Froggy wrote:that being said, it was still better than prometheus
i've come around a little on prometheus. i think a lot of the plot holes are way overblown. for instance...
The movie's been out a year, I think the spoiler tags are superfluous...!
But I will disagree with you on that point. If they've progressed so much on pain killers/muscle recovery tech, then why show her reacting to being in pain at all? Goes to the earlier point about setting up plot points that never pay off. They set up that she's in a good bit of pain - it was even in the trailers - but then have her bouncing around the Juggernaut, planet surface and lifeboat like a freaking parkour champion.
that's a movie where missing out on some exposition isn't a big deal, and even helps create a good mystique. i don't love having to go on the internet to fill in the plot, but i don't hate it either.
i actually think it would be a really, really good movie if there were just a couple fixes:
Vickers was useless. Served no plot purpose whatsoever. And who was 'the Jersey shore scientist'?
But that movie had far too many story problems - like, structurally flawed - to be fixed with a few wee tweaks. It's as if they went through ten re-writes, but decided to shoot the third draft. And when you start seeing so many fundamental issues with the story and plotting, you start being more hypercritical of the smaller things that make no sense. Like the fact that there is no way in Hades a 2-D cave painting could lead people to a precise spot in the universe dozens of light years from Earth; the timeline of the paintings covers millennia and several continents in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which means the sky would not look the same to observers at the various locations where the paintings were found. Or if that doesn't bother you, ponder why the Engineers left cave maps for their proto-people to interpret which lead them straight to..... a chemical weapons cache?? In a movie without the structural issues - like, for example, why does any
character do anything
in the movie? - you can overlook nitpicky stuff. But with Prometheus, if you ignore the nitpicky stuff and holes..... all you have is the five-minute prologue.
When watching the documentary materials on the BluRay I am wracked by a complete sense of frustration that the movie everyone is talking about on camera is so completely different than the one they actually made. Ultimately, the only person to blame for that is Ridley Scott, but Damon Lindelof gets a big assist.