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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


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 Violinist
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
Richard Thomson
as Archaeological Assistant
Dr. Anil Biltoo
as Linguist Teacher
Jenny Rainsford
as Archaeological Assistant
Philip McGinley
as Archaeological Assistant
Rhona Croker
as Archaeological Assistant
Wambui Wa Ngatho
as Automated Voice (Swahili)
Zed Sevcikova
as Automated Voice (Czech)
Sonam Dugdak
as Automated Voice (Tibetan)
Reynir Thor Eggertsson
as Automated Voice (Icelandic)
Shin-Ichiro Okajima
as Automated Voice (Japanese)
Charalambos Dendrinos
as Automated Voice (Greek)
Berhane Woldegabriel
as Automated Voice (Amharic)
Wannaporn (Kay) Rienjang
as Automated Voice (Thai)
Annie Penn
as Ship Computer Voice
Robin Atkin Downes
as Ship Computer Voice
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  • May 19, 2017
    Ridley Scott's return to the Alien franchise was a divisive one. Prometheus is a fascinating and sometimes thrilling addition to the series, albeit with an imperfect way of going about it. I feel like Scott really wanted to make a science fiction film with exploration at the center of it, and throw in some Alien terror and action to create a blockbuster-y feel. To me, the parts of Prometheus that work the most are when the film is trying to build mythology around the mysterious "Engineers" and their possible relation to the creation of humans and/or Xenomorphs. Of course, the film rarely makes all of the answers to these questions accessible without analysis, but it interests me far more than another film hanging onto the scares of a two-mouthed creature. The film assembles quite the ensemble, including Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Benedict Wong, and Idris Elba. Every Alien film's strength seems to always lie with its cast, but perhaps this was the best ensemble of any of the films to date. However, besides Rapace and Fassbender, most of the casts' characters aren't fleshed out enough. In other Alien-related films you made not need as much character development because the film isn't built around its cast, but this film feels more character centric and slower paced than others, hence needed some more work. That's not to say this film doesn't have some great character work. Rapace has a particular scene lying on a medical bed that is some of the best acting this entire series has offered, but I think this film works far better when the vision stays in Ridley Scott's court of directing. His direction and the cinematography is absolutely astounding. This film could easily hold a class as to how to properly shoot cinematography. It's 5 years old and I'm not sure I have seen a science fiction film look more hauntingly real than Prometheus. It's one of those films that you have to admire because of how much work and effort was put into making this Scott's vision from the start. I think the biggest problem people have with Prometheus (even more so than failing to answer all questions) is that it tries to be too many different types of film at once. I know that all of the Alien films pride themselves on chaos, but at least the narratives never strayed too far away. Prometheus' narrative can be a jumbled mess, especially in the third act, and I think that prevents it from coming close to the early franchise's roots. But there's also a lot to love with a little bit of greatest hits moments from the entire Alien series. Hopefully Scott can really bring everything full circle with Alien: Covenant. +Design +Scott's vision +World building -Tries to do a lot at once 7.9/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2015
    If you are willing to turn off your brain before watching, then you may find Prometheus no worse than your average movie. It provides a few hours of mindless entertainment. While there is not much in the way of acting or plot, the film still has its bright spots. Visually, it is very imaginative and quite stunning. The audio is nicely done. There are a few memorable, intense scenes. While I wouldn't watch it again, it was fine for an evening's entertainment.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2014
    I thought the visuals were good, the art/location designs were great. The designs for the space ship the crew traveled in was beautiful, and looked like something we could invent in the future. I wasn't impressed with the alien ship though. Some stuff didn't make any sense and that's mostly the reason why the film didn't get 5 stars or even 4 stars from me. Plus it had too many things that were copied from 'Alien', I know its supposed to be a prequel, but it resembled 'Alien' too much. I also didn't the android played by Michael Fassbender. I didn't find the android realistic, it can't have feelings cause its not human. The android is too similar to the android in the first 'Alien' film. It irritated me. The make up was good though. Overall if it weren't for the visual effects, the film wouldn't have gotten 3 stars. Just too many flaws in the story.
    Jim P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2013
    Upon locating in Scotland a possible star map to the home of the aliens responsible for the development of human life on earth by Dr. Elizabeth (any relation?) Shaw(Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway(Logan Marshall-Green), the ailing billionaire Peter Weyland(Guy Pearce) funds an exploration to a distant moon, even giving the keys of Prometheus to the scientists over the strenuous objections of Meredith Vickers(Charlize Theron). As Janek(Idris Elba) sets the spaceship down, it turns out the atmosphere is not quite breathable. The same could not be said for inside the structure where they find lots of archaeological goodies. For the record, a friend tried to get me to watch "Alien" once but once that blob settled on John Hurt's face, I knew things were not going to end well, so I stopped the tape. He thought I might have more success with "Aliens" and he was right. I thought it was a thrilling rollercoaster of a movie, even watching a good deal of it standing up; proof that James Cameron once knew more about moviemaking than just writing checks. And I have only ever seen clips of any sequels beyond that point...until now. As far as "Prometheus" goes, it is a successful prequel that while answering some questions also begs for a sequel of its very own(pretty please). It also stresses intelligence over gore, even though there is body horror for those into that sort of thing. That does not mean there are not problematic issues here as for example whether or not this is a first contact situation for humanity(my friend said yes but I have my doubts) and a story structure that is less natural than forced. Just because "Prometheus" is overwriting Darwin and includes some religious references like being set around Christmas, it does not mean the movie lacks science, as there is plenty of evolution going on, both personal and on a larger scale. On a story level, the movie is about the very different relationships between fathers and their children; one irreparable, another requiring an immense amount of therapy and the one between Shaw and her deceased father(Patrick Wilson) being the only healthy one.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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