Escape to the Movies: Prometheus

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Prometheus

Surprise Prometheus is an Alien prequel! Oh, you probably already knew that. Spoiler warning for this episode.

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Yes I remember you mentioning Wreak-it Ralph first and yes I did watch that trailer more than once already.
While I still haven't seen the film yet (and I pretty much spoil myself already) I am intriged what if Ridley had carry making the film as it first intented. Would it still would of been good (well it probably is given to his track record for most of the time).

I saw that Wreck-It-Ralph thing, Bob...and like I asked on another forum, since WHEN is Zangief a bad guy?!? Actually...since it's Pixar, which still has some connections to Disney, and it's about video games, I will be VERY disappointed if we don't see a Tron or Kingdom Hearts based cameo.

Too bad the "prequel" aspect of Prometheus prevented some immersion. Scott probably should have kept a tighter lid on things.

Team Hollywood:
Prometheus

Surprise Prometheus is an Alien prequel! Oh, you probably already knew that. Spoiler warning for this episode.

Michael Fassbender explicitly said it wasn't just today in an interview and said he had to made it very clear. You know, the guy in the movie. The hot one who was also Magneto. Unless he lied to me, in which case I will cry myself to sleep.

I think I might see it tomorrow for kicks and giggles. I enjoyed Alien, and I really enjoy Michael Fassbender, so it's a win-win for me.

Nice review but I found the editing on this video a bit sloppy with gaps in the audio, hopefully this is a one time thing

Most surprising thing was that you said it was good. Most prequels are shit.

Not going to see it though, as I don't care about Aliens but still neat. Wreck-It-Ralph looks interesting as hell though.

Also, this video was a BITCH for me to load, ugh.

You are how I first heard about Wreck it Ralph, and after seeing that trailer for the first time a few days ago...Yeah. I wanna see it...a LOT.

Still not the biggest fan of the cast, but after seeing who they're actually playing, I'm more excited about it.

Jack McBrayer as Felix seems like it's gonna be fun, especially if I'm right in my theory (and by theory I mean totally random guess with nothing to really support it) that he's gonna turn out to be our big baddie

I saw it this weekend (it was out last friday in europe), and here's one I really have to disagree with you on Bob.

This is a failure, and a bad one at that.

The visuals are great - it's well shot, and most of the CG is pretty neat. The music is nice if not exactly smooth. The acting is surprisingly good, considering what these people had to work with; especially Theron and Fassbeder stand out.

But the script is insultingly stupid. The whole basic plot makes absolutely no sense, even in its own framework, and every single character not played by Charlize Theron is borderline retarded and / or so insultingly improfessional as to seem so. Fassbender's robot can't help it; he was apparently made that way; the rest must have been dropped on the head a few times at birth ...

I'm kind of torn between opinions about Prometheus. I enjoyed it as a fiction/horror movie (with a few plot holes) but as an Alien Precursor it was pretty average.

My main problem with the film is that the crew down talk to each other, the part where Shaw "gives birth" via cesarean is mentioned once in a fleeting comment (she was also supposed to be put in Quarantine) and that one line that one throwaway line that was so overly dramatic and had no impact on the story or characters.

I am hoping the movie had to go through massive cuts for the theatrical release, hopefully we will get a directors cut that will have and explain more.

(I also found Noomi Rapace annoying is fuck in this movie and the religion bit could have played with more.)

The editing for this video seemed a little off. I don't know if you were doing an incredibly subtle jab at the film for some of its more disjointed parts, or if you just had a bad week in putting the review together.

It's too bad that this movie doesn't seem better. Alien is one of the greatest movies ever and it deserved a proper sequel. However, none of the concerns Bob made really are going to stop me from seeing the movie. I'll just take it with a grain of salt, I guess.

With a ship named Prometheus, you'd think they'd know better than to play with fire.

Qitz:
Also, this video was a BITCH for me to load, ugh.

Glad it wasn't just me, and my computer is shit anyway.

parintachin:
I saw it this weekend (it was out last friday in europe), and here's one I really have to disagree with you on Bob.

This is a failure, and a bad one at that.

Well he didn't exactly let it off Scott-free.

GamemasterAnthony:
I saw that Wreck-It-Ralph thing, Bob...and like I asked on another forum, since WHEN is Zangief a bad guy?!?

Since you touch yourself at night.

eh still gonna see it because I really like aliens and sci-fy stuff plus alien god never gets old

Soviet Heavy:
The editing for this video seemed a little off. I don't know if you were doing an incredibly subtle jab at the film for some of its more disjointed parts, or if you just had a bad week in putting the review together.

yeah i noticed that too. the bizarrely long pauses between each sentence made me feel like i was watching a jrpg cutscene. is the dialogue in the actual film as awkward or something?

Personally, I thought it was shit. Two hours or gaping plotholes, undeveloped characters, Deus Ex Machina story progression & a story/screenplay that frankly can be summed up as a greyer Mission to Mars with some Alien references thrown in whenever they wanted to remind me why I paid £11 to sit through it all. Oh, & there was an extended Spiderman trailer at the beginning that was so ball achingly bad I felt genuinely uncomfortable in the crotch area.

So the moral of the story is: Movies are often more enjoyable if you ignore the spoilers and hype? And because movie critics don't have that luxury they are often harsher on movies than general audience members?

I think we're living in the Too-Much-Information Age. In any case, this movie looks like it might be worth watching.

I should go and watch the Alien movies sometime, even though I'm not a big sci-fi horror fan... Also, yes, Wreck-It Ralph DOES look awesome!

Disney, you've sold the ticket, give me Wreck-It Ralph right the frig now.

Ashcrexl:

Soviet Heavy:
The editing for this video seemed a little off. I don't know if you were doing an incredibly subtle jab at the film for some of its more disjointed parts, or if you just had a bad week in putting the review together.

yeah i noticed that too. the bizarrely long pauses between each sentence made me feel like i was watching a jrpg cutscene. is the dialogue in the actual film as awkward or something?

Glad I'm not the only one that noticed that, it kept me from fully listening to this review, each time I noticed the pauses (every time) it threw me off track of what he was saying

I read that Scott said he didn't want to do "another Alien movie" but the studio suits wanted the references in the flick anyway. Any truth in this Bob?

Plus, if there is a sequel (as is the understanding kicking around certain parts of theinternet), then Prometheus has certainly set me up to want to go and see it.

GamemasterAnthony:
I saw that Wreck-It-Ralph thing, Bob...and like I asked on another forum, since WHEN is Zangief a bad guy?!?

Street Fighter 2 originally came out in the time of Soviet Russia. Therefore, he was a dirty Commie.

I agree with moviebob on this one. Like several films, it gets a few ideas, but instead of taking them, and the genre, to a new direction, this film backtracks into typical cliches. And, indeed, there were too many characters in this meaning most of them weren't as deep as they ought to have been.

... actually i did not know it was an alien prequel.

MowDownJoe:

GamemasterAnthony:
I saw that Wreck-It-Ralph thing, Bob...and like I asked on another forum, since WHEN is Zangief a bad guy?!?

Street Fighter 2 originally came out in the time of Soviet Russia. Therefore, he was a dirty Commie.

Barely, it came out right around the time the cold war ended and everyone planning the game then was too young to have those political sentiments. But isn't the whole point of this film to throw into ambiguity who are and are not the bad guys? Man, I just watched the trailer and I had to laugh so hard...

metal mustache:
... actually i did not know it was an alien prequel.

Yeah, me neither, but now it all makes sense... and now I'm still not gonna see it anyway.

As a few people have noticed, if the editing feels slightly off this week it's because Bob's computer was having issues so I stitched this one together trying to emulate Bob's style as best I could.

Furioso:

Ashcrexl:

Soviet Heavy:
The editing for this video seemed a little off. I don't know if you were doing an incredibly subtle jab at the film for some of its more disjointed parts, or if you just had a bad week in putting the review together.

yeah i noticed that too. the bizarrely long pauses between each sentence made me feel like i was watching a jrpg cutscene. is the dialogue in the actual film as awkward or something?

Glad I'm not the only one that noticed that, it kept me from fully listening to this review, each time I noticed the pauses (every time) it threw me off track of what he was saying

Same here. Think I cut out at 3 minutes in because it was annoyin to listen to. At first I thought it was a reference to the dialogue in the movie, but the only time he's done that he pointed it out in the review so it was probably just sloppy editin.

Interest in this movie has actually dropped a ton since I first heard about it. The only thing I knew for the longest time was the original trailer which made it look really interestin. Then, because it is impossible to completely avoid spoilers on the internet, I found out it is a Alien prequel which just...meh. Would have rather found that out while watchin the movie instead of havin the reveal be spoiled before I ever saw it.

...So what was with the random pausing through the review? They mostly weren't pauses for dramatic effect, it just seemed like you were pausing at random times.

Also, good review overall.

EDIT: And two posts above me is the explanation for why it sounded like that. Nevermind.

Ken_J:
Nice review but I found the editing on this video a bit sloppy with gaps in the audio, hopefully this is a one time thing

Soviet Heavy:
The editing for this video seemed a little off. I don't know if you were doing an incredibly subtle jab at the film for some of its more disjointed parts, or if you just had a bad week in putting the review together.

If you followed Bob's twitter, you'd know about recent technical difficulties. Threw me off a bit at first, but i actually liked the more relaxed pace of this episode as opposed to the high speed of other episodes.

Prometheus was an okay movie, but probably brought up more questions than answered them. Fassbender was the acting MVP, no competition.

And it's a prequel in the same way my toe is connected to my face. The two are connected, but there's stuff in between. I've a feeling we're going to see a P2.

Great review Bob, I'm going to see the movie tomorrow. Oh, and still so sure about your positive assumptions of "Wreck it Ralph" I see, well, when the movie comes out, we can decide for ourselves whether it lives up to our assumptions.

Ken_J:
Nice review but I found the editing on this video a bit sloppy with gaps in the audio, hopefully this is a one time thing

I'm glad I'm not the only person to notice this.
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It seriously detracts from the video as a whole.
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I think he literally had next to nothing to say about it and put in those gaps to extend his video time to 5:30.
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All in all, it's a mess in video editing.

The thing is. Aliens itself is already a convoluted mess of over the counter pop science. Throw in an alien creator species, Star Trek did it first!, and you basically have no where to go with that except down.

The whole alien creator thing is just a neat concept, which very view people can actually plausibly explain. Look at Assassin's Creed. 90% of the plot is based around an alien life form coming to Earth and creating man.

It is the most boring and nonsensical part of the games because it changes almost every single time and offers no actual explanations just old clichés.

Same here with Prometheus, had they done away with the aliens and devoted the second half of the movie to delving further into this rather than spending time rethreading alien plot point for plot point it would have been all the better for it.

Now it's just a mediocre alien horror film that is personally insulting to me because it raises questions. Never answers them. Then expects us to switch our brains off when it goes into the action.

Good review and personally I felt underwhelmed by the whole experience too.

My main flaw is how disjointed the second half is e.g. what on earth was that zombie thing and why did Theron's character allow the doors to be opened after what had just happened.

But yeah was still a good film but could have done with a little more explanation as to why the characters acted the way they did.

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