Movie Review – The Car

1977 Universal Pictures

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The CarStraight from Hell’s body shop comes The Car!

I have to admit to being a serious junky when it comes to certain cheesy 1970’s and 1980’s horror and science fiction movies. I know they’re bad but I can’t help but loving them. It’s an addiction I can live with and I will happily feed it as long as I live. The Car is one of those movies that I just love. I first saw this movie on HBO and I must have watched it about twenty times or more. Even as a child I knew it was goofy but I didn’t care. To this day no matter what anyone says I will defend the entertainment value of this movie to the bitter end!

The Car is set in a small town out in the middle of the desert that becomes the target of a mysterious car that has a nasty habit of running over people. After two bicyclist and a hitchhiker are ruthlessly mowed down the police lock down the area in an attempt to trap the perpetrator and stop the vehicular homicide. What they didn’t count on is the fact the car has no driver and ordinary laws of psychics don’t seem to apply this hellish creation.

The Car is an easy movie to describe, it’s Jaws with a car. The Car is structured very much like Jaws and feels like Jaws just without the quality writing, acting, directing, and all that other silly stuff. Basically it’s a lame ripoff that happens to be a lot of fun.

There is nothing too complex about this movie. There’s a killer car on the loose and the law must find a way to stop it before it kills again. The plot is simple, the characters are simple, and that’s about it. There is some attempt to give depth to a few of the characters with a couple of subplots but it doesn’t really work all that well. The dialogue is atrocious at times and some of the camera angles and use of sped up footage are bizarre to say the least. But it doesn’t matter the Car is the star and the rest is just a bunch of filler. The existence of this car is never explained. Why it attacks this small town is a mystery. It’s just a good excuse to drive a cool car around and destroy things. Can’t ask for more than that in this kind of movie except maybe for some gratuitous nudity.

The good:

The title character. The menacing monstrous beast of a car built specially for the movie is one of my favorite four wheeled creations of all time. A heavily modified 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III black coupe with no door handles, a lowered roof, one way windows, and a car horn straight from the depths of Hades.

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I love how the car just appears out of the desert and starts going crazy on this small town.

I love the music score by Leonard Rosenman.

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Kim Richards is so damn cute.

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Holy smokes! I never had any teachers like this.

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Or this!

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There are some cool locations in The Car.

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I can understand speeding up the footage of the car seeing as it has supernatural abilities but why speed up the footage of the police cars and motorcycle? There is a whole sequence where all the driving footage is sped up and it just looks goofy especially the footage of James Brolin on his motorcycle.

Random thoughts and observations:

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Not too many movies start off with a quote from the Satanic Bible.

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These two are equivalent to the first victim of the shark in Jaws.

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Filmed in CarVision!

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Uh oh, could be trouble. Quick duck and cover!

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Students practice marching at a fairground. This is the Jaws beach scene…

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…complete with a policeman keeping an eye out for the car.

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Not doing a very good job of it either. What’s the sun gleaming off from out in the desert? Hmmmmmm…

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The car even gets a shark fin sticking out of the water scene.

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The car is kept obscured by dust or only the front end is shown in the first half of the movie.

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The big reveal of the car forty six minutes into the movie. Too bad the nimrods who created the trailer showed the car in all its glory.

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Not something you want to see when you take a corner…

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…or when you turn around in your locked garage.

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“Wade I think I hear the car!”
That thing she’s holding is called a telephone kids!

During the end credits there is footage of the car riding through the deserted streets of a larger city. Was there a sequel planned at some point?

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The Car 2: Car in the City

Movie Review – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

1984 Paramount Pictures

Two Stars

Friday the 13th Part 4

Another year and another Friday the 13th movie this time without the extra dimension that part 3 included, back to regular old 2D this time around. As any fan of the series can tell you this wasn’t exactly the final chapter they kind of kept going after this and didn’t stop for quite awhile. Didn’t seem to bother anyone all that much that we were all lied to and told this was it no more Friday the 13th movies after this one. It’s almost like the title was just some gimmicky promotional stunt to get people into the theater. No movie studio would ever sink so low as that would they?

The “Final” Chapter of the epic Friday the 13th opus begins at the house last seen in Part 3. Jason is apparently dead and is hauled away to the morgue at the local hospital. Death is never quite permanent when old hockey head is involved and soon he’s  on the loose again looking for love in all the wrong places. He of course winds up on a collision course with a group of stupid horny teenagers and a man seeking vengeance against Jason for killing his sister. This revenge minded fellow intends on taking Jason down once and for all and putting an end to the mindless killing and mindless movies at the same time! Boy did he ever fail.

Part 4 was the first Friday the 13th movie I saw in the theater. I was too young to see the previous movies, although to be honest that didn’t stop me from seeing other R rated movies in the theater I guess I just never bothered with the first three Friday the 13th movies. I have to say this is not my favorite entry, it lacks some of the fun of the previous movie and takes itself too seriously. I just plain don’t  like most of the characters and I don’t particularly care for the overall tone of this movie for some reason, it feels kind of sleazy to me. It’s not like the other movies in the series are that brilliant this one just bothered me.

On a more positive note the music is still sufficiently creepy and special makeup pioneer Tom Savini returned to create some truly nasty makeup effects. The gore factor is definitely turned up a notch in this installment.

Not the greatest but not the worst in the series. In my opinion the Friday the 13th franchise started its downward slide with this movie and never quite recaptured the fun. Oh well it’s not like I was expecting much in the first place.

The good:

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She’s incredibly cute.

The makeup effects are particularly gruesome this time thanks to Tom Savini.

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Ouch!

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Double ouch!

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This effect elicited a great reaction from the audience as Jason’s head slid down the machete.

The not so good:

Holy shit are the characters lame in this movie. I know Friday the 13th is not known for its amazing writing and award winning acting but damn. Teddy and Jimmy are the most annoying of the bunch.

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The single most annoying character in any Friday the 13th movie.

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Followed closely by Crispin Glover’s character.

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Miss sweeter than sugar is way too serious.

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This is the worst outfit in any Friday the 13th.

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I hate the use of identical twins in entertainment. What a boring gimmick.

The mighty Jason hunter should have made a better showing but he’s as big a dweeb as everyone else in this movie.

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What a dork this guy is. He comes to Crystal Lake to avenge the death of his sister. Jason wrecks all his equipment and then kills him with a garden claw while mister mighty does nothing to try to stop Jason from cultivating his torso.

Amazing movie sequences #4: The incredible all knowing Jason!

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Jason cleaves Crispin in the kitchen…

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…then for some reason goes outside the house and climbs up to a second story window…

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…just in time to fling one of the slutbag twins out the window…

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…and onto a car that has extremely explosive windows. The twin put on some flesh tone tights before her fall.

Random thoughts and observations:

Tom Savini reportedly agreed to do the makeup effects on this movie so he could kill the character he helped create. Jason unfortunately didn’t stay dead long.

The original idea for the ending was to have Jason get his head trapped in a  microwave and have it go splat. I am glad they didn’t go with that concept.

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I used to play Zaxxon on my Colecovision.

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Suddenly a man appeared above the lake suspended by wires and with an arrow sticking out of his crotch. Weird.

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Nice plastic hammer.

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This is the only Friday the 13th movie to film at a location used in the previous movie.

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This really should have been the last movie in the series. Jason was hacked to pieces at the end not to mention this is probably the weakest of the movies up to this point…but it made money and money talks.

The evolution of Jason: 

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From this…

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…to this. Must be something in the water.

The Best and Worst Movie and TV Cars (ATV’s and Motorcycles Too)

Writing my review of Mad Max got me thinking about movie and TV cars and that of course led me to write up a list of my favorite and least favorite fantastical road and off road vehicles of all time. So here is that list. These are ordered by the release date of the movie or TV show.

The best:

66 Batmobile

The Batmobile created by George Barris in 1965 for the super campy 1966 to 1968 TV series. Awesome car despite the fact it would probably suck to drive in the rain.

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The Gator Car or The Monster from the 1975 cult movie Death Race 2000. Cheesy as hell but I love the look.

The Car

The big bad-ass killer car from the 1977 movie The Car. Not a terrific movie but I just love the mean look of this beast. Also built by George Barris.

Landmaster

The 10 ton + Landmaster built by Jefferies Automotive for the 1977 movie Damnation Alley. It’s big, it’s ugly, and it’s awesome.

Corvette Summer

Made for the 1978 movie Corvette Summer this is a Corvette Stingray with modified bodywork, custom paint job, and with right hand steering.  I realize this is not from one of my favorite genres but I just love this car!

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The beaten Pursuit Special from 1982’s Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior. I love how it looked in the original movie but the extra juice tanks on the back and the battered look just add to the character.

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The Spinner from the 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner. A very cool flying car, not quite as nice as The Jetson’s flying cars but pretty close.

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The super cool Batmobile from Tim Burton’s visually amazing 1989 Batman. Looks great, too bad it could only go 35 MPH.

The worst:

Paris

The spiny VW Bug from the 1974 movie The Cars That Ate Paris. Terrible movie and silly car.

The butt ugly solar car from the 1977 Logan's Run TV series. I loved this thing when I was a kid. Now not so much.

The butt ugly solar car from the 1977 Logan’s Run TV series. I loved this thing when I was a kid, not so much now.

Galactica 1980

The goofy flying motorcycles from the horrendous TV series Galactica 1980.

Megaforce

1982’s Megaforce featured every possible variation of badly designed vehicle whether it was a dune buggy, motorcycle, etc. Nothing scares a villain like permed rejects from Dance Fever wearing gold spandex and driving fruity weapons of mass destruction.

Black Moon Rising

The prototype super car from the 1986 movie Black Moon Rising. Looks like it got ironed. The title is the best part of the movie.

The Wraith

The unimpressive car from the terrible but very entertaining 1986 move The Wraith (or Wraith The). Stupid fun movie but the car never did anything for me…

...this may have had something to do with the fact Sherilyn Fenn was in the movie and the car was pushed out of my mind.

…this may have something to do with the fact Sherilyn Fenn was in the movie and the car was pushed out of my mind for some strange reason.

BF Batmobile

The tacky, cheesy, tasteless, and utterly stupid pimped out Batmobile from the sometimes entertaining 1995 movie Batman Forever. This thing makes my stomach churn.

Nemo Car

Last but not least is Captain Nemo’s gaudy car from 2003’s The League of Somewhat Above Average Gentlemen. Not too ostentatious at all.

Movie Review – Evil Dead II

1987 Rosebud Releasing Corporation

Two Stars

Evil Dead II

What a crappy poster.

In an attempt to top the sheer genius of the original The Evil Dead Sam Raimi unleashed a potent new element into the sequel, he added slapstick humor. How grand, how wonderful , how totally stupid !

The original Evil Dead was an insane and over the top balls to the wall horror movie. It had more energy and crazy bloody scenes than in ten other horror movies combined. It was creepy, it was nasty, and it was marvelous. I remember being excited to see the sequel hoping for more of the mad intensity of the first. What I got instead was Bruce Campbell and Three Stooges Meet Tom and Jerry!

Evil Dead II begins as Ash and his girlfriend Linda head for a getaway in the middle of nowhere. They arrive at a cabin that belongs to Archaeologist Professor Raymond Knowby, they don’t rent the cabin like in the first movie they just basically break in. Soon they discover the recorded translation of the Book of the Dead and Linda is possessed and killed, then Ash is possessed but fights off the evilness except for in his hand. Soon the daughter of the man who owns the cabin shows up with two local yokels and some guy with wicked eighties hair. Meanwhile the wife of the professor has been in the cellar all this time, possessed and looking a lot like Sam Raimi’s brother Ted.

I won’t go into any more detail because I just think this movie is a big misfire. If Raimi had wanted to make a lighthearted horror movie why not come up with a new story instead of rebooting the previous film? This is just totally ridiculous. The characters are horrible, the makeup looks silly, and Ash starts devolving into the fourth Stooge.

The weird thing about this movie is when its serious it’s not bad but then some over the top slapstick nonsense gets thrown in and the movie sucks again. This is one of the most unbalanced movies I have ever seen in terms of the tone. One second it’s horror and the next it’s a slapstick comedy. Some people seem to love that but not me.

The good:

There are some very cool visuals in the beginning of the movie before the jumping of the shark commences.

The scene of the force chasing Ash to the cabin and then inside the cabin are great.

I love the ending where Ash gets sucked into the vortex and winds up in the 1300’s.

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Ash is flushed down the toilet of time.

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Ash the Savior.

The not so good:

The altered storyline. It was fine the way it was told in the original movie.

The slapstick humor featuring sped up action and stupid sound effects is really silly.

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See Ash’s hand grab his face, see it smash plates on his head, see it run into exaggerated mouse holes.

Tom and Jerry

Wow what fun.

Dead Linda

The makeup of the possessed looks too goofy this time around.

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Billy Joe and Jake are about as subtle as a jackhammer to the head.

Subtle Acting

I like Bruce Campbell but he overacts like crazy in several scenes in this movie and not in a good way. I liked his character better when he was just a normal guy and not some exaggerated wisecracking Dirty Harry ripoff.

Subtle Acting II

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Ted Raimi as Henrietta, boy can’t tell it’s Ted at all! The possessed girl in the first movie was actually scary. This isn’t.

Random thoughts and observations:

I know Sam Raimi supposedly couldn’t get the rights to use the footage from the first movie but why change everything including the tone?

When Ash is picked up by the spirit and carried through the trees he seems to go quite a distance yet when he wakes up he only a few feet from the car and the cabin.

Approximately 17:45 seconds into the movie Evil Dead II jumps the shark when Linda’s corpse pops out of the ground and starts dancing.

Corpse Dance

No comment.

Approximately 25:30 seconds into the movie Evil Dead II jumps five sharks when Ash’s hand gets taken over.

It's the Loony Tunes Hand.

Ash’s hand gets possessed by the Three Stooges.

Approximately 01:07:05 seconds into the movie Evil Dead II jumps 100 sharks when Ash becomes Super Ash.

Groovy

Sorry but the first movie was far more groovy than this one.

Doesn't Match

The stop motion creatures don’t match the full size creatures.

Goofy

Nope doesn’t match.

Freddy Glove

Freddy’s glove is hanging above the door in the tool shed…

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…and now it’s in the cellar hanging to the left of the door.

Comparison between The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II:

Despite the argument from some fans that this is a sequel it’s really not. There is a short and highly altered recap of the first movie in the beginning that consists of all new footage but that is it. If anything I would call this a reboot and not a sequel.

Changes to the story include: There are now two characters who go to the cabin initially instead of five, a different actor plays Linda, Linda is now a dancer and she is dead within six minutes, the cabin is different, the bridge they cross is very different, the book is different and is discovered upstairs not in the cellar, and Henrietta, the wife of the professor is now the possessed person in the cellar.

Movie Musings – If a vampire is an athiest would a cross work against it?

This question does not pertain to certain sissy pseudo-vampires who sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight and are so boring they keep going to high school over and over…real vampires don’t sparkle and only graduate once!

Seriously though, if questions about vampires can be serious, if a vampire doesn’t believe in god would or should a cross have any effect on them? Inquiring minds want to know!

Movie Review – Event Horizon

1997 Paramount Pictures

Three Stars

Event HorizonEvent Horizon is a seriously dark and twisted science fiction/horror movie. I saw this in the theater with my nephew and I wasn’t really that impressed on the initial viewing. I didn’t think it was a bad movie but it just didn’t catch my attention all that much. Over time my opinion changed as the movie grew on me and I came to appreciate it more.

Set in the year 2047 Event Horizon tells the story of the crew of the rescue ship Lewis and Clark on a mission to discover what happened on board the experimental vessel called the Event Horizon. The Event Horizon was the first ship to be equipped with a new gravity drive that generates an artificial black hole to connect two distance points in space and theoretically move the ship anywhere in the blink of an eye. During its maiden voyage in the year 2040 the ship disappeared without a trace. Now seven years later a signal is received and the ship is discovered in a decaying orbit near Neptune in an appropriately murky and stormy section of the upper atmosphere. The status of the ship and crew are unknown so the Lewis and Clark is sent to seek to find out what went wrong. Also on board is the creator of the Event Horizon and the gravity drive Dr. Weir. When they finally board the long missing ship they discover that the crew is dead and the ship itself is harboring a malevolent and dark force.

It’s weird the way this movie kind of snuck up on me. Even though I wasn’t a fan after the first viewing I bought it on DVD and found it to be a well crafted and scary movie. I’m glad I gave it a second chance. It’s not really on par with Alien in terms of quality but it’s a great looking movie with above average characters and performances and the story is compelling and sufficiently chilling.

Event Horizon is not a movie for the faint of heart. This is a creepy and disturbing movie that really goes right for the jugular. There are some truly nightmarish images and the atmosphere is oppressive and bleak and it does not make you feel all happy and joyful at the end. I am not easily scared but there are some scenes that totally freak me out in this movie.

If you are a casual horror fan or not a fan of the genre at all I would skip this but if you are a fan watch this movie late at night with all the lights out when no one else is home.

The good:

The cast is excellent.

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Laurence Fishburne as Captain Miller, possibly the most unlucky space traveler ever.

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I always like Jack Noseworthy no matter what he’s in. Very likable.

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I’ve had a crush on Kathleen Quinlan ever since I saw her in Twilight Zone The Movie in 1983.

Both the exterior and interior design of the Event Horizon are very impressive and unique. I have never seen designs quite like those featured in Event Horizon. There is almost a medieval feel to the interior of the ship especially in the engine room and the bridge. The set designs of the Lewis and Clark are just as good.dvd_snapshot_00.29.57_[2013.04.09_21.04.47]

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The decision to have the Event Horizon located in the upper ionosphere of Neptune was pure genius. The electrical activity creates a non-stop thunder-storm adding to the already eerie haunted spaceship theme.

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The haunted house in space.

The special effects are excellent. The model work is beautiful.

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The Event Horizon dwarfs the Lewis and Clark. Great shot.

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The not so good:

Sam Neil’s character succumbs to the evil just a little to easily. I would have liked to have seen somewhat of an inner struggle.

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Sam Neil sucks at shaving.

This movie may actually be a little too dark. I don’t mind dark movies but some of the briefly glimpsed images are brutal and Captain Miller’s fate is awful.

Random thoughts and observations:

The possessed Sam Neil character explains that the ship was pulled into a dimension of chaos and total evil. Could a truly evil universe exist? Evil by its very nature preys on beings that are good and unaware of their impending doom. In a totally evil dimension there would be no one to prey upon and if the evil beings prey upon themselves I can see the universe becoming barren of any life rather quickly. So unless this evil dimension is visited often by ships from other dimensions I can’t see how this concept would work.

My nephew Matt and I were discussing this movie and he mentioned that he doesn’t think the music in the opening credits fits the movie very well. I actually think it fits perfectly. The credits begin with the Paramount logo and then segue directly into a vortex leading, in my view, to a very dark place. The discordant music fits very well with the imagery in my opinion.  So in honor of my nephew, a fellow movie fan who really is more like a brother, I give you this: Event Horizon Opening Credits.

Like I mentioned earlier this is a basically a haunted house story in space but made even scarier by one fact: in a haunted house you can walk out the door but it’s hard to leave a spaceship that’s approximately 32 AU’s (roughly 2,976,000,000 miles) away from the Earth especially when your ride home gets blown up.

This movie is filled with cool visuals. Great looking movie all around:

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Movie Review – Prometheus

2012 Twentieth Century Fox

Three and Half Star

PrometheusThirty four years after Alien was released Ridley Scott returns to the universe he helped create with this kinda sorta not quite maybe a possible prequel. Much has been said about the wishy washy nature of the story already and since I wasn’t there I have no freaking idea what the original intent was for this movie. I have heard that this was originally supposed to be a direct prequel to Alien but who knows?  So as it stands it’s a standalone semi-prequel that tells us a little more about the race of big space jockey dudes and their horseshoe shaped spaceships.

Prometheus begins on a primitive and lifeless Earth as a big grey muscular guy with abs of steel and wearing a diaper drinks a nasty looking concoction and then precedes to disintegrate. Fast forward millions of years to 2089 A.D. and we are introduced to some archaeologists who have made an absolutely fabulous discovery in Scotland. In a cave they find a painting of stick figures pointing at a group of stars. Bitchin stuff. We jump forward again to the year 2093 as the research vessel Prometheus makes it way to the very group of stars the stick figures were pointing at.

During a show and tell session it is revealed that this same star chart has been recorded in artwork from seven ancient civilizations so an expedition is planned to see what’s so damned exciting in this particular star system. Like all similar expeditions throughout the history of cinema this does not go according to plan and the shit really starts hitting the fan and everything else in range.

Prometheus is a film of great ambitions that sometimes hits the target but other times trips and falls flat on its face. While trying to delve into some deep thoughts on life, creation, and whatnot the story gets a little too silly and some of the characters come across as really idiotic and implausible. On the plus side this is an absolutely beautiful looking movie with some impressive set and costume designs and top notch special effects. The music score by Marc Streitenfeld gives the production a nice sense of wonder and discovery, something that is missing from many science fiction movies. The cast is filled with very talented actors who, with two exceptions, manage to elevate their somewhat underwritten roles to something better than they probably should have been.

This is one of those movies where it seems a great deal of tinkering was done in post production and it gives the story a herky jerky feel to it and makes you wonder what the original intention was. Prometheus is an amazing attempt at making something a little more thoughtful and ambitious than the average movie and even if it fails to reach the heights it could have I still applaud everyone who worked on it for trying to rise above the usual drivel.

The good:

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Noomi Rapace is really good as Elizabeth. She has gorgeous eyes and great cheekbones too!

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Michael Fassbender is fantastic as David. His slightly condescending attitude towards the clearly inferior humans he serves is balanced nicely with his obvious respect for Dr. Shaw. Very interesting character.

Visually stunning movie. I love the set designs that mirror many aspects of designs used in Alien.

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Amazing visual effects. CGI is finally evolving past its awkward early years (in some cases at least).

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Awesome ship designs. Maybe they should crash them together? That would be cool!

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Yep it’s cool!

The not so good:

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Why have Charlie take his helmet off and risk possible contagion? How hard would it have been to put a throwaway line in there about scanning for nasty things? It made these supposed professionals look like a bunch of idiots yet again.

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Shortly after returning to the ship Charlie starts whining and drinking clearly disappointed in what they found. It’s not like they explored the whole complex and discovered all its mysteries at this point. This makes Charlie look shallow and pretty immature.

The characters of Fifield and Millburn are pathetic. It seems like they wandered in from another movie entirely. Their actions appear to be random and directly tied into whatever the screenplay needed them to be in any given scene. They are what I refer to as puppet characters and their actions don’t seem plausible or real.

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Very professional and believable biologist. Not!

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What the hell were they thinking with this character? He looks and acts like a total idiot. Worst character I have seen in a long time.

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This thing reminds me very much of a cobra. You know one of those dangerous and venomous snakes most people try to avoid. Its head even opens up like the hood of a cobra.
So what does this biologist do when he’s near this potentially dangerous cobra like thingy? Why he talks baby talk to it and see if it wants to cuddle. Stupid!

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The so called science in this movie is a joke. After examining this head for all of thirty seconds they decide to send an electric charge into it and end up blowing it up. The characters display all the patient of children who have just eaten a whole box  of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bomb cereal.

his scene is another example of rushing and skipping details. It looks like the machine merely staples the outer layer of tissue together while neglecting to repair any internal damage. Elizabeth will be dying from internal bleeding shortly. The sequel will be very short.

This scene is another example of rushing and skipping details. It looks like the machine merely staples the outer layer of tissue together while neglecting to repair any internal damage. Elizabeth will be dying from internal bleeding shortly. The sequel will be very short.

This looks like the stupid backwoods cousin of the alien we all know and love. Not a fan of this design.

This looks like the stupid backwoods cousin of the alien we all know and love. Not a fan of this design.

Random thought and observations:

The Engineers are an interesting race. They obviously were a highly advanced race before we even existed and yet they seem to cling to ritual. I would think a truly advanced race would have grown out of such silly things.

The fact the Engineers created life on Earth allows for both a creationist and evolutionary theory at the same time. That should piss off quite a few people.

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So Captain Underpants here drinks this goo…

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…and his body breaks down into its DNA building blocks…

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…that get swept away in the river and seed the Earth. Now life evolved over millions of years on Earth. Was this some kind of super DNA that was coded in such a way to map out the entire history of evolution so it would culminate in the creation of humanoid beings? If so why are we not really tall ripped bipeds with black eyes? Or was it all just an accident?

Interesting to compare the technology available at the time Alien was made with the tech we have now. Look at the differences in display screens:

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The graphic designs on this display are easily recognizable to any fan of Ridley Scott’s movies:

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The giant squid monster at rest…

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…strangely resembles a certain other organism seen before.

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This looks familiar as well.

Despite what many people think this movie takes place on a planet known as LV_223 not LV_426 or Acheron as seen in Alien and Aliens. The climate is clearly different and was unlikely to change that much in thirty years when Alien takes place. Planets don’t transform themselves that drastically in that incredibly short period of time.

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See it says LV_223.

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Six similar representations of the same group of stars weren’t enough? They needed to wait until they found the seventh to get all excited?

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I heard a lot of comments about how stupid Vickers character was in not running a different way when the alien ship is crashing…

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…lets see you try it when a massive ship is rolling toward you and things are exploding around you and you aren’t sure which way the unevenly shaped ship may go.

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Shaw rolls out out of the way…

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…but still almost gets crushed. She is only saved because the ship was caught on a rock leaving a slight space between her and certain death. It’s easy to second guess things in a movie when we’re sitting safely in the theater or a home.

So after thirty four years here we are with an explanation as to who the big space jockey seen in Alien was.  Not on the same planet of course but the same race. How does all this fit in with Alien? Well it doesn’t really. We know only that this race of Engineer’s is made up of a bunch of morons whose bio weapons keep getting the better of them. We learn nothing of the ship from Alien and besides the dorky looking chestburster and alien at the end of this film, the Engineer’s, and the horse shoe ship there are not any real connections.

The deleted and alternate scenes:

There is a longer version of the scene where the Engineer is released from the sleep chamber. There are subtitles explaining what David and the Engineer say to each other and Weyland has more lines giving a clearer view of what he was seeking. I would have kept this scenes in the movie personally.

There is an alternate scene of the mutated Fifield that has a different makeup design than the one used. I prefer the unused design.