Saturday, June 9, 2012

Prometheus?

Hype Hype and more Hype!  These are the first words that came to mind as I sat for over 2 hours trying to understand why I paid to see a movie that was at best, a long drawn out preview for five other movies I have seen before.  At least the five other movies had a beginning, a middle and an end.  Prometheus, a Ridley Scott film, had gaping holes that exposed it as nothing more than an empty space surrounded by a crust of hype.  I wish I could go into detail, but for the sake of those who have not seen Prometheus and are still planning to do so, I don’t  want to spoil your experience (although you will be banging your head against a rot iron railing like I almost did, when it is all over).

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who challenged Zeus’ omnipotence.  He managed to trick Zeus during a sacrificial meal which ended in humans being accountable only to give the lowliest burnt offering to the gods and keeping the healthiest meat to themselves.  This angered Zeus and in retribution, he took back fire from mankind (humans already knew of fire).  Prometheus then stole the fire back from Zeus and returned it to human kind.  The fire represented human progress.  Prometheus is also credited with the creation of man from clay.  For his dastardly deeds, Zeus sentenced him to eternal punishment.  He had Prometheus bound to a rock where every day, an eagle (the emblem of Zeus) would swoop down and eat away at his liver, only to have it grow back and the whole process to repeat the next day for eternity.  This is how I felt having to sit down, bound to my chair, subjected to this film.
 
Interestingly enough, the main question, made quite clear by the previews, “Where did we come from?”, is answered at the outset of the movie.  The first few scenes are attention grabbing.  From there it spiraled downhill.  The plot is jumbled; the character development is non-existent.  I believe whoever was responsible for the screenplay overextended themselves trying to create suspense when in actuality, they threw a bunch of okay ideas in a hat, shook them around and threw them up in the air hoping they would fall in place (something like the theoried primordial soup, or in this case, Kitchen Sink).  If you have to sit in a movie and wonder who the main characters are and what the plot is, there is a problem.  I believe that Academy Award winner, Charlize Theron, must have been tricked, blackmailed or simply sleeping when she said yes to Prometheus. 

At the end of the film, the movie goers all let out a resounding, “Uhhhh”.  I too was part of that disappointed chorus.  I have never seen people clear out of a theater so quickly. If you decide to see Prometheus, you will be surprised that you too released that “Uhhhh”, especially when you see the very last scene and realize that it was all a scheme to “pre-qualify” and revive an old movie which has long lost its appeal.

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