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Prometheus (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 269
Fresh: 197 | Rotten: 72

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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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 15

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

Oct 9, 2012

$126.5M

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All Critics (269) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (197) | Rotten (72) | DVD (5)

Prometheus is scary only in the sum of instincts and talent for movie-making that have been lost.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The movie may be a scare show that leaves many questions unanswered, but Scott's craft earns an exhausted kind of respect.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (24)
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Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great.

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The setup is familiar-the mysterious planet, the slick tunnels, the shocking bodily violation, the broken quarantine, etc. So why is there a gaping hole where the dread should be?

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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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There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (13)
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It is easily the most cerebral endeavor of its kind since "Minority Report."

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Any lack in originality is handsomely compensated by the plethora of 3D visual treats courtesy of a crackerjack technical crew that creates an eerie interplanetary moonscape that's as epic as it is requisitely foreboding.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

WPrometheus offers hypotheses about the origin of life on our planet that are so well constructed, they make real-life theories about extraterrestrials seem highly feasible.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The mishmash of grotesque body-horror and chin-stroking existentialism does not always make for the most coherent movie, but it is at least an entertaining one and certainly no black mark on the franchise.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Rather than trying to reinvent the franchise with new tricks, "Prometheus" wants to return us to that uncertain terror that loomed over the 1979 original.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Prometheus, as both a response to Alien and its own attempts at philosophical and spiritual investigations, ended up filling in holes that simply were not mandatory to have filled.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
Twitch

The movie wasn't giving my brain much of a workout, but my eyes got a nice buzz. Prometheus is straight-up gorgeous...

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Insulting lip service to 2001 notwithstanding, Prometheus shocks and awes with more than sufficient technical bravura. If only it was as smart as it clearly thinks it is.

November 5, 2012
Projection Booth

Artfully designed with special effects that border on the elegant-there's no other way to put it-"Prometheus" is a visual delight.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

There's a lot of college dorm philosophical mumbo jumbo on top but it all really boils down to, "Man seeks his creator/makes contact/discovers he is a total jerk."

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Prometheus is a welcome return to form for Ridley Scott -- delivering a fascinating sci-fi storyline, gorgeous 3D visuals, and competent filmmaking choices.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Comment (1)
ScreenRant

Very few films can create a genuine sense of wonder and discovery, and Prometheus manages it for its entire 124 minute running time ... almost entirely a sensory experience.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Never quite matching Alien or Aliens for emotional authenticity - but definitely holding you in tow until the final moments. Ridley Scott isn't much for illustrating humanity, but he sure as hell knows how to craft aliens.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

It isn't perfect, but Prometheus is a thoroughly entertaining summer blockbuster that is a cut above the rest due to an amazing cast and Ridley Scott, who re-establishes himself as one of our greatest world building filmmakers.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The film [has] a kind of "been there, done that" feeling.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Comments (3)
Examiner.com

Returning to the genre that skyrocketed his career with "Alien" and "Blade Runner," Scott has fashioned a fascinating new mystery within his original "Alien" universe.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

Scott has lensed a film that possesses the look of a video View-Master. It's jaw-droppingly striking.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

I won't say that I'm con-metheus, but I'm not entirely pro-metheus either.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Comments (4)
CraveOnline

Spectacular and mesmerizing. Ridley Scott is back in top form, but "Prometheus" suffers from pulling (and relying on) the strings of anticipation a bit too much.

July 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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Audience Reviews for Prometheus

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.
January 6, 2014
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It's a really good introduction to the Alien trilogy.
January 3, 2014
Raajay

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When a team of scientists decipher what appears to be an ancient map to another world, an exploration vessel is dispatched to investigate in the hope of finding answers as to the origins of the human race. Opinions of Prometheus vary wildly and I suspect that this has a lot to do with how you approach it. Anyone expecting another Alien film will no doubt find it disappointing as the "alien" as we know it does not make an appearance; in fact the original Alien franchise was essentially a blend of action and thriller with a Gothic horror spin. Prometheus is a far more straight-edge sci-fi film that may not necessarily appeal to mainstream audiences but hardcore genre fans will find plenty of weighty questions and high concepts to enjoy. The cast is very strong but once again Michael Fassbender shows his star quality and steals the show. His portrayal of David continues the concept of "artificial people" with a similar moral ambiguity that began with Ash from the first film and he has a really nice aura of otherworldliness while still engaging the viewer. The horror aspects are not overplayed and Scott shows his consummate skill where it comes to creating atmosphere and building tension making for a nicely different experience from your average sci-fi blockbuster which displays the kind of originality that is sadly absent from the majority of modern cinema. An intriguing opening to a potentially exciting new direction for the idea.
April 23, 2013
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Big promise, huge let down!
Don't let the cast fool you, although visually stunning and the premise memorising it leaves you unsatisfied.
March 29, 2013
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    1. David: Cup of tea, mum?
    – Submitted by Michael V (10 months ago)
    1. Elizabeth Shaw: Final report of the vessel Prometheus. The ship and her entire crew are gone. If you're receiving this transmission, make no attempt to come to its point of origin. There is only death here now, and I'm leaving it behind. It is New Year's Day, the year of our Lord, 2094. My name is Elisabeth Shaw, last survivor of the Prometheus. And I am still searching.
    – Submitted by Swagato P (10 months ago)
    1. David: There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.
    – Submitted by Derek D (19 months ago)
    1. Meredith Vickers: What's that on its head?
    2. Elizabeth Shaw: It's a new cell. In state of change.
    3. Meredith Vickers: Changing into what?
    – Submitted by Shin D (20 months ago)
    1. David: The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.
    – Submitted by James W (21 months ago)
    1. Elizabeth Shaw: My name is Elisabeth Shaw, last survivor of the Prometheus... And I am still searching.
    – Submitted by Jack R (21 months ago)
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