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42. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2012, 12:48 Bhruic
Prez wrote on Oct 14, 2012, 12:34:
Anyone who has ever enjoyed a sci-fi film has swallowed truckloads of insanely impossible stuff on the way, but now all of a sudden we need constant impeccable believability?

There's a concept known as "suspension of disbelief". What a good movie does is allow you to maintain that. What a bad movie does is constantly assault it. Promotheus did the latter. The problem is that people are focusing on single issues, and arguing that they aren't that big a deal. Granted, within the scope of a large movie, a single incident isn't enough to break suspension of disbelief. But what Prometheus had was a pattern of stupidity. If you've got a movie that focuses on a bunch of supposedly intelligent people, and you have them continuously make stupid decisions, that's more than sufficient to break suspension of disbelief.

If you take, say, Aliens (I remember it better than Alien), were there stupid things happening? Yup. But was it out of character? Nope. The majority of characters were "space marines", they weren't expected to be scientists, so it's not surprising that they made decisions that were questionable.

Note that suspension of disbelief doesn't just apply to sci-fi, it applies to every genre. It's one of the reasons that quite a few modern horror movies are considered "bad" - because the characters make decisions that are completely unrealistic. Prometheus had the problem that they had a direction they wanted the movie to go, but apparently they couldn't figure out how to get it there without all the mistakes taking place. It's a good indication they needed to work on the script a lot more. What could have been at least a good movie turned out to be, well, pretty bad.
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