“They became farmers in the seeds of stars; they sowed, and sometimes they reaped. And sometimes, dispassionately, they had to weed.”
—Arthur C. Clarke, 2001
I saw Ridley Scott’s Prometheus this past week with a few friends. For many months, I was very excited for this film to come out, lapping up every little detail that was released, so curious about the plot. A prequel of sorts to the Alien series that began with Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 masterpiece Alien. As the early reviews, I was a bit disappointed that it was getting mixed reviews. Still, I wanted to see it. I made plans to see it Thursday with two of my friends. This is the week of July 4th, and it’s been a quiet week. A quiet week meant I could drive into the office in Newark without dealing with too much traffic, and then drive to meet up with my friends at the theater. We ultimately decided to see the 7:45pm showing at the AMC Jersey Gardens. I got out around 6pm, then drove over to the Jersey Gardens mall. Walked around, got a mediocre dinner at the food court Burger King, then met up at the theater.
What’s the verdict on Ridley Scott’s latest film? Well, I thought it was an entertaining monster movie. Visually, it was fun to watch. Nothing looked cheap or unrealistic. Unfortunately, not much else of the film actually make sense. I know many people complained about the unanswered questions, but I was okay with that. I was a little annoyed at these were probably the stupidest scientists and crew members I’ve ever met. So many times, they did things that a normal responsible person wouldn’t do, unless it was to drive the plot. That I found annoying. And some of the science, in hindsight, didn’t make a lot of sense either.
Prometheus is already available for pre-order on blu-ray and DVD. Will I buy this on blu-ray? Nah. I got my entertainment out of it once already — I’m good. It’s visually impressive, but the lack of realistic behavior on the part of most of the cast of characters annoys me the more I think about it.