Ok just got back from this...full spoilers below, but the big things will get tags ina second post....
If you like gorgeous film with well realized worlds and strange, odd landscapes and set designs, you have to see this; plot wise, its a solid, barely above average story that gets elevated by good performances all around, fantastic visuals and a great sense of wonder and dread of the unknown; seeing it in digital 3D is a great experience, and the visual experience alone is worth the money.
When it comes to the acting, Fassbender is the film's MVP, hands down; his rendition of David is a perfect composite of Ash in "Alien" and Bishop in "Aliens"; he retains the same coldness and methodical nature of Ash, while having that odd, amicable personality and social interactions of Bishop, but Fassbender takes it beyond by injecting David with a sense of curiosity and wonder that gives away his inhumanity; he is truly marveled by what he encounters, and while he is bound to a secret directive, you cant help but feel that David becomes enthralled by the mystery and discovery of the "creators of his creators"; Fassbender truly shines in the role and makes the most of an uneven, mediocre script (Theron, Rapace and Elba are all solid and also handle the lackluster script with raw talent and personality, but Fassbender takes it miles further, simply by having the best part in the movie.
The real problem, I believe (if this is truly a final cut, which i hope it isnt), lies in Scott being comfortable with a script that stinks of Lindelof's "Lost syndrome"; just like in that series, the script is more fascinated with effect than cause, which makes the film just plod along with each revelation, never trying to explain or develop the actual ideas of a scientific expedition clashing with the unknown and a truth that challenges their beliefs and their knowledge; this is the biggest flaw of the film, in a sense that its connection to the "Alien" franchise is used as a crutch by the script to avoid spending time in exploration or discussion of the truly deep and complex scenarios and conflict it presents to the audience; just like "Lost", Lindelof is more interest in the character's reactions (both emotional and physical) to the amazing events they face rather than exploring and delving into the events themselves; therefore, the plot of the film is just a hollow structure that supports its narrative, instead of developing an intricate and complex look at such a powerful scenario as is Mankind encountering its true origins, being challenged by it and having to face "God"...as such, the film's plot feels hollow and disjointed, as if its more controversial and fascinating ideas were trimmed in order to make it more accesible and lighter for the common audience; while "Alien" was a B-movie narrative elevated by its characterization, world building and daring bravado to truly create a mixture of terror, paranoia and wonder at man meeting the unknown, "Prometheus" its a A-list superproduction that is stunning visually and conceptually, but that gets dragged to mediocrity by its b-movie commitment to lighten up its ideas in order to make its narrative more accessible and mainstream.
In conclusion, its neither a bad Ridley Scott movie or a great Ridley Scott movie; its simply solid, stunning and entertaining, and cant help to give a sense of the whole "Kingdom of Heaven" or even "Blade Runner" original releases scenario repeating themselves; if there's justice, there might be a 3 hour director's cut of this sometime in the future, but as it is, "Prometheus" is a solid genre film with daring ideas, but it unfortunately never dares to develop them to a full extent in exchange to conform to an audience safe zone; its not dumbed down, just barely explored; still, if you love visual spectacle and sci-fi in general you should give this one at least a chance, since "Prometheus" still manages to rise up from usual offerings of its genre, and remains a must watch on those terms alone...but unless it has an extended cut waiting to happen, you wont see this one becoming as influential or revered in time as "Alien" or "Blade Runner"
Edited by ryoken - 5/31/12 at 11:12pm