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    Quote Originally Posted by CreativeCait View Post
    Lol. Isn't this what's so good about movies or any other art form for that matter? We all get something different out of them. Isn't that the point?? And I think its interesting how everyone has been focusing on different aspects of the movie, or annoyed by different things and how that reflects personality type. Like, you're a what...ENTP, maybe that makes you think what I got from the movie was "reading too much into it'. But to me those sorts of things are what I think about and enjoy when I see movies...and it's not leaps at all in my head, that scene made perfect sense to me the moment it happened and it was no biggie. To you on the other hand it was anticlimatic and lacked appropriately dramatic fighting scene or whatever and there seemingly being no point (in your opinion) annoyed you afterwards....I think all these differences in our types and interpretations and of course personal preferences are interesting...
    You know what I think would've been cool is if

    'Twould've been much more satisfying than the lackluster revelation at the end of the movie.

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    EEEEwwwwwwwwwwwww, though no worse than the other eeeewwww moments in the movie so probably would have fitted well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    You know what I think would've been cool is if

    'Twould've been much more satisfying than the lackluster revelation at the end of the movie.
    I don't see how that's any less random and meaningless.
    Does he want a pillow for his head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    I don't see how that's any less random and meaningless.
    Need we review? The original Alien was a very well-made monster movie, nothing more. Prometheus was a poorly-made monster movie, but a monster movie nonetheless, with misguided attempts to be 2001 and Star Trek: The Motion Picture that ended up being something almost as bad as Star Trek V.

    And it would've given her more of a reason to be in the movie.

    And did I mention that it would've been totally fucking awesome?

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    I enjoyed this film. At first there were many mixed reviews so I had some trepidation, but I enjoyed it very much. I felt a bit vindicated as it reminded me of other times when the group consensus diverged from my own opinion. There is a selfish pleasure in enjoying something other people don't. And, I relished this little morsel.

    I spent a lot of time thinking about it after. I enjoy when a film can do that for me. It is such a pleasure. There was also a payoff in terms of the visceral creepiness at times. On some level, it's pleasurable to be made to shudder and pushed to the edge physically. I want to be frightened.

    I have read a few things about the plot, but it's not necessary to my enjoyment to have answers. The questions are sufficiently pleasurable. I very much appreciate a film that can try to provoke questions and exploration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circle View Post
    I enjoyed this film. At first there were many mixed reviews so I had some trepidation, but I enjoyed it very much. I felt a bit vindicated as it reminded me of other times when the group consensus diverged from my own opinion. There is a selfish pleasure in enjoying something other people don't. And, I relished this little morsel.

    I spent a lot of time thinking about it after. I enjoy when a film can do that for me. It is such a pleasure. There was also a payoff in terms of the visceral creepiness at times. On some level, it's pleasurable to be made to shudder and pushed to the edge physically. I want to be frightened.

    I have read a few things about the plot, but it's not necessary to my enjoyment to have answers. The questions are sufficiently pleasurable. I very much appreciate a film that can try to provoke questions and exploration.
    My approach is to be very cynical about movies these days. The fact that it had so many elements from Alien made it appear that Scott was too lazy to come up with any original props so he only recycled old ones. The android, the room full of jars (they were originally eggs), the shape of the alien craft, the interior of the alien craft, the color of the alien ship, the white saliva goo drooling out of the android's mouth (but his voice was not altered as Kane's was after being decapitated), the fact of being decapitated, and on and on. The only difference was that I didn't care about this android being decapitated, whereas the Kane decapitation elicited a more visceral response from me. The entire Alien movie was more emotionally impactful compared to Prometheus. But Alien didn't make me think. Or let's say, it made me think about women running around scared in their panties. It was purely a visceral experience, as a horror movie should be.

    Prometheus is the horror movie that "makes one think." But not really. Many of the plot elements are taken from the fringe elements of our culture. The cave paintings: the idea that they represent alien beings comes from a 1968 book called "Chariots of the Gods?" by Erich von Däniken. The idea that Jesus was an alien has been around for a long time, although we have not officially been given this information yet. The idea that mankind came from outer space is a kooky idea that's been around.

    But despite my cynical judgment of the movie, I'm hoping the sequel will be an improvement, if there is to be a sequel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal+ View Post
    Prometheus is the horror movie that "makes one think." But not really. Many of the plot elements are taken from the fringe elements of our culture. The cave paintings: the idea that they represent alien beings comes from a 1968 book called "Chariots of the Gods?" by Erich von Däniken. The idea that Jesus was an alien has been around for a long time, although we have not officially been given this information yet. The idea that mankind came from outer space is a kooky idea that's been around.

    But despite my cynical judgment of the movie, I'm hoping the sequel will be an improvement, if there is to be a sequel.
    You're right in some sense that they relied on some standard tropes, but I am glad someone is trying to tell a story. I have not seen anything about a sequel but many people seem to believe there will be on. I hope so, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circle View Post
    You're right in some sense that they relied on some standard tropes, but I am glad someone is trying to tell a story. I have not seen anything about a sequel but many people seem to believe there will be on. I hope so, too!
    I'm right in all senses, except you could say that in some senses I'm not being fair. After all, this is a prequel. The present movie's alien ship was from the same race of ailens as the one in Alien, that's why it had the same design. Hmmm... I can't think of any more reasons to be fair to Ridley Scott. (They sure had bad luck with spaceship crashes caused by their own weaponized genetics.)
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    I wanted to like it and tried to get into it. It really didn't get interesting until the tough doctor had the alien removed from her and jumped back on her feet but by that point it was almost over with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    Red Letter Media is an awesome site. The reviews there are both very intelligent and funny...
    Agreed. Just checked it out for the first time cuz of Mal's link.

    I liked their long review of Prometheus.

    It's like sitting down with your buddies over a beer and talking about it.

    The discussion is way less structured and formal than we normally get in other media.

    That, combined the quality of the discussants, and the relative lack of time constraint, enables their review to go far more in depth than usual.

    http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag-prometheus/

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