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Ridley Scott, you let me down.
I have been wanting to see this movie since it was first announced. I was beyond excited for it. When I saw the first trailer, my mind was blown. I bought into the hype. All of it. Then I went to the midnight screening and boy was I disappointed. This film in no way lived up to any of it's hype.
It was dull, boring at times, predictable and sailing on boat load of continuity errors, riddled with plot holes.
How on Earth can the man who directed ALIEN, make a "prequel" film (or a film with massive tie ins) and completely neglect the continuity of his own movie? The crew of the Nostromos go to what I can only gather is the same planet from Prometheus where they find the remains of the space jockey aka the engineer. He is sitting in his pilot's chair with his space suit on and his chest burst.
Now granted we start off with this imagery during the climax in Prometheus, but then the engineer gets out, takes off his helmet at attacks Shaw on the Prometheus life boat where he subsequently dies after giving birth to what I can only describe as a shark boy version of the Xenomorph.
How the hell can Ridley Scott even allow for such an error to happen? The one thing he had to make sure he did, in order to pull off this movie and tie everything up at the end, he didn't fricking do!!! What gives? I'm not even going to go into all of the other problems I had with the script. I'm still hung up about the simple mathematics of continuity. It's not that fricking hard.
And my answer to anyone who defends this film is to take look at The Thing 2011. That movie is a shining example of how to make a proper prequel. EVERYTHING was accounted for while at the same time, telling a brand new story. And trust me, the director of that movie had a much harder challenge. He had to account for the ax in the wall, the burnt base, the burnt alien, dead frozen bodies, the dog and the helicopter and he fricking did it!!!
All Ridley Scott had to do was ensure the space jockey was in his chair when he dies. That's it. I could've let everything else slide had he just done that one bit.
As a whole, Prometheus is visual feast. Unfortunately, none of the stunning visual effects can compensate for the dull story, its continuity errors or its forgettable cast of characters. As everyone says, Michael Fassbender steals the show. But is he worth the 11 bucks admission? Unfortunately no.
I was in fact so disappointed with Prometheus that I didn't even bother to stay for the credits. I don't know if there was a secret scene at the end nor did I have enough desire to find out. I said it before and I'll say it again, Ridley Scott, you let me down.
Prometheus is nothing but hype. It's a late night DVD watch at best.
The Thing (2011)
A Pitch Perfect Prequel
Like most, when I heard they were going to remake John Carpenter's The Thing, I got worried. Then I heard the interesting news that it was going to be a prequel, focusing on the Norwegian's story that was alluded to in the first film. I became very curious to see what they would do with it. If you've seen the original movie, you know for a fact there is only ONE way this movie can end. And there are also several key moments that needed to occur in order to keep in tune with the continuity.
Well you know what? Not a single beat was missed. From the red axe in the wall to the two faced creature burned in the snow to even the dog running from the helicopter. IT'S ALL THERE. And it's amazing. This prequel kept the spirit of the original film and a lot of themes while even embellishing and complimenting them. It was excellent. I have never been more pleased by a prequel or even a sequel for that matter.
And I honestly think it's harder to make a prequel, because you have stricter guidelines. But this movie shines as a perfect example of what a proper prequel should look like. Nothing was over looked and every important detail was accounted for. And as people have already stated, the epilogue, mixed with the Carpenter theme is not only awesome, its chilling.
There is nothing wrong with this prequel film and no true Carpenter fan should find a reason to complain. It in no way detracts from the first movie at all.
Batman: Dead End (2003)
AWESOME, AWESOME MOVIE!
When I saw Dead End for the first time, I was floored. Never before had I seen a more loyal, more honest adaptation of a comic book movie. Batman is ripped and the Preditor is awesome. This short has everything you can ask for in a comic movie. The Joker may have been mis-casted, but he still works in the grand scheme of things. Batman Dead End is short, sweet and to the point. This movie is a must have. So go out to your local comic book store and get your bootleg copy today. Its worth it!!!
And for anyone else who dares make a comic book movie, you may want to take some advice from this short. Four feature length films, billions of dollars in budget, all star casts and Dead End schooled them!!!