‘Prometheus’ Review

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 26th, 2014 at 7:21 pm,

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Regardless of the connections to the Alien universe, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is a welcome return to form for the director.

For months cinephiles and die-hard Alien fans have been trying to work out the connections between Prometheus and Ridley Scott’s original Alien film. Meanwhile, the filmmakers have spent just as long attempting to put distance between the movie and the notion that it’s nothing more than an Alien prequel, so as not to limit Prometheus‘ potential appeal. Given the state of the Alien franchise (after the underwhelming Alien vs. Predator installments, as well as Alien: Resurrection), it’s no wonder that 20th Century Fox is interested in attracting both the casual moviegoer as well as the die-hard xenomorph faithful.

Unsurprisingly, the movie does offer plenty of tie-ins to the 1979 franchise starter – but does Prometheus find the right balance between loving nods to Alien while also working as an intelligent and captivating standalone sci-fi drama?

Fortunately, the answer is yes – most of the time. While Prometheus delivers a sci-fi experience and story that is nearly unmatched in a modern movie theater experience, its connection to the Alien films is, from time to time, a bit heavy-handed or awkwardly handled – and worst of all, far less compelling than the new storyline unfolding in this film. As a result, Prometheus is going to offer a different experience depending on who is watching it. Both casual audiences and Alien fans should enjoy the core narrative (and breathtaking visuals); however regular moviegoers will likely be confused by some of the time spent addressing Alien universe mythos, and conversely, hardcore fans may be at times equally befuddled by some of the answers provided.

Ignoring any pre-conceived notions about xenomorphs, the Prometheus story follows a pair of archaeologists, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her partner Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), who discover a series of ancient cave drawings (from different cultures, separated by thousands of years) that point to a single location in space: a distant moon, LV-223. Shaw and Holloway believe that LV-223 is home to an ancient truth about humanity’s origins – a belief that is also championed by billionaire Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), CEO of the Weyland Corporation. After hearing their findings, Weyland agrees to send the pair – along with a fifteen-person crew – to LV-223 aboard the spacecraft Prometheus. However, when the team arrives on LV-223, it quickly becomes clear that Shaw and Holloway underestimated the implications of their expedition, as age-old questions are answered and new horrors are brought to light – horrors with Earth-shattering consequences for humanity.

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The ‘Prometheus’ Space Map

Moviegoers who have been underwhelmed by Ridley Scott’s non-sci-fi efforts (most recently Robin Hood, Body of Lies, and A Good Year) will be glad to know that the director slips effortlessly back into the genre that he helped define over thirty years ago. Not only does Prometheus feature one of the most captivating and carefully-paced opening acts in recent memory, it also offers a masterful visual aesthetic that easily raises the bar for onscreen sci-fi imagery in modern cinema. In a time when sci-fi/action films snag astronomical box office money (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), it’s easy for studios to rely on a recognizable brand, or visual spectacle, over core filmmaking components – such as competent world building (not just “cool” CGI characters) as well as intelligent scene composition (in favor of non-stop explosions). No doubt some moviegoers don’t want to think about the actual process of filmmaking, but for those who do care, Prometheus should serve as a breath of fresh air (and a welcome reminder) that inspired directing can make a real difference in the onscreen experience.

Similarly, co-writer Damon Lindelof (along with Jon Spaihts) succeeds at delivering a prequel movie that isn’t undermined by later installments and, instead, tells an all-new sci-fi story that (as mentioned before) is much larger and significantly more interesting than its core “source” material. Prometheus provides answers that many Alien fans will certainly appreciate, but at the same time raises much larger (and significantly more relatable) questions about the wonders – and horrors – of creation, and humanity’s place in the cosmos. As a result, the actual connections to the Alien universe are unnecessary to the success of the new story – and could, for less-interested moviegoers, come across as tacked-on.

All of the major players (Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green) deliver enjoyable, or at the very least believable, performances. However, despite solid work from everyone involved, both Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender offer especially memorable turns as Dr. Shaw and David, respectively. Fassbender’s David is easily one of the most fascinating (and disturbing) characters of 2012 – and Rapace holds nothing back in a number of especially challenging scenes (not to mention one especially brutal one). As an ensemble fueled by heavy-hitting talent, there is a definite purpose for each of the characters’ screen time, and few of the players are wasted. That said, a couple of them are short-changed by the end – which doesn’t detract from the overall success of the film, but in a few cases can be somewhat underwhelming in the moment.

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Charlize Theron and Idris Elba in ‘Prometheus’

Prometheus was shot entirely using 3D cameras, and much like Avatar and Hugo before it, the film once again proves that in the hands of a smart filmmaker, the format can enhance the moviegoing experience. Plenty of detractors will surely assert that seeing any movie in 3D is a waste of money – and plays into the hands of greedy studio executives. However, Prometheus is well-worth the upgraded ticket. The format isn’t distracting and successfully highlights details in the alien landscape as well as internal (yet massive) environments – not “pop out of the screen” jump scares. Scott’s use of the added dimension throws fuel on the argument that instead of decrying every 3D film, we should be sending studios a message about what type of 3D experiences we’ll support, boycotting tacked-on 3D (Men in Black 3) and poorly implemented post-conversions (Clash of the Titans). To make the experience even more potent, go the full distance with a 3D IMAX viewing.

Regardless of the connections to the Alien universe, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is a welcome return to form for the director – delivering a fascinating sci-fi storyline, gorgeous 3D visuals, and competent filmmaking choices that – especially for summer blockbuster fare – are sorely missing at the box office these days. While less-informed moviegoers might be a little confused about some of the Alien tie-ins, Prometheus finds a healthy fan-service balance that doesn’t detract from Lindelof’s rich (and horrifying) new franchise storyline. In space no one can hear you scream, but 20th Century Fox is going to have no trouble finding moviegoers who, after seeing Prometheus, are eager to scream for more Scott-helmed projects in the Alien universe.

If you’ve seen the movie and want to discuss details about the film without worrying about spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it, please head over to our Prometheus Spoilers Discussion!

Still wondering about how – exactly – Prometheus connects to Alien? Read our Prometheus – Alien Connection Explained’ Article.

For an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant team check out our Prometheus episode of the SR Underground podcast.


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Prometheus is Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language. Now playing in theaters.

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  1. Poor sound quality diminished my enjoyment, I was a bit disappointed.

    Not enough character identification to care very much about the cast.

  2. I hated it. Unconvincing, one-dimensional characters. No chemistry between characters other than maybe Dr. Shaw and David’s character.

    Yes lets run in a straight line from the alien spaceship instead of to the LEFT OR THE RIGHT. Theron’s character reveals her secret to ZERO IMPACT with the info given before it. Yes, lets pet the alien species like a dog. Engineers just look silly. Oh and the deus ex machina at the end of the movie pissed me off.

    Zero tension and suspense from the first, a bunch of horror movie cliches, flat characters, weak and generic philosophical undercurrents, and etc. Awful. It didn’t have to be another Alien. It didn’t even have to answer any questions. All it had to do was be a GOOD movie, and it wasn’t that. Awful.

    • Can’t agree with you more! :(

  3. Prometheus has left many unanswered questions for me.
    1. Why do these “engineers” create places and spaceships that look like dirty colons?
    2. Why do they have a flute instead of a key? Or even some sort of DNA scanner?
    3. Why aren’t the spaceship buttons labeled?
    4. How did this movie make it off the cutting room table and onto the screen?
    5. Why are critics not shredding this as some hammy attempt to “mysteriously” revisit an old glory that failed miserably?

  4. You must be on crack or something. Your review of the movie is so far from the truth I can only imagine you were watching a completely different movie. The script was TERRIBLE, the story was disjointed the players almost exclusively delivered horrific performances (perhaps not entirely their fault considering the material they had to work with). I don’t want to waste any more time on this movie other than to say Scott should be ashamed of this rubbish and Lindelof should be banned from touching any more scripts.

  5. What a waste of cinematography. Can’t tell if was the script or the editing, but this movie was just silly. Action moves from scene to scene with no apparent connection to the preceeding scene. Perhaps the film is best represented by the scene where the characters are running from the falling spaceship, and rather than just run a few yard sideways, they run in the same direction the ship is falling. If that made sense to you when you first saw it in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, then you will enjoy the movie.

  6. Utter garbage, 2 hours of my life I will never get back.

    Fassbender’s character, what character? If all his scenes were removed then it would be passable as straight to DVD rubbish, but he is only the topping on this steaming pile.

    Did Ridley Scott re-watch Alien or has he forgotten everything about it? This answered no questions but did totally rewrite it’s history and very poorly.

    Total waste of money, mine and the studios.

    • You’re whining about that “two hours of your life” that you’ll never get back, yet you’re obviously spending a considerable amount of time here complaining about it. Huh.

    • @tikay_,

      You’ve obviously never watched a Ridley Scott or a Kubrick movie. I suggest doing so. While this one sucked, it’s not for most of the reasons you posted.

      The robot risks everyone’s lives because he doesn’t care about life. He’s a robot. He was programmed for one purpose: to do whatever his boss wanted him to do, which was experiment or discover the alien source so that his boss could confront it and ask it to grant immortality.

      I thought the same thing about the geologist. Why did he get lost?

      Everyone didn’t decide to go to the alien’s home planet to talk to them. One person did. A) she has lost everyone she cares about and wants to know why they did what they did, and B) she can’t risk taking alien technology, and perhaps the deadly ones, back to earth with her.

      People who don’t know anything about religion and history often use the term pagan in arguments. If you watched the same movie I did, you would have seen that the general theme of the movie was that a bunch of Darawnists went looking for our alien creators only to realize that it doesn’t matter who created who and that an ultimate being still had to create somebody. Life does not simply poof! Exist. At the end of the movie she puts her cross back on because she has faith. That’s why it’s called a belief. She believes. It’s not black and white, oh I’m a scientist and I believe in Darwin’s theories therefore I can’t be a christian. The two can coexist. Grow up.

      Yeah, they probably had to all die or it may have seemed racist. That’s the problem with a politically-correct society. At the same time, the first thing I thought when I saw a black captain was oh, of course, he’ll probably die. I didn’t understand why their first thought was to ram their ship into the alien ship. Another 5 seconds could have shown them thinking up options before deciding on ‘the ultimate sacrifice’ for humanity. This was probably the worst part of the movie for me. Oh… yep that hasn’t been done before.

      Yep, She’s three months pregnant after 10 hours. You should have expected that going into a Ridley Scott sci-fi movie. Sorry to tell you, but you need to watch more movies.

      Yep. People don’t have to shop on a certain religious aisle. Learn a little bit about religion before you debate it. If a movie has scenes that take place thousands of years before modern times, it’s obviously going to represent the reality of those times. Christianity wasn’t around then. Going to the future, the main girl has a cross because she has faith in a higher being, but as a scientist it is her mission in life to find answers. It doesn’t mean God couldn’t have said at some point, hey, you guys I created a millenia ago, travel over here to this piece of the universe and create Earth. Hence, God was still responsible for our creation and yet there are other beings out there.

      It’s a movie. It doesn’t promote anything except a movie studio who wants you to go see a movie and give them money for it. The two main characters were in a loving relationship and she had no idea he had been infected. Once again. Grow up.

      The movie sucked, but your arguments for the suckage were mostly invalid. Thanks for playing.

      • “It’s not black and white, oh I’m a scientist and I believe in Darwin’s theories therefore I can’t be a christian. The two can coexist. Grow up.”

        Someone who believes in a make-believe fairy tale god is telling someone else to “grow up”? Hilarious. You judgmental Christians are about as unchrist-like as I can imagine.

  7. Prometheus – just saw it and was very disappointed. A better title would be “Ship of Idiots”. This is supposed to be a trillion dollar mission crewed by the best and brightest, yet they behave like high school dropouts making errors so gross that even high school dropouts would laugh.
    Let me give you a couple of examples (of many).
    Two world class geologists get all grumpy and wander off on their own, not interested in major scientific discoveries. While away they see an alien snake and decide to poke it, as a joke, until it reacts. Their screams come in over the radio to the ship where the captain has gone off duty to screw the ships owner. Nobody hears their deaths, nobody is on duty, it is not recorded and despite this being 2091CE there is no ships computer capable of alerting anyone that something noteworthy has happened.
    A woman has just had her stomach cut open and an alien monster removed. She is stapled up, covered in blood and staggers to the medical unit where the only reaction is to offer her a coat to cover up. She doesn’t bother to tell anyone about the monster she has left in the module. Nobody that interested, least of all the captain.

  8. Effects were excellent .. The story was totally disjointed .. No questions were answered .. did the screenwriter not see the original Alien/Aliens :(

  9. This was not good. I won’t go into it. I’m trying to process it. I love Alien(s). I love the original Star Wars trilogy. Prometheus is to Alien what Episodes I-III are to Episodes IV-VI. Not good at all.

    • Dude don’t rip star wars like that Episodes I-III told the story just as well as Episodes IV-VI if not better because there was more of a story to tell

      • Are you joking? Are you JOKING??? It must be very lonely being the only human being on Earth who thought I through III were anything other than terrible. Even if you were able to sit through those absolutely horrendous movies with a smile on your face, you should at least recognize that everybody else disagrees with you. Once you recognize that, you should quickly realize that nobody will take anything you say seriously on any other topic. I guess my point is twofold: 1) Are you joking? I’m seriously still holding out hope that you are just kidding around. 2) If you’re not joking, you should keep this opinion to yourself or else nobody will give you any credibility on any other topic.

        Also, I’d like to say in closing… are you kidding? Star Wars I-III told a story well?

  10. The weakest link for me was the film score. Goldsmith’s brilliant score for “Alien” was a big part of what elevated the film from B-movie schlock. Although the “Prometheus” trailers featured interesting music by Dean Valentine (unrelated to the film itself), I don’t remember a single instance of being impressed with the film’s score. In fact the only clever theme in the entire film was when they recycled the main theme from Alien for Weyland’s speech.

  11. Well, the movie was beautiful to look at and Charlize Theron is hot. That is about all the positive things I have to say about that piece of poop.

  12. I thought the movie was beautifully shot, and well-paced. I was not bored, but anticipating more and more and wanting to stay in the theatre for as long as possible. The overall experience was great, even in 2-D. But as a moviegoer, I personally like to be told or shown things. If I wanted to imagine what the creature or monster looks like, I’d read the book. Consequently, I found myself thinking about Carpenter’s “The Thing” and when I revisit that film, I need the characters to explain in their research what the heck the creature is doing/trying to become. So I rewind the clinic scenes.

    I wish when the geologist in “Prometheus” became an alien, that he would have been dissected, and we could have an idea of what the black ooze was doing to the host’s body. I liked the connections to “Alien” and would like to see a second “Prometheus”, with or without anything “Alien” in it. I did find the scientist touching the eel stupid, and then wondered how Noomi was able to crawl under the Engineer and the squid creature when the squid had a million tentacles. But anyhoo, I loved the effects, the creature and set designs, and was very intrigued throughout the movie. It took longer for “The Avengers” to actually hook me into the film. And the pacing wasn’t so bad, we were introduced to the characters and got to the planet pretty quickly. Thank you Mr. Scott for that!

    • I am sure by now you must have heard about the 20 minute extended edition with an additional half hour of DELETED scenes.

  13. I would rather blow a lepper. This movie has left me physically sick and I want my money back

  14. I would rather orally satisfy a lepper. This movie has left me physically sick and I want my money back

  15. This movie has left me physically sick and I want my money back

    • @ Simon, glad to see you managed to get your incredible insight conveyed here.

  16. Like an idiot, I went to see it twice just to be sure.
    Why does the scenery of flight path of the Ship matches the scenery in the opening scene.

    Why play coochie coo with a snake like alien you have never seen before

    When the rock guy guts the snake or mutated worm, it regenerates and goes into his suit

    the squid thing at the end was just too big to kick out one snake in the mouth and die off.

    The space jockey was very strong, he almost got free of the squid thing

    whats with the human like teeth, when do the metal teeth come into play

    why doesnt the space jockey make a sound

    and if that guy was supposed to start life on earth, then why doesnt any life look like him, red blooded, 10 feet tall, big eyes, muscles on top of muscles on top of muscles

    Shaw had nice legs

    and why didnt we know what david was saying to the jockey, did he have his own agenda and why

    if that wasnt a suit and it was part of his biology then why did the lame xeno not have the characteristics of the traditional xeno

    • I have a question, as someone who has been so vocal about disliking the movie why would you sit through it again? That’s being a glutton for punishment.

      As for your some of your questions

      whats with the human like teeth, when do the metal teeth come into play- Maybe the creature hasn’t evolved to that point yet, or as you always point out about the shifting characteristics of the creatures this variation just doesn’t have them. As unpopular as it is, Alien 4 did have the live-born variant that did not look anything like the others.

      why doesnt the space jockey make a sound- Maybe they don’t have vocal cords and use telepathy. Maybe is just didn’t dawn on him to scream, why did he have to scream?

      and if that guy was supposed to start life on earth, then why doesnt any life look like him, red blooded, 10 feet tall, big eyes, muscles on top of muscles on top of muscles- The humans that are created due to actions of the being in the beginning of the movie would develop according to their surroundings, as is the case with human development in real life. The Engineers in the film were not 10 feet tall, the guy playing the pilot is listed at 7’3″. So even with make-up and camera tricks in the movie they were probably closer to 8 feet. As for the muscles there are people who are built like that, mostly body builders, wrestlers and some of the MMA fighters. How “natural” the methods are to get that way are another story.

      • Sir Slayer-
        I sat through it again becuase I wanted to answer my own questions, for $5 and 2 hours to kill and after reading everything I read in these blogs, i needed to make sure I didnt miss anything to continue my arguement.

        The Space Jockey had to scream or grunt or something because he was getting his butt kicked. If he was telepathic, then he wouldnt have focused on David when he was speaking. Or he would have used his telepathy to get at Shaw or the others with some visions or brain pain or something. He understood david and since we dont know what David said to him, he did what anyone would do after waking up from a deep sleep and finding a bunch of people they dont know interrogating him

        There are not people who have 10 packs and muscles on top of their backs and on top of their shoulders

        I understand that you may have enjoyed this film, but unlike the 75% of people complaining about this movie, you my friend are one of the few, the proud

        • Don’t know where you get your 75% number from, but that really doesn’t matter. The issues I had with the movie just didn’t bother me as much as it seemed to bother yourself and others. Some of the issues you bring up seem like personal gripes, and even those are negligible at best. I mean going by your percentage poll, who many other people even mentioned that?

          As for the build of the Engineers, even if you do feel it’s unrealistic since they are aliens then it’s not even really an issue. If your contention is that in the context of the story if humans developed from them then some humans would have that type of build, well some humans do. The ones who either work out like crazy, take muscle enhancing drugs, have the genetic predisposition to develop that body type, or any combination of those. The Engineer in the beginning of the movie had what a lot of body builders have, which are over-developed abdominal and trapezius muscles. Look up Nathan Jones, Bobby Lashley, or Brock Lesnar.

          • Dude – Please dont get caught up in the numbers. You have to admit that there are a great number of people who disliked the movie as opposed to those who found a way to enjoy it.

            My point is that there are or were no 8-10 foot humans with a supermuscular build walking the with zero percent body fat that never worked out.

            It bothers me becuase I am a huge fan of this franchise and through everything i have seen or read about them ” I choose to Believe” that this was a god awful story placed on film and ridley scott lost his way or that lindeof dude should be flogged.

  17. The newly surfaced deleted scene featuring an elder Engineer (Space Jockey) at the self sacrafice scene appears (TO ME) to mirror the Peter Weyland story arc about a king not wanting to give up his throne to a younger apprentice and trying to rule/ live forever, or at least longer than he is supposed to. He made the younger Space Jockey die in place of himself, as is the normal tradition of these beings. When you get old, let yourself die for the creation of new life. The old one wants to stay alive!

  18. The opening act was killer — set me up for what I was expecting to be a nice, mind-bending, thought provoking, visually satisfying film experience.

    What I got was the typical, “let’s make movie in which someone/thing spends a trillion $$s to send a bunch of dumb-asses out into the universe so they can do stupid things like attempt to pet the first alien life form they see so the audience can watch the **** hit they fan and the body count climb.”

    Could someone PLEASE stop doing that?!

    Somebody who writes these screen plays should take a page from history — the exploration/exploitation of the Americas. When the Spaniards/French/British/Russians/Portugese/Etc. headed to the New World they did the following: take a lot of guns (cannons, cutlasses, chain mail, etc., you know…the top killing technology of the time) and shot everything that moved. They didn’t screw around petting the first Chupacabra or Sasquatch that popped out of the bushes. Only after a complete post-mortem analysis confirmed these things were not Vampires, Werewolves, Harpies, Demons, or any of a dozen other possible nasty (though imaginary) things, were the hippies allowed to pet anything.

    Writers: stop populating the future of space exploration with dim-wit civilians!!

    • Bravo, sir, bravo. That is the single biggest reason why this movie was so disappointing: a billion dollars and you hire a bunch of idiot ex-cons with attitudes.

  19. The trailers have been enough for me not only to pass it up at the
    box office, but delete it from a possible DVD viewing.
    No thanks
    Poor Ridley really missed the boat big time here.

  20. I have many questions unanswered like others, but one question really bothering me that, why David bugged Dr. Charlie through his drink and infected him and he died later? Can someone please tell me?

    • David infected him with the bacteria/substance to see what it would do. His mission was to find the holy grail if you will for Mr. Weyland…thus the “try harder” statement earlier in the movie. He had to test it out on someone expendable rather than his boss.

      • How did he know that that black goo was not a used motor oil or at best not just a fero-magnetic liquid?

        Why didn’t he give a damn when she aborted it?

  21. Epic in terms of budget and cinematography – rank story/script, comes from the Dallas school of writing. It only needed a dream scene and it would have achieved the wood chip award of acting from Creosote. How the minor actors weren’t laughing through scenes is beyond believe – as they dropped dollars into their accounts. So much mind numbing boring crap – hey ho we’re off to the ‘Engineers’ planet – yawn (big music).

  22. Was it me, or did it seem that Shaw and Charlie went out of their way to provoke David. Did they not know that this thing would be awake while they slept on the way back home?
    David had his own agenda and because he was the only one who knew the symbols and language of the Jockeys, he could have told them anything, but because the writers, producers and directors of this movie are idiots, we will never know.

  23. Soooooooo… the general consensus is that this movie stinks. The 4/5 star review is Ben having a fever dream right?

    Movie stinks on what level?

    1. Rotten Eggs
    2. Dog Farts
    3. Homeless guy asking for spare change
    4. Fish
    5. Teacher’s coffee and cigarette breath

  24. I expected way more out of the movie. Can anybody explain the beginning when the guy drank what was in that cup & jumped off the cliff dying? I dind’t understand that. And if your going to make something attack don’t make it a little snake looking alien. Thumbs Down on this movie.

    • It was Ridley Scotts way of explaining how humans evolved I suppose, thats why they focused on the DNA strand. It was a form of sacrifice for the greater good of science I suppose.

      • Why not just spill that liquid with your DNA into the water? Why the need to sacrifice your life? Answer: no reason. These beings were really so evolved that their still doing human sacrifices? Look at us, we’re practically apes in comparison and we don’t even do human sacrifices any longer.

  25. Found this on another site, and I liked it so I shared it with my friend but couldn’t find the site again. Anyways, I couldn’t have agreed more.

    At the end of the film, my friend leans over to me and says:

    “And that’s how you disappoint an audience.”

    From the look of it there were no moans, no grunts, no nothing. Just people sluggishly getting out of there seats without mentioning a word. Which is unusual. Drive by clips of one or two people when leaving the theatre as to whether they liked it or not; is the usual meander I’d get; and here it was: just a theatre full of people and no one had anything to say.
    As for me? I just had to rush to my house and write it all down like a vacuum emptying dust from it’s heart. But I didn’t care, about any questions; and maybe that was the message of the film. After-all, none of the questions are really ever answered; not the ones you wanted anyway, and maybe its what Weyland says at the end of the film. There is nothing here. And you said it, this is all just a waste of time.

    The long awaited film by the visionary directory Ridley Scott.

    And writers: Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts.

    For one, the graphics are amazing. It’s astounding how far they’ve come. I’m just amazed, for that alone to see technology for what is— in this unbelievable, real-world place— Please, take my poop money, I don’t care about that, but with a story that sucked this bad, how dare you tempt me.


    Even at the very start of the film (dismissing some for benefit of the doubt; innocent until proven guilty; overlooking instead of overstepping; etc, etc) —all of these attempts have failed. I sat back and enjoyed the stupidity of this film, and the misplacement of drama here and there like connected episodes rather than one fluid stream. In retrospect, it’s as if this movie was afraid to show the explosion of drama and the insanity of build ups they had all promised in the trailer. The film… coasted along. There was nothing really that impressive about it besides the effects.

    My problems:
    It all started when the two scientists got up to explain why they were there. To me, that felt out of order, I mean you just spent trillions of dollars and given away 2 and a half years of your life and not need an explanation for what your about to embark on? Anyways, there they were, at the moon-planet. I then corrected myself thinking to justify that this corporation probably just hired all the ‘best’ people and didnt’ tell them what it was about since it was all probably top secret, or maybe they wouldn’t have come if they knew the truth, or just didn’t want the media to get a hold of things and spew the political/military concerns as I noted: there were no military people aboard, the only person to have wanted to bring a gun onto the planet happened to be the punk-looking tech dude, who was really just a mapper.

    Interested about money: this theme never came up again, which was in the first two alien movies, except when the surgical thing was only primed for males.. i guess that has some overture to it, but your guess is as good as mine (probably for only Mr. Weyland).

    Okay, that was the light stuff.

    Basically, every thing that has happened is like they never had any movies in their universe, which only produced stupid characters with no depth.
    1. A trillion dollar corporation can’t afford surveillance. Granted they had surveillance in the headsets, but there was no surveillance team or any such recordings being monitored 24/7 (I’ll go on further in a bit). They’ve been asleep for 2 years, they should all be experiencing insomnia right now. Anyways, they should at least have recordings if they can afford a ship to SPACE.

    1a. The 2 people left behind in the movement scene; I.e. It’s probably a glitch, which we never find out what was moving in that spot, for all sense and purpose: the Captain treated it with mishap, he just strolled about unconcerned about the data, and calmly. I guess that’s his fear over death and I like it later on, but show a little bit of concern here. The Captain even left his post when 2 said men were missing and had to camp in an alien structure for the night. There wasn’t even an emergency button on their suit, or stress beacon to alert the ship if they were in trouble, but ok, let’s just ignore the people we need, thats not the main thing: the main thing is that, these 2 people couldn’t find there way out. All considering, he was the map guy! This was the dude who had the “pups”. This was the pooping person who told them about the layout. He was their guide into the structure. Hell, the other team didn’t have a problem getting out and they were in a pooping rush. Not to mention, these two people should have phoned in on protocol or the leader should have stated “so-said-names” are coming back to the ship. This mission was treated with such stupidity for something so intelligent.

    2. There was no recording! “Their last transmission was:” do you remember that scene when they tried to figure out what happened to them? (2 second clip). Okay? Can you pull it up? do you mathematically record anything? This is a one small step for man pooping history here and you don’t even record so said poop?

    3. This biologist, who knows every pooping thing that ever crawled on earth. (As biologists go, this is one dumb dude). He puts his hand to a COBRA ALIEN. It’s back is arched in a striking position, poop it doesn’t even look approachable! All I’ve seen was Aladdin, not even the discovery channel on this poop and I know better. Like, no way: you dont even touch a cobra on earth, why on an ALIEN god forsaken planet in some eerie poop’n cavern would you even attempt to? There was no motivation behind the character to do so. None! The alien even snapped it’s body as a ‘warning’ and the biologist has the nerve to call it cute. They were afraid of a dead body, and they clearly forgot the reason or the assumption on how it could have died when they have the first living life-form discovered right in front of them. Let’s not forget the 10 foot albino black eyed people (who were awesome by the way, had no problem with them) were running away from something, and were piled to the top of the door. “What do you think got them?” – yea, let’s ignore your instincts here.

    4. Not to mention the surveillance; what about having communication and whereabouts at all times; for all they knew they could have a rogue operative: which they did (rogue being a person who functions with his own intentions) aka David; and they don’t even have the buddy system. I had the buddy system in the ball-pit at Mcdonalds when I was 10. Not only that, they don’t report anyhting or check persons luggage bringing aboard ship. Poop dude, we go through the airport on earth and we need to strip down. —Why they wouldn’t even think to check peoples blood for contamination in the first place is beyond me. It only takes a second anyhow.

    5. I’m sure in the future they’ve seen well enough movies to know about humans and robots: they should have a guy SURVELLING DAVID AT ALL TIMES, and checking on his reports. Why the girl failed to mention this to anyone etc is beyond me, and why lover-boy would jeopordize everyone with his sickness is also, but i let that slide. possibly pride and ego took in and thats one mutherpoop’n scary thing to share when u see a worm in ur eye. But i certainly would not have ignored it which i can only applaud on the girls behalf when she got that alien out of her. How come she didn’t come back to double tap is beyond me, and why they didnt do the same for him when he was dead is another, and yeah lets leave his contaminated body right outside our doorstep so we have to pass it whenever we wanna get in and out. She says nothing about burying it, or his remains for the body being a christian women, but ok thats me just picking every little bit and that’s annoying even for me, sorry. (also how did he come back; oh yeah, no doubt, he poop’n would become a raging zombie with super-human strength, I knew it!) My conclusion: the opening scene with the ‘alien king’ takes black liquid aka poison to kill himself; for whom is in all ways probably superior to us, look at his muscle definition and height for proof, so it only concludes that something that breaks him down, for us and only 1 little thing of it, would surely help us to adapt and not break down our fragile bodies but only become something even stronger and raging hard with a need to kill, aka 28 days later zombie, yeah totally makes sense.

    6. Im sure they’ve had a few shares of alien movies… and one thing is for that dude NOT to bring his flamethrower, that guy seemed to not take orders from anybody, and he pooped out from one scientist giving him a ‘suggested’ order, that hey, this is an advanced civilization we found her, so no need to bring weapon, this is science after-all and we should not be careful. And first alien visit, let’s not bring any military. Okay government. And here I thought everyone knew the: It’s better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it thing.

    9. Also it felt like every trailer moment, was binged up too much where in the movie it just fell through a hole. All those trailer moments are duds and they feel out of place.

    8. The whole military theory the captain had I liked… but being the super humans they are with advanced technology, why would they even need something like that to destroy us? I guess that’s not the right answer then, huh?

    9. There is no point, or plot point —wise or anything for Charlize Theron. Like, the only thing she did was say… “FATHER”.. Like it was some big pimp’n twist, and then she died. You could take out her character and there would be nothing missing. – Speaking of; her death? What the poop. She just had to run sideways, she had more than enough time! Noomi’s character Shaw even fell and she only had to roll out of the way. So silly. And was there really a need for to die, or was it because she didn’t turn back to help Shaw to her feet?

    So! At the end of the movie, when the alien finally stood up and screeches: my friend leans into me for one last thing and says:
    “And that’s how Dolphins learned to walk.” And I couldnt help but laugh.
    One thing giving birth to another, from giant poop’n squid to that. Okay, so his semen gets contaminated and goes into her, but there’s no chromosomes in any relation to a human being, it just goes straight to squid mode.

    Anyways, the dna should have killed her, right? I guess maybe it was contained in the egg, so it didn’t mix in with her, okay, I’ll buy that? But this thing nested in her and it grew to an enormous size in 10 hours, without her having to binge on food or drink, is it self-sustaining itself? How? I guess it could just grow in him then right?

    I’m sure this rant has wasted your time. But no more than what the movie would have done if you were to go see it.

    • I agree with all your statements except the thing growing in other people. Although not known to be scientifically possible, and never explained, I suspend my disbelief for this because it’s just normal to the Alien universe. I expected stuff such as that going into this movie.

      For argument sake, I’ll suggest that when in the heat of the chaotic moment of an alien space ship crashing (or rolling) behind you, they simply were not thinking clearly, and thus were running forward instead of off to the side. That’s of course assuming you forget that she (Theron) was being portrayed as a strong leader. You shouldn’t be lead if you can’t think clearly when under pressure.

      Your friend sounds like he’s full of one-liners.

      • Thanks Jeepers, yeah and I totally agree on your points. It was just too funny to let go when she died. haha, and yea, that made the movie worth while. I’m just really happy there’s still people out there that have taste.

  26. Let me start with the two good points about Prometheus, 1. Amazing special effects and 2. 3D was an immersive experience. After that the movie falls flat for me. The violence was not just the weakest that I have seen in an Alien related movie it did not have that Alien feel as the two stranded nitwits tried to play peekaboo with the snake, that really began my hatred for this film. Then all of the unanswered questions that were never brought up like what did David say the the engineer or why they wanted the kill us? The editing was sloppy and the characters felt empty. Very disappointed in Ridley Scott.

  27. Really? A major scientific expedition into space with absolutely no discipline and no protocols for safety, exploration, or even contamination? 79 crew listed – where were the 60 other crew members? They arrive at the planet and only then introduce themselves to each other? Or the mission? Another Hollywood film made without a plausible script or believable characters. Nothing made sense and ultimately I did not care.

    It say a lot that most of the people are posting a rating of 4 or 5 – they are the reason why so many movies are so disappointing. Try reading a good book once in awhile to understand better how plots and characters you care about are developed.

    • Where did you get 79 crew members from, I read something like 17 when the little computer graphic popped up.

      As for the ratings, the movie was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But with the quality of some of the other movies that people rave about and that make tons of money, the amount of scrutiny this film is getting is almost funny. If this movie offended some people so bad then they probably shouldn’t go see 95% of what is out there.

      • @Slayer: I can respond to this somewhat. First of all, I agree that 95% of what is out there is crap, and I don’t waste money on it at the theater. However, I am a fan of the sci-fi genre, whether it’s books or movies or Futurama. I simply enjoy sci-fi. As a sci-fi fan, I enjoyed going to see Prometheus in the theater just for the mere sake of seeing some awesome visuals and a spaceship on the big screen! And for that alone, I do not regret paying money to see it. However, I still have a rational brain, and I am capable of separating my “sci-fi fix” from an honest analysis of the movie. I feel like this is where you and I diverge. Taking “sci-fi” out of the equation and just analyzing this as a film, it’s horrendous. This movie is chock full of characters with nonsensical motivations, and gaping logical flaws. Each and every layer of conflict is the direct result of a character who would not act that way in “real life,” or the result of a situation that would not have occurred in “real life.” (Obviously, when I refer to “real life,” I am referring to the world that Ridley Scott has defined, which is true-to-life sci-fi, as opposed to tongue-in-cheek sci-fi like Independence Day, or comedy sci-fi like Hitchhikers.) It is almost the height of laziness for a writer to write a script based on these flawed premises; in fact it WOULD be the height of laziness but that position is reserved for the director who green-lights such pathetic laziness. My point, in sum, is that all of us have a right to criticize this terrible movie! The fact that other movies are also terrible is 100% irrelevant.

        • I will agree with you on the points made about the actions of the characters, but the laziness seems to stem more from it being an often-used device. A few years ago watching Aliens I realized how much of what happened was really just bad decision making left and right, and upon viewing it again during the run-up for this movie it just reminded me that most of these types of movies and stories do it.

          Star Trek in it’s many incarnations, which is revered by many, on a weekly basis was set up on a premise that senior personal went to unknown possibly dangerous planets. And like clock-work the “security” died almost immediately. Like you said the reality is that if common sense were used just a little bit, most of the story would never happen and movies would be pretty short.

          And as for where we diverge, I can honestly analyze the movie, but I am not as bent out of shape about it as others are to the point of really just making up stuff to gripe about at this point. People get too over-hyped about movies these days before they even come out, and then take it as a personal insult when the movie isn’t good or to their liking. I mean really, you saw movie you didn’t like, that’s never happened before.

          Did this movie have plot holes, yes. Is Lindelof overrated as a writer, yeah about as much as most of the same group writing everything in Hollywood now. Will any of this matter when the next movie everyone will flock to comes out, nope. This movie had plot holes and some movies are a hole with pieces of plot floating around in it at this point, just have to pick which bothers you the least for two hours.

          • @Slayer: Good reply. I think you are totally right that this lazy device is epidemic, and has been epidemic for decades. Hell, it might have even been epidemic in serial fiction from newspapers going back to the 1700s for all I know. I just disagree that we need to accept it simply because it’s been around forever. But that’s the reality–the vast majority of moviegoers and professional reviewers WILL accept having their intelligence insulted in this way. If reviewers would consistently take movies to task and moviegoers would consistently speak with their wallets, maybe things would change. But of course, that day will never come!

            I’ll always get bent out of shape about it, because I don’t agree that movies would be short or nonexistent if they weren’t allowed to rely on these weak, lazy devices.

            If a writer is stuck and an unlikely character flaw or surprising character motivation is the only thing she can think of to create a conflict, all I expect is 30 seconds of screen time anywhere before or after that explains this unusual character quirk that normal people otherwise wouldn’t accept as true-to-life. For one example, myself and many others on here were bothered by the ridiculous geologist character. He served no function apart from launching magic balls, and he would have been an obvious liability to the success of the mission by any program manager with half a brain. This required 10 seconds of screen time to explain or show why he was uniquely important to the mission.

            I require a little writer/director accountability for risk-taking too (these could be thought of as weak plot-points, but ultimately they’re also character flaws since in reality it’s just a bad decision somebody has made). The mission itself is risky, but I accept that they go on it. Exploring the ruins/inner spaceship is also extremely risky, but I accept that they must do so sooner or later–that’s the mission after all! Taking off their helmets at the early stage they did is by itself completely unbelievable, but I even accept that because any director is understandably compelled to show unobscured faces as much as possible. It’s the sub-risks that can easily be cleaned up with just a little creative screenwriting. For example, the two dudes who play with the snake could just as easily have been attacked while being extremely cautious around the snake. Literally, every single snafu that arises could just as easily have happened with people being cautious.

            There is ALWAYS a way to get your characters in trouble in a plausible way. I might be a one in a million moviegoer, but I will never give any movie a pass just because most directors are lazy too. And I’ll whine and moan on these types of forums every time my intelligence is insulted by a movie, and hopefully I can convince one or two moviegoers that they shouldn’t accept lazy storytelling either. Then we’ll be two or three in a million, and maybe they’ll whine and moan… etc etc etc.

            • Good luck with your crusade, they are making another Transformers movie and it will make a ton of money which will just encourage everyone else. This script just seems like it didn’t want to go too far one way, so it propped itself up a crutch in many areas. A lot of it probably didn’t bother me because I am familiar with some of the themes they tried to touch on, even though it was not presented as well as it could have been. It would be novel to see a movie of this type where certain overused devices are used, and some semblance of both street smarts and book smarts are put on display. But like I said before people flock to the most senseless things now, so there is little or no incentive to think outside the box.

              If this movie had much of the same base themes at play, but was done a bit smarter the fact is there would still be loads of people complaining about not seeing more aliens and things popping out of people’s bodies. I am sure there have been a load of smart scripts written by people who don’t have agents or friends in the business that end up in the bottom of a garbage can. The fact that people are hung up this as a “franchise” movie like it’s Lucas and Star Wars shows some people want McDonald’s over a quality restaurant when given the choice many times.