“In Space No One Can Hear You Scream.” On earth it’s a different story and that scream I hear inside my head is that of my expectations crumbling midway through Prometheus that this film will in any way be coherent, imaginative, or transporting. The first sign of the disaster that is about to unfold before me on the screen is the name of Damon Lindelof, one of the Lost writers responsible for perpetrating the biggest hoax ever executed on television. Like Lost, Prometheus is a grab bag of biblical, mythological and philosophical mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing. Ultimately, though the blame must rest with director Ridley Scott who is the captain of this grounded ship.

The basic plot of the movie is that two scientists have found universal symbols across the globe that point to a common creator or God, although the word God is never uttered in the film. That would take guts and one of the big problems with the story is that it lacks any conviction or point of view. But, I digress much like the movie. Continue reading »

Riding in an elevator is a genuine phobia for some and getting stuck in one isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. Now, imagine not only are you trapped in an elevator with four other people but one of them is also a cold-blooded killer who is picking the rest of you off one by one. That’s the simple “and then there were none” setup of the movie, Devil. M. Night Shyamalan wrote this low-budget, limited location supernatural thriller set in Philadelphia, although the setting hardly matters. I’m not a big fan of Shyamalan’s work who is a far better showman than he is a writer/director and who for years has been riding on the success of his one stroke of brilliance, The Sixth Sense.

The stripped down to the basics Devil though is a made to order rental meant to be watched in the comfort of your home with a bowl of popcorn. Chris Messina, still memorable from his turn as Claire’s mainstream lawyer boyfriend on Six Feet Under, is Detective Bowden who in the course of investigating a suicide in the area is called to the scene when things start to get out of hand. Continue reading »

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