Critic Review - New York Magazine

Prometheus tells a much bigger story and does it well, but it's missing what matters most. It's inorganic.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (32)
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Charles Cox

Charles Cox

Well of course it's inorganic, it's about Androids.

Jun 8 - 03:58 PM

Nanie Bruce

Nanie Bruce

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Oct 11 - 01:40 AM

Jin Juice

Jin Juice

It's idout Androids? No, the movie was about CREATION. Human-like Gods created Bio-chemical weapon that turned on them, and infected us, we accidently gave out a alien-offspring that mutated our maker. Honestly, the movie was not that great....too many plot holes....way too many. Ridley Scott just announced a sequel so...hopefully he'll fix and answer those questions...i dont like the idea that the aliens were gentically created through us. IF ANYTHING...they should of been the XENOMORPHS we know them out to be, it should of been their planet and they should have evolved throughout the movie.

Jun 9 - 05:41 AM

Marcos Santos

Marcos Santos

I felt the exact same way when i walked out.

Jun 10 - 04:47 PM

rockosmodernlife8

Brandon Furey

Xenomorphs were formed from our DNA, the reason facehuggers exist is because of the Space Jockeys. Crossing the human DNA with alien DNA causes an Xenomorph, hell any creature can become an Xenomorph

Jun 11 - 02:18 PM

Rebekah Grose

Rebekah Grose

You hit the nail on the head! Movie had potential,but fell so short due to lack of proper plot development.

Jun 19 - 10:58 AM

Tess MacIntyre

Tess MacIntyre

I think you missed the point. The aliens weren't genetically created by us, we were created by them. They were our "gods" and they decided to turn on us, this gets flipped around when Shaw goes searching for their gods. Where did they come from? Maybe it's that superior life form that decided to turn on THEM. After all, David was a human creation. Does that somehow make us gods? It shows 'god' or whatever that could mean, in a mortal way. The lines are blurred between creator and creation, life and death. I think this was a masterpiece.

Jun 19 - 03:09 PM

Nanie Bruce

Nanie Bruce

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Oct 11 - 01:40 AM

Ward Parry

Ward Parry

"Scott might be the most overrated director alive"

Look, I'm no fan of Prometheus but that's just a little bit silly isn't it, David? I think you're better than that.

Jun 9 - 11:17 AM

Jesse Melat

Jesse Melat

Honestly I agree. I think he peaked with Alien and never really got back up to the summit. He has an eye for stunning vistas and terrible violence, but he's far too often entirely at the mercy of what the script is like, and how motivated his actors feel that day. He's a lot like Peter Jackson, in an odd way.

Jun 10 - 02:01 AM

Jason P.

Jason Peters

Ya, Blade Runner sucked!!! Those oscars he won? They are given as pity for his work on Alien. YAA!!

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Shut up, dork.

Jun 10 - 01:06 PM

Jordan Myers

Jordan Myers

Jason P, I couldnt say it any better myself.

Jun 30 - 01:18 PM

Nanie Bruce

Nanie Bruce

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Oct 11 - 01:40 AM

Steven Bolin

Steven Bolin

The movie was crap. It ad so many holes it made swiss cheese look solid.

Jun 10 - 11:11 AM

Jason P.

Jason Peters

This man disagrees with my opinion of the film and so he is sooooo wrong!!!! ARGH!!!!

Lettuce be honest here. If that movie was sitting at 94% or more on tomato meter and was the exact same movie, you would be all over it. slurp slurp.

Jun 10 - 01:08 PM

Steven Bolin

Steven Bolin

I didn't like the movie and I have a problem with the plot. What's the problem with that? Or are you just being a dick?

Jun 10 - 02:51 PM

Tess MacIntyre

Tess MacIntyre

You didn't say why you didn't like it. What sort of holes are you talking about?

Jun 19 - 03:11 PM

Preston Orrick

Preston Orrick

What do you have against lettuce?

Jun 11 - 07:14 AM

Liberty High

Liberty High

My big question. This is a POSITIVE review, Rotten Tomatoes? The real big question (unlike Prometheus which really has none) is who decides what is a hit and what is a miss with your damn tomatoes?

Jun 10 - 05:46 PM

rockosmodernlife8

Brandon Furey

It's positive and negative, just like most reviews for Prometheus. There should be a cross of Rotten and Fresh, that way these reviews are sorted better.

Jun 11 - 02:20 PM

Gary Barker

Gary Barker

Inorganic? Please!
GB

Jun 11 - 10:53 AM

Gus Collias

Gus Collias

visually lavish but pathetically low on logic. (and science, have you actually had a look at your genome lately, vast tract of it is comprised of viral genes and gene sets, which would have been acquired long after blueboy's visit, vitiating any possibility of a match) translations that occur much more akin to transmogrification than genetic induction (supersymbiogenesis best i can do). if plan a was to destroy and plan b was plan a again, who "changed their minds" and about what? also a 2,000 year lapse of attention by assorted relations seems like an odd ommission. raises far too many questions, and lets them dangle. which is just dull. robot shows more signs of life than the cast. character development never occurs, with that single and slight exception. behavior of jealous robot somewhat extreme to have passed without notice. theron is wasted on a bloodless script. plotline was either too rewritten or not written enough. p brings some llumination, but usually wanders in the darkness. film hangs on, primarily due to overwhelming visuals, but a meisterwerke it is not.

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Jun 14 - 12:52 AM

Epic AC

Jamie Young

I guess you were not really paying attention, the progenitors showed up on primordial earth and started the ENTIRE process of life, not just humans...they were the building blocks for everything...as for the "robot" David the android was acting on orders from Weyland, what they were we don't know...so your attention span lead you make accusations that are simply your misunderstanding of what actually transpired...you are also assuming that the aliens on the planet they visited were somehow involved with the ones who visited earth billions of years before we went looking for them. Just like earth and its many factions/countries/creeds i'm sure billions of years of time passing had something to do with it. That is not to say there were not any inconsistencies or plot weaknesses, just not the ones you seemed to create out of thin air.

Jun 17 - 01:43 PM

Jordan Myers

Jordan Myers

Touche Epic ac, Touche.

Jun 30 - 01:27 PM

Gus Collias

Gus Collias

visually lavish but pathetically low on logic. (and science, have you actually had a look at your genome lately, vast tract of it is comprised of viral genes and gene sets, which would have been acquired long after blueboy's visit, vitiating any possibility of a match) translations that occur much more akin to transmogrification than genetic induction (supersymbiogenesis best i can do). if plan a was to destroy and plan b was plan a again, who "changed their minds" and about what? also a 2,000 year lapse of attention by assorted relations seems like an odd ommission. raises far too many questions, and lets them dangle. which is just dull. robot shows more signs of life than the cast. character development never occurs, with that single and slight exception. behavior of jealous robot somewhat extreme to have passed without notice. theron is wasted on a bloodless script. plotline was either too rewritten or not written enough. p brings some llumination, but usually wanders in the darkness. film hangs on, primarily due to overwhelming visuals, but a meisterwerke it is not.

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Gus Collias

Gus Collias

visually lavish but pathetically low on logic. (and science, have you actually had a look at your genome lately, vast tract of it is comprised of viral genes and gene sets, which would have been acquired long after blueboy's visit, vitiating any possibility of a match) translations that occur much more akin to transmogrification than genetic induction (supersymbiogenesis best i can do). if plan a was to destroy and plan b was plan a again, who "changed their minds" and about what? also a 2,000 year lapse of attention by assorted relations seems like an odd ommission. raises far too many questions, and lets them dangle. which is just dull. robot shows more signs of life than the cast. character development never occurs, with that single and slight exception. behavior of jealous robot somewhat extreme to have passed without notice. theron is wasted on a bloodless script. plotline was either too rewritten or not written enough. p brings some llumination, but usually wanders in the darkness. film hangs on, primarily due to overwhelming visuals, but a meisterwerke it is not.

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Jun 14 - 12:56 AM

Sarah Madison

Sarah Madison

My point of view of this movie that it was an alright made film, it had enough Sci-Fi and horror mixed in, it is a new combination of movies that will probably be seen more in the future, aliens or androids, it's still a good movie.

My dad's point of view:I am 55 year old man and I thought this movie was brilliant, 'cause it totally explains who made us and then wanted to destroy us, because we didn't follow the rules or do right by them,also who made the aliens, and their weapon the aliens destroyed them, please do not confuse this with my belief system on God, it's a great movie.

P.S. I think you need to see the first Alien Movie before you watch this one.

Jun 14 - 02:51 PM

Steve Anstin

Steve Anstin

sorry David my friend the planet isn't necessarily earth - according to sir scott himself- and the questions you seem to want answered are never coming to you in a movie. This movie isn't inorganic to me, it's very organic. The base seed of a great movie; everything is new.This isn't the horror of physical violation, this is the horror of the arrogance of any beings thinking they have all the answers and nature changing the questions. Yes you can manipulate dna, but can you control what comes afterwards. "we were sooooo wrong" is a quote made by the surviving protagonist and could actually be stated [and according to Alien1; is stated] by the Engineer as he makes it back to his chair to send out the last beckon; before his chest busts(wish they showed that).....good enough movie! :)

Jun 15 - 05:48 PM

Grand M.

Grand Mesa

Edelstien, do you work hard to be this dumb?

Jun 25 - 11:30 PM

Amanda Andrews

Amanda Andrews

North Carolina

Jun 26 - 02:03 AM

Jim McCambridge

Jim McCambridge

Who at RT decided this was a positive review?!

Jun 26 - 07:37 PM

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