If the Visual Effects award was given to the film with the most use of visual effects (quantity), “Prometheus” would be the odds-on favorite. But since they must also (and should also) take into consideration is quality and creativity, the nominees earn themselves an equal playing field.
However, as with any science fiction film, it’s hard to separate the film from the visual effects as they are put in place to tell the story that cannot be told through actual visuals, but instead must be synthetically made through CGI and “Prometheus” is overflowing with new and interesting ideas in the form of visual effects. Of course, you have the spaceships and aliens that we’ve grown accustomed to in these types of films, but the extent of the aliens goes beyond the normal approach. The statue of the head is iconic and creates an image to embody the entire film, appearing even on its promotional poster. There’s also an extremely graphic self-Cesarian section that takes place in the film.
With its competition comes the fact that Trevor Wood has won before for “The Golden Compass” (2007) and although “Prometheus” seemed to me to be the lucky nominee that squeaked onto the nomination list, it becomes apparent after viewing it again and comparing to its fellow competitors that it could just be strong enough to win.
As long as you’re not expecting the direct sequel to Alien, Ridley Scott’s latest science fiction thriller reboots the franchise nicely. With outstanding visual effects and grandiose set pieces, the audience is immersed from start to finish. Along with pitch-perfect performances from Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba, Prometheus delivers on almost every level. Had the film’s plot not left quite so many holes (leading towards a rumored sequel), Prometheus could have been the perfect stand-alone sci-fi film.
// Produced by Ridley Scott, David Giler, & Walter Hill // Directed by Ridley Scott // Visual Effects: Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill //
// Dated Viewed: Monday, January 21st, 2013 // BLU-RAY // 21 films – 35 days //