Prometheus, are you seeing this!?
I saw Prometheus
in digital IMAX 3D today. (The IMAX cut has a more vertical 2.0:1 aspect ratio, so I definitely recommend upgrading over RealD if that's an option.) It was absolutely the best theater experience I've had since Avatar
. The futuristic visuals and the musical score are outstanding. The story leaves a lot of questions and plot holes to be interpreted and discussed by the viewers. I love movies like this that make you want to research symbolism and theorize about character motivations and overall message. (Read this essay
AFTER you see the film.) It is a very stylish sci-fi horror prequel that ties in well with Alien
and makes you think about creation, life, death, religion, and science.
The 3D is very good. Scenes are usually layered with back-,mid-, and foreground objects. Thankfully, the director never employs the 2D conventions of overusing depth of focus and over-the-shoulder conversation cams. Negative parallax objects are usually present, and pop-out is extended in a subtle, non-gimmicky manner to intensify certain scenes. The depth script didn't sabotage non-action moments.
The 3D reminded me most of Avatar
's, but it doesn't maintain stereoscopic roundness nearly as well. There are many scenes where the interaxial distance between the cameras needed to be increased a little bit to achieve realistic volumetric dimensions. There are other shining moments, however, where depth is nice and strong. These included holograms, cockpits, rock formations, and dirtstorms.Prometheus
is one of the rare live-action movies filmed with 3D cameras that actually has a clever story and good 3D. I am excited at the prospect of owning the BD3D in October. Here's hoping they give us a full director's cut in 3D with the IMAX aspect ratio!
Movie - 5/5
Stereography - 4.5/5
Depth - 4/5
Pop-out - 3.5/5
Dimensionality - 4.5/5