the film has drawn such divided and passionate discussions; it’s all the more why this is such fascinating watch.

In fact, more than anything, this theme is the driving force behind story and plot.  Beyond a group of people exploring a distant planet for answers we’ve long wondered, it’s tough to detail the film without spoilers.  When our character’s discoveries aren’t pushing things forward, their more than occasionally questionable actions are.  Development isn’t in the highest supply, but again, that’s part of the film’s style.  The story and circumstances are, to some extent, beyond them.  For what our key players provide, however, it’s mostly serviceable.  Granted, some might wonder whether Rapace or Fassbender deserve to be called the film’s key (human) character.  At least both of them provide note-worth performances, especially the latter (as always).

Beyond this, people should actually know what to expect.  Ridley Scott is doing science fiction, which he always has an eye for.  The shots are entrancing, heightened sequences are generally gripping and the art style is intriguing to say the least.  Factor these in simultaneously for some parts and we have a film that refuses to let you divert your eyes.  Ultimately, keeping your interest is what Prometheus does best, and it shouldn’t be any other way.

 
 

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Quote Review: K-PAX (2001)

“You humans. Sometimes its hard to imagine how you’ve made it this far.”

K-PAX begins with some overbearing questions only to feel like an overly ambitious and cluttered blend of science fiction and drama. It ultimately amounts to bringing more to the table than it can handle, especially with the 2 hour runtime limiting so much. While some might argue for multiple potential interpretations to the ending, what culminates is fairly clear-cut.  In the end, it’s mostly another carpe diem/appreciate-life type of movie.

What did you think of K-PAX?  Share your thoughts and comment below!

 
 

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Quote Review: Solaris (2002)

“If you think that there is a solution, you’ll die here.”

It’s clear where the film’s inspirations and themes come from, even if the viewer hasn’t seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, read the book or even seen the original film. A strong emphasis throughout is purely towards character psychology. Some parts drag and, at points, literally copy-and-paste scenes and exact dialogue; it doesn’t help that the ending comes abruptly without a coherent sense of resolution either (the attempt at hypothetical interpretations is completely obvious, but given such a horrible transition that the viewer is lost for the wrong reasons). That said, there’s still a worthwhile experience to be had in Solaris thanks to the relationship of isolation and desperation lending to some points that are sure to get its audience pondering, regardless of their thoughts or beliefs. In some regards, the film is quite fascinating, it’s just a shame that not enough justice is paid to the plot, or even (proper) context to help it feel like a complete and developed package.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Film Review, Movie Review

 

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