Prometheus is full of grandeur and wonder, but thematically over reaches…

A female figure in silhouette stands before an enormous statue of a humanoid head. Text at the middle of the poster reveals the tagline "The Search For Our Beginning Could Lead To Our End". Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the title, production credits and rating.

Shame really, because it’s beautifully structured and could have been a solid sci-fi, horror film…maybe even a classic.  But, alas.  Despite brilliant visuals, seamless special effects and some strong acting, I was left wanting. I was entertained and captivated by the narrative, but by the third act it strays and so did my interest.  Too much dogma and too many unanswered (important) questions.  I still do not want to give too much away, so here is a brief breakdown.

A few things to know first.  1. I respect Sir Ridley Scott and most of his films.  2. I believe Alien is one of the best sci-fi films of all time.  3. I was very excited about Prometheus.  So excited, that I refused to watch any of the viral campaign because I did not want to spoil anything (I think that may have helped little) and stayed away from reviews!  So, I went in with a clear, eager mind.

Several notable aspects that must be mentioned.  1. The film is gorgeous. Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski does a wonderful job with the look and style.  2. Amazing sets, creatures and cool future tech equals a geek’s dream. 3. There is a top-notch cast across the board. Stand outs?  Noomi Rapace is fantastic and Michael Fassbender is (again) incredible.  4. Scott is a master of building tension (the slow burn) and he does create a specific “atmosphere” that is mesmerizing.

Several negative aspects that must be mentioned.  1. Too many things that make you go…hmmm? or whaaa?  2. Events pick up speed (and violence) in the third act and makes it feel rushed, especially since it’s a stark contrast with the first half.  3. The “Big” themes feel forced and too broad.  4.  Damon Lindelof thinks he’s still writing for a Lost episode.  5.  Lindelof and Scott must think answers are taboo and should be avoided–actually they just keep asking questions…

All in all, in some aspects I think Prometheus succeeds brilliantly.  How?  Well, Prometheus will probably be the most divisive film of 2012 and will stir debates and discussions for years to come (more so, if the rumored sequel does happen).  Isn’t that what you want a film to do?  You want to promote dialogue and engage the imagination, right?  Well…only you can answer that question.