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Plot: 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. Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 29 May 2012
I just came back from seeing this movie, twice! Yes, it is that good. I saw it in both formats: 3D and 2D. Definitely go see it in 3D, and in IMAX 3D if you have the chance. I really felt the movie benefited a lot from the 3D and the detail due to the amazing visuals. Anyways, as it seems that every review agrees that the visuals are amazing, I will get on with the rest. First, the performances. The highlight in this film was definitely Noomi Rapace Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender David the android . Noomi Rapace gave such a convincing and emotional performance in a character who is <more>
so sensitive but which brings out such a fighter that I was rooting for her character from the moment in which her life begins to peril. She was really good at bringing to life such a character. I was really amazed at how good she was playing Elizabeth Shaw. There are at least two scenes will not detail either because that would spoil some of the story in which her character is in a sort of suffering will not detail what kind, again, because that would imply spoilers that I felt like jumping into the movie/story to help her in some way. I really think and hope that she will receive recognition s for her performance. Fassbender was excellent at playing an android. It seems like a big challenge for a human full of emotions, with free will to play and embody a robot no emotions at all, no free will , but Fassbender does it flawlessly. The body language, facial expressions, etc., he does it perfectly. Idris Elba was very good at playing the captain; bringing charisma, a little humor, and a good amount of authority and responsibility. Logan Marshall-Green was also very above average, but I will not go into his character as that would hint spoilers as well. Charlize Theron was also excellent playing her character, including the "suit" aspect as well as other spoilery aspects. At first it seems some of the characters are not fleshed out, but the more you think about them, the more you get a nice, very dimensional image of these characters who could be real people. The rest of the cast is good as well but they do not get enough screen time the movie is only two hours long, at the cast includes over 17 people .Second, expectations. This is a very touchy subject in regards to this movie, and it is the reason which most people that were disappointed were so. Many were expecting some sort of Alien 1979 film. Others were expecting a stand-alone, original story. And others were expecting to witness the greatest thing in their lives. First of all, it is a movie; a horror/thriller/sci-fi movie. Thus, it will not change your life dramatically or have a big impact on it. It is a movie; therefore you should simply expect to get a good amount of entertainment from a horror/thriller/sci-fi movie, which is exactly what Prometheus is. Second, it is a movie which it is not totally original, by this I mean that yes, it does have connections to Alien. On the other hand, and thirdly, it is also a new story, although within the same universe. So, do not expect to see Ripley's mom pregnant with her, or a queen laying the eggs which are shown in Alien at the end of Prometheus. There are clear references and elements which are directly connected to elements of Alien, but, it is a new set of characters, places not universe , and a new set of conflicts, problems and plots. For those who have seen Alien and/or are fans of it, do not expect to feel and experience the same feelings. For those who have not, or barely have, seen Alien, you will still enjoy it but keep in mind the first half of this paragraph: just try to go watch the movie with realistic expectations in regards to a movie which has horror, thriller, and some big sci-fi mainly visual elements in it. Third, yes I very much enjoyed this movie and what it was about I did give it a ten after all . So two scientists find similar paintings across the world who were made across big spaces in time. A company funds their expedition to the planet which is depicted in all those paintings. Those paintings also depict bigger beings as compared to humans, and this is where some split in their thinking, expecting to find different answers to different questions. The main character, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, believes the expedition will lead her to God, or at least, believes that it will lead her closer to finding Him. Her partner and boyfriend, Charlie Holloway, thinks he will find answers to the origins of human kind but, not to God necessarily; he is more of a skeptic. Meredith Vickers is positive that the trip is a waste of money and time; she is only doing it because her father previous company owner had agreed to it already. They get there, events begin to unravel, and some do unexpectedly. A little later all hell breaks lose and they find out that they are the only ones which can prevent the end of our kind. Fourth, the film does start slow. As it advances it gets to a point which it almost becomes dull. By this time unexpectedly the thrills begin, and a little while later the horror, and in less time all hell breaks lose and hope decreases to an ever-so-faint flicker, including any kind of survival and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw's faith and beliefs in God. I have almost used my 1000 word limit so I will end with this: Go into the theater with realistic expectations and you will surely enjoy this film to the fullest. You certainly will not be disappointed.
Hopefully, there's much more on the Blu-ray... (by sarastro7)
I caught one of the earliest press screenings of Prometheus, which was a grand experience, as I am a complete and utter sci-fi nut. Prometheus was one of my two most anticipated movies of the year the other being The Avengers , and there is not much doubt that it will go down as one of the, if not the, best science fiction movie of 2012.Prometheus is a bona-fide and direct prequel to the original 1979 Alien movie, giving us a portion of the story behind the space jockey; the alien pilot of the derelict spaceship that contained the alien eggs.Are the classic Giger aliens actually in this <more>
movie? No, but their precursors are. The aliens, after all, have always been evolving, taking on new shapes almost every time they incubate in a new host.Effectswise, action-wise, technically, visually and in terms of sense-of- wonder, this is exactly the movie we all hoped it would be. The whole set-up for the Weyland company is perfect and serves the first two original Alien movies the good ones extremely well. I would love to mention more, but it would be spoiling.The movie does have imperfections, though. Some salient points of the plot are never revealed but left for a sequel, which, again, I hope gets made, as it will make a big difference as to how much sense this movie ends up making , and the motivation of the robot also remains enigmatic. The part I found most disappointing, however, is that there isn't much depth to the characters. The onslaught of the action doesn't leave them the necessary time to become properly human to us, and their various beliefs are not at all described in sufficient detail - although we do hear a bit about Shaw Rapace's character . Besides her, and David, Idris Elba's captain is the best character; he is human, he has failings yes, I count smoking as a failing! , he's a charmer, he can think and he understands sacrifice. Most of the other significant characters are scientists finally, a sci-fi movie with more than one of those! , but, sadly they don't act like it. One is depressed and drinking for no good reason, one is just obnoxious, and one is apparently not interested in his own field of science. But, of course, they are all punished for their bad attitudes - which is something, I guess.But, I am hoping that various extra bits and bops on the disc release will rectify many of these little shortcomings, because, as it is in the movie's theatrical release, none of the characters live up to those of the first two Alien movies.It's still a great and brilliant movie, though, and one I know I will be going back to the cinema for, and get on Blu-ray as soon as it comes out, and rewatch many times. Most definitely a classic of the genre. EDIT: The Blu-ray is out, and it has lots of extras, including some that make the salient points of the story more clear. I am very satisfied! EDIT II: Half a decade on, I think this movie holds up as one of the most distinctive and thought-provoking science fiction movies of the 2010s. It has so many beautifully filmed scenes, and so many amazing and mysterious ideas that I have upped my rating of it from 9 to 10 stars. 10 stars out of 10.
IMDb members – you're such a jaded lot! (by j-mparkin)
Where's your sense of wonder,adventure, excitement, innocence?? I feel I have to respond the deluge of haters on IMDb for this film, and no, I'm not trolling, I genuinely LOVED this film – and find no fault with it whatsoever! I can't believe such negative opinion and vitriol for this film! I've read and re-read the same criticisms over and over again, and for me they don't hold water.It looks like 99.9% of people have made their minds up, but he's my thoughts on the film, and if you'll indulge me, I'd like to try and change the world.The Prometheus mission <more>
is classified TOP SECRET. Even the development of the ship would be done without publicity of any kind. Potentially, they are onto the discovery of a lifetime – like Howard Carter didn't broadcast to his competitors that he was going to go looking for Tutankhamun and where he was going to go looking for it. Weyland would not risk allowing their main rival Yutani to get there first. The "Magic Eye" viral posted prior to the film's release supports this, and suggests that Yutani, are constantly using covert means to spy on their competitor, stealing secrets, poaching technology – so as well as this mission being secret, the crew of scientists would NOT be briefed on mission specifics beforehand, or introduced to each other prior to the mission in order to maintain secrecy. Consequently, Weyland would probably not go directly to the scientific community, but rather hire people who could be sworn to secrecy, and their silence bought. Fifield's attitude confirms this, remember the 'scientific mission' is only a smoke screen. This mission is primarily to extend Weyland's life. Period. Science is secondary, it's just that Shaw and Holloway don't know that. That's why the 'scientists' are such a motley crew. Even beyond Weyland's motives, this is a commercial venture, first and foremost – Vickers pretty much spells this out to Shaw and Holloway.In no particular order The nature of panic. When Vickers and Shaw are fleeing the Juggernaut, they are in BLIND PANIC – like when you are running away from a foe and likely run straight towards it. They don't have time to look at the orientation, they see the thing falling, see the huge shadow remember the Jugernaut is B I G! and blindly run. Even if they ran to the side, that thing is falling heavily, they still might not get out of the way cos it's the size of two football fields!Modern instrumentation in the 21st century When everyone takes their helmets off, they have A LOT of correlating info to support the absence of pathogens, and the presence of oxygen. That's how airline pilots don't need to see out of the window to fly planes. YOU RELY ON YOUR INSTRUMENTS!! So they know they can safely remove their helmets, because the area has been terraformed using engineer technology. Same thing with the head – the instruments indicate no pathogens, and the re-animating procedure would have been successful, but unbeknown to Shaw and Ford, it's the presence of the mutation that causes the head to be in distress and the molecular implosion is the result.And the Pauling Medi Pod is expensive for a reason – don't compare it to a human surgeon, as well as the cutting being ultra fine and precise, besides the staples the machine sprays several fast-healing/flesh-bonding chemicals into the wound, Shaw does stagger for a few hours, but you're up and walking in a matter of hours.Ridley decided to use Guy Pierce in old man makeup rather than hire an old actor in order to maintain continuity with the TED Talk Viral. Everyone says how terrible the makeup is, but I think it's because Weyland is VERY old so his appearance will be that more exaggerated.When Milburn 'pets the snake' he's frightened to death – an analogy would be like when you chance upon a Doberman – you might say outstretch your hands, say "nice doggy" – fruitless, but you're trying to handle a difficult situation under extreme duress.And this business with accelerated growth. In the original A L I E N –accelerated growth is shown right from the alien birthing from John Hurt, a few hours later it's "the size of a man", so it follows that the Progenitor s have this same characteristic. It's also possible that the black goo causes this acceleration/mutation.And David's motives are for the most part not ambiguous, but rather pretty clear – he is first and foremost programmed to work towards the objective of Peter Weyland, all other considerations are secondary. His deliberate poisoning of Holloway is to use him as a guinea pig to observe the effects of the black goo before he advises Weyland on whether to ingest it or not, what exposure to it does etc.And the Pauling Med Pod is programmed for the one person on the ship who might need a heart op bypass, this person is likely to be old - there is only one person who fits the bill, and he's male! , so it's OBVIOUS the unit is set up for Weyland - the notion that it's for Vickers is laughable – she's shown to be tip-top fit with the push ups. It's just happens to be located in her room.I think Weyland is on Prometheus in secret because no-one would insure a man of his age and condition to go into space, in fact the shareholders would probably forbid it, he would never pass the medical, so the only solution would be to go there in secret.99.9% of people wanted a retread of Alien or Aliens – I didn't, so I wasn't disappointed.And for those of you who want to bash Lindelof – read Jon Spaight's original script – everything that you blame Lindleof for is in Spaight's original script!
Provokes the imagination. Bench mark setting visuals (by LeedsPokerGuru)
If you manage your expectations then you will be in for one of the best sci fi experiences in recent years with some killer visuals.I'm not what you call an Alien trilogy fan boy. In fact I'm not exactly even a fan. Couldn't tell you the last time I watched one of them. They've never hit home with me. From my point of view they are monster movies than anything else. If the originals were set in a research lab in the south pole it wouldn't have changed much.Prometheus is a sci-fi movie at its very core. It provokes the imagination. It will ask questions such as how where we <more>
made, why, by who, for what purpose?? The movie will take you on an enjoyable, thrilling and philosophical science fiction experience. Simply put Ridley nailed it. So much so he has simply set a new bench mark in movie experiences.The visuals of this movie are amazing. Proof if anything that when it comes to special effects and eye candy none do it better than Ridley Scott. In my opinion the best use of 3D to date. Couldn't fault the cast. Having said that its clear to me Fassbender turned in the best performance. I feel thats largely due to the uniqueness and quirks of his character vs the more straight up working professional crew. Either way he turned in the performance.Going forward I hope we see Ridley revisit the Prometheus story arc and treat us with some more outstanding science fiction cinema. If he doesn't then it would detract anything from what this film IS. My only fear is this film will draw criticism for what it ISN'T and the disappointment of the fan base for the more tried and tested formula of the Alien movies.I guess that goes both ways though. The original Alien movies weren't for me where as Prometheus was. I guess only time will tell but at the time of writing this review there is a ground swell of fans who's expectations of "an Alien" movie were not met. Happily my sci-fi journey with WOW visuals expectations were met.
Just watched it in an Avant-Premiere. Great Scott, well done! For all the comparisons to Alien, Ridley was right when he said it's not the same type of story. I don't think it'll be as iconic as Alien and Aliens 30 years from now, but this movie got me thinking harder than those. The camera work was awesome, the story seemingly had a few holes in it, but since it's dealing with very mysterious subjects, who's to say if they're really holes or just something the movie didn't get around to showing us, since it packs a lot into two hours. The acting and one-liners <more>
aren't as memorable as Aliens. Regardless, it's the first time this year that I walked out of the cinema feeling like the movie was worth every penny I paid for the ticket and more.Lastly, I know Hollywood probably can't resist the money to be made in a part 2, but I really hope they do...
Go see this movie and make up your OWN mind. (by jessecampfens)
In an attempt to balance all the negative reviews, I decided to write my own review. This review has some very minor SPOILERS but I wrote it to convince you to go and see this movie. I have no idea what's wrong with the people who call the movie and the plot stupid or simple. By reading the negative reviews you would almost presume the story is as brain dead as Battle: Los Angeles or something bad like that.Let me start with saying that I enjoyed every minute of Prometheus and that the IMAX 3D quality was the best I've seen since Avatar, and I've seen too many 3D movies in <more>
between. I also had no problem with the acting whatsoever, it was all top notch if you ask me, Noomi Rapace was pretty good and Michael Fassbender should be nominated for an Oscar.Yes, there are some questions left open at the end of the movie, but is that bad? Instead of cheap entertainment this movie actually raises some important questions and challenges YOU to think about it. Maybe the reason of the bad reviews is that people don't know how to think for themselves anymore, If someone asks them a question they Google the answer instead of thinking about it themselves. Now that's a troubling trend! With some intelligence its easy to notice all the layers and subtleties Prometheus has to offer under the surface. This movie is by no means shallow, it has deep questions to ponder.Another reason of the bad reviews could be a psychological one, the movie revolves around a very disturbing but not impossible notion, namely the thesis that human life is engineered by extraterrestrials. This is a very confronting idea, that is beautifully mirrored in a conversation between David and Charlie at the pool table. Without being aware of it, some reviewers could be tormented by some deep religious roots in a way we all have inherited some of those believes The ideas in this movie could shake the very foundations of their believe system, which is sometimes causing an aggressively reaction when they are trying to keep those systems in place. Never forget that if the church had its way the earth would still be flat...Believe me, there is far more ancient evidence for this than you'd possible believe. This idea doesn't come from a stupid "Alien vs Predator" movie, no you should delve into the works of Zecharia Sitchin who has dedicated 30 years of his life in a deep and thorough research of ancient clay tablets and artifacts describing and depicting these stories. And yes it very unsettling to throw 300 years the movie plays almost a hundred years in the future of Darwinism in to the garbage can as the biologist points out in the beginning of the movie. For me there couldn't be enough movies to address this question about our REAL history. It's sad that there is not more talk online about that very thesis, because that's what's this movie is all about! I will go to see this beautiful movie again, for I know there are many interesting things to discover all along. The dialogue has many answers if you listen carefully, and if you're able to connect the dots, there are far less plot holes than everybody here tries to make you believe. Pay attention to David, for he says many revealing things about everything. Enjoy!
Typically flawed and over hyped but enjoyable nonetheless. (by stevelovell)
So I saw the long awaited "Prometheus" tonight. Overall, rather good, but the characters annoyingly and jarringly flaunted so many basic health and safety regulations regarding potential contamination, infection, quarantine and exposure to physical injury from not wearing adequate safety equipment in an unfamiliar extra-terrestrial environment etc. Maybe we're just supposed to be careless or stupid in about 80 years' time. Tsk! Also, while not being pro-god or creationist as such, it did kind of take a dump on Darwinism and the role of evolution in our existence.Being in 3D <more>
was fairly pointless. I even had to check that it was by taking the glasses off. It was, but barely noticeable.Gorgeous sets and imagery, but I wasn't too happy about what the Engineers or "Space Jockeys" look like under their bio-mechanical suits.It was plagued by thoroughly unbelievable and rather unprofessional characters as well. Dumb scientists and ship crew lacking the professional integrity you'd expect from a trillion dollar mission. Oh, and the old Weyland guy was a bit rubbish. Just Guy Pearce with lame prosthetic wrinkles. How about using an actual old man actor with an actual old bone structure? He stuck out like a sore thumb. Anyway, I have to pick fault, but it's very much worth a watch and most people aren't as picky as me I guess.I still wish they'd stop making films as if we're all dumb 15 yr old kids without any real intelligence though. And it should have been purposely made to be an 18 certificate in the UK at least .
Standalone, prequel, or reboot? It doesn't matter, good job! (by AdrenalinDragon)
It is hard to say too much about Prometheus without spoiling it. First of all, those expecting to see the original Aliens are not seeing this movie for all the right reasons. Yes, it is part of the Alien universe and set before the first movie, but it doesn't feature those Aliens and instead tells a brand new story of merging the two worlds together.With Ridley Scott back to directing, Prometheus used the similar setup of making researchers explore an alien world, only this time there is a longer setup and more suspense driven to events unfolding. The ship in this movie is very <more>
reminiscent of the one in Alien, although it is different in design and has some new interesting gadgets and pieces of technology we haven't seen before. There's no denying that there are things people will pick up relating to Alien, and I'm really glad they didn't tone down the violence for 12/PG-13 rated audiences. Either way, you can watch Prometheus first before the other Alien movies.On the acting side of things, I found Michael Fassbender's Android character David to be the standout for the movie. I also liked the protagonist Noomi Rapace and the supporting cast of Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. All strong performances, but perhaps if there's only one small complaint I could think of, is that maybe the supporting characters didn't get enough development time. Thankfully, Scott and the team keep the movie going at a very good pace with emotional depth at the right moments.Overall, Prometheus on first viewing was what I expected, a movie using it's original base movie Alien as a structure to produce a new story with new characters/lifeforms to lead up to other Alien story lines. It is highly likely the references will become more obvious in sequels to this, but Prometheus manages to bring a story that works as a standalone but also a prequel at the same time, which is good for all viewing audiences, and I think Scott was trying to bring the grisly/dark atmosphere movies of Alien without being too in your face, which I thought was the right direction for this movie.
Ridley Scott's Alien is my all time favorite movie so I've been anticipating Prometheus ever since the prequel was announced. Since I couldn't resist the wait, I saw it early this morning the day of its official release in my country.First of all, the trailers showed it, the cinematography is fantastic. Ridley Scott nailed that aspect like a genuine master. The entire movie is basically a succession of grandiose shots which surely will have other directors blush in shame. The cinematography is accompanied by great sets and fantastic special effects for which Prometheus should <more>
receive a bunch a nominations.The acting is flawless, except perhaps for a few minor characters. Special praise goes to Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron whose characters are also extremely well written and convincing. Noomi especially deserves applause for her flawless acting. There are a good number of scenes where her character is understandably very disturbed and terrified, and Noomi's acting is so genuine I wanted to scream out "just throw her a damn Oscar already!". One refreshing aspect of her character is that, contrary to what one might expect, she's not like Ripley from Alien. Ripley was from the start a pretty strong woman, close to a tomboy. Noomi's character, Elizabeth Shaw, is much more impulsive, insecure and feminine. She grows stronger as her situation becomes desperate, but she remains endearing and delicate enough that the extremely shocking things she must endure are genuinely heartbreaking.The plot for Prometheus is where I have more reservations. The attempt at making some characters seem like scientists, including Noomi's character, made me cringe at times. It's typical Hollywood scientists, by that I mean not very believable. How a teenager would imagine science-speak to be like. The build up for the climax was somewhat disappointing in comparison to the first two Alien films, and to me lacked a distinct atmosphere so essential for a horror film. The action and horror scenes were genuinely good and exciting, sometimes shocking, however I wasn't scared any time, but perhaps I've just grown insensitized to horror by now. I'll also add that if you thought the classic Alien life cycle queen lays egg, which hatches facehugger, which plants embryo in host, which grows into a xenomorph was a stretch, wait till you see what Prometheus has to offer, which I find makes little sense and I'll probably be wondering more about that than anything else. Obviously, the creatures in Prometheus are some forms of ancestral or primitive types which may evolve into what we know from the Alien franchise. Regardless, Prometheus offers some very pleasing surprises throughout, and it's great to discover this universe which will surely become a franchise. Ridley Scott wished it, and the end of the movie shamelessly confirms it, to the point that one could expect a "To be continued..." before the credits. Also many questions remain painfully unanswered, which is somewhat cheap.Anyway, Prometheus remains an impressive watch and paves the way to what could be a grand new mythology. It doesn't match the first two Alien films in quality, and one shouldn't expect it to or he will be sorely disappointed. I will probably go see Prometheus again, because the first time was somewhat overwhelming. I wouldn't be surprised if Prometheus is the kind of film which gets better after a few viewings. I'll add that the ending of Prometheus announces an epic sequel, probably much better, so I'm pretty hopeful for one to happen.