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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone.

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Storyline

This film is set in 2093 and takes place in the same universe as the 'Alien' movies. A group of explorers, including some archaeologists, are on an "undisclosed" mission. They arrive at a planet millions of miles away from Earth. The team spot what they believe to be signs of civilization. They go to investigate and find more than just signs, they find conclusive evidence. But some of them have an ulterior motive for being there, including the Weyland Corporation. They believe that this is where the human race actually came from. Things soon turn from excitement to survival once inside their discovery. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end. See more »


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Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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8 June 2012 (USA)  »

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Untitled Alien Prequel  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,050,101 (USA) (8 June 2012)

Gross:

$126,464,904 (USA) (14 September 2012)
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Trivia

For the scene of the Prometheus' descent to the alien moon LV-223, VFX art director Steven Messing referenced NASA imagery and aerial photographs of locations in Iceland and Wadi Rum. Messing painted over these images and combined them with 3D set extensions to create a realistic altered landscape. See more »

Goofs

Charlize Theron's dark roots in her hair appear, disappear and re-appear during the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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Crazy Credits

There is a statement at the end of the closing credits: "Previous Footage Property of Weyland Corp. Building Better Worlds Since 10.11.12. weylandindustries.com/timeline" See more »

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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Love the One You're with
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Plot holes and scientific inaccuracy ruined this film
15 June 2012 | by (Brandywine, MD) – See all my reviews

With all the money these film makers had to make this film one would think that they could hire a few graduate students at any local university for peanuts to check for scientific ignorance. This film is just sloppy. The list of things that made absolutely no sense would go on for pages: from placing themselves somewhere between Mars and Jupiter to not knowing the difference between abiogenesis and evolution. From performing archeology with the equivalent of a bulldozer to having a hodgepodge of symptoms from identical infections.

It was like spending two hours kissing someone with a halitosis. I suppose it would be an entertaining film for someone who isn't bothered by scientific ignorance and is willing to forgive gaping plot holes that make no sense.


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