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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Movieline's Stephanie Zacharek finds Ridley Scott's Prometheus a bit too tasteful, overcomplicated, and ultimately lackluster. "You can practically hear Prometheus groaning under the weight of its ambitions," she muses disappointedly, adding, "it’s a far cry from the sound Scott was going for, the music of the celestial spheres." Her review includes some spoilers, but none in the following excerpt, in which she compares Prometheus to Brian De Palma's Mission To Mars...

Scott is trying to make sure Prometheus is about something, and his ideals may have distracted him from the more prosaic task of just getting on with the storytelling. When Brian De Palma presented, with Mission to Mars, a much more passionate, and more narratively sound, version of this sort of interplanetary spiritual idealism, it was treated as a “bad” science fiction movie. Prometheus, on the other hand, is tasteful even in the midst of all its squirm-inducing gross-outs, and that’s a liability: It’s impossible to have tasteful passion.

Meanwhile, De Palma a la Mod reader Sergio posted on another thread: "I just saw Prometheus and it really is a lot like Mission To Mars, and not just because they are both channelling Kubrick's 2001. Most of the action beats and story beats are pretty much the same, as is the subtext of the movie, too, about aliens seeding earth. There's even a 'Face' ..."

Posted by Geoff at 6:39 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:21 AM CDT
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 7:10 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

The comparisons between PROMETHEUS and MISSION TO MARS were somewhat obvious. Intially I hated MISSION TO MARS with terrible dialogue but watching it over on DVD it has become hypnotic in the way the film is put together by De Palma. I'll be seeing PROMETHEUS on opening day and am intrigued to see the comparisons with M2M.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 3:23 PM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

I agree with the critic 100%. I liked "Prometheus", but unlike that primordial soup, the emotionally honest "M2M" has an uncompromising singular vision which is a force of nature. To think that it was supposed to be a troubled studio project with BDP as director for hire, while Scott is widely considered an auteur, amuses me in astronomical proportions :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 2:47 AM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

PROMETHEUS makes M2M look like a home movie. Scott brings such majestic visuals and a raw, visceral level of suspense and gore. M2M is more bland and sanitized with Don Cheadle giving one of the worse performances I've seen captured on film. De Palma was a director-for-hire but should have walked away with the script he was given!

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 3:08 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

I've just seen PROMETHEUS, and I have to say I disagree with much of what Stephanie Zacharek says about it. I think the film is great-- not overcomplicated, not lackluster, and not so "tasteful." I love MISSION TO MARS, but PROMETHEUS is a different animal. I do not agree that Ridley Scott was going for "the music of the celestial spheres." It is more that he made a film that happens to include such potential "music" as part of its plot. To me, it has the feel of a horror film. And it kind of puts a "Boy and His Dog" spin on the "final girl" motif. I don't usually love the films of Ridley Scott, but this one is pretty spectacular.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 11:51 AM CDT

Name: "Paul "

Having just recently rewatched 'Mission to Mars' after seeing 'Prometheus' twice this weekend I can't agree with this statement.  Yes, the two movies do share a lot of similarities but in the end 'Prometheus' is the far stronger & unique cinematic experience.  

My biggest problem with M2M is despite DePalma trying his very best the film never really has a sense of real wonder & awe!  It doesn't help the movie treats the audience like a bunch of idiots again & again - there is no reason the protagonists need to narrate what's going on over the Evolution scene, the sequence is effective enough visually, having Connie Nielsen say what's happening is insulting - and while I usually appreciate DePalma 'homages', his flat out stealing of Kubrick images from 2001 only hurt the film in the end.   

 'Prometheus' may go a little bonkers in the last half hour but it still feels like a grand film.  The opening 'seeding of Earth' sequence is so breathtaking in it's vistas and ideas, it acheives in 3 minutes what took DePalma 2 hours to say.  

 I love DePalma but in this battle, the other filmmaker wins by a landslide.  Both films are good, but one is a vastly superior experience.   

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