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I have loads of photos which I should be editing but since Steph asked I’m going tell you some things I thought about Prometheus, which I went to see at the weekend. I really wanted to like it, and some of it I did. Michael Fassbender can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, I have a girl crush on Noomi Rapace, the scientist guy does look like a more attractive Tom Hardy, and the Geiger set designs look amazing. I quite enjoyed it, but the more I think about it the more I’m realising it’s nonsense.

Without any attempt at completeness here’s just some of the things I want to know (sorry, spoilers!):

* The reason they found the planet in the first place was because all these ancient civilisations had that planet constellation, and presumably worshipped those original men people who made them. Why then, would the constellation lead them to a random planet that the original men used to build biological weapons to destroy the earth?

* Why did Charlize Theron spend ages squeezing herself into a suit and a tiny escape pod, when she had a full size, self sustaining and independently navigatable one she could have just walked into?

* And why does she have a machine calibrated only for men? Though obviously not calibrated for men that much, because it still managed to do the ceasarean, you just had to call it abdominal surgery.

* Noomi Rapace’s dad died in similar circumstances to her boyfriend? Oh really? There were aliens gestating inside humans in 2050s Africa? Her dad was killed by his boss in a flamethrower attack? What is the point of mentioning something like that if you’re not going to explain it?

* Similarly, I’d have liked to have known a bit more about David Fassbender’s character. He was potentially really interesting, but in the end he was just a slightly pointlessly evil guy.

* They could have made a bit of space for that by cutting out some of these really pointless scenes. That one where Charlize Theron and Idris Elba talk about having sex goes on for about ten minutes.

* This all supposedly happens 80 years from now, which seems a bit of a push in terms of technology. I guess this is because it’s supposed to be an Alien prequel, which is kind of what makes everything not quite add up.

* And maybe I’m remembering this wrong, but in the first Alien film aren’t they following a distress signal without an explanantion. Were did that come from and what happened to Noomi’s recorded message saying ‘don’t ever come here’?

So there you have it, some nicely random ramblings from me on a Friday! Any answers/explanations gratefully received!

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  • Penny Dreadful Vintage 22 June 2012, 7:35 am

    I have heard mixed reviews about this – think I’ll wait until it’s on telly šŸ˜‰

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  • Bella Q 23 June 2012, 6:54 am

    I am going to see it. But it got terrible reviews. About what you’re talking about- nonsense plots and pointless direction. Great swan though.
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  • The Waves 25 June 2012, 7:38 pm

    I am a huge, huge fan of Alien and Aliens, and I had such high hopes for Prometheus. But yes, it was utter garbage. There were so many plot holes in the story that it made watching the movie almost annoying, there was no “atmosphere” to speak of, even the music was just plain and boring. What to me was the most disappointing thing though, was how they simply destroyed the whole “space jockey myth” from Alien in one tiny scene. Years and years worth of mystery and intrigue were wiped away, just like that. And the whole proto-human-creating-engineers stuff was just too weird, and it just doesn’t fit the Alien universe we know from the previous movies. I, too, thought Fassbender was the best thing about the movie. Otherwise though… what a disappointment!
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  • Helen 6 July 2012, 7:21 pm

    I’m not really into sci-fi though I love a disaster film- independence day, 2012, the day after tomorrow but maybe this just isn’t for me.
    What a lovely picture though
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  • THE-LOUDMOUTH 8 July 2012, 7:03 pm

    It’s funny because the critics loved this one, but most audiences felt the same way we did. I don’t know if critics just like to kiss the asses of certain famous people or what. I definitely had the same questions as you, but I read one review where someone said the whole point of the movie was that ‘life has some questions that are left unanswered.’ Um, who cares? Haha! I came to see the movie, I wanna know what the fuck’s up. One thing I do disagree with, though, is that I actually liked the bit about them having sex. I thought that was cute and funny and one of the only parts of the movie that I actually enjoyed. Ha!
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