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What did you think of...Prometheus?!?

Jun. 8, 2012by: JoBlo

Going into 2012, the 3 films that most of our readers were stoked about were THE AVENGERS, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and of course, PROMETHEUS! Well, the day has finally come as it hits theaters today! We tried to make this past week as ALIEN-friendly as possible on the site, and we also posted two reviews of PROMETHEUS: one from Chris Bumbray (he gave it a 8/10) and one from the Arrow (he gave it a 3 1/2 out of 4). JimmyO was also lucky enough to sit down with most of the cast from the film, as well as its legendary director. Check out those interviews below and please POST YOUR REVIEWS in our strike back section (or to your MFC profile) and we'll continue to update the Rotten Tomatoes and Movie Fan Central reviews over the weekend. It's here, folks. Watch, discuss and enjoy!

INTERVIEWS: Damon Lindelof / Logan Marshall Green / Charlize Theron & Guy Pearce / Noomi Rapace & Michael Fassbender / Director Ridley Scott

Rotten Tomatoes: 210 reviews, avg score: 74%
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: 31 reviews, avg score: 8.1/10

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1:59PM on 08/02/2012
sucked. It was trerrible
sucked. It was trerrible
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8:45AM on 07/17/2012

Excellent filmmaking

I enjoyed the film but I found it too persuasive on a one dimensional view about the origins of human life. It was a very well made film and sometimes it was too much like the first Alien which was probably intentional to make it seem more like a prequel. Atmospherically it was amazing but some of the acting was cliche making the characters have less depth and more focused on the cgi than character believability.
I enjoyed the film but I found it too persuasive on a one dimensional view about the origins of human life. It was a very well made film and sometimes it was too much like the first Alien which was probably intentional to make it seem more like a prequel. Atmospherically it was amazing but some of the acting was cliche making the characters have less depth and more focused on the cgi than character believability.
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1:55PM on 06/23/2012

I liked it very much

in the cinema, but the more i think about the movie the less i like it and actually just want to see another alien movie. I especially cant get over the fact that they didnt run to the side instantly, how stupid was that. And how did the engineer get to the escape pod without his suit on. etc
in the cinema, but the more i think about the movie the less i like it and actually just want to see another alien movie. I especially cant get over the fact that they didnt run to the side instantly, how stupid was that. And how did the engineer get to the escape pod without his suit on. etc
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11:04AM on 06/12/2012

it's a little windy

but still an interesting interpretation of the film. Ridley Scott's comments on "Space Jesus" are pretty interesting as well. [link]

And I thought the movie was great.
but still an interesting interpretation of the film. Ridley Scott's comments on "Space Jesus" are pretty interesting as well. [link]

And I thought the movie was great.
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5:35PM on 06/11/2012

perfect 10

Not sure what all this I cannot understand what happened or too many plot hole crap is all about. It doesn't take a genius to put the pieces together and figure things out. I was starting to get a bit disheartened by all the negative things I was reading. But after seeing it I only wonder why the naysayers cannot not see the obvious.

Wonderful movie, can't wait to see it again.
Not sure what all this I cannot understand what happened or too many plot hole crap is all about. It doesn't take a genius to put the pieces together and figure things out. I was starting to get a bit disheartened by all the negative things I was reading. But after seeing it I only wonder why the naysayers cannot not see the obvious.

Wonderful movie, can't wait to see it again.
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9:24PM on 06/11/2012
totally agreed...
totally agreed...
1:38AM on 06/13/2012
Yup, this post describes my thoughts exactly. I just saw it tonight and had lowered my expectations because of the all negative stuff I had heard... but the film totally blew me away.
Yup, this post describes my thoughts exactly. I just saw it tonight and had lowered my expectations because of the all negative stuff I had heard... but the film totally blew me away.
10:15AM on 06/11/2012

Black Liquid

There seems to be confusion about the black liquid. I've read a theory that it manifests into what people fear? NO.

First, the Black Liquid reacts the same way the eggs in Alien did. In Alien, atmospheric vibrations caused the egg's to open, releasing the facehugger. It was the same with the Liquid canisters. They began to sweat when the atmosphere changed.

Second, It's PRIMARY purpose is to mutate the host. It spilled upon the indigenous worms of LV223 and mutated them into
There seems to be confusion about the black liquid. I've read a theory that it manifests into what people fear? NO.

First, the Black Liquid reacts the same way the eggs in Alien did. In Alien, atmospheric vibrations caused the egg's to open, releasing the facehugger. It was the same with the Liquid canisters. They began to sweat when the atmosphere changed.

Second, It's PRIMARY purpose is to mutate the host. It spilled upon the indigenous worms of LV223 and mutated them into Cobrahuggers. When it's head was cut and acid melted Fifield's mask and he fell into the Black Liquid- it mutated him into an uncontrollable creature. The drop of black liquid that Holloway drank would have eventually done the same thing, albeit- was metamorphosing at a slower rate due to the amount he drank.
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10:30AM on 06/11/2012
Cobrahuggers...well I guess its more family friendly than 'Vagina-Snakes' ;)
Cobrahuggers...well I guess its more family friendly than 'Vagina-Snakes' ;)
11:55AM on 06/11/2012
Yes! I believe your explanation sounds right concerning the black liquid.
Yes! I believe your explanation sounds right concerning the black liquid.
6:51PM on 06/11/2012
There's confusion about the black goo because it's a MacGuffin. It's a magical goo that is left intentionally vague as to its purpose so that people can attach any sort of meaning they want to it until such time that the writer actually comes up with a way to get out of the corner he's painted himself into (see "Lost" season 1 for reference).
There's confusion about the black goo because it's a MacGuffin. It's a magical goo that is left intentionally vague as to its purpose so that people can attach any sort of meaning they want to it until such time that the writer actually comes up with a way to get out of the corner he's painted himself into (see "Lost" season 1 for reference).
2:14AM on 06/11/2012
I liked it, though I didn't love it. Prometheus follows the beats of the original Alien very closely, but scarcely delivered on the shocks and scares. It was a decently told tale that I'm not sure really needed to be told. But it was still a good time at the movies.
I liked it, though I didn't love it. Prometheus follows the beats of the original Alien very closely, but scarcely delivered on the shocks and scares. It was a decently told tale that I'm not sure really needed to be told. But it was still a good time at the movies.
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11:03PM on 06/10/2012
Here's the biggest plot hole I'm still grappling with; you have an alien race that wants to destroy us, so they leave a vague interstellar map on cave walls in various parts of the world, thousands of years apart, on the hope that we'd one day invent interstellar space travel to go to their military testing ground and infect ourselves with whatever goo they cooked up there, hoping that we'd bring the infection back to Earth to wipe out our species? Also, the oldest cave drawing is 30,000 years
Here's the biggest plot hole I'm still grappling with; you have an alien race that wants to destroy us, so they leave a vague interstellar map on cave walls in various parts of the world, thousands of years apart, on the hope that we'd one day invent interstellar space travel to go to their military testing ground and infect ourselves with whatever goo they cooked up there, hoping that we'd bring the infection back to Earth to wipe out our species? Also, the oldest cave drawing is 30,000 years old, yet the 'engineers' on the planet that were wiped out by the goo they were going to deliver to Earth only 2000 years ago which defeats the reasoning of the star maps in the first place. WTF?

The plot sounds like whomever wrote it had a railroad spike shoved halfway through their head.
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10:07AM on 06/11/2012
Sigh, it's not a plot hole. The cave paintings are thousands of years apart- with the invitation that when mankind was ready, mature and capable of interstellar travel, they were welcomed to meet their maker on a remote outpost to make contact (LV223).

.. BUT 2,000 years before the events of Prometheus, an event or events occurred between maker and human. The Space Jockeys no longer valued their creation and wanted it destroyed. So they began work on this remote outpost, to create a
Sigh, it's not a plot hole. The cave paintings are thousands of years apart- with the invitation that when mankind was ready, mature and capable of interstellar travel, they were welcomed to meet their maker on a remote outpost to make contact (LV223).

.. BUT 2,000 years before the events of Prometheus, an event or events occurred between maker and human. The Space Jockeys no longer valued their creation and wanted it destroyed. So they began work on this remote outpost, to create a biological substance that could wipe us out. Something went wrong with their prototype and killed all of the Engineers on the outpost, except one.

They were NOT ready to drop the "goo" on us 2,000 years ago. They were merely beginning to develop it.
4:38PM on 06/11/2012
That still doesn't explain why they would invite us to visit them at a military testing facility 30,000 years ago, if the testing facility didn't exist until a little over 2000 years ago. Usually if there is an invitation, it is to the homeworld (think of the gold disc that was sent off in the Voyager space probe), not a random planet that later becomes a military testing facility 28,000 years after the initial invitation. That's just bad writing.
That still doesn't explain why they would invite us to visit them at a military testing facility 30,000 years ago, if the testing facility didn't exist until a little over 2000 years ago. Usually if there is an invitation, it is to the homeworld (think of the gold disc that was sent off in the Voyager space probe), not a random planet that later becomes a military testing facility 28,000 years after the initial invitation. That's just bad writing.
5:03PM on 06/11/2012
Since we're going to debate for the sake of debating - how do we even know it was an invitation? After all, HUMANS decided a 28,000 year old cave painting from cavemen was an invitation. But fine, let's say it was an invitation. We don't know what the moon was before it was a military installation. It simply could have been a formidable meeting place between our world and theirs. Perhaps if we met their approval- they would take our emissaries to their world...



Remember, the whole point
Since we're going to debate for the sake of debating - how do we even know it was an invitation? After all, HUMANS decided a 28,000 year old cave painting from cavemen was an invitation. But fine, let's say it was an invitation. We don't know what the moon was before it was a military installation. It simply could have been a formidable meeting place between our world and theirs. Perhaps if we met their approval- they would take our emissaries to their world...



Remember, the whole point of the space jockey killing David and Peter Weyland was that he was insulted that they represented mankind during first contact. A selfish old man, unwilling to die who could only talk to his creator by a machine imitating a man. I would not invite us to my homeworld either.
6:45PM on 06/11/2012
Actually, we don't know why the space jockey killed them, or even what David said to the space jockey. This is all conjecture on your part as the audience, and is left vague to believe what you want to believe is the right answer.

Also, the cave paintings are most definitely an invitation, because if the cave dwellers (and later cultures) were painting a warning, the painting would have shown menace or death (other cave paintings have shown a dangerous animal killing humans). Since these
Actually, we don't know why the space jockey killed them, or even what David said to the space jockey. This is all conjecture on your part as the audience, and is left vague to believe what you want to believe is the right answer.

Also, the cave paintings are most definitely an invitation, because if the cave dwellers (and later cultures) were painting a warning, the painting would have shown menace or death (other cave paintings have shown a dangerous animal killing humans). Since these 'invitations' are scattered throughout history going back 30,000 years, the space jockeys have been visiting Earth (as stated in the movie) at different periods of time, and in different cultures that weren't related or had contact with each other (again, a direct quote from the movie).

If the moon had been an inhabited planet, there would have been structures (which Prometheus was scanning for when they were flying over the planet) left behind. Since there weren't, the Captain's declaration that it was a military testing facility on a world where if something went wrong it wouldn't spread (again, paraphrasing the movie) was probably a correct assumption. Again, given that the 'invitation' was sent 30,000 years ago, 28,000 years BEFORE the military installation was put into place (remember, they carbon dated the location as well), the space jockeys would have had to be clairvoyant. If they were clairvoyant, they wouldn't have seeded our planet, and they wouldn't have been killed by the black goo either. So the only explanation left is that the script writer didn't think things through, and just put in whatever he thought would be cool, yet followed no train of logic.

As a moviegoer that actually thinks while watching a movie with a plot, I find this rather insulting.
3:30AM on 06/12/2012
People can give me all the thumbs down they want. Until someone proves me wrong, by what was presented in the movie, not on what they 'think' or what they heard might be on the dvd extras, then I'll stand by my words.
People can give me all the thumbs down they want. Until someone proves me wrong, by what was presented in the movie, not on what they 'think' or what they heard might be on the dvd extras, then I'll stand by my words.
10:55AM on 06/12/2012
I'm not going to give you a thumbs down - but unless there was a scene where the aliens either said "we left you an invitation," or "this was a trap left for the humans on earth," any assumption about the purpose of the cave paintings, and the planet, is purely conjecture and assumptions. Conjecture and assumptions made by the characters, and by the audience. One of the things I enjoyed so much, was that I felt that our "humans" were totally out of their depth - both in understanding the
I'm not going to give you a thumbs down - but unless there was a scene where the aliens either said "we left you an invitation," or "this was a trap left for the humans on earth," any assumption about the purpose of the cave paintings, and the planet, is purely conjecture and assumptions. Conjecture and assumptions made by the characters, and by the audience. One of the things I enjoyed so much, was that I felt that our "humans" were totally out of their depth - both in understanding the physical threat, as well as the motivations of a race that was much less similar than they hoped. I still don't understand why they did what they did - and I like that ambiguity. Even the idea that the aliens were going to return to earth to destroy the population - that wasn't set in stone. I do get the sense that the xenomorphs may have changed their priorities and motivations - but really, we don't know. I just don't look at that as a plot hole.

On the other hand - taking off the helmets because they get a good atmospheric reading = huge plot hole. Of course, I can point out several plot holes in the original Alien that you could drive a small truck through.
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9:28PM on 06/10/2012

8/10

While I was slightly disappointed, I think it was difficult to live up to the sky high expectations. It may not become a classic like Alien, but it will definitely benefit from multiple viewings. It was a great sci-fi movie, had some really great/intense scenes, and the casting/acting was excellent, especially Fassbender and Rapace.
While I was slightly disappointed, I think it was difficult to live up to the sky high expectations. It may not become a classic like Alien, but it will definitely benefit from multiple viewings. It was a great sci-fi movie, had some really great/intense scenes, and the casting/acting was excellent, especially Fassbender and Rapace.
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9:10PM on 06/10/2012

2 word review

Fucking Solid
Fucking Solid
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7:31PM on 06/10/2012
Saw it in IMAX, and while visually it was very pretty, the story was lacking anything other than to try to relaunch a stalled franchise. Theron and Pearce weren't even needed except as a plot device to explain the beacon that eventually lures the Nostromo to the planet. It looks like there might have been the inkling of a story about the meaning of life in there somewhere, but it was abandoned in an effort to clumsily tie this movie to the one 33 years ago.

I'm old enough to have seen the
Saw it in IMAX, and while visually it was very pretty, the story was lacking anything other than to try to relaunch a stalled franchise. Theron and Pearce weren't even needed except as a plot device to explain the beacon that eventually lures the Nostromo to the planet. It looks like there might have been the inkling of a story about the meaning of life in there somewhere, but it was abandoned in an effort to clumsily tie this movie to the one 33 years ago.

I'm old enough to have seen the original in the theater during its theatrical release, so it's not some bullshit argument that I 'don't understand it' or just 'don't get it'. I'm calling it like I see it; it's an attempt by Fox to apply the shock paddles to a fairly dead franchise. Hell, if Lucas could do it with those three turds he squeezed out his rear, then throwing a bunch of money at Sir Ridley to make any attempt he wants couldn't be any worse.

And since I know I'm going to be gangbanged by frothing-at-the-mouth fanboys who don't like my point of view, I'll leave you with this link to a great bit someone did that's supposed to be the SMS between Noomi's character and the 'engineer'.

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11:19PM on 06/10/2012
Prometheus takes place on LV-223, while Alien takes place on LV-426. The Nostromo receives a signal from a different alien spaceship. Prometheus isn't a direct prequel, but it does explain some of the origins on Alien.
Prometheus takes place on LV-223, while Alien takes place on LV-426. The Nostromo receives a signal from a different alien spaceship. Prometheus isn't a direct prequel, but it does explain some of the origins on Alien.
12:01AM on 06/11/2012
Ah, okay..different planet. Got it. Thanks for that one.

Still doesn't explain why the aliens would leave all these clues on Earth to their military testing facility 30,000 years ago, if they only decided 2000 years ago to destroy Earth with seeder ships. Just seems like someone didn't think that one through.
Ah, okay..different planet. Got it. Thanks for that one.

Still doesn't explain why the aliens would leave all these clues on Earth to their military testing facility 30,000 years ago, if they only decided 2000 years ago to destroy Earth with seeder ships. Just seems like someone didn't think that one through.
6:43PM on 06/10/2012

Prometheus

I thought it was an excellent movie.Noomi is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
I thought it was an excellent movie.Noomi is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
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6:43PM on 06/10/2012

Prometheus

I thought it was an excellent movie.Noomi is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
I thought it was an excellent movie.Noomi is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
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5:57PM on 06/10/2012

Kingdom of Heaven in Space

Phenomenal movie. Visual masterpiece. Great acting especially by Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace. Freaky-ass mindfuck aliens. Its scary, but in a different vein than 'Alien.'

But I get the sense Fox, in their infinite wisdom, took a machete to this movie in the editing room to get it down to two hours. Just as they did with Kingdom of Heaven. Like an amputee, I could 'sense' the missing 15-30 minutes that hopefully we'll get to see with a Director's Cut on DVD.
Phenomenal movie. Visual masterpiece. Great acting especially by Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace. Freaky-ass mindfuck aliens. Its scary, but in a different vein than 'Alien.'

But I get the sense Fox, in their infinite wisdom, took a machete to this movie in the editing room to get it down to two hours. Just as they did with Kingdom of Heaven. Like an amputee, I could 'sense' the missing 15-30 minutes that hopefully we'll get to see with a Director's Cut on DVD.
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4:24PM on 06/10/2012

4.8 / 5

For what it was, a throwback movie trying to disguise itself as a prequel with a hint of "origin story", I enjoyed it. The script, acting, story, effects and score were very strong....and it was pretty much The Fassbender / Marshall-Green / Rapace show....but then ending was a headscratcher....
For what it was, a throwback movie trying to disguise itself as a prequel with a hint of "origin story", I enjoyed it. The script, acting, story, effects and score were very strong....and it was pretty much The Fassbender / Marshall-Green / Rapace show....but then ending was a headscratcher....
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4:13PM on 06/10/2012
7/10

It was great to look at, the atmosphere was vintage "Alien", disturbing at times, and really enticed me with its mystery.

That said, I didn't care for much of the characters (save for David, the captain, Shaw, etc.). That was the sore ingredient that made Alien/Aliens the classics they are. Pretty much everyone in "Prometheus" were all one-dimensional, annoying, stupid, pointless, or all of the above. And the plot was pretty muddled, and left somewhat unsatisfied and asking more
7/10

It was great to look at, the atmosphere was vintage "Alien", disturbing at times, and really enticed me with its mystery.

That said, I didn't care for much of the characters (save for David, the captain, Shaw, etc.). That was the sore ingredient that made Alien/Aliens the classics they are. Pretty much everyone in "Prometheus" were all one-dimensional, annoying, stupid, pointless, or all of the above. And the plot was pretty muddled, and left somewhat unsatisfied and asking more questions near the end. But then again, I guess that was the main theme of the movie.
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1:17PM on 06/10/2012

Disappointed

It's the morning after, and I've had time to digest the movie... wish I could say I enjoyed it more. The back story of the "Engineers" was very convoluted (they changed their minds about us? what killed all the Engineers if the familiar xenomorphs weren't around yet?) and there were a few scenes that really didn't make any sense for me (e.g., the opening scene of the Engineer at the waterfall, the captain's exposition to Shaw explaining exactly what this planet and those ships were all
It's the morning after, and I've had time to digest the movie... wish I could say I enjoyed it more. The back story of the "Engineers" was very convoluted (they changed their minds about us? what killed all the Engineers if the familiar xenomorphs weren't around yet?) and there were a few scenes that really didn't make any sense for me (e.g., the opening scene of the Engineer at the waterfall, the captain's exposition to Shaw explaining exactly what this planet and those ships were all about... where was he getting all of that from?). I was enamored with the mystery of who that giant astronaut was from the original Alien, in much the same way I was fascinated by the casual mention of something called the Clone Wars in the original Star Wars. In both cases, these elements promised a deep, rich back story and an ominous sense of mystery. Well, unfortunately, much like the prequels to Star Wars, the payoff fell short of expectations for me.
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2:05PM on 06/10/2012
1. There has been speculation and theories determining what it was in fact that caused the engineers to attempt to destroy us. These theories include our failure as a race and the destruction we have caused within. A major idea that runs parallel to that theory, that has been picking up steam throughout the last few days is that Christ was some sort of product of the engineers, sent to Earth as a means to teach about sacrifice and the importance of life. As a reaction, humans crucified Christ
1. There has been speculation and theories determining what it was in fact that caused the engineers to attempt to destroy us. These theories include our failure as a race and the destruction we have caused within. A major idea that runs parallel to that theory, that has been picking up steam throughout the last few days is that Christ was some sort of product of the engineers, sent to Earth as a means to teach about sacrifice and the importance of life. As a reaction, humans crucified Christ in response to his message/philosophy. It was at this point did the engineers see it necessary to eliminate the human race. Remember, the engineers found within the ship are said to be dead for 2,000 years which would put their death around the time of Christ's crucifixion. And as for what killed them, it was their weapon itself. Some sort of outbreak/malfunction caused it to go haywire. This in of itself presents another theory that the goo was under the control of humans and went haywire during the crucifixion. Remember, it isn't until humans arrive does the goo begin to react again (some have said that it reacts telekinetically with our minds). Also notice that it is still and unresponsive in the hands of David, a being that has no emotional responses.

2. The engineer at the waterfall was some sort of ritual self sacrifice as a means to create life. Notice the clothing he's wearing and the nature of the scene. Ridley Scott called the engineers "space gardeners." This would also support the theory that after the human race rejected the idea of sacrifice/importance of life, the engineers sought our destruction.
3. The Captain, although it is highly unlikely a person would be able to determine all that he had given the situation, probably examined the situation and put 2 and 2 together. Admittedly, from someone who enjoyed the film, this was not good writing.

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3:02PM on 06/10/2012
The year was 2093, right? So, 2000 years prior puts it around the time of the writing of the New Testament. Perhaps, it's not Jesus, but the fact people's attention turned to Jesus and away from the gods. Just a thought, and yeah, the writing was weak, but it definitely sits with you which says something.
The year was 2093, right? So, 2000 years prior puts it around the time of the writing of the New Testament. Perhaps, it's not Jesus, but the fact people's attention turned to Jesus and away from the gods. Just a thought, and yeah, the writing was weak, but it definitely sits with you which says something.
6:20PM on 06/10/2012
The Black Liquid reacts the same way the eggs in Alien did. In Alien, atmospheric vibrations caused the egg's to open, releasing the facehugger. It was the same with the Liquid cannisters. They began to sweat when the atmosphere changed.
The Black Liquid reacts the same way the eggs in Alien did. In Alien, atmospheric vibrations caused the egg's to open, releasing the facehugger. It was the same with the Liquid cannisters. They began to sweat when the atmosphere changed.
1:15PM on 06/10/2012
i think i would have enjoyed it more if i had not known it was a prequel. it was good...but i wanted it like it more.
i think i would have enjoyed it more if i had not known it was a prequel. it was good...but i wanted it like it more.
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1:08PM on 06/10/2012

My expectations were too high

I was sort of disappointed. I thought it was a great looking movie, but I just didn't really like the writing. I thought it was weak and too cliche. Too many little things added up for me to make it disappointing. 6/10
I was sort of disappointed. I thought it was a great looking movie, but I just didn't really like the writing. I thought it was weak and too cliche. Too many little things added up for me to make it disappointing. 6/10
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11:26AM on 06/10/2012

I enjoyed it a lot, however

I've been thinking a lot about it since i saw it. The biggest problems for me are the inconsistencies. For one, with the scene at the end, they imply the evolution of the Alien we all know. But then, Ridley Scott himself has stated the Alien Egg cargo on the other planet had been there for a millennia before it was discovered. The events of Prometheus can't be more than 100 years before Alien.

Some people have also hypothesized that the Space Jockey in the 'chair' of the original Alien
I've been thinking a lot about it since i saw it. The biggest problems for me are the inconsistencies. For one, with the scene at the end, they imply the evolution of the Alien we all know. But then, Ridley Scott himself has stated the Alien Egg cargo on the other planet had been there for a millennia before it was discovered. The events of Prometheus can't be more than 100 years before Alien.

Some people have also hypothesized that the Space Jockey in the 'chair' of the original Alien could turn out to be Noomi Rapace in forthcoming events of a possible Prometheus sequel, but Ridley's statement quashes that.

The black goo also had no definate purpose, some it killed, some it mutated etc.

I think if plot holes & inconsistencies like these would have been tied up, there would be less of the bad feeling toward the film. That and Lindelof's mediocre script.

That said, i liked it!
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11:41AM on 06/10/2012
But did the black goo actually kill? It seems that all that were exposed to it mutated. Remember, Holloway was in the process of some sort of mutation and then committed suicide.
But did the black goo actually kill? It seems that all that were exposed to it mutated. Remember, Holloway was in the process of some sort of mutation and then committed suicide.
1:01PM on 06/10/2012
It seems to me that the black goo carries out the intentions of whoever is exposed to it. That's why we get so many different results. Holloway wanted to give his barren wife a baby, the black goo made this happen. Fifield just wanted to stay alive so the black goo turned him into an almost unkillable zombie.
It seems to me that the black goo carries out the intentions of whoever is exposed to it. That's why we get so many different results. Holloway wanted to give his barren wife a baby, the black goo made this happen. Fifield just wanted to stay alive so the black goo turned him into an almost unkillable zombie.
6:15PM on 06/10/2012
I don't believe the Black Liquid is as big mystery as people are making it out to be. It's primary purpose is to mutate the host. It spilled upon the indigenous worms of LV223 and mutated them into Cobrahuggers. When it's head was cut, and acid melted Fifield's mask- he fell into the Black Liquid, mutating him into an uncontrollable creature.
I don't believe the Black Liquid is as big mystery as people are making it out to be. It's primary purpose is to mutate the host. It spilled upon the indigenous worms of LV223 and mutated them into Cobrahuggers. When it's head was cut, and acid melted Fifield's mask- he fell into the Black Liquid, mutating him into an uncontrollable creature.
6:16PM on 06/10/2012
did the black goo actually kill anybody? how about it completely disintegrating the person who drank it in the opening scene? of course it does. Zubian is right--the black goo was like this ambiguous substance that did whatever the writers wanted it to do.
did the black goo actually kill anybody? how about it completely disintegrating the person who drank it in the opening scene? of course it does. Zubian is right--the black goo was like this ambiguous substance that did whatever the writers wanted it to do.
6:23PM on 06/10/2012
Well, I mean- of course the Black Liquid's a MacGuffin, but the Space Jockey drank an entire dish of the substance. In comparison to a drop that Holloway had.
Well, I mean- of course the Black Liquid's a MacGuffin, but the Space Jockey drank an entire dish of the substance. In comparison to a drop that Holloway had.
8:08PM on 06/10/2012
The alien at the beginning (the one who drank the goo) was supposed to be sacrificing himself to seed life on Earth. In other words, that scene was supposed to be on Earth millions of years ago. But since, like the rest of the movie, things were left intentionally vague so that people could fill in what they wanted to (like another crappy Lindeoff project called 'Lost'), no one will ever really know what (if any) ideas were trying to be put across. It was a bad script, left purposefully vague,
The alien at the beginning (the one who drank the goo) was supposed to be sacrificing himself to seed life on Earth. In other words, that scene was supposed to be on Earth millions of years ago. But since, like the rest of the movie, things were left intentionally vague so that people could fill in what they wanted to (like another crappy Lindeoff project called 'Lost'), no one will ever really know what (if any) ideas were trying to be put across. It was a bad script, left purposefully vague, because otherwise there would have had to be some thinking involved on the part of the writer.
9:38AM on 06/10/2012

Awesome

Enjoyed this movie a lot. I liked the questions that it raised. Not perfect, but in this day and age, nothing truly is anymore. I hope this movie makes enough money to get a sequel greenlit. It would be awesome to see them go further and further away from the Alien franchise in the next movie.
Enjoyed this movie a lot. I liked the questions that it raised. Not perfect, but in this day and age, nothing truly is anymore. I hope this movie makes enough money to get a sequel greenlit. It would be awesome to see them go further and further away from the Alien franchise in the next movie.
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5:51AM on 06/10/2012
Mostly brilliant. A lot of unanswered questions (more like, things that didn't make a lick of sense rather than leaving certain mysteries unexplained), and a few parts felt like they skipped a lot (c'mon Director's Cut...!), but all in all, it was a damn fine return to the genre for Mr. Scott. Performance highlights: Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender & Charlize Theron. (Noomi Rapace did fine, but the others were exceptional.) I'd give it... 7.5 out of 10.
Mostly brilliant. A lot of unanswered questions (more like, things that didn't make a lick of sense rather than leaving certain mysteries unexplained), and a few parts felt like they skipped a lot (c'mon Director's Cut...!), but all in all, it was a damn fine return to the genre for Mr. Scott. Performance highlights: Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender & Charlize Theron. (Noomi Rapace did fine, but the others were exceptional.) I'd give it... 7.5 out of 10.
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2:23AM on 06/10/2012
Anyone else notice how Harry Gregson-Williams was credited for some music in the movie cause they used some of his themes from Metal Gear Solid 2?
Anyone else notice how Harry Gregson-Williams was credited for some music in the movie cause they used some of his themes from Metal Gear Solid 2?
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1:47AM on 06/10/2012
I never really got into Scifi thrillers until now. I now have more respect for it. I thought some of the scenes were classic. I am not saying it was a incredibly great film. I give it 8 out of 10. But in the world of great scifi. This now makes me want to watch more.
Not to mention Fasbender still keeps me captivated by his acting. He will be or maybe already has, become a real Hollywood star.
I never really got into Scifi thrillers until now. I now have more respect for it. I thought some of the scenes were classic. I am not saying it was a incredibly great film. I give it 8 out of 10. But in the world of great scifi. This now makes me want to watch more.
Not to mention Fasbender still keeps me captivated by his acting. He will be or maybe already has, become a real Hollywood star.
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1:13AM on 06/10/2012
A masterpiece of science fiction. I loved it and thank Ridley.
A masterpiece of science fiction. I loved it and thank Ridley.
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11:15PM on 06/09/2012

In regards to the soundtrack

Jeez man. Though not as strong as I had hoped it fit well and has grown on me. Probably cause we as fans have such high expectations which lead directly to the sound of about some kind of firing rising!? Maybe it's just me...so it that's the case, then at least that better not disappoint since a recurring theme (closer than many years apart) has been ingrained into our heads...
Jeez man. Though not as strong as I had hoped it fit well and has grown on me. Probably cause we as fans have such high expectations which lead directly to the sound of about some kind of firing rising!? Maybe it's just me...so it that's the case, then at least that better not disappoint since a recurring theme (closer than many years apart) has been ingrained into our heads...
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10:41PM on 06/09/2012
While it has it's flaws- particularly with music during scenes that don't need music, a couple other scenes- I honestly believe it's a masterpiece. I was smiling from ear to ear by the third act.

And yes, if we're going to compare it to Alien- it was completely better than Alien.
While it has it's flaws- particularly with music during scenes that don't need music, a couple other scenes- I honestly believe it's a masterpiece. I was smiling from ear to ear by the third act.

And yes, if we're going to compare it to Alien- it was completely better than Alien.
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11:44PM on 06/10/2012
I agree with everything u said except the last part.
I agree with everything u said except the last part.
10:10PM on 06/09/2012
So far, nothing released this Summer can even poke Prometheus. An excellently crafted film that is only held down by some illogical character choices and a weak 30 minutes, as for the rest, there were points were my eyes were widened in sheer awe. The best film this Summer so far and one of the bests of the year so far.
So far, nothing released this Summer can even poke Prometheus. An excellently crafted film that is only held down by some illogical character choices and a weak 30 minutes, as for the rest, there were points were my eyes were widened in sheer awe. The best film this Summer so far and one of the bests of the year so far.
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10:03PM on 06/09/2012
Loved it. Don't get the criticisms at all. Nothing will be better than Prometheus this summer...
Loved it. Don't get the criticisms at all. Nothing will be better than Prometheus this summer...
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9:44PM on 06/09/2012

Well...

Great stand alone sci-fi movie from Ridley Scott. As a prequel to Alien, not so much. To be fair, he said this was not a true prequel. It was a beautiful movie, with lots of tension. Great take on the "Space Jockies"
Good solid film, but definitely not his best sci-fi movie.
Great stand alone sci-fi movie from Ridley Scott. As a prequel to Alien, not so much. To be fair, he said this was not a true prequel. It was a beautiful movie, with lots of tension. Great take on the "Space Jockies"
Good solid film, but definitely not his best sci-fi movie.
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9:24PM on 06/09/2012

Nowhere near Alien or Bladerunner...

but entertaining, good looking, and had a bunch of awesome moments
but entertaining, good looking, and had a bunch of awesome moments
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8:52PM on 06/09/2012
...SPOILER......


Idk just watching The Engineer go ape shit on the group was just priceless.
...SPOILER......


Idk just watching The Engineer go ape shit on the group was just priceless.
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8:36PM on 06/09/2012

Great Movie

I think my hopes were a little too high going in, a little disappointed...but ignoring all the "Alien" hype- definitely the best science fiction movie in a long time. I think MOON was the last good one, but not even comparable in scope.
I think my hopes were a little too high going in, a little disappointed...but ignoring all the "Alien" hype- definitely the best science fiction movie in a long time. I think MOON was the last good one, but not even comparable in scope.
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8:04PM on 06/09/2012

Surprised

I really expected to come here and see a lot of "nerd rage" comments on how bad this movie was. I love ALIEN, it's one of my favorite movies, and the trailers for this movie left me speechless, but after leaving the theater I was in awe by just how bad the film was. Terrible dialogue, terrible characters, awful pacing, and more.

Wish I could like it with the rest of you
I really expected to come here and see a lot of "nerd rage" comments on how bad this movie was. I love ALIEN, it's one of my favorite movies, and the trailers for this movie left me speechless, but after leaving the theater I was in awe by just how bad the film was. Terrible dialogue, terrible characters, awful pacing, and more.

Wish I could like it with the rest of you
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5:20PM on 06/09/2012

Fun times

Probably the first sci-fi film I have seen in years that gives you that sense of real suspense and dread of the unknown. I don't what is the "it" this movie has but I wished something like last year's Thing prequel had it.
Probably the first sci-fi film I have seen in years that gives you that sense of real suspense and dread of the unknown. I don't what is the "it" this movie has but I wished something like last year's Thing prequel had it.
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5:08PM on 06/09/2012

This movie fucking owns.

FInally some good sci-fi :) I miss thought provoking films like this, that question everything about life :) yes it has to do with alien, but at the same time it doesn't it opens the door to the alien movies. Spoiler coming up...

I hope they make another showing elizabeth going to the home planet of the engineers. :) that'll be cool. Or do like a cross over movie into the first film. I hope he doesn't stop here. It was also really freaking disturbing in some parts too :) And the visuals and
FInally some good sci-fi :) I miss thought provoking films like this, that question everything about life :) yes it has to do with alien, but at the same time it doesn't it opens the door to the alien movies. Spoiler coming up...

I hope they make another showing elizabeth going to the home planet of the engineers. :) that'll be cool. Or do like a cross over movie into the first film. I hope he doesn't stop here. It was also really freaking disturbing in some parts too :) And the visuals and 3D in IMAX was to die for. Amazing film :)

Also I have so many questions left to be answer or maybe they were in the film the whole time. SHit man I need to see it again I haven't been this excited over a film since I saw 28 Days later for the first time. Nice to see some solid ideas on film from hollywood. This an avengers are my two favs so far :)
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7:48PM on 06/09/2012
Agreed. It's nice to have these movies meet expectations - this could end up being the best summer for movies in awhile. And yes, it would be cruel not to do a sequel showing us where Elizabeth and David end up.
Agreed. It's nice to have these movies meet expectations - this could end up being the best summer for movies in awhile. And yes, it would be cruel not to do a sequel showing us where Elizabeth and David end up.
1:03AM on 06/10/2012
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This and avengers are my two favs :) IDK why everybody hated the music I thought it was so epic. ANd the opening title card made me smile so much.
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This and avengers are my two favs :) IDK why everybody hated the music I thought it was so epic. ANd the opening title card made me smile so much.
3:27PM on 06/09/2012

I EXPECTED ...

... Alien prequel, meaning something like first Alien, and was pleasently swept of my feet. Prometheus isn't easy movie, but in a tradition of Alien and Blade Runner, in a few years it will be more appriciated. It is Scott's 2001 - A Space Odyssey, and do not expect you will catch every detail in first viewing, it is meant to be seen again. Kudos to Fassbender, I hope he and Scott get at least nod from Academy. So far, best movie of the year.
... Alien prequel, meaning something like first Alien, and was pleasently swept of my feet. Prometheus isn't easy movie, but in a tradition of Alien and Blade Runner, in a few years it will be more appriciated. It is Scott's 2001 - A Space Odyssey, and do not expect you will catch every detail in first viewing, it is meant to be seen again. Kudos to Fassbender, I hope he and Scott get at least nod from Academy. So far, best movie of the year.
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3:15PM on 06/09/2012

9/10

I thought it was really cool.
I thought it was really cool.
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1:18PM on 06/09/2012
Also, regarding David: his motivations are a little bit clearer on the second go around... even if they are still open to your interpretation. It could be argued that he was trying to help or hurt his employer based on his actions and dialog... and I think that you being allowed to make that decision for yourself is an important part of what makes the movie enjoyable.
Also, regarding David: his motivations are a little bit clearer on the second go around... even if they are still open to your interpretation. It could be argued that he was trying to help or hurt his employer based on his actions and dialog... and I think that you being allowed to make that decision for yourself is an important part of what makes the movie enjoyable.
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5:50PM on 06/09/2012
If you think about it, David is responsible for creating the xenomorph, or the first evolution at least.
If you think about it, David is responsible for creating the xenomorph, or the first evolution at least.
5:50PM on 06/09/2012
Whether he knew it or not, is up for debate.
Whether he knew it or not, is up for debate.
1:14PM on 06/09/2012
I absolutely loved it. Only problem I had was Theron... might have been a weak character in the script or might have been the performance but she pulled me out of the movie most of the time she was on screen.
I absolutely loved it. Only problem I had was Theron... might have been a weak character in the script or might have been the performance but she pulled me out of the movie most of the time she was on screen.
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5:07PM on 06/09/2012
She was like a filler. I felt.
She was like a filler. I felt.
5:45PM on 06/09/2012
SPOILERSSSSS!!! I know we saw it, but just wanna be safe....Her character is actually really tragic if you think about it. She's Weyland's apparently only child and she expects to inherit the company, but Weyland creates David (the son he never had, not to mention why she is so jealous of David) and wants immortality, I'd be a pissy bitch too. Ha.
SPOILERSSSSS!!! I know we saw it, but just wanna be safe....Her character is actually really tragic if you think about it. She's Weyland's apparently only child and she expects to inherit the company, but Weyland creates David (the son he never had, not to mention why she is so jealous of David) and wants immortality, I'd be a pissy bitch too. Ha.
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1:09PM on 06/09/2012

Still chewing on it...

Just saw it last night and I can't stop thinking about it. Not a masterpiece like ALIEN or ALIENS, but it is definitely more ambitious. Those films just wanted to scare and entertain and this film is really trying to be much deeper. Part of me would have preferred more horror elements and suspense. Some scenes move to fast and the exposition gets a bit jumbled. But it really is so grande and awe inspiring that I just went with it and I cannot wait to watch it again. So I think Ridley
Just saw it last night and I can't stop thinking about it. Not a masterpiece like ALIEN or ALIENS, but it is definitely more ambitious. Those films just wanted to scare and entertain and this film is really trying to be much deeper. Part of me would have preferred more horror elements and suspense. Some scenes move to fast and the exposition gets a bit jumbled. But it really is so grande and awe inspiring that I just went with it and I cannot wait to watch it again. So I think Ridley scored and delivered what he wanted. He would never out creep his original, so he expanded the mythology to something much grander that could deliver great sequels if he maintains creative control...
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1:09PM on 06/09/2012

You people are dumb as fuck

Its incredibly obvious why David act the way he does he was never working for Vickers but to Peter Weyland that was searching for a way not to die, so he created David to go on the trip and study everything he could find in the alien planet that could cure Peter so wen David watches the black goo thing he sees worms around he sees life so he has to test it in humans before he can use in Peter to see if it works like a cure a fount of youth whatever you want to call it is that simple and what
Its incredibly obvious why David act the way he does he was never working for Vickers but to Peter Weyland that was searching for a way not to die, so he created David to go on the trip and study everything he could find in the alien planet that could cure Peter so wen David watches the black goo thing he sees worms around he sees life so he has to test it in humans before he can use in Peter to see if it works like a cure a fount of youth whatever you want to call it is that simple and what happened is that the black goo created life inside the infected guy as you saw the worm in his eyes and because he had sex with Noomi she got pregnant .... the only wrong thing with Prometheus is the secondary actors there is no Hudson like in Aliens so we dont care about them. About the fact that Prometheus doesnt answer some questions as being a prequel to me its one of the best things of the movie because it leaves us thinking so many possibilities that may be answered, if they make a sequel but check my story that i imagineted for all this. The engineers are from Lv426 they came to earth and created life and all this years they studied us when they saw that we were gonna look for them and could become a threat they decide to kill us so they stop in this new planet because its a big fucking journey or they knew that that planet had a way to refuel their ships and they meet this aliens that infected and the Xenomorphs come out and wipe out the engineers them David in the end of the movie says there are other ships so the ship they entered sends their destination to Lv426 their homeplace but inside tthat ship was an alien queen killing them and planting eggs and dominating Lv426 or maybe the Xenomorp we see in the end is the alien mother and has a reproducing system gained from Noomi and follows them and enters the ship but stays locked in a room until they reach Lv426 killifng them and starting making babies XD .and you guys what is your STORY what is in your imagination ??? This was the magic of Prometheus because to answer all the questions it would need a 10 hours movie come on ....
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1:24PM on 06/09/2012
Too long, didn't read. Learn how to seperate your thoughts into paragraphs and maybe people will read them. And maybe try not to lead with an insult, it makes you seem desperate. The "magic" of a movie shouldn't be that it forces me to come to a conclusion because the writers were too lazy or incompetent to come up with their own.
Too long, didn't read. Learn how to seperate your thoughts into paragraphs and maybe people will read them. And maybe try not to lead with an insult, it makes you seem desperate. The "magic" of a movie shouldn't be that it forces me to come to a conclusion because the writers were too lazy or incompetent to come up with their own.
2:21PM on 06/09/2012
Agree with Vanity. I'm all for leaving things open to interpretation and I generally find questions more interesting than answers (I defend the LOST finale quite a bit), but this felt more like sloppy screenwriting than anything else
Agree with Vanity. I'm all for leaving things open to interpretation and I generally find questions more interesting than answers (I defend the LOST finale quite a bit), but this felt more like sloppy screenwriting than anything else
12:06PM on 06/09/2012
For those of you who have questions go here [link] It's a long read but very thought provoking. It makes me want to go back and watch it again.
For those of you who have questions go here [link] It's a long read but very thought provoking. It makes me want to go back and watch it again.
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12:00PM on 06/09/2012
I personally enjoyed it quite a bit. 8/10. I'm glad that it wasn't a direct prequel to Alien and I'm glad there are still many questions left unanswered. It makes Prometheus and Alien all the more compelling. There are certain things that irked me, most notably the inclusion of Weyland at the end was unnecessary and the loose, open ending which was an obvious ploy to make a sequel was cheesy, corny, and at odds with the rest of the film. I'm also quite astounded that people have been so
I personally enjoyed it quite a bit. 8/10. I'm glad that it wasn't a direct prequel to Alien and I'm glad there are still many questions left unanswered. It makes Prometheus and Alien all the more compelling. There are certain things that irked me, most notably the inclusion of Weyland at the end was unnecessary and the loose, open ending which was an obvious ploy to make a sequel was cheesy, corny, and at odds with the rest of the film. I'm also quite astounded that people have been so critical of the characters in the film. We are given great actors in multi dimensional roles. No one came across as flat, in my opinion. I actually thought one of the strongest things about the film were the characters and their dynamics.
All in all, I enjoyed it and thought it was a badass, hardcore science fiction film and thats something we no longer get as audiences. Of course there is much to be chewed on and I have to let the film sink in before I have a concrete reaction to it. I will be seeing it again. Soon.
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11:57AM on 06/09/2012

Great movie.

The movie answered EVERYTHING that it needed to. For those saying it didn't answer shit, they need to watch it again. Idiots going into this expecting Alien are going to be disappointed, but that is because of their own ignorance. The movie is solid and makes you think. A good sci-fi movie raises more questions than answers, but still answers the main one asked in the first place. We found out why we were created, who created us and why they wanted to destroy us. Those were all answered in
The movie answered EVERYTHING that it needed to. For those saying it didn't answer shit, they need to watch it again. Idiots going into this expecting Alien are going to be disappointed, but that is because of their own ignorance. The movie is solid and makes you think. A good sci-fi movie raises more questions than answers, but still answers the main one asked in the first place. We found out why we were created, who created us and why they wanted to destroy us. Those were all answered in plain spoken dialogue.
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12:23PM on 06/09/2012
And what were those answers if they were so plainly explained?
And what were those answers if they were so plainly explained?
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11:26AM on 06/09/2012

Very Disappointed

I was very disappointed as well. It felt like a very average rehash of the original Alien storyline. All of the plot points were just reshuffled around a little. Michael Fassbender was the best thing about the movie, but a lot of his motivations I didn't get. Like infecting Holloway and going through the whole pregnancy thing with Shaw (Noomi Rapace). The art direction was superb and so were the visuals - the score annoyed me though.

The story didn't add up to anything much at all and I was
I was very disappointed as well. It felt like a very average rehash of the original Alien storyline. All of the plot points were just reshuffled around a little. Michael Fassbender was the best thing about the movie, but a lot of his motivations I didn't get. Like infecting Holloway and going through the whole pregnancy thing with Shaw (Noomi Rapace). The art direction was superb and so were the visuals - the score annoyed me though.

The story didn't add up to anything much at all and I was left wondering what the point was to the movie. It's really too bad that they had such a great concept to work with (the backstory of the space jockey, alien ship, warning call, etc) and turned in a very derivative and average movie. I felt little tension or atmosphere as well.

Under normal circumstances I would consider it a very good sci-fi/horror movie. But this movie had high ambitions and now I wish they never made it so the backstory of Alien was still left up to my imagination.
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11:21AM on 06/10/2012
Hey ass - some of us have not seen it yet and browse these comments to see if it is worth the dollars to view in the big house. You should post spoiler warnings before giving away plot points so we can stop reading your comments.
Hey ass - some of us have not seen it yet and browse these comments to see if it is worth the dollars to view in the big house. You should post spoiler warnings before giving away plot points so we can stop reading your comments.
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10:37AM on 06/09/2012

I wanted to like this so badly...

Believe me, I am the biggest Alien fan, but this just felt like a really pretty episode of Lost with a half-finished script. I have a ton of SPOILERY questions that I felt the movie didn't address but am open to clarification from my fellow geeks:
1. What exactly was the black liquid? in the beginning it was used in a sacrifice to create life? but later we are told it is weapon that the Engineers can't control?
2. What were David's motivations for infecting Holloway? Was he testing it for
Believe me, I am the biggest Alien fan, but this just felt like a really pretty episode of Lost with a half-finished script. I have a ton of SPOILERY questions that I felt the movie didn't address but am open to clarification from my fellow geeks:
1. What exactly was the black liquid? in the beginning it was used in a sacrifice to create life? but later we are told it is weapon that the Engineers can't control?
2. What were David's motivations for infecting Holloway? Was he testing it for Mr Weyland?
3. People have been telling me that David just studied everything in Earth's history during the journey but that really explains how he knew exactly how to read, speak their languages, and operate their doorways? Cmon...
4. How did the Captain figure out what the metal cannisters were? He seemed to know the entire plot out of nowhere.
I had a few more problems with the movie but those were the big ones.

also, you are on an alien planet that no human has ever explored that has goopy black liquid that you know can infect you, just STOP taking your helmet on and off!!!
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9:31AM on 06/09/2012
I disagree with some of you here, no way did this movie lose steam towards the end. There was just way too many things going on with many characters to say this movie drags at the end.
I disagree with some of you here, no way did this movie lose steam towards the end. There was just way too many things going on with many characters to say this movie drags at the end.
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9:19AM on 06/09/2012

SPOILERS

If we don't get a sequel then I'd at least like there to be a special features explaining exactly how that Black Liquid works. I mean, when the Engineers drink it, they disintegrate, when the dude falls into the stuff his suit melts, when worm crawl into it they turn into big worms, when a human drinks it they turn into the bad guy from Green Lantern, and when he sleeps with a human, they give pregnant with a giant squid that impregnates the Engineers and produces Xenomorph like creatures.
If we don't get a sequel then I'd at least like there to be a special features explaining exactly how that Black Liquid works. I mean, when the Engineers drink it, they disintegrate, when the dude falls into the stuff his suit melts, when worm crawl into it they turn into big worms, when a human drinks it they turn into the bad guy from Green Lantern, and when he sleeps with a human, they give pregnant with a giant squid that impregnates the Engineers and produces Xenomorph like creatures. I'm sure they've got some kind of flow chart in the office explaining how this stuff works and I'd very much like to see said flow chart unless of course there intention is to explain it further in a sequel.

I still think the movie was great and I'd very much like to see the sequel, Aliens or not, but in regards to the Xenomorphs it just seemed to raise more questions than it answered, like watching an episode of Lost. Which is cool, if we eventually get a proper resolution.
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5:48PM on 06/09/2012
It effects each life form differently, I think. That's why it has no effect of David, since he's an android, and why David infects Holloway. If you really think about it, David is indirectly responsible for creating the xenomorph.
It effects each life form differently, I think. That's why it has no effect of David, since he's an android, and why David infects Holloway. If you really think about it, David is indirectly responsible for creating the xenomorph.
7:48AM on 06/09/2012

Bad writing

Explain this to me : How can a SCIENTIST (who was scared shitless for hours) start petting the creepy first ever alien life-form he encounters ?! How stupid is that ?
Explain this to me : How can a SCIENTIST (who was scared shitless for hours) start petting the creepy first ever alien life-form he encounters ?! How stupid is that ?
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9:52AM on 06/09/2012
I don't see why so many people are having issues with the fact that the biologist, who yes, was scared during his time inside the ship, would be willing, despite his fear, to try and make contact with an unknown organism. It is, after all, his job and his passion, and who could've possibly estimated the damage it ended up doing? It didn't bother me just like John Hurt sticking his face in a hatching alien egg didn't bother me.
I don't see why so many people are having issues with the fact that the biologist, who yes, was scared during his time inside the ship, would be willing, despite his fear, to try and make contact with an unknown organism. It is, after all, his job and his passion, and who could've possibly estimated the damage it ended up doing? It didn't bother me just like John Hurt sticking his face in a hatching alien egg didn't bother me.
12:59PM on 06/09/2012
I dug the scene, though the way it started was almost comical, he just seemed too excited to pet it, not exercising any precaution, don't you think he would have been a bit more protective? Say you encounter a snake in the wild that's never been discovered and your first instinct is "it's so beautiful" and try to pick it up, not having a clue whether or not it's poisonous? If anything, it wasn't necessarily the script's fault as much as Ridley should have had the actor dial it down a little.
I dug the scene, though the way it started was almost comical, he just seemed too excited to pet it, not exercising any precaution, don't you think he would have been a bit more protective? Say you encounter a snake in the wild that's never been discovered and your first instinct is "it's so beautiful" and try to pick it up, not having a clue whether or not it's poisonous? If anything, it wasn't necessarily the script's fault as much as Ridley should have had the actor dial it down a little.
7:28PM on 06/09/2012
Passion my ass, you know if he was at a level an idiot like Steve Irwin, then it makes sense. But he showed signs of being scared - and then by some twisted miracle he gets ballsy and starts dissecting the hammerpede, that looks akin to a cobra. I mean it's just illogical and lazy writing.
Passion my ass, you know if he was at a level an idiot like Steve Irwin, then it makes sense. But he showed signs of being scared - and then by some twisted miracle he gets ballsy and starts dissecting the hammerpede, that looks akin to a cobra. I mean it's just illogical and lazy writing.
5:47PM on 06/10/2012
There's a huge difference between the "WTF is this ?" curiosity of John Hurt and this totally out-of-character "how cute is she ! tickle-tickle"
There's a huge difference between the "WTF is this ?" curiosity of John Hurt and this totally out-of-character "how cute is she ! tickle-tickle"
7:25AM on 06/09/2012
I'd give it an 8/10.
I'd give it an 8/10.
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2:59AM on 06/09/2012
I went into this expecting a masterpiece, and that's exactly what i got.
I went into this expecting a masterpiece, and that's exactly what i got.
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2:09AM on 06/09/2012
thought it was great and the 3D was really well done
thought it was great and the 3D was really well done
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1:12AM on 06/09/2012

9/10

It's not perfect, but it's damn near close. The hardest aspect to swallow is that the genre has slightly shifted once again, and once you're passed that, you're all set. On genre: they're all sci-fi, but Alien is a more of a horror film. Aliens is an action film, and here, we have mystery film. Yes, there are plenty of horror elements, but it's nowhere near Alien, and the mystery aspect works surprisingly well.

SPOILER ALERT: I enjoy that the film explores the "space jockey" and the
It's not perfect, but it's damn near close. The hardest aspect to swallow is that the genre has slightly shifted once again, and once you're passed that, you're all set. On genre: they're all sci-fi, but Alien is a more of a horror film. Aliens is an action film, and here, we have mystery film. Yes, there are plenty of horror elements, but it's nowhere near Alien, and the mystery aspect works surprisingly well.

SPOILER ALERT: I enjoy that the film explores the "space jockey" and the creation of what we've come to know and love and be terrified of, and I love that we haven't exactly witnessed THE "space jockey" from Alien, and I believe that makes the film more interesting and fun. For one, to pilot the ship, one must wear the suit, therefore, the pilot in Alien could in fact be human. There's a lot of potential on a new series of films; however, Prometheus stands alone extremely well, and I'm mostly impressed with the cast and characters. They're well written and intriguing.

So I'm a tad longwinded here. It's a great film. It adds to the series in a positive way, and I believe it will be talked about for years.

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1:11AM on 06/09/2012

Yeah, I gotta see it again

and believe it or not in 3D. Plus after reading the link that Half provided, whoa it was a mind bender to begin with...I think many people were just expecting a Ridley Scott, sci-fi, Alien prequel, etc, etc...but if you can connect the dots with the symbolism and to one's own opinion (which if religious implications, then debate ensues based on ones religion background, faith, etc.)Prometheus will be talked about for many decades to come...end rant.
and believe it or not in 3D. Plus after reading the link that Half provided, whoa it was a mind bender to begin with...I think many people were just expecting a Ridley Scott, sci-fi, Alien prequel, etc, etc...but if you can connect the dots with the symbolism and to one's own opinion (which if religious implications, then debate ensues based on ones religion background, faith, etc.)Prometheus will be talked about for many decades to come...end rant.
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12:20AM on 06/09/2012

Meh

It was okay, nothing to write home about. Jon Spaihts is a terrible writer, and Lindelof improved his script as much as he could have, but still injected it with too much of his "Let's be needlessly ambiguous" spooge. It chops and changes from wannabe sci-fi, to action sci-fi, to monster movie sci-fi, heck, it becomes an effing' zombie sci-fi movie for a few minutes in the middle. The characters were paper thin, the plot all over the place, and too many examples of lazy writing from the
It was okay, nothing to write home about. Jon Spaihts is a terrible writer, and Lindelof improved his script as much as he could have, but still injected it with too much of his "Let's be needlessly ambiguous" spooge. It chops and changes from wannabe sci-fi, to action sci-fi, to monster movie sci-fi, heck, it becomes an effing' zombie sci-fi movie for a few minutes in the middle. The characters were paper thin, the plot all over the place, and too many examples of lazy writing from the screenplay. Looked great, performances were adequate, but not a masterpiece by any means. It was barely good sci-fi, for what little actual sci-fi there was actually in it. 5/10. I'd have been more disappointed if the whole Alien franchise wasn't already tainted beyond all belief.
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12:18AM on 06/09/2012

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FUCKING AWASOME !!!
FUCKING AWASOME !!!
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12:01AM on 06/09/2012

Fantastic

The film was definitely worth the wait. The sharpest of us in the theater were in lock step with the story until about the 3rd act. ;)

What I really loved is they answered some questions, but left us with many more, and a hot Noomi Rapace flying a bad-ass spaceship into the cosmos.

Who knows? Maybe she'll crash land on LV426.
The film was definitely worth the wait. The sharpest of us in the theater were in lock step with the story until about the 3rd act. ;)

What I really loved is they answered some questions, but left us with many more, and a hot Noomi Rapace flying a bad-ass spaceship into the cosmos.

Who knows? Maybe she'll crash land on LV426.
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11:45PM on 06/08/2012

READ THIS!!!

I just found this great read/review of the film where this dude really decontructs the whole film and its themes and all that. Its a really good read and answers alot of questions you might be asking. Its long but its well worth the read. Oh and its SPOILER HEAVY!!! Please take the time to read this cause its well worth it. Click the link below.

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I just found this great read/review of the film where this dude really decontructs the whole film and its themes and all that. Its a really good read and answers alot of questions you might be asking. Its long but its well worth the read. Oh and its SPOILER HEAVY!!! Please take the time to read this cause its well worth it. Click the link below.

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1:06AM on 06/09/2012
Half, I went to the link. It took me about a half hour to read it along with the posted comments, but thank "God" you found it because it help me understand the film so much more...Ridley's movies are unique in that they are big budget, intellectual films that require multiple viewings. I love the sci-fi/horror genre and was estatic to see this theme done so beautifully but the story he paints is pure amazement. I didn't expect the average movie goer to understand it...thank so much for the
Half, I went to the link. It took me about a half hour to read it along with the posted comments, but thank "God" you found it because it help me understand the film so much more...Ridley's movies are unique in that they are big budget, intellectual films that require multiple viewings. I love the sci-fi/horror genre and was estatic to see this theme done so beautifully but the story he paints is pure amazement. I didn't expect the average movie goer to understand it...thank so much for the link.
11:58PM on 06/09/2012
Read the article. If that's what the film was going for then that's fantastic, however I feel it did not come across well in the movie. I don't want things spelled out for me, but a little more context could have gone a long way into making the film more effective
Read the article. If that's what the film was going for then that's fantastic, however I feel it did not come across well in the movie. I don't want things spelled out for me, but a little more context could have gone a long way into making the film more effective
11:35PM on 06/08/2012

Retarded

This movie was so dumb, I found myself keeping track of all the plot holes an hour in. Anybody who thinks this movie is smart or intelligent or anything more than just a really cool planetarium show, is quite possible mentally handicap. I haven't seen so many plot holes in a film since spider man 3. I'd watch Alien vs. Predator Requiem before this crap movie again.
This movie was so dumb, I found myself keeping track of all the plot holes an hour in. Anybody who thinks this movie is smart or intelligent or anything more than just a really cool planetarium show, is quite possible mentally handicap. I haven't seen so many plot holes in a film since spider man 3. I'd watch Alien vs. Predator Requiem before this crap movie again.
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11:56PM on 06/08/2012
Have you considered that maybe you're the one possibly mentally handicapped? No? Makes sense.

And please, learn to write in English.
Have you considered that maybe you're the one possibly mentally handicapped? No? Makes sense.

And please, learn to write in English.
9:06AM on 06/09/2012
Don't feed the troll. Anyone who'd prefer Alien vs Predator Requiem to this doesn't deserve to have an opinion.
Don't feed the troll. Anyone who'd prefer Alien vs Predator Requiem to this doesn't deserve to have an opinion.
9:27AM on 06/09/2012
Because you didn't give an example, I can't take your opinion seriously.
Because you didn't give an example, I can't take your opinion seriously.
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10:25PM on 06/08/2012
I didn't go in expecting a masterpiece, after all, Phantom Menace rudely taught me that, and what I got was what I got. It wasn't a bad movie at all and while I appreciated a lot of it, it just sits with you and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Definitely worth the pric of admission, especially IMAX 3D. Wow, they nailed the look of that movie out of the park. Most of the problems were in the script, which I'm still thinking about. One thing, why after what we get in the first two minutes
I didn't go in expecting a masterpiece, after all, Phantom Menace rudely taught me that, and what I got was what I got. It wasn't a bad movie at all and while I appreciated a lot of it, it just sits with you and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Definitely worth the pric of admission, especially IMAX 3D. Wow, they nailed the look of that movie out of the park. Most of the problems were in the script, which I'm still thinking about. One thing, why after what we get in the first two minutes which is pretty self explanatory to me, are we then spoon fed for the next 45 minutes? Felt like things that should have been more mysterious were over explained and vice versa. My only major complaint was the soundtrack, just didn't feel the tone of the movie and there was just too much score...
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9:30PM on 06/08/2012
I saw this today and it was everything I expected it to be. I loved the pacing, the atmosphere, the characters and all the questions that were answered and all the questions I wanted to know at the end. While there was something amiss during some scenes it was nothing that took away from the actual experiance. Now i would love to see a directors cut of the film but I know Scott already said there wont be one. Over all its a soild 9/10 from me. I would go into alot more details but I dont wanna
I saw this today and it was everything I expected it to be. I loved the pacing, the atmosphere, the characters and all the questions that were answered and all the questions I wanted to know at the end. While there was something amiss during some scenes it was nothing that took away from the actual experiance. Now i would love to see a directors cut of the film but I know Scott already said there wont be one. Over all its a soild 9/10 from me. I would go into alot more details but I dont wanna put spoilers for those who havnt seen it.
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9:16PM on 06/08/2012

8/10

I really enjoyed it. It left me with more questions than it answered from Alien. It really stands alone but as they have said it is a prequel. This is definitely the 3rd best of the franchise, although it doesn't come close to Alien or Aliens. I really liked how it did what Alien films do well, which is give a different feel than any of the other films. Not horror, not action, pure scifi.
I really enjoyed it. It left me with more questions than it answered from Alien. It really stands alone but as they have said it is a prequel. This is definitely the 3rd best of the franchise, although it doesn't come close to Alien or Aliens. I really liked how it did what Alien films do well, which is give a different feel than any of the other films. Not horror, not action, pure scifi.
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8:53PM on 06/08/2012

Grade: C ; 5/10

Way to suck the last gasp out of something...
Way to suck the last gasp out of something...
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7:56PM on 06/08/2012
I gave it a 7/10. You can find my review on spencemovies.com
I gave it a 7/10. You can find my review on spencemovies.com
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7:37PM on 06/08/2012

Awesome film

Though it loses steam near the end; it is still a fantastic film full of thrills, adventure, and ideas. One of the best science fiction films to come around in quite some time.
Though it loses steam near the end; it is still a fantastic film full of thrills, adventure, and ideas. One of the best science fiction films to come around in quite some time.
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7:36PM on 06/08/2012

He Gave His Only Son...

I didn't understand why the Engineer at the beginning killed himself in the process of seeding the planet. But in Biblical terms, it makes total sense.
I didn't understand why the Engineer at the beginning killed himself in the process of seeding the planet. But in Biblical terms, it makes total sense.
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7:34PM on 06/08/2012

Prometheus Now

Loved it. Glad I saw a few reviews (non-spoilery ones) before I watched it because they helped lower my staggering expectations. I really liked it though. Great flick!
Loved it. Glad I saw a few reviews (non-spoilery ones) before I watched it because they helped lower my staggering expectations. I really liked it though. Great flick!
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7:26PM on 06/08/2012
I thought it was excellent. I like movies that spark discussions and opinions. And besides the obvious great visual effects, I felt the movie had a lot of great moments and made you think enough to make it a good scifi film. You want some good science fiction, you want some amazing visuals, you want to think a little bit, you want some cool monsters and a couple of creepy moments, then this film has it all! 10/10 for me! Prometheus, Dark Knight Rises, Avengers - what a year!
I thought it was excellent. I like movies that spark discussions and opinions. And besides the obvious great visual effects, I felt the movie had a lot of great moments and made you think enough to make it a good scifi film. You want some good science fiction, you want some amazing visuals, you want to think a little bit, you want some cool monsters and a couple of creepy moments, then this film has it all! 10/10 for me! Prometheus, Dark Knight Rises, Avengers - what a year!
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5:30PM on 06/08/2012
9/10. The only problems I had was a few small logic problems. Other than that this film delivered the goods and I loved the questions it raises in addition to the gorgeous special effects.
9/10. The only problems I had was a few small logic problems. Other than that this film delivered the goods and I loved the questions it raises in addition to the gorgeous special effects.
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4:24PM on 06/08/2012

I may be in the minority here...

But I thought it was every bit as great as I had hoped. The acting was some of the best I've seen this year. Special effects were over-the-top impressive. The pacing allowed for a great balance of action, suspense, and atmosphere. And I like that not everything was over-explained; I felt it overall respected me both as an Alien fan and an intelligent moviegoer. I loved it!
But I thought it was every bit as great as I had hoped. The acting was some of the best I've seen this year. Special effects were over-the-top impressive. The pacing allowed for a great balance of action, suspense, and atmosphere. And I like that not everything was over-explained; I felt it overall respected me both as an Alien fan and an intelligent moviegoer. I loved it!
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3:55PM on 06/08/2012
Initially imediately after the viewing I was a little let down mainly because of the ending and I felt it asked more questions than answered but after thinking about it and rewatching Alien I liked the ending a lot more and realized it couldnt have had a better ending. Great Film!
Initially imediately after the viewing I was a little let down mainly because of the ending and I felt it asked more questions than answered but after thinking about it and rewatching Alien I liked the ending a lot more and realized it couldnt have had a better ending. Great Film!
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3:30PM on 06/08/2012

For those that dont understand, here it is-

Maybe youll appreciate the movie more if you have spelled out for you -- SPOILERS******Its not Alien, and its definitely not Aliens. This movie is about the creation of life. Not only the 'Engineers" creating us, but us creating "David". The Engineers are the Greek Gods of old, the white stoned perfectly muscled men that we see in Greek statues today, and they were worshipped by man, because they created us. But when we start worshipping another(namely Jesus), they become angry, their
Maybe youll appreciate the movie more if you have spelled out for you -- SPOILERS******Its not Alien, and its definitely not Aliens. This movie is about the creation of life. Not only the 'Engineers" creating us, but us creating "David". The Engineers are the Greek Gods of old, the white stoned perfectly muscled men that we see in Greek statues today, and they were worshipped by man, because they created us. But when we start worshipping another(namely Jesus), they become angry, their creation has turned on them and they want to destroy us. The Engineer that is woken up is at first curious to see the humans, even sympathetic to Shaws cries, until he finds that we have created another life in our own image - David. THIS is why we're angry! THIS is what we feared! He answers and then he rages and kills everyone, remembering the mission - kill our creation that is out of control. ... I like that it doesnt explain it, that you have to really think about it. Its not a perfect movie, but it is a very unique movie, and I hope it will bring more intellectual films like it in the future.
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3:59PM on 06/08/2012
Wow I understood most of this while thinking about the film but The thing with greek gods and why they became angry I didnt even put together, fantastic! I love it!
Wow I understood most of this while thinking about the film but The thing with greek gods and why they became angry I didnt even put together, fantastic! I love it!
4:01PM on 06/08/2012
WHat about the beginning scene though what was that showing? I have an idea but I want to know what you think.
WHat about the beginning scene though what was that showing? I have an idea but I want to know what you think.
4:38PM on 06/08/2012
PulpFictionFan1 - I Like your taste in movies. IMHO the Engineer in the beginning was sacrificing himself to create man. He knew what he was doing with the black stuff, he did it in a beautiful, yet strategical place where life could grow, and he could have one last vision of unpopulated Earth. I think they went on to do that on other worlds, perhaps even the world Prometheus lands on. But then they realize they cant control their creation.
PulpFictionFan1 - I Like your taste in movies. IMHO the Engineer in the beginning was sacrificing himself to create man. He knew what he was doing with the black stuff, he did it in a beautiful, yet strategical place where life could grow, and he could have one last vision of unpopulated Earth. I think they went on to do that on other worlds, perhaps even the world Prometheus lands on. But then they realize they cant control their creation.
5:36PM on 06/08/2012
My problem with the movie isn't any of the above. -------SPOILERS----- And, I have to say I didn't put together the reason for the Engineers aggressive reaction to David because he was and artificial lifeform. I think that's a cool idea. My problem is the general stupidity of the script. Why did the engineers give us coordinates to a military base used to design weapons of mass destruction. They flew the ship into the atmosphere of the planet and somehow managed to arrive right beside the
My problem with the movie isn't any of the above. -------SPOILERS----- And, I have to say I didn't put together the reason for the Engineers aggressive reaction to David because he was and artificial lifeform. I think that's a cool idea. My problem is the general stupidity of the script. Why did the engineers give us coordinates to a military base used to design weapons of mass destruction. They flew the ship into the atmosphere of the planet and somehow managed to arrive right beside the alien installation. Presumably the only one on the entire planet. And, identified the alien structure by looking out the window! Why did the guy who operated the equipment to map the tunnels get lost on the way back to the ship? They didn't carry weapons on the first outing because it was a "scientific" mission, but even on earth you would protect yourself against potentially hostile wildlife. Speaking of which, a snake like creature with a strong resemblance to a cobra...and the guy starts trying pet the thing. And no one monitors these guys while stranded on and unknown world. Why did Weyland hide on board his own ship. It was explicitly explained to Shaw that she was an employee of the company. She didn't pay for anything so she follows orders. Weyland had no reason to sneak along, he was the boss. How the engineer survive the trip to the escape pod at the end to attack Shaw without his helmut. They breathe the air we do, they were even doing small scale terraforming to convert the atmosphere to an earth standard. This stuff isn't intellectual. Its just convenient to the story. That's what I didn't like.
7:28PM on 06/08/2012
Damn good stuff there man! I really like your points here! I didnt know there was so many actual thinkers on this site. This movie has brought them all out!
Damn good stuff there man! I really like your points here! I didnt know there was so many actual thinkers on this site. This movie has brought them all out!
12:06PM on 06/09/2012
I don't agree with your theory that the Engineers turned against us because we tried to create life in the form of AI. When they first get to the temple, the first corpse they find they carbon date to having been dead for around 2000 years. Considering the holograms seemed to show them dying in the act of trying to leave the planet, that leads me to believe they were coming to Earth to destroy us 2000 years ago. Long before any human conceptualized something like David.
I don't agree with your theory that the Engineers turned against us because we tried to create life in the form of AI. When they first get to the temple, the first corpse they find they carbon date to having been dead for around 2000 years. Considering the holograms seemed to show them dying in the act of trying to leave the planet, that leads me to believe they were coming to Earth to destroy us 2000 years ago. Long before any human conceptualized something like David.
3:08PM on 06/08/2012
This is my new favorite movie of the year. A fucking knockout of a film. I think eventually it will stand next to the first two as a landmark.
This is my new favorite movie of the year. A fucking knockout of a film. I think eventually it will stand next to the first two as a landmark.
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2:27PM on 06/08/2012
Nope. Overall a very mediocre film. Most of my problems stem from the script, which builds plenty of intrigue (as we would expect from a 'Lost' writer) but, also expected, it doesn't give us an ounce of payoff. Nothing is explained in the film, starting with the very first scene featuring what looks like an inexplicable and weird suicide, if you will. The philosophy is trite, at best, attempting to ask big questions but really just coming off as whiny. The actors do what they can with what is
Nope. Overall a very mediocre film. Most of my problems stem from the script, which builds plenty of intrigue (as we would expect from a 'Lost' writer) but, also expected, it doesn't give us an ounce of payoff. Nothing is explained in the film, starting with the very first scene featuring what looks like an inexplicable and weird suicide, if you will. The philosophy is trite, at best, attempting to ask big questions but really just coming off as whiny. The actors do what they can with what is often horribly clunky dialogue ("Martian piss"? Really?) The story dives in way too fast and, especially given the number of characters in the film (they seem to want us to be interested not only in the primary two scientists, but also Theron's, Elba's, Fassbender's, and Pierce's characters), fails to let us get to know anyone enough to give a crap whether they live or die.

It's a gorgeous-looking film, and Scott does what he can with a bad script, but overall this was hugely disappointing.
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2:25PM on 06/08/2012

solid but not a classic

the visual effects were amazing! Only if its characters' development got the intensity of Danny Boyle's Sunshine, it might be a perfect one.
the visual effects were amazing! Only if its characters' development got the intensity of Danny Boyle's Sunshine, it might be a perfect one.
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1:52PM on 06/08/2012

Loved it!

What I loved so much about this was that it stands as just another puzzle piece film in the "ALIEN" universe, there were tiny hints and winks back to those amazing films, but yet this movie could stand on its own. The acting from the always amazing Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Noomi Rapace helped too. In the end when I left the theater I was pretty damn happy because I felt like I was watching just the first in a brand new sci-fi franchise...4 outta 5 stars in my opinion :)
What I loved so much about this was that it stands as just another puzzle piece film in the "ALIEN" universe, there were tiny hints and winks back to those amazing films, but yet this movie could stand on its own. The acting from the always amazing Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Noomi Rapace helped too. In the end when I left the theater I was pretty damn happy because I felt like I was watching just the first in a brand new sci-fi franchise...4 outta 5 stars in my opinion :)
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11:48AM on 06/08/2012

Pretty Good

All the writers and directors of every "other" Alien sequel or prequel (Except for Cameron and the "Aliens" team) should be ashamed of themselves when they see this film. This is the flick that SHOULD have been made long ago, but was not, until now. Are there some holes in the story? Sure - small things for the nitpickers, but that will almost always be the case with Sci-fi / Horror.
All the writers and directors of every "other" Alien sequel or prequel (Except for Cameron and the "Aliens" team) should be ashamed of themselves when they see this film. This is the flick that SHOULD have been made long ago, but was not, until now. Are there some holes in the story? Sure - small things for the nitpickers, but that will almost always be the case with Sci-fi / Horror.
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8:47PM on 06/08/2012
The writers of the Alien/Aliens sequels shouldve been ashamed of themselves long before they saw this film.
The writers of the Alien/Aliens sequels shouldve been ashamed of themselves long before they saw this film.
11:07AM on 06/08/2012

Seeing it today!

I'll have my opinion posted tonight, but researched into seeing it in IMAX 3D and I'm just gonna go the 2D route. Call me old school, I wish it woulda just been IMAX aside 2D. I'll be seeing my first IMAX film next month...now if I can only remember the name of the film, hmmm???
I'll have my opinion posted tonight, but researched into seeing it in IMAX 3D and I'm just gonna go the 2D route. Call me old school, I wish it woulda just been IMAX aside 2D. I'll be seeing my first IMAX film next month...now if I can only remember the name of the film, hmmm???
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2:17PM on 06/08/2012
I would definitely recommend you see it in Imax as the visuals are absolutely striking and breathtaking!
I would definitely recommend you see it in Imax as the visuals are absolutely striking and breathtaking!
4:00PM on 06/08/2012
I saw this in Imax 3D and it was fantastic, utilized it perfectly I would check it out its onlt like 4 bucks more honestly.
I saw this in Imax 3D and it was fantastic, utilized it perfectly I would check it out its onlt like 4 bucks more honestly.
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10:44AM on 06/08/2012

I'm not sure how I feel yet...

Saw the Midnight IMAX 3-D show, and I'm still processing. I've read down through the previous comments, some positive and some negative, and I honestly can't say that I disagree with any and somehow agree with all. (I'll try to keep this mostly spoiler free)

First the bad.

Regarding the script, I feel like I'm let down by Lindenoff the same way he let me down with "Lost." It's like he has a fascination with telling the viewer "Hey, here's some really profound ideas and intriguing
Saw the Midnight IMAX 3-D show, and I'm still processing. I've read down through the previous comments, some positive and some negative, and I honestly can't say that I disagree with any and somehow agree with all. (I'll try to keep this mostly spoiler free)

First the bad.

Regarding the script, I feel like I'm let down by Lindenoff the same way he let me down with "Lost." It's like he has a fascination with telling the viewer "Hey, here's some really profound ideas and intriguing concepts which I'll introduce tease and then completely abandon." Philosophically, the concept is intriguing but the execution is amateurish. The comparisons of Noomi Rapace's character and Ellen Ripley are laughable. Don't get me wrong, Rapace has some exceptional scenes but they are outnumbered by some really odd moments of bland weakness. With the exception of Michael Fassbenders wonderful "David", every single additional character is a cardboard cutout archetype seemingly ripped from Robert McKee's "Basic Scripts 101." Like Rapace, Therron and Ilba deserve some credit for getting the most out of what they've been given but they characters are still a disservice to their talents. If you like MacGuffins, then I can count no less than 5 that should suit your needs. Nearly all of the characters motivations and actions, as well as the subsequent effects of those actions, are completely non-sensicle. Lastly, as I had feared, if you've a keen eye and sharp mind and if you've seen any of the full trailers, you'll see most everything coming a mile away and you already have a great idea of how it starts and ends. So in those regards, the movie is a total failure.

Now the good.

The opening sequence is far and away the most perfectly executed and breathtaking use of 3-D that we've yet to see. While Cameron's "Avatar" popularized the medium, Scott manages to recreate that feel in more familiar terrestrial environments. The 3-D works well throughout the movie as well and is an welcome feature for most every scene. Fassbender is viturally assured an Oscar nod in the Supporting Actor category and probably rightfully so. Everyone is saying "David" steals the show because, well, David steals the show. Had they the foresight to make him the protaganist, we'd be having a different discussion. If you've seen the viral campaign with the Weyland Commercial for David, imgaine 2 hours of that brillance (even if his motives and actions are sometimes headscratchers.) I've read reviews that stated that there is nothing in this film that can match the original "Alien" stomach scene. And that's true, mostly because the first had the element of surprise. You find yourself waiting for something like that. Having said that, this movie scares in spades. To that point, at my midnight show it was a rowdy crowd. Lots of hearty jokes for the benefit of the entire auidence before and during the trailers. But that's how you know it was truly suspensful... once they were in space EVERYONE shut the fuck up! If you're looking for some exceptionally dynamic ways to incorporate Aliens killing astronauts, they did a good job with that. As an added bonus, you hate most of the characters anyway so you almost find yourself cheering the aliens on. The crown jewel of the suspsense scenes will likely be cherished in teh future. Sure it's a bit contrived, it's telegraphed very early on (as well as in some recent TV spots) and it's a little too close to the original benchmark scene in "Alien"... but it still delivers. Lastly, to those who are wondering if this is a "prequel" or a "distant cousin sharing the same universe"... make no bones about it... this is a prequel. Eagle eyed viewers spotted the Space Jockey in the trailers and let me say that you're treated, if not his very own, a compatriots backstory. While the end of this film and the beginning of "Alien" may be decades or centuries apart (not sure), let me just say that without a shadow of a doubt "Alien" is "Promethesus"s direct descendant. You might even say that "Promethesus" gave birth to it.

So as you can see.... I guess I just don't know.
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9:31AM on 06/08/2012
By the way, THERE IS NO SCENE DURING OR AFTER THE CREDITS! DON'T BOTHER STAYING!
By the way, THERE IS NO SCENE DURING OR AFTER THE CREDITS! DON'T BOTHER STAYING!
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3:20PM on 06/08/2012
True. There's only a little bit of viral campaign with a big Weiland Logo and the date - 10/11/2012 (I think)... so either news about a sequel or the Bluray DVD :)
True. There's only a little bit of viral campaign with a big Weiland Logo and the date - 10/11/2012 (I think)... so either news about a sequel or the Bluray DVD :)
9:30AM on 06/08/2012
I saw Prometheus last night at midnight and came out of the theater happy. I thought the movie was great and was a very well made and produced movie. Beautifully directed, written, and acted with Michael Fassbender stealing the show with his character David. I enjoyed see how the events in this film led to the events in Alien and thought it was pretty cool how the story did evolve from Prometheus to Alien and thought the last shot of the movie before the credits was VERY satisfying.

The
I saw Prometheus last night at midnight and came out of the theater happy. I thought the movie was great and was a very well made and produced movie. Beautifully directed, written, and acted with Michael Fassbender stealing the show with his character David. I enjoyed see how the events in this film led to the events in Alien and thought it was pretty cool how the story did evolve from Prometheus to Alien and thought the last shot of the movie before the credits was VERY satisfying.

The only complain I would say is that there wasn't alot of character development to really care about any of the characters except David. But other than that I loved it and would gladly see it again. It's one of the best films of the year and everyone should check it out.

I give it a solid 7 or 8 out of 10.
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7:35AM on 06/08/2012
On the whole, I enjoyed it. I thought it was an immersive experience that really pulled the viewer in and made an emotional impact, and I loved the environments that we were presented with. The one super-gory scene was done extremely well and really had me squirming in my seat, mostly because of how wonderfully Noomi Rapace played the moment.

It wasn't until I thought a little about the movie after watching it that I began to see some flaws. Towards the end of the film, multiple plot points
On the whole, I enjoyed it. I thought it was an immersive experience that really pulled the viewer in and made an emotional impact, and I loved the environments that we were presented with. The one super-gory scene was done extremely well and really had me squirming in my seat, mostly because of how wonderfully Noomi Rapace played the moment.

It wasn't until I thought a little about the movie after watching it that I began to see some flaws. Towards the end of the film, multiple plot points and bits and pieces are tossed at the audience, and its near impossible to connect the dots as the story unfolds before your eyes. Several connections to the original film feel a tad forced and superfluous. As much as one wants to get swept up in the breathtaking moment, one also struggles to sort out all this sensory input. This niggling bit is ultimately difficult to reconcile, and the film occasionally buckles under the weight of the philosophical overtones.

I generally enjoyed the performances, and thought Fassbender stole the show in the same way Ruffalo did in the Avengers. Charlize Theron was great because she was essentially playing a stereotype, but did so with care and you could tell there was something beneath the surface with the character.

I think the quality of most of the aspects of the movie amply compensated for some lapses in storytelling logic.
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6:26AM on 06/08/2012

A spectacular hit and miss

Ridley Scott is the world's youngest 75 year old and Prometheus is technically impressive. Very impressive. But that's about it. Too bad the content doesn't match the visuals. Scott rushes through the action, neglects the characters, squanders the big ideas in favour of spectacle that in the end makes little or no sense. It's not that I wanted or expected Alien or a prequel to Alien, I just wanted a really good sci fi film. Again, I was impressed by the technical side of things but the story
Ridley Scott is the world's youngest 75 year old and Prometheus is technically impressive. Very impressive. But that's about it. Too bad the content doesn't match the visuals. Scott rushes through the action, neglects the characters, squanders the big ideas in favour of spectacle that in the end makes little or no sense. It's not that I wanted or expected Alien or a prequel to Alien, I just wanted a really good sci fi film. Again, I was impressed by the technical side of things but the story and the characters left me cold. It's like they attempted to make a pseudo-religious feature film out of one of those hilarious History channel specials. Having characters spout lines like "Who made us? Who made the creators?" is not the same as presenting Big Ideas
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6:07AM on 06/08/2012
I just want to get it out of the way first that it's obvious the visuals were at a high grand scale achievement. I was lost in this world, and the colors and the little things you can notice I couldnt help but be in awe.

To me I think that the message in this movie that life is too complicated to have answers for the big questions about life. Every answer you get, you're going keep asking why? I really enjoyed that part, and Elizabeth Shaws was sort of a sad character in the end, because I
I just want to get it out of the way first that it's obvious the visuals were at a high grand scale achievement. I was lost in this world, and the colors and the little things you can notice I couldnt help but be in awe.

To me I think that the message in this movie that life is too complicated to have answers for the big questions about life. Every answer you get, you're going keep asking why? I really enjoyed that part, and Elizabeth Shaws was sort of a sad character in the end, because I truly wont belive she will ever find the answers to why were here, or why their killing what they created. So the plot holes or whatever that they didnt answer, I expected a bit because the biggest question isnt easy for anyone to answer nor is there just one answer that can fully make sense.

As for the characters, I think the two were that really only paid attention to was Elizabeth and David, everyone else like Idris, and Charlize and her boyfriend were set up enough to where I knew just enough about them to get by. As for the rest of the crew didnt need to know, I knew they were going to why I just was invested and how gruesome their deaths will be.

SPOILER!!!

The only complaints I have is I dont know why that guy started attacking the ship when his face melted off and the ending where the alien popped out. Still need to let that one sink in and see if it that was necessary or not.

Overall=9/10
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11:11PM on 06/09/2012
Yeah, me too. Thought it was a bit unnecessary. Figured his his died from his face melting...
Yeah, me too. Thought it was a bit unnecessary. Figured his his died from his face melting...
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5:51AM on 06/08/2012
Coming from a guy who somehow has not seen any of the Alien movies before this, I thought Prometheus was fantastic. It was exactly what I hoped it would be. I guess I can see why wouldn't like it, but fuck 'em.
Coming from a guy who somehow has not seen any of the Alien movies before this, I thought Prometheus was fantastic. It was exactly what I hoped it would be. I guess I can see why wouldn't like it, but fuck 'em.
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5:05AM on 06/08/2012

It's Misunderstood...

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I loved Prometheus. It's a cool throwback to the classic Alien movies while also serving as the first installment to what could be a very nice spinoff trilogy.

I can understand why some people didn't like it and I respect their opinions, but I think the movie is more misunderstood than being actually bad. You have to understand that this world is so far into the future that "discovering the origins of the human race" isn't such a grand thing anymore. This
(VERY MINOR PLOT POINT SPOILERS)
I loved Prometheus. It's a cool throwback to the classic Alien movies while also serving as the first installment to what could be a very nice spinoff trilogy.

I can understand why some people didn't like it and I respect their opinions, but I think the movie is more misunderstood than being actually bad. You have to understand that this world is so far into the future that "discovering the origins of the human race" isn't such a grand thing anymore. This is a future-universe with ships traveling lightyears away and setting-up colonies on planets without suns. This is a world with robots, where sci-fi is everyday life. So discovering an alien race or even our makers isn't really that big a deal, thus the douchebaggery on board the Prometheus. Also, the movie serves as a small piece of a much larger universe. The giant head, the murals, the different variations of xenomorph and facehuggers go unexplained simply because they aren't isolated cases. They are a part of a grand scheme of things that cannot be contained in one movie. This is Damien Lindleoff at his best. He has a much larger mythology in mind, but he only reveals the parts that matter to the film, leaving the others for future installments. This is how he wrote LOST, and at times his writing overshadows Ridley Scott's filmmaking style in Prometheus.

All in all, Prometheus is exciting, intriguing, and a worthy prequel to Alien. It has three-dimensional characters and one amazing Michael Fassbender. Are the characters all likable? No. Our leading lady is but a shadow of the far superior Ripley, but then again, not everyone's a badass female alien-asskicker. That's the beauty of this gig, in my opinion. Prometheus is beautifully shot and wonderfully told. It preaches without being preachy. And yes, I'd love to see a Director's Cut someday.
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4:48AM on 06/08/2012
I can't say I loved it, but I can't say it's terrible either. There were parts I generally loved, especially that opening sequence. But then I felt near the end it tried too hard to start beating to an Alien drum. Which is unfortunate because up until that point, I was engaged in everything and really wondering what would happen next.

Still, the 3D was actually worth it, and the story is still pretty damn entertaining considering most studios wouldn't touch an idea like Aliens genetically
I can't say I loved it, but I can't say it's terrible either. There were parts I generally loved, especially that opening sequence. But then I felt near the end it tried too hard to start beating to an Alien drum. Which is unfortunate because up until that point, I was engaged in everything and really wondering what would happen next.

Still, the 3D was actually worth it, and the story is still pretty damn entertaining considering most studios wouldn't touch an idea like Aliens genetically harvested us with a ten foot pole.
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4:35AM on 06/08/2012

I loved the fuck out of it.

Creepy, and fantastically disturbing at times, the 3D was the best I've seen it get (you shoot a movie in 3D and it looks good in 3D GO FIGURE). I had a great time. Fassbender and Idris Elba just kill it.
Creepy, and fantastically disturbing at times, the 3D was the best I've seen it get (you shoot a movie in 3D and it looks good in 3D GO FIGURE). I had a great time. Fassbender and Idris Elba just kill it.
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3:51AM on 06/08/2012

Loved it! But...

It was a worthy prequel to Alien. Answered a lot of questions, raised many more, and had one of the cooler endings I've seen in awhile. So I pretty much enjoyed it immensely. However, I felt that the pacing of the story was a bit weird at times, with some things that felt a tad incomplete, and the characterization was very lopsided. Some were very strong, but others felt sorely lacking, but did well with what they were given. All in all, I still strongly recommend it, and hope that this
It was a worthy prequel to Alien. Answered a lot of questions, raised many more, and had one of the cooler endings I've seen in awhile. So I pretty much enjoyed it immensely. However, I felt that the pacing of the story was a bit weird at times, with some things that felt a tad incomplete, and the characterization was very lopsided. Some were very strong, but others felt sorely lacking, but did well with what they were given. All in all, I still strongly recommend it, and hope that this truly is the beginning of a franchise! Kudos to you, Mr. Scott. :)
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3:38AM on 06/08/2012
It had some great special effects and production design, but it emulated Alien far too much to be particularly memorable. Hopefully there will be more room for originality in the sequel. Here's my full review:

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It had some great special effects and production design, but it emulated Alien far too much to be particularly memorable. Hopefully there will be more room for originality in the sequel. Here's my full review:

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3:31AM on 06/08/2012

Well, Prometheus was fucking retarded.

The script was borderline nonsensical, each and every character behaves in ways that defy all human logic.

The scenes cut awkwardly from one to the next with very little rhyme or reason, nothing before or after seemingly having any lasting effect on the characters.

The protagonist is an unlikeable, bland weakling, in a relationship with an insufferable douchebag of a boyfriend, and the only one on the ship who is religious, thus she is the ONE person (aside from her asshole life partner)
The script was borderline nonsensical, each and every character behaves in ways that defy all human logic.

The scenes cut awkwardly from one to the next with very little rhyme or reason, nothing before or after seemingly having any lasting effect on the characters.

The protagonist is an unlikeable, bland weakling, in a relationship with an insufferable douchebag of a boyfriend, and the only one on the ship who is religious, thus she is the ONE person (aside from her asshole life partner) who is not motivated by money (EVIL!!!), and is noble enough to want to try and find out THE ORIGINS OF THE HUMAN RACE without any ulterior motives. Because to want to be paid to find out THE ORIGINS OF THE HUMAN RACE is just plain selfish.

The villains, such as they are, consist of an ber cool Michael Fassbender and an uber hot Charlize Theron. No wonder our so called good guys both wither next to such charismatic and interesting characters. Characters that actually DO stuff with agency and clear PURPOSE, logically and without being clouded by petty emotions.

And another thing, for a crew of a ship on an exploratory mission to discover the goddamn ORIGIN OF THE HUMAN RACE, everyone acts like assholes to each other! It's bizarre! There's no reason for it, it's like the screenwriter just shoehorned in some conflict for the sake of conflict. Like the ORIGIN OF THE HUMAN RACE isn't reason enough for people to put aside their petty differences and WORK TOGETHER!

A bitter failure on every level of storytelling. Ridley directed this mess impeccably though, somehow blissfully unaware of the travesty he was painstakingly creating, shoddy scene by shoddy scene.

There are far too many instances in this script where things happen, not for any logical reason, but because the writer says it should. The fact that the asshole geologist and Rafe Spall get lost?!? On the way back to the ship for no adequate reason THEYRE IN CONTACT WITH PROMETHEUS, THEY HAVE BEEN THE WHOLE TIME!!!

Its like a maths exam where you know the answer, not because you worked it out for yourself, but because you have a cheat sheet, the script. But youll get no marks for just writing down the result, you have to show your working!

It feels like at this point Ridley gets the script, glances over it once or twice and goes, yep. Then runs to the art department and starts designing cool imagery and artwork. His focus on the superficial is entirely on display in this overcooked, completely unsubtle mess. The giant head, so hyped up in the artwork? Completely irrelevant. The characters enter the room, we get a nice big panning shot to reveal it with swelling music, and then its never brought up again! Why? Because it looked COOL. But narratively?

Where are the scenes where the characters all gather around a table and just TALK, like HUMAN BEINGS about their DEADLY SITUATION??? They cant, because each and every one of them is a STEREOTYPE, no more, no less.

Lets breakdown these characters:

The GOOD:
Noomi Rapace Milquetoast, ineffectual, meek, weak, goes along, only voice of reason, gets ignored just because, is in a relationship with Logan (for some unexplained reason)
Logan Marshall-Green Abrasive, asshole, wino, hippie, artistic type, always sitting on things, never plays by the rules, professed to be in love with Noomi.
Captain Stringer Bell Workaday hardnose blue collar worker, like to smoke cigars and drink whiskey while flirting shamelessly with his female superior.
Lysa Arryn Is very English. Has three lines, should have more because her accent is BOSS.

The BAD:
Charlize Theron Ice cold power bitch. Amazing in the sack. Has her own bachelor pad complete with wet bar and hermetically sealed bed. Looks like Samus Aran. Should be our protagonist.
Michael Fassbender Insanely cool android who loves basketball, Lawrence of Arabia and being super suave. Always touching things he shouldnt. Has a drier sense of humour than James Bonds Martini.
Guy Pearce Dying old man who wants to discover the secret to immortality by meeting our alien precursors. Is senile enough to have brought along a completely retarded crew consisting of 16 ineffectual idiots and 1 Michael Fassbender.

And were supposed to be rooting for the GOOD guys?!?

The only way I was able to get through this film is by thinking of it as a B-movie. A big, dumb 1950s made B-movie with amazing special effects. The dialogue is right at home, the characters casual disregard for anything resembling protocol or teamwork, the way the supposedly intelligent alien precursors who CREATED THE HUMAN RACE act just like mute shambling zombies when the script needs them to.

This is a film where the big ideas are given lip service, just enough to make it a crushing blow when nothing comes of it. Its all just empty air! Its like arriving at the doorstep of GODS OWN PALACE and going, oh, that rock over there looks a bit funny, lets smash it and see whats inside! Uhh, hello? THERE IS UNDENIABLE PROOF THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE, LETS LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE FOR A SECOND HERE GUYS, YEAH? YOULL ALL GET PAID WHEN YOU GET HOME, DONT WORRY. SO LETS NOT JUST WANDER OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BIGGEST DISCOVERY IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN CIVILISATION!

3/10
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8:29PM on 06/09/2012
YES. Exactly. You nailed it! I'm shocked to read so many other positive comments.

As I walked out of the theater I said this film "was like a parody that took itself seriously" so yes, I think explaining it as a B-movie is perfect.

How could something is such capable hands go so horribly wrong?
YES. Exactly. You nailed it! I'm shocked to read so many other positive comments.

As I walked out of the theater I said this film "was like a parody that took itself seriously" so yes, I think explaining it as a B-movie is perfect.

How could something is such capable hands go so horribly wrong?
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