Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Alien: Covenant finally opens this weekend, and in anticipation of it, I've been reviewing films from the Alien franchise for the past few weeks (Check out my reviews for Alien and Aliens). This week I decided to review the most recent entry in the franchise, and that was 2012's Prometheus.
Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott, and it stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. The film acts as a sort-of prequel to the first Alien film and the franchise as a whole. People have been heavily divided over this film, so what did I think?
First, I'd like to talk about how great an idea a prequel to Alien is. There are so many little things on the planet LV-426 in that first film that aren't explained. The idea of a prequel to really get into what exactly happened on that planet is very interesting. So the idea behind Prometheus was one that definitely had a lot of potential, and it's one that I was very interested in seeing.
Unfortunately, Prometheus ended up being pretty disappointing. It doesn't really work as a prequel, and it ends up becoming too complicated for its own good. It's so disconnected from the rest of the Alien franchise, that if you didn't know it was part of it, Prometheus would just feel like a total ripoff. Who would've thought that they'd ever attempt to make a film in the Alien franchise that doesn't feature any xenomorphs?
Don't get me wrong, I thought the film was decent, but it wasn't nearly as good as it could've and should've been. If they were going to make the film without any of the classic aliens, that could work. But they should've gone all in on that. Instead, they constantly have little visual reminders of them, and all it does is make the audience want to see them. A promise that is ultimately never delivered on.
If you take this film out of the shadow of the Alien franchise and just take it for what it is, it's actually a decently enjoyable movie. It has some really cool sci-fi elements. If you cut the Alien references out of this film and removed a few of the unnecessary side plots, then Prometheus actually becomes a really good movie. However, looking at Prometheus for what it actually delivers, it doesn't really exceed decent at any point.
The biggest problem I have with this film is that it seems to forget that it's a prequel. The point of a prequel is to fill in some of the gaps and questions about what happened before a film or franchise. Now, I'm not expecting Prometheus to answer every question about the Alien franchise, but it could at least attempt to answer some. This film doesn't really try to answer any of the questions people have about Alien. It turns into more of a spin-off, which could work, but that's not what they were going for. Plus, the questions that it does try and answer, it ends up throwing out the window at the end of the film.
At the end of the day, Prometheus was a decent sci-fi film, but not a very good addition to the Alien franchise. It had some cool moments, but it ultimately asks more questions than it answers and it gets way too complicated for its own good. Hopefully, Alien: Covenant answers some more questions, because Prometheus didn't really do anything but make this already complicated lore even more confusing. If you're a big fan of the Alien franchise, check out Prometheus if you want, but otherwise you can stay away from this one.
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