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Prometheus. 3D


If you grew up in the 80s, then you're most likely a fan of the Alien film franchise. And why wouldn't you be, when the Xenomorph is probably the most badass film alien of that decade.

Compared to this guy.

The layman will tend to think that Prometheus is a prequel to Alien (the first film in the Alien franchise), but director Ridley Scott vehemently denies this. While the film takes place in the same universe as Alien, Scott describes it as something more than a prequel, something that is an original film but just happened to have some similarities with Alien.

Like the ship, for instance.

The primary reason you should watch this is because it's directed by Ridley Scott. Sorry, that's Sir Ridley Scott. The man's so good at making movies that they knighted him.

"You two! Saddle my horse! I'm a knight, damn it!"

In Prometheus, what's particularly noticeable is Scott's skill in cinematic pacing. As the Prometheus travels through space, the entire crew is frozen in suspended animation, and the only body on board belongs to the ship's robot, David (Michael Fassbender). This is where the story is the most boring, and where the pacing is the slowest. But of course, as the story progresses, so do the pacing and the tension. And by the time the alien creature pops out of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace)'s belly, you'll be gripping the armrests tightly while sitting at the edge of your seat.

Or it could be because Fassbender got your panties wet.

Of course, a great director is nothing without a great cast (I must find another way to say that, I keep using that line and it's starting to sound cliché). There's Noomi Rapace, a.k.a. "the girl with the dragon tattoo", who has good acting skills but needs to work more on her American accent. There's also Idris Elba, who I didn't know could do a decent American accent (and who could also play an accordion, it seems). Then there's Michael Fassbender, who we all know is a good actor, so let's skip him. Guy Pearce is also here, unrecognizable with his Ebenezer Scrooge make-up. And of course the lovely Charlize Theron is also here, although she has no sex scenes (she's got an implied sex scene with Idris Elba, though, which I'm glad they never showed).

"Is it because I'm black?"

Some other familiar faces in the cast include Sean Harris, the guy who played Michelotto in The Borgias, and Kate Dickie, who played Lysa Arryn in Game of Thrones.

And now, we move on to the 3D review.

Despite being a relatively new thing, 3D filmmaking (the non-anaglyph variety) seems to be attracting the older filmmakers into its fold. First, there was Cameron, who I don't need to mention anymore. Next was Martin Scorsese, whose successful Hugo has proven that 3D will work in any genre, even non-eye candy flicks. And now, it's Sir Ridley Scott advocating the use of 3D, even going so far as to announce that he won't be shooting in 2D again.

Kino Gallery, via Blogger
"You got a problem with that?"

Prometheus is one of those movies intended for 3D release from the get-go, and it totally works. Despite a lot of scenes happening in low-light environments, the viewer will find no cause for compalint, as the filmmakers boosted the brightness just a little to compensate for light loss caused by the 3D glasses.


Particularly enjoyable for stereo viewing are the space map shots, the close-up of the actors's faces, and of course the breathtaking opening sequence.

This. In 3D.

Adam Sculthorp, one of the aerial stereographers for Prometheus, strongly urges everyone to watch it in 3D. "Not to watch it in 3D …. I think you are going to miss out on the experience Ridley’s designed for the viewer," says Sculthorp. And you should know better than to argue with an aerial stereographer.

Prometheus. USA. 2012.

Rating: Eight out of ten.
3D-ness: Eight out of ten.


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