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A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship Prometheus on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.
JavikKatarn 23 May 2013
Ridley Scott's long anticipated sci-fi epic Prometheus has certainlyopened to polarizing reactions compared to the high praise that wasgiven to Alien, which this movie is a semi-prequel to. Whether you'veheard the critics calling it one of Scott's best works and a classic inthe genre or heard all the fanboys calling it a convoluted, abysmalmess, there's no denying that this was one of the biggest films of theyear and it's reputation is up there with The Phantom Menace as one ofthe major disappointments in cinema to many people. But just like ThePhantom Menace, Prometheus isn't what the fanboys are calling it. Thisis behind The Dark Knight Rises and Looper as my favourite film of 2012and is almost as masterful as the original Alien movie.Prometheus is a loose prequel to Alien as we see a group of scientistsdiscover ancient markings that are signs of the origins of the humanrace. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and her boyfriend Dr. Charlie Holloway,an expedition on board the vessel Prometheus travels to a distantplanet to investigate what the markings signify. However, the more theyuncover on the mysterious world, the bigger danger to the crew andmaybe even humanity erupts.Many people say Prometheus suffers from bad writing, involvingcharacters doing stupid things and endangering their lives. Tell me youhaven't seen that in the original Alien movie. The captain of the shipgoing into the ducts to try and find the alien; yeah, that was totallyclever. Or when the alien attacks and all the crew members do is standthere and look scared at it. Uhh... run?! I'm not saying the originalAlien was bad, in fact it's a great movie, one of my favourites. Butyou can't pretend that this was where the characters really stood outas lacking in common sense. They're reckless and overly eager, yes. Butthey're just as similar to the characters in the previous Alien films.The acting in the movie isn't great but the actors still give worthyperformances. Noomi Rapace is a strong female lead as Dr. Shaw and it'sgood to see a protagonist that's not too much like Sigourney Weaver'sRipley. Idris Elba gives a fun performance as the captain of thePrometheus with Charlize Theron being cold and calculating as MeredithVickers, the employee of the corporation funding the project who ishired to monitor the expedition. The best performance in the film comesfrom Michael Fassbender as the android, David, who serves the crew ofthe ship. David is the most interesting character in the movie asdespite his synthetic personality, is eager to learn more about humansand the mysteries of the universe. Fassbender deserves an Oscarnomination for his performance and stands out among the cast.There are a few twists and turns in the plot that may surprise ordisappoint you. There is also the common criticism that the film failsto answer many questions that were raised since the first Alien movie.There's a strong possibility that these may be answered in a sequelthough many of the unanswered questions sort of lend a mystery to thestory. People often complain that knowing too much about somethingmakes it less intriguing and takes away the imagination. This makes themystery behind the Alien and their origin race the Engineers morefascinating in my opinion. Even Roger Ebert argued this in hisfour-star review.Prometheus is a classic example of a movie where the critics are moreright than the audience. I watched the Spoony vlog of the video which Ithought was really immature and poorly critiqued and he actually saidthis was worse than Alien vs. Predator. I'm sorry, but if that's whatthe consensus to the movie is from these haters, I doubt they'd make itas professional critics. Much like the Star Wars prequels, this iswhere fanboys go to an extreme level and make it out that this is theworst thing to happen to cinema. We even had RedLetterMedia (groan!)jump on the band wagon and talk about why this movie is so horrendous.I'm not saying that disliking this film is wrong. I think people shouldhave every right to express their opinion but these people go way toofar and seem to forget that Manos: The Hands of Fate and Troll 2 exist.From what I saw, Prometheus succeeds as the movie it was meant to be. Iwent in expecting a film to follow the same formula as Alien and I gotthat. This is a movie that you may either love or hate so if youhaven't seen it and are wondering what it'll be like for you, check itout and see for yourself.
seanebuckley 22 May 2013
Ridley Scott's much anticipated return to the sci fi genre is finallyhere and is likely along with a certain not so friendly neighbourhoodbat, to prop up the summer box office. I must say however, thatPrometheus is not a popcorn flick, it strives for the lofty heights ofsuch sci fi fare as '2001: A Space Odessy' it rarely even approachesthose heights.Prometheus concerns a group of explorers who lead a expedition to findthe origins of man. Two members of the expedition had recentlyunearthed clues relating to a distant cluster of planets in thefurthest reaches of space and the crew set off to meet their maker(s).The plotting is lose and the narrative scope is massive. Ridley Scottas per usual fills the visual landscape with a tapestry of treats,feeding even the loneliest deserted landscapes with hidden mystery andencroaching dread. Its the films anima that struggles to surface, whatis Scott's true intention? What is the whole point? The ship Prometheusisn't a prominent enough character for the film to be a chart of itslonely journey, so we are left with the shreds of emotion and hammydialogue to which to pick any cinematic merit. I cant help butreference Roger Ebert and hark back to his sentiments regarding Scott'sexcellent 'Blade Runner' in which he says "It looks fabulous, it usesspecial effects to create a new world of its own, but it is thin in itshuman story." Here we have the same problem, we have a very humancentric story but we get stiff and synthetic characters to feel it out.Unlike Alien or its sequel, Prometheus suffers from a humourless andflat crew, their looks are stern and the dialogue is cloaked but thereis never any real pay off.The writing is spotty and suffers from a hotch potch of ideas, it feelslike a world was synthesised around a central idea and the script wassecondary. The movie feels like one big theological Trojan horse but ineventuality its a cracked empty shell. Don't get me wrong, i wasexcited by the prospect of someone tackling the eternal question but tosee it displayed so lazily is heartbreaking. Certain characters seem tobe motivated by a historic sense of Hollywood logic, bad people do badthings for no apparent reason and (apparently) good scientists seemintent on forgoing actual science and reporting to satisfy their ownillogical need for answers. There are more than a few trophy momentstoo, including a pointless 'love making scene' (which then leads to thefilms most insane sequence) and a heroic suicide which is completelyout of the blue in terms of story and character. The film also followsa way too familiar pattern, it feels like you could almost run themovie adjacent to Alien and it would follow almost to the second itsemotional beats. Sombre openings give way to discovery, discovery turnsout to be very negative and things get very heavy very quickly. As aby-product of the writing, there are problems too with the acting, herewe have a who's who of British (almost) talent and they sadly existsolely to toe the line. Idris Elba for example, does what he can withthe role of 'Janek, The Captain' although his poor southern Americanaccent is distracting and his character lacks meat and drive. He saysmeaningless things and acts exactly like every other captain on everysci fi ship we have ever seen since 'Star Wars'.Its not all bad, the creature design (as to be expected) is absolutelybreathtaking for the most part, particularly the 'human aliens' whichare stunning with all their Greek mythological referencing. Its a shamethen, that these creatures aren't given more time or weight, they seempowerful but rarely display it until the films hurried and confusingending. The action set pieces are all vaguely familiar but none theless enjoyable although the 3D adds nothing and if anything, isultimately a distraction. The final set piece involving the alien shipis memorable and genuinely exciting but nothing i haven't seen athousand times before in a film with half the budget and media hype.Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are good as the two main drivingforces of the piece but eventually they suffer from an oddunlikeability. They are too defined by their mission and the movie andnot as fully fleshed out characters outright. I felt that the moviewould be an exercise in psychosis much like the enjoyable 'Moon' ordare i say it the now cult classic 'Event Horizon' but the film is moreabout the beautiful aesthetics and a strange new world. Its funny thento watch Scott make his own version of 'Avatar' where his ego andsupposed eye take precedent over any meaningful story. Note also, thevague socio-political mumblings under the films decorative canvas whichis never fully realised and thus completely wasted.Promoetheus's main problem is its confused subject matter, here we havea film that can never answer its own question. Therefore, no cinematicsatisfaction was ever going to be gleamed from the films finale, thefilm then seems to triumph the very human need to know how or why wecame to be. The film seems to suggest that we may never know and it maycost our lives to find out but we must try, which is ultimatelyunsatisfying and frustrating. Within this framework then Scott couldhave still delivered a piece of cinema instead of falling blanklybetween two very disparate stools. Prometheus is never solidly anactionere nor is it clever enough to be 'A Space Odessy' or the like,it simply just exists, much like life on our planet, i guess.
cunha6 21 May 2013
I believe "Prometheus" has two different points of view. The view ofsci-fi thriller fan and the view of an "Alien" and "Aliens" fan. If youwatch "Prometheus" wanting to see a sci-fi thriller I believe you'lllike it a lot. It hits all the points. Despite some small flaws, anddespite some small details that weren't answered, maybe because 2 hoursof film wasn't enough, you have a great movie. The film's visuallybeautiful and the dark scenes are excellent, the soundtrack correspondswith the density and intensity of the scenes and the script is great,get's you thinking about evolution and Darwin's statements. NoomiRapace and Michael Fassbender are enormous and have hugeinterpretations, especially Fassbender, who once again delivers a veryrealistic performance. So, OK, you get satisfied with "Prometheus", yougot script, actors, sound, suspense...all that you want. But, if youwatch "Prometheus" wanting to get answers for "Alien" it will annoy youthat you'll have to wait for a sequel, because this film does answersome things about "Alien" but delivers many other questions, and by thetime of the movie that you'll want your answers it... ends! And soyou'll have to keep your questions for a couple years and so that issomehow sad... So, I give an 8/10 to "Prometheus" because it's a greatmovie, the best sci-fi I've seen in years, but the end of the film byleaving so many questions unanswered is disappointing.
jcdslayer 21 May 2013
This movie only gets a 3 from me for most of the special effects but inall honesty, Ridley Scott dropped the ball on this movie. For being thefather of the Alien franchise, he should have known better than this. Iknow this movie is supposed to be independent of the Alien franchiseyet was suppose to tie in with it towards the end... it didn't.Charlize Theron's boring, cold boss just didn't make any sense when sheand the David character got confrontational with each other.Speaking of David, his motivation throughout the movie was unclear.Everything he did only left more questions for me than answers. Likehow the heck did he know what the goo would do to the Hollowaycharacter? And what exactly was happening to him?What happened to the eggs that were seen in the original Alien movie?How'd they become these canisters of genetic goo that create thesewhite snake things with acid blood and replaceable heads?The "pilot" was dead in the driver's seat of the ship in the opening ofAlien but at the end of this, he dies at the rescue ship of the humans.And the xeno that popped out at the end?? WTF??!!There were SOOOO many other characters that you couldn't get a feel forthem? What their personalities are like, what their backgrounds are.How could you feel anything about their deaths when you have noconnection to them?
Dan Ashley 21 May 2013
First and foremost, when you intend to see Prometheus, what do youexpect? This is a prequel to the greatest science fiction horrorfranchise of all time; picked up by its original writers, producers anddirector and given a new spin to include the new generations. And ifsomething is going to be continued/rebooted then why not at the handsof the people that gave it you to begin with? Prometheus is an origintale that deals with the discovery of the alien Engineers that createdthe Xenomorph (the creatures of the Aliens movies) and the horror thatnaturally ensues. Simple? No, it is much more than that. In true RidleyScott fashion, everything is richly multi-layered, the film has anintelligent culture all of its own, it has a broad multi-narrativeprovided by a vast array of characters and despite the fact that theprequel is now way more advanced than the sequel in terms of technologyinside and outside of this fictional universe, it has the exact sameatmosphere I remember feeling while watching Alien as a kid.Prometheus cleverly puts the more famous character actors in thebackground and gives prime time to the lesser familiar faces (NoomiRapace and Logan Marshall-Green) in order to establish the story andthen the brutal and sometimes gutwrenching horror.But what it also does most cleverly is take its sweet ol' time gettingto the meat beneath the surface. The story telling is fantastic, thesetting is dark and heavy despite there being a lot of daylight and thehorror delivers a whole lot more than I expected. But you need to knowthat, as Ridley Scott is a master of suspense, this means that thestuff you want to see this film for does not come full on, yetescalates just slowly enough at times to make your skin crawl.By the end of Prometheus, if you are not satisfied that you have justseen a true first class sci-fi horror worthy of the original, you'vejust joined the growing legions of the'nothing-is-ever-good-enough-for-me' undead! Sci-fi, horror, hugestory, subtexts, sub-plots and huge lashings of originality; what's notto like?
mohithdreams 21 May 2013
ridley scott ..returning to sci fi....after a long gap....for directingprequel to alien..honestly i dreamed about prometheus last year everyday of my life...how ridley is going to do it..and was very excited...as alien is one of my most favorites.....and finally ..i sawit.....there was only 20 people in the theatre as..in my native placekerala...in India...hardly no fans for alien..and the title prometheuswas not familiar even if there are any....now come to the movie...thebeginning shot of the earth long back..before time as it say was wellshot .and the background score was well done....then the engineers come..which was a little surprising as i assumed a different look forthem..anyway....the adventure begins in a style....lately when thingsget a little bad when the crew members talk...i felt they are acting ina play or something....bad acting and bad screenplay....ridleysir...cant you put a little more attention to that.....any way...thetrue dark horror that i was expecting like the alien movie..in1979...slowly happened in prometheus which went into its peak by thatmed pod scene which is brilliantly shot...like that of the chestbursting scene in alien.hats off ridley..back in old style.andclass..but again things went bad...as it reached the zombie adaptationof the crew member which is terrifically bad....towards the end iexpected a little more depth horror and thrill..but the movie changedto an adventure exploring movie which wasn't i expecting....any way forthat med pod scene..and overall shots and technicalbrilliance...background score...i remember prometheus ..and waiting fora sequel which fulfills what i expected to see more in prometheus..itneeds to be more horrifying and depth dark movie.....wish to see itsoon
Madelle 18 May 2013
In 25 years of movie-going this film accomplished the unique feat ofactually making me angry, which has never happened before.Let me start off by saying that I did not walk in particularlyexpecting a horror or action film but rather a thoughtful piece in thevein of Scott's "Blade Runner", which ranks high among my favoritefilms of all time. I expected the "intelligent science fiction" so manyother reviewers have touted. Instead, what I got was one of the dumbestand most shallow pieces of cinema I have seen in years.For starters none of the characters are particularly likable, nor domost of them seem particularly believable. Throughout the film none ofthem behave reasonably but rather continue to make the most imbecilicdecisions available to them. The "science" part of the science fictionis complete hogwash to a point that--together with the ridiculous plotand characters, seriously hurts the suspension of disbelief of theaudience. Mine disappeared approximately after the first 30 minutes andthings only got more ridiculous from there. A scene involving a surgerymachine, which is heavily foreshadowed, is one of the highlights ofabject stupidity. The same goes for a biologist's interaction with analien life form.The only positive aspects to the film are the beautiful imagery andMichael Fassbender's performance as David, which is the actingstandout. Most of the others are (except for Idris Elba) forgettable,though not particularly bad as such. What lets them down is theterrible script, which unfortunately makes little use of the potentialthat arises from Fassbender's performance or the concept of an humanityas an engineered life form. The film's purported existential questionsare ham fisted and less than subtle. They are not conveyed or discussedin remotely interesting ways. Instead, the film seems insistent uponembracing the continued idiocy of its plot and characters.The awful script by Lindelof makes this one of the worst and dumbestfilms I have seen in recent memory. If you want intelligent sciencefiction look elsewhere. Even as a hollow and empty summer movie itfails to achieve any sort of positive standard.
Petra Norman 18 May 2013
Because it didn't come with an app.Don't go to this movie expecting the expected. This isn't a mindlessmovie going experience, this requires you to pay attention, furthermorethis isn't a direct prequel to Alien, but close enough to taste it,This is Ridley Scott, if you can understand him and a fan then you'llget the idea, enough said.And, to the haters, don't even bother trying to argue with me, becauseI won't waste my time on convincing you otherwise. But, at least show alittle respect and do not call others stupid among other things becausethey enjoyed it, by doing so you're just showing your own ignorance.The only way for an individual to really like or hate this movie is tosee it. Don't bother on others opinion and worry about your own.
mitcherator777 16 May 2013
Ridley Scotts' Latest Film 'Prometheus' is not that bad of a movieunlike the reviews you read here. If you were expecting a purely Scifialone movie you should have known that Scott adds that twist of horroronto it to make it even better. I wont spoil too much to it but I willsay it is worthwhile movie to watch there were several points in themovie that really stood out for me and even made me jump in my seat(From scared) and one where my heart was pounding. Few movies do thatto me and I've been a sci-fi guy for a while and I'd have to give thismovie an 8/10 for reasons there were some plots holes throughout themovie that maybe were mentioned/talked about but kinda glanced over.Sure there were some things/mistakes made but there isn't a movie thatdoesn't have plot holes your talking about trying to portray anidea/thoughts into a 2-3 hour time slot so your bound to make mistakes.Don't let the negative reviews get to you if you are looking to go seeit go see it, in fact I'd be willing to see it again if i had anotherchance.
madisonbilly 16 May 2013
This movie is overwhelmingly entertaining. Ridley Scott is a master ofcinematography. Not once was I distracted by camera placement orsequence of shots. The color palette was exquisite.Now, about the story. Amazing. The writers have managed to includeevery ounce of their imaginations into this piece. All of the possiblearticles one might conjure up concerning the Summerian story arc ofgiants from space, and even the mysteries of the bible concerning thesons of God, (i.e. Angels and Demons), who according to the book ofEnoch, were quite possibly extra terrestrial. I'm not saying this isactually the case, but to a sci-fi enthusiast, this movie is pure goldpressed platinum.And enough with all the lame wanna-be smart guy haters and critics.Really? You are trying to compare this movie to Alien? Why? This moviestands alone, and is a masterpiece of science fiction, perfect dramatictempo, and flawless display of eye candy the movie goer has received upuntil this point. I can't imagine much will compare with this, save thenext blade runner or the total recall reboot. Two movies I'm sure thesehater-nerds will attempt to rip so that daddy may love them once again.
bbjonw 14 May 2013
I went to see this near the end of its run in the UK, and was forced toante-up GBP10 for the privilege of watching it in 3D.I'd read the mixed reviews, but (as a big fan of Deep Rising, which isuniversally hated by even moderately-minded film fans) decided to giveit a chance anyway. I have to say it was a complete waste of a tenner.Apart from a few nice touches showing it as the prequel to the Alienquadrilogy, the only good thing was the SFX - except that they couldhave filmed the whole thing in some remote part of Iceland and savedthemselves a few million dollars in CGI.Apart from that, my summary of the film is a series of questions aboutthe absolute stupidity of it all, as described in excruciating andaccurate detail by previous reviewers.The up-in-the-air ending does indeed leave one wondering if there isgoing to be a Prometheus II (or should that be Alien 0?) which explainssome of the rubbish proposed in this epic. Leaving aside some of themore specific inanities (like why did they not use an old actor to playold man Weyland, instead of a young guy in poor make-up?) in favour ofthe bigger picture....Why did the aliens leave cryptic messages giving the location of abioweapons development planet, whose apparent 2000-year-old delayedmission was to destroy life on Earth (having created it for no obviousreason in the first place)? Surely that's the last place they wouldwant us to visit, in case we blew up the ship they intended to use tokill us. Oh. Ooops.Why did mankind spend a trillion dollars sending a bunch of squabblingretards and misfits to investigate this strange new world instead of ateam of clever people?What screen writer fresh from his First Grade biology exam designed thelife cycle of the aliens? Where did that Cobra thing come from? Why didthe black cloudy stuff turn humans into indestructible monsters (ratherthan just poisoning them dead), who could then impregnate other humansleading to an embryo that could gestate in 11 hours, before turninginto a giant squid? Uh? What? Why?What was all that garbage about bringing the head back to life, and itthen exploding? That woman was an archaeologist, was she not? When didan archaeologist ever manage to bring a two-millennia old alien headback to life - and then fail to turn off the juice so it goes 'bang'?And what was the story of the 'mechanics'? How come all of them weredead bar one, who had spent 2000 years in stasis. If the ship stillworked, why wait 2000 years to wake up and complete the mission?Why did Weyland hide out on his own ship? What was the point of theblonde ice-maiden being his daughter?Why have a sophisticated medical scanner/diagnostic/operative device ona ship with male and female crew programmed to only work for men?Since when did stapling someone's skin together after an operationallow them to perform superhuman feats within minutes afterwards? I hadmy appendix out, and with all the resources the NHS could throw at it,I could hardly walk for a week afterwards.And the silliest bit of the film is where the alien spaceship crashes,and then starts rolling like a giant wheel towards the two women, whothen run - in the same direction the craft is rolling. I mean, come on,Mr Screenwriter - this is supposed to be serious sci-fi, not CollegeCo-eds meet the Wolfman!Words fail me. As some have pointed out, maybe there will be aDirector's Cut which explains some of the greater idiocies - forinstance that the crew are cretins because of budgetary limitations atNASA.
Greg 13 May 2013
The wait is over. The most anticipated film of 2012 and that does notcontain a superhero or a Hobbit hits theatres this week-end in RidleyScott's Prometheus.Carefully marketed as an original film that takes place in the sameuniverse and references Alien (1979) but not a promoted Alien prequel,Prometheus stars Michael Fassbenders, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace,Idris Elba and Guy Pearce.The film opens in the year 2089 where Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) andboyfriend Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) find cave drawings in theScotland Highlands that they interpret as a star map and invitation toanother planet that may lead to the origins of mankind.We quickly flash forward to the year 2093 aboard the spacecraftPrometheus where android and product of the Weyland Corporation David(Michael Fassbender) is quietly going about his work while 16 othercrew members rest in hyper-sleep.Upon their awakening, the crew land on the distant planet and beginexploring a complex structure containing various alien beings andcreatures (both dead and active). With different members of the crewworking with different objectives, the team splits up and survey's thealien structure only to discover that they find themselves in aterrifying battle to save mankind and earth itself.Prometheus comes to theatres with incredible geek and horror historianexpectations. Ridley Scott's Alien is widely considered one of the besthorror and science fiction films in the history of film. And havingmaster Ridley Scott back behind the camera for a science fiction filmfor the first time since in 30 years to revisit the movie that launchedhis career was a feat that came with high expectations from his fanbase.The pressure to provide audiences with just the right amount ofeverything may have been Ridley's, and subsequently Prometheus',downfall. To use the phrase that 'everything was thrown at you but thekitchen sink' in reference to this effort would be an understatementand the film bends to the heavy pressure of the deep and convolutedplot from writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.The origins of mankind can be a heavy and controversial conversationpiece on the best of days, but throw in aliens and creatures that looklike they crawled out of the space garbage compactor in Star Wars andyou end up with a mishmash of a film that goes in as many directions asa compass arrow when confronted with multiple magnets.The plot is only the beginning of the many disappoints in Prometheus.Whereas the characters aboard the Nostromo in Alien all seemed real andintelligent beings, this future doesn't offer the same hope. The 17crew members about the Prometheus seem as if placed there by the samegeniuses that screen thousands of applications before agreeing to send18 castaways to an island on television's Survivor. Their personalitiesare wildly confrontational in interactions and it would be hard tobelieve that a trillion dollar science expedition would be left to someunstable critters as presented here.As Prometheus is at its core an Alien prequel (the final scene more orless confirms all), comparisons to the style and pacing of Ridley's1979 masterpiece is inevitable. But where the Sigourney Weaver classicwas meticulously calculated and used the claustrophobic elements of theNostromo to help create mood and atmosphere, Prometheus does neither.The scenes inside the alien structure seemed grand in design and weremore of a set designers attempt at an Academy Award as it was aterrifying configuration of caverns and layers.Anyone expecting the Alien as presented in Ridley Scott's original filmor any of the subsequent sequels can check their disappointment at thedoor. Even though there are alien creatures that grow inside humanhosts, they are a far cry from the H.R. Giger influenced creatures wehave grown to root both for and against. And the 'Egg Room' that wasthe downfall of John Hurt's character in Alien has been replaced by aCylinder Room filled with an oil-like substance that eventually playsits part in one of the sub-plots.Not all is bad with Prometheus. The aforementioned set and ship designwere both incredible creations. And many of the special effects, whichwould include Ridley's view of our future, were equally stunning.Michael Fassbender is again reliable as the artificial humanoid andCharlize Theron proves in two consecutive weeks at the box office(following last week's release of Snow White and the Huntsman) thatwhen she is evil, she can be bitchy-she-devil evil.But one cannot distance oneself from the Alien prequel hype. And as alead-in to the popular film that coined the tagline 'In Space No OneCan Hear You Scream', Prometheus fails to connect. So much so that wewould suggest that if Prometheus was made first that Alien might neverhave been given a green-light. And now, my most anticipated film of thesummer has left me feeling still empty and without the adrenaline rushthat I craved in my horror junkie state.www.killerreviews.com
Kiki Veles 10 May 2013
SPOILERS!!! I checked the mark for SPOILER, but mentioning it onceagain, because I would HATE if I accidentally read spoiler beforeseeing the movie. Read this AFTER you watch this movie.Was this movie funded by Christian Organization of some sort? Or didRidley go nuts in his old age? As SF, this is terrible movie, there islittle to no actual science in it. So what is there lot of in this movie?Christianity and references to God. "Scientists" in this movie seem to not have a clue about most basicscientific methods, or they were all high and drunk and pretending tobe fraternity members that find safety measures are just for wimps.In one scene, everybody except one person wants to let obvious case ofseverely contaminated person suffering from unknown alien infectionback on board the ship. That is not even remotely plausible. Humaninstinct is to destroy what they fear. There is no way that many peoplewould willingly risk infection and personal harm to ... well, I don'teven know WHAT they could possibly even THINK they could do to help theinfected.Metal cant survive in that good condition for 2000 years. Not in middleof nowhere, on planet with nobody around to take care of it. Corpses donot stick around for 2000 years in humid environment. If they made itall encased in ice, or something else creative, whether or not it wasplausible it might be OK to suspend disbelief and enjoy it, but thereis no way this movie should be considered SCIENCE FICTION, as I can'timagine even in wildest stretch of imagination most of "science"functioning as this movie implies.I had hard time believing guy that did Blade Runner also did this POC,then again look at where George Lucas went to, all his recent moviesare total trash.Movie is still watchable, if nothing else for nice set (inside of spaceship), behinds of Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace, and very minoralthough expected, still cool, plot twist in final third of the movie(yeah, I marked spoiler, but just in case you didn't listen, I don'twant to ruin possibly only cool moment in entire movie, hint "whathappens when we make actual alien contact and can TALK to them").
goldleader23-421-494829 10 May 2013
The big question is, is it a prequel or not? While Prometheus is set inthe same reality as Alien, and it does transpire preceding the eventsthat take place on board the Nostromo, this movie is by no means adirect lead in or set up to the original Alien.This being the case Prometheus needs to be viewed and judged as a standalone film of the Science Fiction genre.So whats it about? Well a super old super rich dude funds a trilliondollar exploration into deep space to find our creators in an all outattempt to cheat death.Along for the ride is his trusted android assistant, ruthless daughter,a crew of scientists, and a collection of truly expendible space menand flight crew.However what they discover is not the heavenly fountain of youth theywere expecting, but an abandoned alien WMD factory. Chaos ensues andthe reality of what lies beyond the stars is revealed. It all leads toa stunning climax in which the remaining crew sacrifice themselves andthe star ship Prometheus in order to save human kind.The audio/visuals in this movie are stunningly breath taking. The storyfor me fell a little flat. I went in expecting a slow dark and trulyhorrifying sci/fi thriller, when in fact the movie turned out to bemore of an action adventure. Science Fiction being my favourite movie genre i did enjoy the film,however i remember walking out of the theatre feeling a littledisappointed. Didn't quite live up to the hype. Looking forward to adirectors cut, and interested to see how this will influence futureSci/Fi's 6/10 for me.
jr73340 09 May 2013
It's one thing to say that an unborn child is something "sub-human" andtherefore we have the right to kill it. It is quite another to makesome retarded sci-fi movie with an abortion scene where the unbornchild is compared to a disgusting-octopus-like alien that wants to killthe mother it came from. The propaganda in this scene was terrible. The beginning sequence where the alien "seeds" life on earth isretarded. If the aliens are more evolved than we are, then their DNAshould produce a life form that is at the same evolutionary level asthey are (aka in terms of intelligence and physique). It is impossible,for example, for the DNA of a human being to produce ape-like creaturesthat clearly have inferior DNA.The director of this movie (Scott) is not a genius. In fact, he's aterrible director for even allowing this liberal nonsense to be made.The effects were the only good thing about the movie.
NoNamium 09 May 2013
From the very beginning of this movie, it tries to deny darwinism,which at the point of the movies timeline is a 300 years old scientifictheory. Like gravity darwinism is as close to a fact humans will evercome.With the debates of what is to be taught in schools in America, I'mgreatly concerned by the religious overtones of this movie. Theheroine, a weak minded, religious (bordering on fanatic), devoutfeebleminded female, nothing like the strongwilled Sigourney Weaverfrom the originals, where the movie helped empowering women, isthroughout the movie running around, headlessly panicking abouteverything.This movie is nothing but at bunch of motivationless bunch ofcharacters, we couldn't care less about, aided by a few specialeffects, and a plot line that thickly smells of creationism, sorrycIntelligent Designism.I would be very cautious when viewing this boring waste of your time,and instead read some scientific articles about Darwinism instead.Don't get trapped into believing the possibility that aliens createdmankind.
machngunjoe 08 May 2013
I am always wanting to delve deeper into mythologies, and so I couldn'tpass up the opportunity to get into the mythology of Alien. To sum it up, the movie was a large disappointment. First the good: The graphics. The graphics were great. The acting waspretty good but they had to deal with the horrible script.Now the bad: The script was awful. The plot holes were so numerous, soridiculous, it was just awful. For example, Prometheus is the story ofa trillion-dollar mission to discover the origins of human life on adistant planet. Basically, this is supposed to be the greatestexploration undertaken in the history of mankind.So who do they send? A gaggle of fractious goons whose collectivescientific nous is rivaled only by that of the Three Stooges. Withinminutes of touching down (conveniently beside the only 'man-made'structures on the planet, ala 1960s Star Trek) the 'scientists' areyanking off their helmets, on the basis of 'it seems fine to me',dipping their fingers into strange organic ooze, and lugging a severedalien head back to an unquarantined spaceship in a sandwich bag.The music was my first indicator that this movie was going to be bad.It was music fit for Gladiator not a Sci-Fi genre movie. Very poorchoice.
Big Cloits 07 May 2013
I saw Prometheus on opening weekend. The packed house laughed at theending. They actually CHUCKLED. Seriously. And it's a grim sign when alarge audience chuckles at the ending of a supposedly scary andprofound movie.It's a sort of hobby of mine to pay attention to reviews of polarizingmovies. I like to study who likes, who hates, and why. What do thelikers like about Prometheus?No one likes this film for any reasons that work for me. Sure it looksgood, but that doesn't carry any weight if the script stinks. And theymistakenly think that the haters hate Prometheus because we can'ttolerate loose ends and ambiguity, or because we're just sciencenitpickers. Bullshit. That ain't it.It's the idiots in the film.Prometheus is populated by daft, bland characters whose reactions toeach other and to the epic situation Â first contact! aliens Â neverring true. They should be awestruk, fascinated, humbled, and reallycautious. They are reckless, amateurish, irrational, incurious, self-absorbed. The film is jam-packed with their rindonkulous, mockabledon't-go-in-there foolishness. The characters are such nitwits that youwant them to get face-hugged and chest-bursted.Alas, not even that happens! There's precious little classicGiger-alien in this film. Another disappointment.The idiots are on a trillion-dollar exploratory expedition, we aretold, but the crew consists of unprofessional misfits; no one seems toknow each other or why they are there. No one asks any sensible orintelligent questions. When the crew finds a few dead aliens, the"scientist" in charge jumps to the conclusion that they must all bedead (everywhere?) and is petulantly disappointed that he doesn't getto "meet his maker." He does not spend so much as a single line ofdialogue speculating about the significance of anything they actuallydid find: fabulous artifacts, proof that we're no alone in theuniverse, you know Â Â that sort of thing. He's more concerned about hisexistential angst. It's annoying.Hey, Ridley: THAT'S NOT HOW SCIENTISTS REACT TO DISCOVERING ALIENS. Andthat's no "nit" I'm pickin'.This movie lacks anything that made Alien great. It is actually as badas Alien 4, if not worse. There's so much more wrong Â a litany ofgoofy things Â but without characters or chemistry Â who cares?
Prashanth 07 May 2013
We have known two theories about the birth of mankind- Creationism andDarwinism. While one has too many flaws to be plausible, the latterdoesn't answer all the questions. I have not given this subject muchthought to be honest and the idea of another theory never even occurredto me. As suggested by the movie, if Engineers, as we refer to them,indeed created us, it doesn't stand next to the two existing theoriesas a third. But it simply replaces the God in creationism withEngineers. Now what good is that? Of course, good or bad is not eventhe question here.We are told that Elizabeth Shaw is infertile, but a life is created inher. By this, how strongly are they indicating that Earth was barrenbefore the arrival of the 'Engineers'? The movie only dares to attemptanswering questions about the birth of mankind on Earth. It has noopinion on the creation of the Universe. It is indeed fascinating that humans, on their quest to find out aboutthe species that created them, take along a species which they created.David has no soul. He has little regard for the value of human lifeeven though he was created to serve them. He very casually does anexperiment on a member of the crew and the results are frightening. So now we have a robot attempting to learn more about humans bywatching their dreams as they sleep in the Cryo, we have humans who arespending trillions of dollars and a good 6 years of their time, riskingtheir life in the meantime, to find out about their creator, and thesupposed creators, who we are told were far more advanced, may havedone their own share of search for the one ultimate creator. A patternemerges, and along with it, so many questions. Are we looking in theright direction? Is the search even necessary? Are we to assume that itwas indeed a God who created everything and set this never-endingpuzzle in motion? How did he come into existence then? What was beforehim? Let's buy what it is trying to say. Engineers create Humans, and rightafter creating them, they abandon them, attempting to make contact(with the prehistoric men belonging to every civilization that formedfrom time to time) only to 'invite' them to their world. They, Iassume, went away to explore other worlds, leaving behind some of whatthey possessed. If ever humans manage to reach this place, they knewthey would revive the one person who was left behind in the Cryo. Thiswould mean successful completion of their grand experiment. Now thehumans will be either destroyed or mutated with the black goo(presumably alien semen) to create newer species. One chain leadsbackwards while the other leads forward. But this is extremely 2001: ASpace Odyssey-ish. I don't know, I believe this is right.To support my theory, in the beginning of the movie, we are told thatPrometheus was a mythological character who attempted to make humansequal to Gods, and for this he was killed. The spaceship Prometheus hasdone pretty much the same thing. It has made Humans, a mere product ofa social experiment, on par with the creators or Gods, if you will. Andthe consequences will be dire.
brocksilvey 06 May 2013
Wow, over 1300 user comments makes it seem almost pointless to add onemore, but here are my thoughts (I'll keep them brief).To anyone who's a fan of the "Alien" series, "Prometheus" will probablysupply some at least modest fun, as there are enough tie-ins to theearlier films to keep you engaged. To others, it might seem like anesoteric and obscure sci-fi film that fades instantly from memory afterit's over.The slavering fanboys will have you believe this is the most profoundmovie ever made. It's not. The fact that it tries to be and fails isonly one of its problems. It would have been much better if it had nottried quite so hard; the beauty of the first two "Alien" movies is thatneither had great ambitions to be anything other than fiendishlyentertaining horror/action movies, and they both succeed tremendouslyon their terms. "Prometheus" wants to be something more, but it playslike something conceived in great detail in Ridley Scott's head butonly put down on film in vague outlines. There are all sorts ofquestions the movie raises that it doesn't answer. Fanboys will tellyou that that's the sign of a brilliant movie and that you're a dolt ifyou can't answer the questions on your own. But there's a differencebetween purposeful ambiguity that serves a narrative purpose andambiguity that results from bad writing. When you ask the audience tofill in too many blanks on their own, you're just being lazy."Prometheus" seems like a good movie while you're watching it (thougheven then it really starts to fall apart in its second half), but themore you think about it later, the worse and worse it seems.Grade: B