I was expecting a lot from this movie. After all, how can you go wrong with Greek gods, immortality, and huge monsters? But apparently, this movie failed on so many fronts that it should have been relabeled as a Greek tragedy.
If you are not up on your Greek mythology, here’s a recap of the relationships between the gods, and the main emphasis. Zeus and Hades are brothers. Zeus banished Hades to the Underworld after a feud. Aries, who is also the God of War, is Zeus’ son. Prometheus, who is the hero of the film, is also Zeus’ son but only a demi-god as he was born to a human mother. Kronos, who is the evil lava monster in the movie, is also the father of Zeus and Hades. Then there is the Navigator who is another demi-god son of Poseidon who is also a thief and a liar. Confused yet? Because this movie relies heavily on these brother/brother and father/son relationships.
Prometheus is called to action as the gods themselves are dying due to a lack of prayer by the humans. Hades and Aries have betrayed the other gods, captured Zeus, and taken him to the Underworld so Kronos could drain Zeus’ power and awaken to pretty much destroy everyone. Prometheus goes on a quest to free his father, assemble the ancient weapons and destroy Kronos once and for all.
The reason this movie stank so badly was the distinct lack of any type of appeal. There was no real love story, everyone was way overdressed, and Prometheus continually got his butt kicked despite being a demi-god. For guys looking for a little gore and maybe some action, forget it. This movie had neither. In fact, it was so sanitized that at points it became quite unbelievable. Plus, the only female represented in the movie was not even a goddess but a Queen who clearly was added because they decided the movie needed a female. Her role was limited to about a total of 10 minutes.
Most of the 3D effects were limited to falling rocks that felt like they were getting in your eye. However, there were no 3D effects surrounding the huge lava monster. At the very least, they might have had some lava splashing around and coming at you, but nope they didn’t. It was a major disappointment. There was just so much they could have done but didn’t that the 3D totally just failed on this movie.
Bottom line, don’t waste your money or your time. It won’t be good even if you decide to rent it.
(For a different view of this movie, click here.)