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Prometheus (I) (2012)

R  |   |  Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  8 June 2012 (USA)
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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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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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The search for our beginning could lead to our end See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Alien Prequel  »

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Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During production, Ridley Scott kept the use of computer-generated imagery as low as possible, using CGI mainly in space scenes; Scott recalled advice VFXpert Douglas Trumbull gave him on the set of Blade Runner (1982): "If you can do it live, do it live", and also claimed that practical VFX was more cost-effective than digital VFX. See more »


When David is talking with Charlie in the bar/lounge, David has the drop of black liquid on his right index finger intending to place it in Charlie's drink. But during the lead time, his finger touches other objects such as the glass, bottle and the metal billiard ball. However, it is plain to see that David always keeps his right index finger extended throughout the scene and the tip of it (where the black liquid drop is) does not come into contact with the billiard ball, glass or the bottle. The first contact the tip of his finger makes is Charlie's drink. See more »


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

The opening credits take place throughout the Engineers' scene on Earth. See more »


Featured in Projector: Prometheus (2012) See more »


Prelude for Piano No. 15 in D Flat Major, Op. 28 No. 15
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User Reviews

Somebody needs to send out a warning beacon for this movie
10 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved the first Alien movie so when I saw that Ridley Scott was doing another one, possibly a prequel, I patiently waited for it to come out while trying as hard as I could to avoid any reviews, previews, or spoilers. I just assumed the movie, while probably not being as good as Alien, would still be something definitely worth watching. Why else would Ridley Scott bother to return to the franchise?

I'll start out with the good parts. The visuals are nice. I also enjoyed Michael Fassbender's, Noomi Rapace's, and Idris Elba's performances.

Now for the bad. The movie basically doesn't make any sense. It's hard to understand a lot of the characters' actions. The science seems fishy. The ending doesn't clarify much. I wish I had noticed that Damon Lindelof had a writing credit on the movie before I went, because he pulled this same type of thing on Lost. It's easy to write mysteries. The challenge is writing solutions to those mysteries.

I wanted very much to like this movie - so much so, that even though I had my doubts as I was watching it, I still thought it was not too bad right after it ended. It was only after thinking about the movie for the next day or so that I realized how many plot holes it had. The more I thought about it, the angrier I got. I was angry at the lost potential and angry at myself for letting my guard down and blindly trusting that a modern Hollywood blockbuster could live up to the past.

Anyway, if you're reading this, please know that this is a warning beacon that I'm trying to leave you. Under no circumstances should you watch Prometheus with any sort of high expectations. If you must watch it, then try to watch it without thinking too much. And try to forget about it as soon as the credits role.

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