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Prometheus (2012)



Critic Consensus: Ridley Scott's ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions, but it's redeemed by its haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances -- particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android.

Movie Info

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2012
Box Office: $126.5M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Noomi Rapace
as Elizabeth Shaw
Charlize Theron
as Meredith Vickers
Guy Pearce
as Peter Weyland
Logan Marshall-Green
as Charlie Holloway
Sean Harris
as Fifield
Rafe Spall
as Millburn
Patrick Wilson
as Shaw's Father
Branwell Donaghey
as Mercenary 1
Vladimir Furdik
as Mercenary 2
C.C. Smiff
as Mercenary 3
Shane Steyn
as Mercenary 4
Ian Whyte
as Last Engineer
John Lebar
as Ghost Engineer
Daniel James
as Sacrifice Engineer
Lucy Hutchinson
as Young Shaw
Louisa Staples
as Greeting Message Vio...
James Embree
as Mechanic 1
Florian Robin
as Mechanic 2
Matthew Burgess
as Mechanic 3
Eugene O'Hare
as Mechanic 4
Giannina Facio
as Shaw's Mother
Dr. Anil Biltoo
as Linguist Teacher
Richard Thomson
as Archaeological Assis...
Jenny Rainsford
as Archaeological Assis...
Philip McGinley
as Archaeological Assis...
Rhona Croker
as Archaeological Assis...
Wambui Wa Ngatho
as Automated Voice (Swa...
Zed Sevcikova
as Automated Voice (Cze...
Sonam Dugdak
as Automated Voice (Tib...
Reynir Thor Eggertss...
as Automated Voice (Ice...
Shin-Ichiro Okajima
as Automated Voice (Jap...
Charalambos Dendrino...
as Automated Voice (Gre...
Berhane Woldegabriel
as Automated Voice (Amh...
Wannaporn (Kay) Rien...
as Automated Voice (Tha...
Annie Penn
as Ship Computer Voice
Robin Atkin Downes
as Ship Computer Voice
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Critic Reviews for Prometheus

All Critics (270) | Top Critics (48)

Prometheus is scary only in the sum of instincts and talent for movie-making that have been lost.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

The best-looking stupid movie I've seen all year. It's sumptuously photographed, and often inane.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Many walked into this movie expecting a science fiction thriller in the vein of Ridley Scott's original Alien. This, I feel, was a colossal mistake.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

It is easily the most cerebral endeavor of its kind since "Minority Report."

Full Review… | July 2, 2013

Any lack in originality is handsomely compensated by the plethora of 3D visual treats courtesy of a crackerjack technical crew that creates an eerie interplanetary moonscape that's as epic as it is requisitely foreboding.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

WPrometheus offers hypotheses about the origin of life on our planet that are so well constructed, they make real-life theories about extraterrestrials seem highly feasible.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

Audience Reviews for Prometheus

A smart, slam-bang thriller that engages its audience from its mysterious opening shot all the way to its open-ended conclusion, featuring a team of scientists (led by Noomi Rapace) who journey to a distant planet in the year 2093 in hopes of uncovering hidden secrets regarding mankind's beginning and the meaning of life. Ridley Scott's visual scope is impeccable right from its opening tracking shot of the hills of Scotland, and the way he packs his film with atmosphere, tension, and absolute horror is a welcome surprise to the banal horror films (with exception to "The Cabin in the Woods", namely) we have received lately.

Sure, the film is not a mastery in how to develop characters (but neither were "Alien" or "Aliens", two films that are considered to be all-time greats by many, many people, including me), but it is an old-school lesson in how to properly freak out your audience, all while inputting a philosophical spin that is completely arresting. Although the film could have expanded on its "faith vs. science" battle, and there are some notable, inexcusable plot holes, it still works due to its cast. Everyone involved gives fantastic performances (Noomi Rapace, aka the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is outstanding, as is Michael Fassbender as the android David), there are tons of scares, all concluded with an ending straight out of Hell. Flawed, absolutely, but still an engaging, arresting, beautifully shot philosophical blast of a film whose ambiguity is frustrating and ballsy at the same time.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Its the future and scientists have found the traces of early alien visitation on Earth, and can trace the traces. So begins Ridley Scott's adventure to find the source of humanity. Heady stuff, so described, but like many stories, a great sendoff is not guarantee of even a fitting conclusion, which is where this tale sadly drops the ball. Sadly because not only is humanity's origin the premise but, more ominously, more thematically exciting, the origins of that cute and lovely little bitch Sigourney Weaver fights in Aliens. This is a roller coaster ride I want in on.
Fassbender owns the movie as the most interesting character. Whatever will the willful curmudgeon do next? Charlize Theron follows closely but is given nada to do. Idris Elba is shaped to be the manly old style sci-fi hero, but blink and you'd miss him. Guy Pearce is there (as another honored competitor has noted) but why? Which leaves Noomi Rapace to flail around the sets, perhaps herself wondering why. And so finally yet another film demonstrating quite succinctly that the most essential special effect in movies is the writer.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It's a really good introduction to the Alien trilogy.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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