Prometheus Reviews

Our Review

Big ideas in cosmic jumble

Brad Gray, MovieFix
Prequels are still on trend in Hollywood, and the latest addition to the ranks fills in the backstory of entrenched cult classic Alien. Director Ridley Scott returns to helm the franchise's sixth instalment, yet for all the questions Prometheus asks, it offers very little in the way of answers.

Set in the year 2093, exploratory spaceship Prometheus lands on the distant moon LV-223 after an ancient star map was discovered etched into a cave in the Scottish Highlands.

The local alien life, we soon learn, created humans from their own DNA, but the expedition to meet their makers quickly becomes a battle for survival.

With the exception of the imperceptibly malevolent robot named David (played by the scene-stealing Michael Fassbender), the crew are inexcusably stereotyped; from the two attractive leads in love (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green), the African American captain (Idris Elba) and his Asian co-pilot (Benedict Wong), to the tattooed geologist (Sean Harris).

Meanwhile, Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) charges around in a tight body suit as the snide soon-to-be heir of the company who funded the one-trillion-dollar journey.

The premise of charting an invitational map from a 35,000-year-old civilisation is commendably original. However, the film suffers from a lack of any further grounding in reality.

While a surgery pod birth-scene is particularly memorable, and nothing can be taken away from the explosive 3D special effects, after an encouraging start the film too hastily descends into a contrived jumble of fiction, burdened by undertows of faith, mankind's origins and what it means to be human.

The film's shoulders are simply not broad enough to cope.

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Your Reviews

Matt Davis
Matt Davis
I thought this movie was great. I went in expecting the original aliens concept and this threw me and first. However after i got over that it really has nothing to do with aliens and is a totally new concept entirely then i realise how good this movie was. Additionally, the few scenes in which they use the 3D effects are amazing and actually add depth to the scene, unlike the use of 3D effects in most other movies.
Gayner
Gayner
Coyly pitching this as a sort of lead-in to Alien was a big mistake. I'm still not really sure about the story line, and some of the connections to Alien looked like hastily contrived afterthoughts. It would have been better to let the film run on its own merits so that we don't have unnecessary expectations. Lack of reality sets in early, as the hibernating crew wakes up and don't know each other or why they're on the ship, and the story proceeds disjointedly from there. These days we can't rely on horror-based special effects to boost a film such as this; we've seen it already in the original Alien, the Species series and countless others. Given the above, it's still an averagely entertaining film with some humourous dialogue, also the action kicks in quickly and intensifies as the film progresses. Forget the hype, don't worry too much about the story and you should get your money's worth.
Jock O'Byte
Jock O'Byte
3d is wasted on me as my eyes do not register it but all that aside an enjoyable prequel we were not disappointed and the best indicatior is that we didn't start wriggling around in our seats. Left us wanting to see where next Noomi will land.
nick brams
nick brams
this movie promised so much but delivered so little , I wanted my money back ! I think Mr.Ridley Scott has definitely missed the mark completely .
Dane Frankcom
Dane Frankcom
I disagree. I thought Prometheus was not only visually spectacular but also presented large questions concerning our very nature of being in an interesting way. The most common 'fault' that many critics seem to take with the film is the raising of issues without resolving them. This criticism is in my opinion a poor reflection on these critics estimate of the viewers ability to think for themselves and resolve the large issues brought up in the film using their own mind. If the film works for you it should be a stimulus to contemplate what you know/don't know about your belief/disbelief. The film disparages neither belief or disbelief in creation of any form but rather makes a commentary on the need to shun apathy on these questions that humans naturally ponder concerning the nature of their own existence. I really enjoyed it. Also all of the crew have tight body suits Brad, even Fassbenders character David! ;)
GD
GD
What a load of elitist rubbish! This doesn't pretend to be deep and meaningful! it's just a sci fi film and a pretty good one.
bee
bee
this reviews rubbish i loved the movie it was amazing with the storyline this reviews a pile of bull my opinion
Du
Du
Brad Grays criticism's aren't fair. Okay, the movie doesn't answer a lot of the questions it puts forward. However, that is the charm of thriller sci-fi pieces, they allow the viewer a chance to use imagination. I agree that the stereotyped characters were a major weakness,but , the concept was great and realisitc in the context of the "Alien universe".
J
J
I agree with this review, The movie had no real memorable moments or characters aside from the character David. Another thing that was rather annoying about the movie is why is it that this movie that is suppose to be before Ripleys crew arrives has somuch better technology? Remember when technology in Alien was nothing more that acouple of computer screens with green lettering and afew mechanical sliding doors on a ship. Yet this movie has all kids of superiour technology outdating the Alien saga. Found alot of loop holes aswell, Ask yourself why is the elephant man does not find his way dead on the big gun?, As thats where he was found in Alien.
Boldgo
Boldgo
How (on Earth) can a reviewer criticise a film like this for lacking "grounding in reality"? Brad - It's science fiction!
adrian
adrian
after seeing all the others i thought it was great what are reviwers wanting theses days sure it fell down in a cuppla places but its graet to have an evening out at the picks
Greg
Greg
What a movie, and those fabulous special effects simply stunning but the story line makes no sense and the outcome is simply confusing, when leaving the movies I left wondering and completely confused
Kim
Kim
Brilliant movie. If you're a fan of the Alien series, you definitely can't miss it!
Alexander St.Clair
Alexander St.Clair
I am a debut filmmaker and I take the craft very seriously. Unfortunately Promtheseus was a big let down for me when I expected more from the master who gave us Alien. The visuals and FX are stunning. Ridley's shoulders did carry our high expecations I feel. But the sceeenplay was badly structured. It was all over the place with the narrative. The casting could not have been better. Such a plethors of talent, but the script and character development let them and us, the paying audience, down. Only Fastbender stood out from the rest. He is superb. I think maybe SR was hanging the narrative on this character a the expense of the rest of the talent. The stereotypes showed lack of imagination and just plain old deference to the Hollywood formula. We deserved much more, including characters we could care about. Do I care whether there might be a sequel? I would have looked forward to that, but going by this wasted opportunity to do justice to a fantastic premise or concept, I have my doubts, and I am left with a much reduced reverence for RS as a former master filmmaker if this is the best he can do now.
Mark
Mark
Whilst I value and respect your opinion, I think you are being way too hard on this film - I enjoyed it very much and would even see it again.
Steve
Steve
Prometheus is the Phantom Menace of the Alien universe. Hollywood ruined the star wars saga, so why not ruin Alien as well, things started going down hill with the release of Alien 3 anyway. When I heard that Damon Lindelof (of LOST infamy) was involved i knew that it prometheus would be rubbish as the script is straining to do some explaining about how things began and although visually stunning the script and stupid characters and actions lets the whole thing down and I wish I had never gone to see this movie. Maybe they should have just called in LOST IN SPACE and not tried to tie it into alien at all and it would have just been another pretty but dumb sci-fi flick.
I don't think it made the bar as a 'good' SciFi movie, apart from one or two scenes. The environment was unendingly depressing and dark, the characters overall quite boring, and I truly got sick of having to look at constant facial close-ups of Naomi Rapace (who is not any beauty or talent of note anyway) with messy hair! Apart from some special effects and 'monsters', I felt there wasn't anything much, or new, in it. Fassbender as a robot was a waste of talent, and he was laughable as a headless talking one. The story was not very engaging or interesting, and I found Rapace’s choosing at the end to alone keep on pursuing this vicious, violent, 'monster race' (accompanied only by a talking robot head in a bag!) which had revealed their sole intent as being to destroy all humanity, simply to get 'answers to questions' she had, a bit absurd. The appearance of a new-born monster at the end (indicating that there may in fact be a sequel to Prometheus) left me with no interest in seeing it whatever!
jennybear
jennybear
This would have to have been the worst picture we have seen in a long time. Can't they come up with anything better than slimy, octopus-like creatures bursting out of people's stomachs and eyes? We saw it all 30 years ago. It was not only a bad movie, it was also boring.
Dundee
Dundee
Didn't live up to the hype! There was no Character development so you didn't like or dislike them or care what happened to them. It was in fact a "dumb" movie and very poorly put together.

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