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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

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Ridley Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noomi Rapace ... Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender ... David
Charlize Theron ... Meredith Vickers
Idris Elba ... Janek
Guy Pearce ... Peter Weyland
Logan Marshall-Green ... Charlie Holloway
Sean Harris ... Fifield
Rafe Spall ... Millburn
Emun Elliott ... Chance
Benedict Wong ... Ravel
Kate Dickie ... Ford
Branwell Donaghey Branwell Donaghey ... Mercenary 1
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik ... Mercenary 2 (as Vladimir Furdik)
C.C. Smiff C.C. Smiff ... Mercenary 3 (as CC Smiff)
Shane Steyn ... Mercenary 4
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Storyline

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

We came from them. They will come for us. 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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Alien Prequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,234,812 (United Kingdom), 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,050,101, 10 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,477,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$403,354,469
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Janek talks with Vickers, he mentions that his accordion was property of Stephen Stills. Stills is a singer, former member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and composer of "Love the One You're With", that Janek sings often times. See more »

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When Elizabeth has the alien "fetus" removed by using the "Pauling Med-Pod", she breaks the umbilical cord which is still internal, thereby leaving the "placenta" in her abdomen. This alone would probably kill her, causing her internal bleeding. However, as this was not a "traditional fetus" (as David described it), it is questionable as to whether a traditional placenta had even formed. Even if there was a placenta of some kind, it is still possible for women to have a "retained placenta" even after a C-section which can later be expelled from the body naturally or with the assistance of medication. See more »

Quotes

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

The opening title appears in the piece-by-piece fashion of the original Alien (1979) movie. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: The Blair Witch Project (1999) (2016) See more »

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Theme from Alien
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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So much of this movie could have been easily fixed...
6 June 2012 | by sandy-462See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. It's gorgeous to look at, and I'm definitely going to go and see it again. It's really impressive.

But... It's stuffed with scenes without any payoff. Again and again it sets stuff up and then just... walks away from it.

In at least one unforgivably stupid scene, someone *literally* just walks away from an antagonist and leaves it there. And then doesn't tell anyone about it. Some of it's really effective. There are some scenes that are absolutely gripping. But so much of it doesn't make any sense...

Having said all that I think it's very clear that what I just saw was Prometheus part 1. It's very definitely supposed to have a sequel and I will certainly go to see the sequel. I think both movies taken together might score a 10.

But this movie by itself doesn't.


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