Critic Review - New York Magazine/Vulture

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/Vulture | Comments (32)
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JC Martel

JC Martel

CGI perharps ?

Jun 8 - 03:56 PM

Charles Cox

Charles Cox

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

Jun 8 - 03:58 PM

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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

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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

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

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Oct 11 - 01:40 AM

Steven Bolin

Steven Bolin

WARNING- HUGE SPOILERS!!

Prometheus was so bad, so poinless, and so full of plotholes it could not be anything less then a total and utter dissapointment. Ridley Scott- wth were you thinking?

1. When the question is finally asked in the ending, why were humans created etc, The "alien" answers by breaking the androids neck and riping its head off. I can`t imagine a much bigger antiklimax, ever, in the history of movies. If you ask big existential and universal questions in a movie that was suppose to be the epic movie of this decade, You better have a effin answers, otherwise- Dont ask them. You will dissapoint people greatly. Do not, instead of a simple or logic answer put in "Uhh ..we dont have a answer for that..so ok, what if the big guy rips his head off, that be cool?", NO.

2. The original creature with his chest popped open was way, way bigger in the first movie. And it didnt even die where it was suppose too, it the cockpit chair. Look at those half see-through-white gotish style- blackeyed half-ass aliens running around.What are they about?.... Do we care? The original Exoskeleton was so much better and I shouldnt even have to explain why. Maybe people wants to see cool aliens, true to the original idea, and not half-ass ones.

3. Why would any species leave an "invitation" to their biowarfare factory planet? expecially to the ones they seem to hate the most? maybe, they are not very bright, must be all that black goo.

4. What was the black goo anyway? Some got mutated, some got pregnant, and some just got their face melted away in a cave while his buddy played pikaboo with some sort of snake,...who looked like a crossbreed between a penis and a vagina, A Pegina.

5.You don`t get up and run after a C-section, you would bleed to death. C-sections needs pressure to stop bleeding. I dont care how much staples you use.

6. Noomi will never be Ripley, ok? same haircut is not going to do the trick.That just aint going to happen, like somebody said "There aint no facepalm big enough".Ripley had character, one that you bought as "the real deal" on top of that.No character in this movie had any credibility, and on top of that -they were amateurs, and if they werent, they sure knew how to behave like one.

7.How in the world of Zeus, did Noomi figure out that is was a bioweapon that was going to be used against earth? because of the starmap?? that just didnt make any effin sence- at all!!
She went from "It is an invition" to "They want to kill us" based on what??

8. Nowhere, ever, was there an explanation for why the android put black goo in that guys champagne. Seemed like a good idea at the time? spare of the moment thing? syntax error?

9. What was the point with Weyland being alive? there was no twist to the story? what did it change? nothing! neither did it add anything to the story that Theron was his daughter. zzzZZZzzzZZZ

10. Weylands makeup was horrible bad...

11. If I were to sumon up the message of the movie it would be this- It is better to believe in god and play around in the little pond then to explore the universe looking for the origin and reason of humankind. (Beacuse you will just get your head ripped off, so what else is new?)

12. .....Who runs ahead of a crashing ship rather then away from it? ......

13. What was up with that guy in the first scene? and what happened to the ship leaving the atmosphere? who knows....and who still cares?so many questions, so few answers.

14. All aliens were non cool and ugly, just plain ugly doesnt equal cool sci-fi.

Jun 10 - 11:10 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

Okay pumpkin, nice try. The ONLY reason you like it is because it is rated as a good movie. I could go on an list at least ten issues with the movie off the top of my head that are just plain poor craftsmanship, but instead just google "Prometheus sucks" and read some of the issues for yourself. Oh, nevermind, you're busy sitting around being obnoxious, got it.

Jun 10 - 02:31 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

Charles Dobranowski

Charles Dobranowski

You're all idiots.

I walked into this movie expecting garbage after reading these comments. Instead, it was amazing. The 'questions' you're all referring to requires - what I would think - is a basic ability for human evaluation and critical thinking from inferences and slips all over the place. To educate the vast majority of morons, whom i'm sure are mostly American:
- the plot was not based on the question of creation; the plot was based on 1 man's ability, through his entire life's work, to find a way to beat death. This guy financed the Trillion dollar mission in the hopes of doing just that - finding the creators and having them give him a new life.

- the entire concept of these Aliens is highly inferred to have an instinct for human destruction. Thus, as the black captain said, this planet was used as a place to build weapons of mass destruction - away from their home planet. Hense, why the lady took the ship at the end to return the favor.

- So, with everything said and done, it is them inferred that our species - humanity - must have populated our planet and several other planets that this super-human race planned to destroy.

- The only question that remains, throughout the ENTIRE movie, is 'how' those markings arrived all over earth. That's it. This is the only question that was never explained and, honestly, it's irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. It would fit the plot to answer; sequel will probably answer it.

Stupid fucking Americans. No wonder why you have jobs - you're too dumb to find one. Fix your education system.

Jun 10 - 05:08 PM

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. pictographs pointing out the location of a moon in deep space would have become a planetary topic many centuries prior to expedition thereto. robot shows more signs of life than the cast. character development never occurs, with that single and slight exception. behavior of jealous robot ridiculously extreme without a much deeper explanation than is offered. 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.

Jun 14 - 12:32 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

Green Drake

Green Drake

What a horrible movie!

Jun 16 - 08:19 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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