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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.



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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 Site

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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
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Ian Whyte
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John Lebar
as Ghost Engineer
Daniel James
as Sacrifice Engineer
Lucy Hutchinson
as Young Shaw
Louisa Staples
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James Embree
as Mechanic 1
Florian Robin
as Mechanic 2
Matthew Burgess
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Eugene O'Hare
as Mechanic 4
Giannina Facio
as Shaw's Mother
Richard Thomson
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Dr. Anil Biltoo
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Jenny Rainsford
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Philip McGinley
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Rhona Croker
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Critic Reviews for Prometheus

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  • Even if the movie's logic ultimately spirals down into a vortex of hysteria, horror and hokum, I enjoyed the bulldozer intensity of the climax, which barely keeps a lid on the crackpot cult movie that's wrestling for the soul of this... blockbuster.

    Nov 9, 2016 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity
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  • The story is a lurching carnival of budget blasts.

    Nov 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Prometheus is scary only in the sum of instincts and talent for movie-making that have been lost.

    Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The movie may be a scare show that leaves many questions unanswered, but Scott's craft earns an exhausted kind of respect.

    Jun 18, 2012 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • While I was completely engrossed in 'Prometheus', I felt a tug-of-war going on between the cerebral and visceral elements, right up to the finale.

    Jun 14, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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An ambitious movie with outstanding visuals and great ideas, but the existentialist debate never goes beyond the obvious, and so even if it has a gripping mystery, this is a frustrating effort that only cares about coming up with more and more questions than ever answering them.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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To set the record straight, this movie is indeed an 'Alien' prequel. It offers insight to the origins of the alien creatures, the derelict ship, and the dead space jockey pilot from the first film. However, these insights are only part of the plot to Ridley Scott's return to the sci-fi genre. The film holds a lot of promises in the first twenty minutes with it's "humans were created by aliens" concept but the theological and philosophical implications are only touched upon. There is no denying that 'Prometheus' is a great looking film. Scott's manic attention to detail is on full display with the spaceship interior and vehicles. The cinematography and top-notch visuals give the film's universe a sense of vastness. As great as the film looks, it is taken down by a cliche and very convoluted script. The film sets out for new territory to explore but only ends up treading over the same ground as it's predecessors. The film becomes such an 'Alien' knock-off that it even has the 'crew member having a secret agenda' twist. Aside from the android David (played fantastically by Michael Fassbender), the rest of the characters are bland, with most existing just to be alien bait. Plus the number of confusingly ridiculous moments and un-answered questions plague the film as it plods along. It's a shame that even with Ridley Scott back at the helm, this latest entry in the Alien franchise can't escape mediocrity. In all honesty, it should have stopped with 'Aliens'.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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