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04.16.2013

One of the most anticipated films last summer was Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. Not only did it mark the return of Scott to the science fiction genre, but to the franchise that helped make him famous. Scott has brought us many classic and revered films in his long career, but none have touched upon the sheer terror and tension of 1979’s ALIEN. Hearing that he would be making a prequel to that film sounded like a dream come true. Based on an original script by John Spaihts with a rewrite from Lost creator Damon Lindelof, the ambiguous film debuted to predominantly favorable reviews (see ours here), but created a divide amongst fans, many who felt that it failed to come close to the feel of the first ALIEN and instead came out a sloppy, confusing mess.

The film didn’t set the domestic box office on fire, but its worldwide gross of $403 million was more than enough to justify a sequel, which Scott had planned from the beginning. Fox originally didn’t trust Spaihts’ script enough to guide the franchise, so they brought in Lindelof to help crack it open some more for a story that could run “parallel” to the ALIEN franchise, rather than lead into a series of sequels about the xenomorphs themselves. Essentially, they wanted to branch off into a new arena, creating a new franchise out of an old one. Spinoff at its finest, you could say.

PROMETHEUS ended up alienating a lot of viewers. It brought in a lot of big ideas about creation, existence, God, faith, religion, etc., which deviated heavily from the cat-and-mouse monster fighting that had populated the first four films. Suddenly, we had a very cerebral, ambiguous film born into the same universe, which both intrigued and frustrated viewers. Depending on which side of the fence you fell on, this was either a good or bad thing. It was impossible to deny the beauty of the film, as Scott is accustomed to delivering a visually stunning experience regardless of content. The effects work, if nothing else, was superb.

However, the story about Engineers utilizing an organic substance to create a biological weapon that led to the birth of our ever-lovable slobbering, acid-for-blood, H.R. Giger-inspired xenomorphs, was a bit more complex (or not complex enough) for many. Faith and belief in the face of science and fact is the predominant theme of PROMETHEUS and one that has sparked endless debate. The origins and history of the Engineers, too, has become a great source of discussion, especially when you match it up with the notion that they want to unleash the biological black goo on Earth (to which Scott has said was originally meant as revenge for killing one of the Engineer’s “emissaries” who may have been Jesus Christ).

No matter whom you talk to about PROMETHEUS, it seems like everyone has their own theory about the film, including those who purport to hate it. In fact, those that say they can’t stand the film are often the ones who get into very spirited debate over the topic, even if it’s just a dissection of its imperfections. There are message boards and forums abound with various theories about the intricate and cryptic story, branching off into a number of viable possibilities and explanations for the entire mythology set up in the film.

This is a remarkable thing.

With so much passion, heated debate, vitriol, and general interest in just what makes PROMETHEUS tick, it seems that there is a massive amount of potential to expand the story. Some will be happy to never hear of it again and consider the franchise dead. However, I think that there’s ripe potential to build upon what’s already been established. It’s a rare thing to have a film drudge up so much controversy and dialogue. Leaving it blowing in the breeze after such an intricate set-up is like franchise blue balls. There’s a pay off waiting in the wings and the only way to get there is to continue the work. Although some may argue that Lindelof’s involvement would create a Lost-like finale that doesn’t answer questions outright, I think that there’s plenty of room to come to a conclusion and maintain some mystery, which would satisfy most viewers. Plus, Lindelof has already bowed out due to his commitment on Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND.

I don’t think PROMETHEUS is a perfect film, but it’s one that I’ve spent a great deal of time contemplating, like a puzzle I can’t quite crack. I love the debate, both from those who appreciate the ambiguity and those that despise it. There are so many awesome theories and explorations of where the story could go and I think it would be a source of discontent if the filmmakers created such an epic set-up only to abandon it before it really took off. I’d love to see where Shaw and David end up and what truths lie beyond LV-223. Science fiction has long been the venue for exploring philosophical ideas and I think PROMETHEUS fits squarely within that description. Let’s keep the journey going.

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5:51AM on 04/18/2013

dumbest scientists

So I finally saw this after all the vitriol died down. I liked it, Fassbender owned the entire movie, gorgeous visuals. But I realized why I had trouble loving it. In the first two they had professionals that were put in unfortunate predicaments. Miners followed protocol with robot rocking the boat. Marines doing the best they can against a hive. But here are the dumbest scientists and soldiers I have ever seen. Take off the helmet on a foreign planet, rushing out after 2years instead of time
So I finally saw this after all the vitriol died down. I liked it, Fassbender owned the entire movie, gorgeous visuals. But I realized why I had trouble loving it. In the first two they had professionals that were put in unfortunate predicaments. Miners followed protocol with robot rocking the boat. Marines doing the best they can against a hive. But here are the dumbest scientists and soldiers I have ever seen. Take off the helmet on a foreign planet, rushing out after 2years instead of time honored leave at first light. I enjoyed all the foolish deaths, and even with David goofing off it could have been staffed by intelligent personnel, that had meaningful ends. What we got was flame throwers and zealots, but worst of all I did not like anyone but the robot. These are good actors, so script at fault. Except for case of heroine she sucked in Sherlock2 as well (wooden performance).
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11:59AM on 04/17/2013

Yes!

I definitely want to explore more of the expanded Alien universe they have created with Prometheus. Bring on some sequels!
I definitely want to explore more of the expanded Alien universe they have created with Prometheus. Bring on some sequels!
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7:32AM on 04/17/2013
How can any self-respecting geek wish for this not to happen? Regardless of whether you feel he succeeded or not, Scott at least tried to bring back epic science fiction storytelling to the big screen. As if his trying again and failing would somehow impact your life in some negative way. I'd rather he set out to make a better film and answer questions, than not try at all.
How can any self-respecting geek wish for this not to happen? Regardless of whether you feel he succeeded or not, Scott at least tried to bring back epic science fiction storytelling to the big screen. As if his trying again and failing would somehow impact your life in some negative way. I'd rather he set out to make a better film and answer questions, than not try at all.
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11:40PM on 04/16/2013
Isn't it getting a sequel anyway? I didn't read otherwise and I'm on this site everyday. So what was the point of this article? And if I'm wrong, please forgive my ignorance and please post me a link to the joblo article stating the project was canned. I acknowledge the fact that this post was very troll-esque btw.
Isn't it getting a sequel anyway? I didn't read otherwise and I'm on this site everyday. So what was the point of this article? And if I'm wrong, please forgive my ignorance and please post me a link to the joblo article stating the project was canned. I acknowledge the fact that this post was very troll-esque btw.
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9:09PM on 04/16/2013
I'd be curious to know how people rank this film with the rest of the series. For me: Alien > Aliens > Prometheus > Alien 3 >Alien Resurrection > AvP > AvP:R. If Alien gets 4 movies and AvP gets a sequel, than Prometheus really deserves a sequel. Not a prefect film, but one worth exploring more with a sequel.
I'd be curious to know how people rank this film with the rest of the series. For me: Alien > Aliens > Prometheus > Alien 3 >Alien Resurrection > AvP > AvP:R. If Alien gets 4 movies and AvP gets a sequel, than Prometheus really deserves a sequel. Not a prefect film, but one worth exploring more with a sequel.
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7:09PM on 04/16/2013
Well it's a proven fact that once you piss off your fan base they lose all hope in the product. I for one did enjoy Prometheus for what it was, but it did put a damper on the Alien franchise. In the end you have to respect both the franchise & the audience it's meant for.
Well it's a proven fact that once you piss off your fan base they lose all hope in the product. I for one did enjoy Prometheus for what it was, but it did put a damper on the Alien franchise. In the end you have to respect both the franchise & the audience it's meant for.
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4:00PM on 04/16/2013
Can anyone tell me the relation of Peter Weyland and Charles Bishop Weyland from the Alien movies? Are they family? Since Peter said David was the closest thing to a son he had, and Vickers died, where did the original Weyland come from? This was the one question I was hoping would be answered and it wasn't even brought up.
Can anyone tell me the relation of Peter Weyland and Charles Bishop Weyland from the Alien movies? Are they family? Since Peter said David was the closest thing to a son he had, and Vickers died, where did the original Weyland come from? This was the one question I was hoping would be answered and it wasn't even brought up.
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3:59PM on 04/16/2013

Insulting As Hell

I find this article to be a tad insulting, although I believe it to be a bit unintentional in that regard.

We fans of the Alien franchise that were so disappointed with 'Prometheus' were not so because it wasn't a straight up horror film, or because it brought up themes and ideas and asked one to think.

No, we were disappointed because half the cast barely registered. Because it's whole idea of science vs. faith meant there is a throwaway line about Elizabeth still believing in God. It
I find this article to be a tad insulting, although I believe it to be a bit unintentional in that regard.

We fans of the Alien franchise that were so disappointed with 'Prometheus' were not so because it wasn't a straight up horror film, or because it brought up themes and ideas and asked one to think.

No, we were disappointed because half the cast barely registered. Because it's whole idea of science vs. faith meant there is a throwaway line about Elizabeth still believing in God. It never actually EXPLORES this idea. Most of the characters are horribly idiotic- how does the guy with the GPS 3D floating map balls get lost?

I am all for a movie that doesn't hold it's audiences hands. I'm all for a movie being open ended (one of my favorite films is Mulholland Drive). But when a movie only asks questions, and doesn't even try to answer them, it's insulting to the audience, it's insulting to storytellers of all kinds everywhere.

A sequel should not be made solely to fix problems and plot holes from the first film. I hope this franchise dies a painful agonizing death!
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5:49PM on 04/16/2013
You said it perfectly well, Sir.
You said it perfectly well, Sir.
3:53PM on 04/16/2013

A shame the filmmakers had no respect for the audience.

A film where the filmmakers show such rampant disdain for their audience does not deserve a sequel. Prometheus wasn't sloppy, riddled with plot holes and bad writing, or nonsensical because the filmmakers had a small budget or time constraints, the film was that way because the filmmakers felt they could get away with it. They thought they could throw a few Lindelof macguffin's in there and the audience would be so bewildered about the black goo that we wouldn't notice how much the rest of
A film where the filmmakers show such rampant disdain for their audience does not deserve a sequel. Prometheus wasn't sloppy, riddled with plot holes and bad writing, or nonsensical because the filmmakers had a small budget or time constraints, the film was that way because the filmmakers felt they could get away with it. They thought they could throw a few Lindelof macguffin's in there and the audience would be so bewildered about the black goo that we wouldn't notice how much the rest of the film stank.

It's too bad, because the cast and the visuals were absolutely stunning. With a better script, this could have been a sci-fi film for the ages. Instead, it will be a footnote to the normal dreck to recently come out of the Aliens franchise. Prometheus was the first Ridley Scott film I didn't like and he and everyone involved should be ashamed to think they could put one over on the audience.
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4:01PM on 04/16/2013
100% on board with you!
100% on board with you!
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3:00PM on 04/16/2013

"Prometheus": Not perfect, but was one of the top ten films of 2012

I buy many blu-rays during the year, and last year the film I watched multiple times on blu ray was "Prometheus". At first it wasn't even on my top ten list of films of 2012. It ended up being # 10. Love it or hate it, the film makes you think and is completely open for debate, something most films don't allow it's audience to do. "Prometheus" is a boldly crafted "classic style" of sci-fi film which demands a sequel!
I buy many blu-rays during the year, and last year the film I watched multiple times on blu ray was "Prometheus". At first it wasn't even on my top ten list of films of 2012. It ended up being # 10. Love it or hate it, the film makes you think and is completely open for debate, something most films don't allow it's audience to do. "Prometheus" is a boldly crafted "classic style" of sci-fi film which demands a sequel!
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2:58PM on 04/16/2013

"Prometheus": Not perfect, but was one of the top ten films of 2012

I buy many blu-rays during the year, and last year the film I watched multiple times on blu ray was "Prometheus". At first it wasn't even on my top ten list of films of 2012. It ended up being # 10. Love it or hate it, the film makes you think and is completely open for debate, something most films don't allow it's audience to do. "Prometheus" is a boldly crafted "classic style" of sci-fi film which demands a sequel!
I buy many blu-rays during the year, and last year the film I watched multiple times on blu ray was "Prometheus". At first it wasn't even on my top ten list of films of 2012. It ended up being # 10. Love it or hate it, the film makes you think and is completely open for debate, something most films don't allow it's audience to do. "Prometheus" is a boldly crafted "classic style" of sci-fi film which demands a sequel!
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2:57PM on 04/16/2013

Sloppy filmmaking

From script to execution this movie is just a mess. There's no denying it. Sure there are "big ideas" in it but unfocused big ideas that are more irresponsible than anything because they're actually more like big questions with zero answers. That works for a philosophy class or life in general (I guess), but not for a movie. Especially one that uses the biggest deus ex machina I've ever seen. Yeah, no thanks.
From script to execution this movie is just a mess. There's no denying it. Sure there are "big ideas" in it but unfocused big ideas that are more irresponsible than anything because they're actually more like big questions with zero answers. That works for a philosophy class or life in general (I guess), but not for a movie. Especially one that uses the biggest deus ex machina I've ever seen. Yeah, no thanks.
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2:56PM on 04/16/2013

Sloppy filmmaking

From script to execution this movie is just a mess. There's no denying it. Sure there are "big ideas" in it but unfocused big ideas that are more irresponsible than anything because they're actually more like big questions with zero answers. That works for a philosophy class or life in general (I guess), but not for a movie. Especially one that uses the biggest deus ex machina I've ever seen. Yeah, no thanks.
From script to execution this movie is just a mess. There's no denying it. Sure there are "big ideas" in it but unfocused big ideas that are more irresponsible than anything because they're actually more like big questions with zero answers. That works for a philosophy class or life in general (I guess), but not for a movie. Especially one that uses the biggest deus ex machina I've ever seen. Yeah, no thanks.
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2:40PM on 04/16/2013
Like many, I love Alien and was more than eager to see Prometheus. I could not have been more disappointed with the film. Look, for you people out there that make every movie into more than a movie and a reflection of something deeper and more meaningful..great, you loved it, I get it. The look if the film was great, the cast mostly great but it wasn't enough. Sometimes less is more, I think Lindelof & Scott tried to get too clever and ended up outsmarting themselves with a movie that's just a
Like many, I love Alien and was more than eager to see Prometheus. I could not have been more disappointed with the film. Look, for you people out there that make every movie into more than a movie and a reflection of something deeper and more meaningful..great, you loved it, I get it. The look if the film was great, the cast mostly great but it wasn't enough. Sometimes less is more, I think Lindelof & Scott tried to get too clever and ended up outsmarting themselves with a movie that's just a mess. What I, and many other Alien fans wanted, was a true prequel...what I didn't want was 3 hours of contemplating gods existence, the creation of man and our place in the universe. Naturally, had I wanted that, then I would have enjoyed Prometheus. I don't know why Scott was/is so opposed to making a true prequel instead of some sort of philosophical statement. Count me out for a Prometheus sequel...interest level..zero.
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3:12PM on 04/16/2013
I have no issues with this movie exploring science vs. faith, and all that, my issue is that it never paid off it's line of thinking. Plus, plot holes everywhere and the inclusion of Xenomorphs was sloppy at best.
I have no issues with this movie exploring science vs. faith, and all that, my issue is that it never paid off it's line of thinking. Plus, plot holes everywhere and the inclusion of Xenomorphs was sloppy at best.
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2:16PM on 04/16/2013
Can anyone tell me the relation of Peter Weyland and Charles Bishop Weyland from the Alien movies? Are they family? Since Peter said David was the closest thing to a son he had, and Vickers died, where did the original Weyland come from? This was the one question I was hoping would be answered and it wasn't even brought up.
Can anyone tell me the relation of Peter Weyland and Charles Bishop Weyland from the Alien movies? Are they family? Since Peter said David was the closest thing to a son he had, and Vickers died, where did the original Weyland come from? This was the one question I was hoping would be answered and it wasn't even brought up.
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12:13AM on 04/17/2013
Charles Bishop Weyland was a creation of Paul WS Anderson for Alien vs. Predator, which is not considered proper canon to the Alien series, so there is no relation.
Charles Bishop Weyland was a creation of Paul WS Anderson for Alien vs. Predator, which is not considered proper canon to the Alien series, so there is no relation.
1:46PM on 04/16/2013
I liked that Prometheus asked me to think. I didn't like some of the short-cuts it took to get characters killed, by making them more idiotic than they really ought to be. That's not all that I think could have been improved upon, but overall, it was still a very intriguing movie. I think there is still enough promise from that film that a sequel ought to be made, if only to help explain what the hell happened. The biggest flaw of Prometheus was not explaining that. Comparatively, we all know
I liked that Prometheus asked me to think. I didn't like some of the short-cuts it took to get characters killed, by making them more idiotic than they really ought to be. That's not all that I think could have been improved upon, but overall, it was still a very intriguing movie. I think there is still enough promise from that film that a sequel ought to be made, if only to help explain what the hell happened. The biggest flaw of Prometheus was not explaining that. Comparatively, we all know what happened at the end of Alien, but Prometheus was a more complex film, deserving of a more clear resolution. As it stands, the resolution is part Alien, part planning for the sequel. So yeah, bring on the sequel. Especially since David is still around making us wonder what he'll do next.
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1:44PM on 04/16/2013
While Prometheus is far from perfect, I believe with a more talented writer and having Ridley follow his intuition, the franchise can get back on track. I think Ridley put too much faith in Lindelof and it back fired on him.

-Why would scientists take their helmets off in an alien environment just because their scanners suggested it was breathable?

-How does a geologist with the most advanced 3D target mapping systems get lost?

Things like this need to be addressed in a sequel to
While Prometheus is far from perfect, I believe with a more talented writer and having Ridley follow his intuition, the franchise can get back on track. I think Ridley put too much faith in Lindelof and it back fired on him.

-Why would scientists take their helmets off in an alien environment just because their scanners suggested it was breathable?

-How does a geologist with the most advanced 3D target mapping systems get lost?

Things like this need to be addressed in a sequel to prevent further mistakes from happening.

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1:39PM on 04/16/2013

I hope they make this film

Don't give up on it !
Don't give up on it !
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1:01PM on 04/16/2013

"Prometheus": Not perfect, but was one of the top ten films of 2012

I buy many blu-rays during the year, and last year the film I watched multiple times on blu ray was "Prometheus". At first it wasn't even on my top ten list of films of 2012. It ended up being # 10. Love it or hate it, the film makes you think and is completely open for debate, something most films don't allow it's audience to do. "Prometheus" is a boldly crafted "classic style" of sci-fi film which demands a sequel!
I buy many blu-rays during the year, and last year the film I watched multiple times on blu ray was "Prometheus". At first it wasn't even on my top ten list of films of 2012. It ended up being # 10. Love it or hate it, the film makes you think and is completely open for debate, something most films don't allow it's audience to do. "Prometheus" is a boldly crafted "classic style" of sci-fi film which demands a sequel!
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12:54PM on 04/16/2013
Give up on the sequel my ass! I for one liked that film, and I think plot holes were left on purpose just for the sequel to tie it all up together. Jesus you'd think there isn't 1 film in existence that fanboys like! Something is always wrong with something! Nobody can enjoy a film for what it is! Oh it's not a perfect film? Yea well last time I checked NOTHING in this world is perfect!
Give up on the sequel my ass! I for one liked that film, and I think plot holes were left on purpose just for the sequel to tie it all up together. Jesus you'd think there isn't 1 film in existence that fanboys like! Something is always wrong with something! Nobody can enjoy a film for what it is! Oh it's not a perfect film? Yea well last time I checked NOTHING in this world is perfect!
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1:33PM on 04/16/2013
Uhh, the headline reads "Don't give up on the Prometheus sequel!"

Did you read the article or just skim the headline? We're on the same team here, dude.
Uhh, the headline reads "Don't give up on the Prometheus sequel!"

Did you read the article or just skim the headline? We're on the same team here, dude.
3:31PM on 04/16/2013
It's not about being perfect. Suspension of disbelief is one thing (I believe a man can fly, etc.) but plot holes are not something a story should ever strive to have! Leaving things open? Fine. Not answering all of the questions? Fine. Not answering any of them? Having supposedly smart characters be incredibly stupid? That's lazy and insulting.
It's not about being perfect. Suspension of disbelief is one thing (I believe a man can fly, etc.) but plot holes are not something a story should ever strive to have! Leaving things open? Fine. Not answering all of the questions? Fine. Not answering any of them? Having supposedly smart characters be incredibly stupid? That's lazy and insulting.
5:18PM on 04/16/2013
@jason3223 did you even see Prometheus? You think the sequel will explain how David knew that giving not-Tom Hardy one drop of black goo, would mutate him on the spot and making him so horny he immediately has sex with Ellie, instantly impregnating her despite she wasn't able to have children? Will it explain why the same people who tried to put Ellie into stasis because she was carrying an alien parasite, weren't even surprised she was impregnated and even worse were kinda expecting it would
@jason3223 did you even see Prometheus? You think the sequel will explain how David knew that giving not-Tom Hardy one drop of black goo, would mutate him on the spot and making him so horny he immediately has sex with Ellie, instantly impregnating her despite she wasn't able to have children? Will it explain why the same people who tried to put Ellie into stasis because she was carrying an alien parasite, weren't even surprised she was impregnated and even worse were kinda expecting it would happen and after that weren't bothered by the fact she violently escaped, cut the parasite out of her body and then casually joined them to meet the engineers? Will it explain why the pilot who never set a foot outside the ship just knew the planet was a military base or why everybody took that guess as a fact? The sequel wouldn't have any time left for new stuff if they have to explain all the gaping plotholes from the first movie.
12:48PM on 04/16/2013
I'd go see it, I think we'd all take that over another AvP pile of crap.
I'd go see it, I think we'd all take that over another AvP pile of crap.
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12:11PM on 04/16/2013
This film suffers from shiny key syndrome

It uses questions and mystery as shiny keys to distract from piss poor writing, terrible characters, and general laziness. The writer of the script can't answer these questions or solve these mysteries. The director doesn't have an answer. The studio doesn't have a clue. This is why they can't write a sequel, too much contradicting garbage to clean up.

It's like if I wrote a story that goes:
A man finds a mysterious hole inside of a rock. He
This film suffers from shiny key syndrome

It uses questions and mystery as shiny keys to distract from piss poor writing, terrible characters, and general laziness. The writer of the script can't answer these questions or solve these mysteries. The director doesn't have an answer. The studio doesn't have a clue. This is why they can't write a sequel, too much contradicting garbage to clean up.

It's like if I wrote a story that goes:
A man finds a mysterious hole inside of a rock. He walks into it and ends up in a mysterious cave. Deeper in the cave he finds a mysterious light. After walking into the mysterious light he finds himself surround by mysterious beings. These mysterious beings hand him a mysterious key to a mysterious door. After walking through the door the man finds himself standing alone at his own funeral.

A lot of unanswered questions there. Why? Because I had no idea what I was writing, I was just using shiny keys to distract from the fact that I didn't know what I was doing or where it was going. If you put any thought into what I wrote, you will create a theory about it and you will have put far more effort into it than I did. What I did was simply lazy writing, but it was left open for you to interpret into something else (I actually put the workload on you).
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2:57PM on 04/16/2013
AMEN!
AMEN!
12:08PM on 04/16/2013

make the sequel

while Prometheus wasnt what it could have been, it was still interesting and i wanted to see where they were going to take it, it made enough money so why not take a chance and make another
while Prometheus wasnt what it could have been, it was still interesting and i wanted to see where they were going to take it, it made enough money so why not take a chance and make another
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12:01PM on 04/16/2013
just make another alien movie and forget the Prometheus sequel.
just make another alien movie and forget the Prometheus sequel.
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11:49AM on 04/16/2013
The first one was disapointing. No one should argue that. A lot was wrong with it, but it did ask a lot of good questions. I'd rather live with a good question than a bad answer. The film catches too much flack, but it should answer the questions. Leaving things THAT open is anticlimatic. Which is why a sequel is a good idea. A good sequel would actually save this movie because the 2nd would make you go, "Oh okay. I get that now." You'd go back and watch the first one and understand its the
The first one was disapointing. No one should argue that. A lot was wrong with it, but it did ask a lot of good questions. I'd rather live with a good question than a bad answer. The film catches too much flack, but it should answer the questions. Leaving things THAT open is anticlimatic. Which is why a sequel is a good idea. A good sequel would actually save this movie because the 2nd would make you go, "Oh okay. I get that now." You'd go back and watch the first one and understand its the first part of the big picture.
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11:36AM on 04/16/2013

My only real complaint about Prometheus

Was the advertising, every ad went on with "qustions will be answered" When that wasn't the real point of the film. It does somewhat discribe the themes at play, but questions aren't answered and they're intentionally ambigous. A more accurate tagline would be "The went searching for answers, what they got... was terror" Kind of like how the film The Grey was advertising as a action thriller when it really wasn't. And when you give the audience a preconcieved notion going in and it doesn't
Was the advertising, every ad went on with "qustions will be answered" When that wasn't the real point of the film. It does somewhat discribe the themes at play, but questions aren't answered and they're intentionally ambigous. A more accurate tagline would be "The went searching for answers, what they got... was terror" Kind of like how the film The Grey was advertising as a action thriller when it really wasn't. And when you give the audience a preconcieved notion going in and it doesn't match the outsome people are going to be upset.

Also I'd really prefer that "How it should have ended" ending, tying directly to the first alien. Because the only real question this film wanted to answer was who was the pilot and where did the xenomorph come from?
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11:15AM on 04/16/2013
Since when is an incompetent script okay as long as it asked questions? Questions are EASY. Answering them is the job of a writer. This film didn't ask any questions deeper than what we get from the TV show 'Ancient Aliens'. And like 'Ancient Aliens' we get the typical "Who knows?" answer.

I honestly don't give a shit about the questions that this film brings up, nor do I care about the religious implications. I have no theory about this film because I don't care enough to give it a second
Since when is an incompetent script okay as long as it asked questions? Questions are EASY. Answering them is the job of a writer. This film didn't ask any questions deeper than what we get from the TV show 'Ancient Aliens'. And like 'Ancient Aliens' we get the typical "Who knows?" answer.

I honestly don't give a shit about the questions that this film brings up, nor do I care about the religious implications. I have no theory about this film because I don't care enough to give it a second thought.

This film had some of the most poorly written characters this side of Micheal Bay. The characters were ridiculously inconsistent, and more often than not had no motivation for their actions whatsoever. The worst sin of all is that the characters were simply stupid. The audience was so far ahead of the curb that it became frustrating to watch.

Honestly, it feels like people stand up for this film out of some kind of loyalty to the idea of Scott returning to the franchise that made his career. If Scott's name wasn't on this, then Prometheus would have been forgotten the moment it left theaters.
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11:12AM on 04/16/2013
Prometheus was a guilty pleasure when it came out. Some parts did bore me, but i'd give it a solid 8/10. I would love to see a sequel for it.
Prometheus was a guilty pleasure when it came out. Some parts did bore me, but i'd give it a solid 8/10. I would love to see a sequel for it.
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10:56AM on 04/16/2013

'Disected for it's imperfections' is a massive understatement.

The reason most people didn't like it wasn't that it wasn't what they were hoping for or that the philosophical tone was overwhelming or off-putting. It's the steaming pile of massive f*cking plot holes and poor decisions that stunk the whole thing up. It's not the ethereal or intangible elements that threw people but the stupidity!! It made no sense as a story! I'm not surprised they can't figure out how to continue it.
The reason most people didn't like it wasn't that it wasn't what they were hoping for or that the philosophical tone was overwhelming or off-putting. It's the steaming pile of massive f*cking plot holes and poor decisions that stunk the whole thing up. It's not the ethereal or intangible elements that threw people but the stupidity!! It made no sense as a story! I'm not surprised they can't figure out how to continue it.
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3:20PM on 04/16/2013
You are my new hero! I couldn't have said it any better!
You are my new hero! I couldn't have said it any better!
10:52AM on 04/16/2013
The problem I had with Prometheus was it asked a lot of thought provoking questions that walked a fine line between theological insight and existential experimentation, but when it came to its actual execution, it tried being too smart for its own good because of its need to be overly ambiguous. FOX shoot themselves in the foot because they made a movie that was a minor financial success, promised a trilogy, and now seems to have a creative team that can't make up their mind about where to take
The problem I had with Prometheus was it asked a lot of thought provoking questions that walked a fine line between theological insight and existential experimentation, but when it came to its actual execution, it tried being too smart for its own good because of its need to be overly ambiguous. FOX shoot themselves in the foot because they made a movie that was a minor financial success, promised a trilogy, and now seems to have a creative team that can't make up their mind about where to take things next. If they want Scott to be the director to make it, then they better get things started--no one knows how many years the man has left. Plus, I want to take a journey to Paradise as the ending of Prometheus seemed to allude to.
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10:52AM on 04/16/2013
I was a bit disappointed by "Prometheus". Mainly how many things were left unexplained or unexplainable (like the lack of intelligence in certain characters). Nevertheless, I really liked the broad strokes of the story and its themes, and I do want a sequel.
I was a bit disappointed by "Prometheus". Mainly how many things were left unexplained or unexplainable (like the lack of intelligence in certain characters). Nevertheless, I really liked the broad strokes of the story and its themes, and I do want a sequel.
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10:47AM on 04/16/2013
I for one enjoyed the hell out of this movie. I loved it. I ignored the plot holes, and deeply admired the fact that it raised all these questions, yet didn't answer them. This has caused me to take multiple viewings of the film, because of the debate and the questions. I enjoy a film that displays an infinite element in its story, so the discussions keep rolling over the years.
I for one enjoyed the hell out of this movie. I loved it. I ignored the plot holes, and deeply admired the fact that it raised all these questions, yet didn't answer them. This has caused me to take multiple viewings of the film, because of the debate and the questions. I enjoy a film that displays an infinite element in its story, so the discussions keep rolling over the years.
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3:16PM on 04/16/2013
How can one simply ignore the plot holes and still claim it as a good movie? The story must be included in how one looks at the product, and having so many plot holes is lazy storytelling, therefore flawed. Plus, it's nice that it beings ideas up, but it fails to do anything with said ideas.
How can one simply ignore the plot holes and still claim it as a good movie? The story must be included in how one looks at the product, and having so many plot holes is lazy storytelling, therefore flawed. Plus, it's nice that it beings ideas up, but it fails to do anything with said ideas.
10:46AM on 04/16/2013
Heated debates make it a remarkable thing? Well shit, Twilight must be one of the most remarkable films of all time! The heated debates and passion of people for and against that film are kind of unparallelled.
Heated debates make it a remarkable thing? Well shit, Twilight must be one of the most remarkable films of all time! The heated debates and passion of people for and against that film are kind of unparallelled.
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11:25AM on 04/16/2013
There are no debates about Twilight, it's just a pissing contest between adults about who hates those movies the most. Because not watching the movies or just ignore them is too hard or something.
There are no debates about Twilight, it's just a pissing contest between adults about who hates those movies the most. Because not watching the movies or just ignore them is too hard or something.
11:42AM on 04/16/2013
Actually that's not true. There are very heated debates about Twilight.

Case in point. I have a friend, and she just recently graduated with a masters in literature (she wants to teach at a major university), and I am constantly getting into debates with her over Twilight. She calls Twilight a modern 'Romeo & Juliet', and considers it to be one of the most important & influential books of this generation. She says it may not the most well written book, just like 'Romeo & Juliet' isn't the
Actually that's not true. There are very heated debates about Twilight.

Case in point. I have a friend, and she just recently graduated with a masters in literature (she wants to teach at a major university), and I am constantly getting into debates with her over Twilight. She calls Twilight a modern 'Romeo & Juliet', and considers it to be one of the most important & influential books of this generation. She says it may not the most well written book, just like 'Romeo & Juliet' isn't the most well written Shakespeare play, but it's themes & ideas are relevant, important, and relatable.
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10:44AM on 04/16/2013
They kind of have to make a sequel, now. You can't leave THAT many things unexplained.

PS: That first Prometheus Explained video was embarrassing. The guy clearly had no idea what he was talking about.
They kind of have to make a sequel, now. You can't leave THAT many things unexplained.

PS: That first Prometheus Explained video was embarrassing. The guy clearly had no idea what he was talking about.
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10:44AM on 04/16/2013
I want them to keep going as it's an incredibly fascinating mythology and back-story but they just need to fill us in on things as they come along. Don't reveal significant plot elements and then ignore them the rest of the film. That and don't have so many throw-away characters, that was distracting as well. Overall, the script is where this movie fell apart despite the fact that I still thoroughly enjoy it.

PROMETHEUS could have been the sci-fi horror film of the decade if it had just kept
I want them to keep going as it's an incredibly fascinating mythology and back-story but they just need to fill us in on things as they come along. Don't reveal significant plot elements and then ignore them the rest of the film. That and don't have so many throw-away characters, that was distracting as well. Overall, the script is where this movie fell apart despite the fact that I still thoroughly enjoy it.

PROMETHEUS could have been the sci-fi horror film of the decade if it had just kept consistent with its characters and exposition.
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