Alien Vs. Now Playing

By: David Taylor
By: David Taylor

Previews of Prometheus and Madagascar 3

The summer movie season is chugging along.  Two potential blockbusters enter the fray this weekend, one of which is a movie I’ve been looking forward to since it was first announced.  Let’s not waste any more time.  First up to the box office is a director’s return to a genre after a 30 year hiatus.

PROMETHEUS

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. *

Ridley Scott’s (Someone to Watch Over Me) return to the universe he helped create ranks in my top three of most anticipated movies of the summer.  It’s his first time helming a science fiction movie since 1982’s Blade Runner (which is rumored to be getting a Scott directed sequel very soon) and it represents a welcome change of pace from the usual slam bang action showcases that the genre has somewhat devolved.

It is not, however, an Alien film.  It is in the same universe as the Sigourney Weaver series and chronologically takes place before the 1979 original.  However, if one walks in expecting to see the H. R. Giger acid-for-blood Xenomorph, they may be highly disappointed (I have not seen this movie yet but I doubt they will make an appearance).  Instead, it will deal more with the “Space Jockey”, a large, foreboding skeleton that is briefly glimpsed in the alien craft on the planet LV-426.  In a way, I am glad to get away from the Alien creature.  After the two Aliens vs. Predator movies that completely failed to utilize the monsters in any credible manner, it has irrevocably damaged the creature that used to haunt my nightmares.  In the future, someone may come along and restore an ounce of respect to these terrors, but I’m afraid it will never wash away the stink those filmmakers left on the franchise.

Prometheus has a lot to live up to for me and from the early buzz I’ve heard, it may slightly disappoint.  That news hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm for this project but may place it in a more realistic light.  Either way, I’ll be in the theaters this weekend with my 3D glasses.  I’m taking off in my drop ship and nuking the site from orbit, 5 by 5.  It’s the only way to be sure.  Prometheus is rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED

 Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. *

It’s now time for the broken record.  As with many of these kids’ animated sequels, I have not seen the originals nor do I particularly care to see them.  I don’t have a little tyke running around that drags me to these things so my frame of reference is moot.   Inevitably, this (and Ice Age 3) will be a success meaning we will probably get at least one more.   From what I’ve heard, the Madagascar movies are not too bad, but they rank low on my must see list.  For me personally, this is getting a 1 Circus Afro out of 5 but for those with little ones, they will be “Moving It” towards a 4 at least.  Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.

That’s all for this week.  Stay tuned for next week when we rock out 80’s style with Andy Samburg.  Until then, “Game Over, Man.  Game Over.”

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