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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elizabeth Shaw
... David
... Meredith Vickers
... Janek
... Peter Weyland
... Charlie Holloway
... Fifield
... Millburn
... Chance
... Ravel
... Ford
Branwell Donaghey ... Mercenary 1
... Mercenary 2 (as Vladimir Furdik)
C.C. Smiff ... Mercenary 3 (as CC Smiff)
Shane Steyn ... Mercenary 4
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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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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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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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In the sequence where a holographic Peter Weyland addresses the crew of the Prometheus, the musical underscore heard quotes the original theme to Alien (1979) written by Jerry Goldsmith but never used in the 1979 film. See more »

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While watching "Lawrence of Arabia," David has white treatment in his hair. A few seconds later, his hair is clear of the treatment. After another few second the treatment is in hair. However, this sequence shows how David spent two years by himself aboard the ship while the rest of the crew were in cryosleep. The sequence is not necessarily linear, though it could also show David repeating certain activities several times during that two year period (in order to lighten hair, multiple treatments are often required). See more »

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Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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Standalone, prequel, or reboot? It doesn't matter, good job!
1 June 2012 | by See 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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