There will be a more in depth review of this film when we get to the “P’s” in our movie collection because we will own it. I just really want to share a few thoughts with our readers because we just watched it and I think everyone should know how great it is.
I think the marketing for this movie was incredible. The previews show you a lot of excitement without giving any hint to exactly what the movie was about. That type of advertising reminds me a lot of Inception from last summer because it did something so similar. It was very effective too because it builds anticipation for the movie while leaving a lot of surprises for you at the same time. When I sat down to watch this movie I had no idea what it was really about. I went in knowing only the basics and that it was a prequel to Alien. I knew within the first five minutes that I liked it and that it was going to be awesome. Some movies manage to convey that immediately, it works both ways though. More often than not I can tell in the first few minutes that a movie is going to suck, but I’m glad there are still movies like this coming out that can actually surprise me.
I do not think this movie would have worked without Ridley Scott behind the camera. I think that he is the only person that could actually make this movie and blend it so well with the original. Everything looked so great and in the same fashion we saw over thirty years ago. It has been a long time since Scott went back to his roots to make a Sci-Fi picture but he obviously still has that talent that made him a legend in the beginning. This movie will probably be very successful and I hope that success means we might see more of this to come from Scott. As of right now I am going to really hope Scott comes back into the genre strong and does exactly what he did for it thirty years ago with Alien and Blade Runner. Scott left a lasting impression on the genre and his films are both legendary. Scott has made many great films throughout his career but I think it is rather obvious after this film that this is where he truly belongs.
The cast all did an outstanding job in this movie. Michael Fassbender was specifically good, I think his role called for the most acting to be done as the android and he did it really well. His face seemed so implacable throughout the whole movie and he spoke with such a great tone. I am not a fan of Charlize Theron but she did an excellent job as well. I think she was well suited for the role and appropriately cast. Idris Elba was great too; he played a smaller part but still managed to be a badass. I think Noomi Rapace did very well as the lead; she could quite possibly be the new generation’s version of Ripley when all is said and done. Rapace is mainly known for playing Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies. One way or another I think we will be seeing a lot more of her after this. I think Guy Pearce is wasted in this movie; I had to come home and look up the movie on IMDB just to figure out who he was. I’m OK with that though, if he has to be in a film this great the less we see of him the better.
Overall I think this was a great movie and I hope I have encouraged all of you to give it a chance. There aren’t many movies coming out these days that I think are worth your money to make the trip to the theater. I can attest that this film is without doubt worth the ridiculous price of admission at theaters these days. We watched it in 2D because we aren’t risk takers when it comes to 3D but if the 3D effects were good I would imagine this movie looked great in the format. If you watched the movie in 3D please let us know how it looked because if we make it back to see it a second time we might try it out