Although I spent over a day’s worth of hours on an airplane during the past weeks and the airline offered one of the best entertainment systems in the industry, I watched only two movies. One was Prometheus, which I believe is the prequel to Alien. I am not a big fan of science fiction, but a soft spot from Chaleze Theron (previously mentioned) and Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth Salander in the (much better) Swedish production of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Again, I am not a science fiction fan, but I was impressed by the imagination of whoever thought up this stuff and the technical ability of the filmmakers. I hate to use the word “unbelievable”, but I do not know how anyone could imagine such a story and come up with special effects to bring that imagination to life. I have a brain and I can imagine some things, but I cannot understand how anyone could create such far-fetched elements.
The only criticism I have concerns the character of the space ship captain. This guy is the token Black man (there’s also a token Asian man), with which I have no issue. My issue is with the dialogue. The story is supposed to take place some hundred years in the future, but the guy talks like some from the ‘Hood in 1980. Someone could interpret this as the worst kind of racism: no progress. Even with my inhibited imagination, I could see Blacks progresses parallel to advanced races...
I must confess to another lie, which anyone having read my blog on the day I wrote the following might recall. I wrote that I liked the Swedish television adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, therefore refused to see US version. Of course, the books were great and no film could do them justice. Time has passed, things happen, one is occasionally bored, and only stupid people do not change their minds. And, how can one know whether or not one’s prejudices are correct?
If one hasn’t read book (although knowledge of the story helps with many bits), this is not a bad film. I do not accept Daniel Craig as James Bond, but must admit he plays Michael Blomquist well (and has been credible in other roles, just not 007). Mara Rooney is okay and better than I expected, but i still prefer Noomi Rapace in the title role. Both films had good production values, but the Swedish version wins overall.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.