@DoubleLetter: Totally agree with your assesment of the movie. The story didn't make sense or was chopped to that result. Poor characters. The movie would not have been any different without Charlize. Fassbender was good but if this movie was a prequel to Alien quadrology he couldn't be more evolved than Ash although he looked that way. ...and could anyone tell me who in the right mind, superior civilisation or americans or..., would send anyone else the details of where they store their WMD's, just in case they wanna come by or something........
This was better than i expected it to be ok film say 5/10 bur wouldn't see it again or buy it on dvd release
That was a typo, Spike. Thanks for pointing it out. As for the abusive comments, smiley face.
Seen this at a midnight show and disagree with Mike. Wasnt a fan - it's veeery pretentious. But Jesus, some of you people need to get out more. Calm. Down.
Thought it was a great movie - sure there was a few things that didn't make absolute sense (notably why the biologist was speaking to the alien snake thing as if it was a puppy) but I was highly entertained from start to finish - there are some great real life documentaries out there for you skeptics who are unable to suspend disbelief for 2 hours, you will save money on the cinema too. Mike don't always agree with your opinion but think you nailed it here.
"Warning: you have two minutes of oxygen remaining." With this in mind, ensure you don't waste a second or a cent on 'Prometheus'. After leaving the theatre, I thought " that's two and half hours of my life I'm never getting back." What's worse, I'd paid to see it. Without a doubt, Ridley Scott has lost the plot. I will use the analogy of biodegradable waste for this fiasco. Scraps of famous films thrown in: a bit of the Matrix here, a lot of Aliens there, even Attenborough's documentaries exploring living things ( the actors were like walking corpses) The script was useless; and the special effects were very poor. It gives the sci-fi genre a bad name. It will be on my shortlist for worst film of 2012. This was advertised as a brilliant blockbuster. It was a big nothing.
In fairness, Hellcat1983 is from Cork so has a lot of issues to deal with.
33 years after his first foray into space, Ridley Scott returns to source with the superb Prometheus and yes, it is indeed a prequel to Alien. However, if you're expecting those acid-for-blood creatures to appear early on then think again. There's a lot more going on here than you might think - which is certainly established in the mystifying opening scene. The plot focuses on two scientists (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) who find a common link in various archaeological finds on Earth. They approach the Weyland Corporation (i.e. The Company) to fund a deep space mission to discover the origins of humanity. Led by company woman Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and android David (Michael Fassbender), they land on a seemingly barren planet where they discover a mysterious chamber, elephant-like decaying bodies and something malevolent left behind. This is very much an origin story, spun off from the unanswered question posed in the first Alien film - who was the Space Jockey/Navigator in the chair and what happened to it? Scott keeps a steady pace throughout the film, dropping plenty of hints and clues for Alien fans to ponder along the way. There are also some Big Questions asked in Prometheus - and Scott's delivery of them is much more satisfying than in the most recent Indiana Jones film. The ending feels a bit rushed, but as the dots are gradually joined to Alien the whole story comes sharply into focus. Scott leaves a few dots unjoined - perhaps there's room for a sequel here. There's plenty to talk about after seeing Prometheus - something you wouldn't normally say after seeing a summer blockbuster. Unmissable, essential viewing.
Seen it yesterday. I thought it was ok, not as good as it could/should have been with a rushed ending.
Right I'm back. Mmm, maybe I should have kept my powder dry a bit longer before I started to completely slate you Mike..lol. Prometheus is effectively a next generation remake of Alien. Is this a bad thing? I necessarily think so. It does start and build slowly, but is entertaining in doing so. Our introduction to Fassbenders quirky android role for example, Theron's icy cool (I'm the boss) demeanour etc. Fast forward and what's revealed are very impressive special effects making the overall plot seem believable and realistic. As Alien/predator themes go, original it ain't but Scott didn't intend it to be i guess. It's the best of 120 minutes long but if it felt like 90 mins then it's an entertaining flick that REMINDS you of the original Alien classic. When I joined here Mike the first 3 movie reviews I read by you were..daft..in my opinion but I guess reviews are that. Opinions! Your beginning to redeem yourself now....in my opinion. Ha!
I meant I DON'T necessarily think so. Typo!
@Cinerama Well if he felt I wasn't doing my job the way he expected I should be then if that was his opinion...yes! I'm commenting hypothetically though not literally.
I thought it was great really
The review pretty much hits the nail on the head. An all-out stunning blockbuster that tends to run like most movies these days, in building itself toward it's big finale, just like the original '79 Alien, although this time the finale is obviously on a much larger scale. Great story, not overly amazing, but gets the job done. Cast wise, Charlize Theron is thrown in for eye candy, her character in fairness demands very little acting effort. Noomi is far better, but a little overacting can take away from a scene, someone should tell her that. The rest are meh, but our own Michael Fassbender, he's an incredible actor to watch, he really is the star of the movie, the way he plays the android David is both chilling and strangely comical, and far outshines the rest of the cast. In all honesty, the movie is flawed, extremely in some parts, but while still not quite reaching the dizzy heights of James Cameron's Aliens , it does manage (In my opinion at least) to top the original Ridley Scott Alien, it takes what worked for that movie and for the most part, leaves out what didn't work. And for anyone wondering, Prometheus is a full on Alien movie, the universe, the characters and a few hidden surprises along the way (Plus the same main title reveal as Alien), it is very much a prequel. Anyone who loves sci-fi movies, or a massive blockbuster with a half hour finale to blow your mind, go see this.
"There is an intrinsic link with Alien, and a very smart one; naturally it will be too obvious for some and not subtle enough for others" Surely too obvious and not subtle enough are the same thing?
I really have to praise the flying spaghetti monster or what ever deity I don't believe in that James Cameron has not got his grubby hands on this movie and it's Scott on his own. If Cameron was involved we would have tall blue eco warriors in a loving embrace at the bow of the space ship.
Better than a fourth rate reviewer? Awesome. I'll take that.
The problem is that it will always be rated against the original Alien, which is unfair as it's a masterpiece in sci-fi cinema. It's a very entertaining movie and opens up a whole new mythology surrounding the Alien series. I thought Michael Fasbender and Idris Elba were excellent in it, Rapaces accent slipped a couple of times but was solid enough also. I'd give it 2 balls up!
Surely the same thing while not a different thing? For shame Sheridan, did you win this job in a raffle?
I think he means it was made in '78, which is true.
I really don't know how this guy is allowed to write reviews...
Anyone else see the significance of the film's title ? In Greek Mythology Prometheus was an Olympian who betrayed Zeus by givingfire to mankind .For this act of philanthropy Zeus had him tied to a rock so that birds could peck out his Liver .Also,the name Prometheus was given to an Earth spaceship in the TV show Stargate. With regard to Scott's film is in reference to a gift from the Gods ,or of Gods wrath for mankind's interference in matters too great for our understanding .
The problems with Prometheus was: 1. The characters behaviour makes no sense. When the two guys see the cobra alien, one acts like it's a puppy and moves toward it? This scene just after them running away from what the probe picked up. Again, when Noomi warns Prometheus that the ship has to be stopped leaving for earth. Iris Elba et al willingly kill themselves stopping it at the drop of a hat - no protest or explanation needed. 2. The last half hour or so is incredibly rushed. It's as if the writers got bored and just said "Right, let's just end this here". 3. Noomi escapes on an alien spacecraft safely? No critters or creatures on that ship, no? She then intends on finding the engineers after learning theyre hostile toward humans? And the sense in that is "She wants to know why"? 4. Prometheus crashes imto the ship, exploding it's side, it then rolls undamaged? 5. The plot resembled Alien far too much. 6. The trailer gave way too much away to audiences 7 Characters had no depth. Didn't really care enough about anyone except Shaw to die.
Personally I thought it was 2 hours too long!
this film is a malor let down as its got nothing to do with ALIEN. The first hour is good but the the rest is a load of bollocks that was rushed with no acting or character ability at all
ALIEN was released in '79 lads!
I'm going to see this in a hour. We'll see if Sheridan is right or not. I'm not holding out for a winner if he's the reviewer. I'm convinced he won his job in a lucky bag. He's a third rate reviewer. He's got zero credibility in my opinion. I'll post back later.. You better be right Sheridan. If not I'm calling for your resignation....!
This film is a big let down. Typical Hollywood hype that surrounds a crap film to help it sell. I am a huge fan of Ridley Scott and Alien. Unfortunately this film is way way of the mark. It is slow, overlong and like the planet, short of life. Michael Fassender is the only thing that gave the film some grace.. Face it folks.. Its a bummer Constant Gardener.
Crushing disappointment. Saw it last night and my flame of fire was extinguished. I ain't gona put the blame on Ridley tho,no that honour goes to "I can't write for sh!t but I keep getting hired" Damon Linda-wotever
To be perfectly honest,I found it to be a very ,very disappointing film. It would be rated very lowly on most scales if it was not for its links to the Alien series.Ridley Scott is a great director and has certainly produced some fantastic films in his career....this is not one of them.Its a hyped up hollywood non event.
A very ambitious effort from Scott, this is far from the 'haunted house in space' that was Alien. I enjoyed Prometheus, without burdening it as a prequel to Alien. Yes, it contains elements and parallels of the Alien universe (Space Jockey; LV-233) but this is a different movie, separate to the '79 work. (The DNA error is a schooboy error, we evolved from RNA). There might be room for a sequel to Prometheus, which works as a direct prequel to Alien (the croissant-ship on LV-426 carring its deadly cargo) but, saying that, are fans of the Alien series merely looking for more xenomorphs to terrorise ignorant, and arrogant, humans?
@Andylive Does this mean that Mike can go around to where you work, stand at your desk and demand you be fired?
I thought this film was pretty one dimensional myself. Basically re-hashing themes from Alien. I think in this case that the film's hype has actually helped its cause. It's plot has no depth, and it raises questions that it can't answer. It's characters are bland and cliched. The quality of the actors in the film hides this somewhat. But has everyone ruled out the possibility of a sequel? It certainly left itself open for one.
Sweet Jesus....you 'SAW' the film, you didn't 'SEEN' it....there is no hope for civilisation....
A decent sci-fi thriller, was very entertained wioth 3D effects, overall it did leave a few untied / unjoined up loose ends in it's rush to the finalee, some fantastic individual performances + just a pity to see some hollywood 'gung ho' stuff at the end which took from the feeling of 'this is what it might be like in the future' in my view, think Mike Sheridan's view is fair/not bad
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