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Prometheus (2012)

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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon 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 moon trillions 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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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$126,464,904 (USA) (14 September 2012)
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The first film to feature two actors who played Charlotte Brontë's creation of Edward Rochester in two different literary adaptations involving the same character in the same cast. Rafe Spall played Edward Rochester in Wide Sargasso Sea (2006) and Michael Fassbender played the same role in Jane Eyre (2011). See more »

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Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Scherzo - Tarentelle in G Minor, Op. 16
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A polished turd
3 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

My opinions on Prometheus have surely been expressed a hundred times before in these reviews, but the movie is so frustrating that I too have to voice my disappointment in order to move on.

Like many others I loved the idea of original Alien director Ridley Scott returning to the franchise to make a prequel, and it could have been awesome in many ways! Unfortunately, while the first 30 minutes of the movie are pretty decent and epic, the storyline begins to fall apart after that and it continues to deteriorate at an accelerating pace throughout the rest of the movie.

We are exposed to a storyline containing so many flaws, unexplained actions, irrational character behavior and leaps of logic that it looks more like an early draft than a finished product. I am not going to mention every bad detail here because others have already done it. Let's just conclude that Prometheus is an incoherent mess of plot holes, illogical twists and seemingly random ideas aimlessly thrown into the movie.

It looks to me like the cast try their best given the substandard script, and that the writers seem to be the ones to blame. What were they thinking? Are they 12 years old? Were they high? They should have cut out half of the ideas they threw into the mix and instead put their focus on making the story coherent and believable! Hell, all they had to do was to look at EITHER of the first two Alien-movies (1979 and 1986) to see brilliant examples of believable and exciting sci-fi story lines.

I guess director Ridley Scott should also be ashamed for not recognizing that the script/plot was not nearly finished at the time of shooting the film. According to rumors, Scott also decided to scrap a few scenes that were pretty vital to the story, probably making the movie even less coherent and even more frustrating to watch.

The reason for giving Prometheus as much as 3/10 is the beautiful cinematography, scenery and CGI. The movie looks good! Too bad that looks alone can not save this film - You can try to polish a turd all you want, but a glossy surface can't hide its shitty content.


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