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Prometheus (2012)

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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.

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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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USA | UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien 0 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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2.39 : 1
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The Vatican's official newspaper L'osservatore Romano gave a negative review of this film saying that it "mishandles the delicate questions raised by... the battle eternal between good and evil." See more »

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Despite being set 30 years before the events of Alien, the technology available to the crew on board the Prometheus seems to be far more advanced than anything seen in the 1979 movie. However, the Prometheus is a state-of-the-art science vessel, whereas the Nostromo is simply a cargo towing vehicle that does not require as much high-technology (it would be like comparing a fishing trawler to a nuclear submarine). By the time of Alien, the Nostromo is clearly an old ship. It could well have been made even before the Prometheus was. See more »

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[first lines]
Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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The opening credits take place throughout the Engineers' scene on Earth. See more »

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Referenced in The Peter Weyland Files: TED Conference, 2023 (2012) See more »

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Love the One You're with
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Standalone, prequel, or reboot? It doesn't matter, good job!
1 June 2012 | by AdrenalinDragonSee all my reviews

It is hard to say too much about Prometheus without spoiling it. First of all, those expecting to see the original Aliens are not seeing this movie for all the right reasons. Yes, it is part of the Alien universe and set before the first movie, but it doesn't feature those Aliens and instead tells a brand new story of merging the two worlds together.

With Ridley Scott back to directing, Prometheus used the similar setup of making researchers explore an alien world, only this time there is a longer setup and more suspense driven to events unfolding. The ship in this movie is very reminiscent of the one in Alien, although it is different in design and has some new interesting gadgets and pieces of technology we haven't seen before. There's no denying that there are things people will pick up relating to Alien, and I'm really glad they didn't tone down the violence for 12/PG-13 rated audiences. Either way, you can watch Prometheus first before the other Alien movies.

On the acting side of things, I found Michael Fassbender's Android character David to be the standout for the movie. I also liked the protagonist Noomi Rapace and the supporting cast of Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. All strong performances, but perhaps if there's only one small complaint I could think of, is that maybe the supporting characters didn't get enough development time. Thankfully, Scott and the team keep the movie going at a very good pace with emotional depth at the right moments.

Overall, Prometheus on first viewing was what I expected, a movie using it's original base movie Alien as a structure to produce a new story with new characters/lifeforms to lead up to other Alien story lines. It is highly likely the references will become more obvious in sequels to this, but Prometheus manages to bring a story that works as a standalone but also a prequel at the same time, which is good for all viewing audiences, and I think Scott was trying to bring the grisly/dark atmosphere movies of Alien without being too in your face, which I thought was the right direction for this movie.


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