The search for our beginning could lead to our end

Director Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller, set in the same universe as the Alien series. A discovery about the origin of life leads a team of explorers - including Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender - to travel to a distant planet in the year 2093.... More

But the investigation into humanity's past and the discovery of an ancient civilization has brought them into contact with a powerful threat that could cause our extinction.

Not a direct prequel to Alien, Scott referred to the film as having evolved into its own "grand mythology and universe".Hide

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With the infamous 'chest-burster' scene in 1979's Alien, Ridley Scott set a standard for body horror that even David Cronenberg couldn't top. There's a scene about two thirds of the way through Prometheus that may strain credulity, but hot damn if it isn't the most squirm-inducing moment of creative on-screen body trauma since John Hurt's lunch turned on him.... More

It's a great scene, but there's plenty more to Prometheus, which has to be from certain angles the most anticipated movie of the year. Anyone expecting a re-tread of the 1979 film will find plenty of call-backs and reference points, but this film has a MUCH huger scope - one that I thoroughly relished witnessing unfold on screen.

The 'Macguffin' of Prometheus is nothing less than the origins of humanity, and how it ties into the Alien films that came before isn't hugely important to this story. I found the questions posed (only some of which are answered) fascinating and ambitious.

There is a wide variety of well-drawn characters here, with Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender having the most fun as an ice queen and a robot, respectively.

The film contains no shortage of freaky and exciting set-pieces, but it was the implications that really made this special for me. I wish more films had this level of ambition, along with the artistry to execute it. As far as I'm concerned, Ridley Scott is doing some of the best work of his career here.

I find 3D annoying at the best of times, but there are some breath-taking compositions in here that make a very strong argument for the format.Hide

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BY Napoleon nobody

When It Comes To Movies Made By Ridley Scott It's Obviouly Got To Be Good After All If His 1980s Film "Alien" Was Such A Smash Hit Then Prometheus Which Might Be A Prequel is Bound To Be Brilliant With Up to Date 21st Century Technology

BY alpheta lister

I am constantly astonished by the way people buy into the "hype", almost as though it would be bad form to say something bad once a movie studio has built a film up so hugely, pre-release. I found Prometheus to be a real disappointment for the most part, with cliched characters and predictable storyline, along with details that seemed ridiculous such as the mini operating theatre in Charlize Theron's costly semi-detached area of the spaceship, supposedly designed to ensure her survival, and... More which was found to only be programmed to carry out procedures on men! The opening sequence seemed promising, but no explanation was given as to why the alien 'person' would turn out to be so nasty. Sure the visuals were fine, even grand in places, but with such little follow-through to render them meaningful, they were a waste. Noomi did her very best, and so did Michael Fassbender, a real delight in the performance that basically saved the movie for me. Charlize seemed as though she had been given one directive only.... Do Not Smile! And for those people who say it raised some very deep questions in an interesting and thought provoking way, I would reply but I need to scrape myself off the floor first once I recover from my fit of hysterical laughter. I mean really!!!Hide

BY Jordan superstar

When "Prometheus" was announced as Ridley Scott's next film, and with screenshots slowly dripping out, many wondered if this was going to be an "Alien" prequel.
Not just for want of more stories from a loved franchise, but also for the amazing visual journey Scott took us on with "Alien".

So what has he given us with "Prometheus"?

This is the story of Drs. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace, whose star grows ever faster) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) who discover a series of images... More from our ancestors that show a chart to a planet, left for us by those beyond the stars.
As they take a journey with a star-studded cast (Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender turning in a performance worthy of Lance Henriksen's "Bishop"), on arrival to this mysterious planet, the environment isn't the only thing that is alien to them.
Everything starts to fall apart in a thrilling manner leading to an ambiguous ending that is open to your interpretation.

While the dialogue is shoddy in parts, and some of the thrills rather obvious, visually it is one of the most beautiful films to have shown up in the last few years. While this is highlighted in 2D, it has used 3D fantastically and is a better film as such. There is no colour loss allowing the detail to really come in, and the depth given to the world is something to see. In many ways, it does 3D so much better than "Avatar", which popularized this format.

Overall, while there are some quibbles with it, "Prometheus" delivers a great film, packed with delicious visuals and some great, thrilling action-packed moments.

This film definitely gets close to delivering something that lives up to its namesake.Hide

Let's get this clear straight off the bat - Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' is NOT 'Alien.' But if you loved 'Alien' then this certainly delivers some great backstory, links and hints to the 'Alien' franchise universe and a standout visceral body-horror scene to rival the first movie's chest-buster. Yes the script is ambitious, perhaps overly so, and yes it poses more questions than it provides answers - but then how many Hollywood blockbusters leave you pondering the nature of the universe for... More days after their screening? Many will pick holes in the plot, but 'Prometheus' has delusions of grandeur more in common with Kubrick's '2001' and Spielberg's 'A.I.' than 'Transformers.' But it's not in the script department that 'Prometheus' excels- it's in the spectacular spectacle and visceral visuals. Stunning design and attention to detail we've not witnessed in a Ridley Scott movie since 'Blade Runner' make 'Prometheus' an eye-popping, ear-thrumming feast. The use of surround sound and 3D is superb - easily rivaling James 'Aliens' Cameron's 'Avatar' for the creation of immersive cinematic scenes that ooze, shimmer and rock the senses, lifting you out of your seat and into the alien landscapes. The CGI is terrific, the aliens superbly realized and the human cast are great. As Elizabeth Shaw, Noomi Rapace is a great Ripley-replacement, albeit one with a bizarre accent, and Charlize Theron's Meredith Vickers is a suitably icy company suit, but acting honours go to Michael Fassbender. His portrayal of android David is wonderfully realized. Sadly, the great Idris Elba is as under utilized as he was in 'Thor.' But, small grumbles aside, once you accept that Scott has jettisoned the intimacy and claustrophobia that made 'Alien' such a scary monster movie and gone instead for a far larger canvas - 'Prometheus' is a top-notch thrill ride, beautifully rendered and with a script that, whilst not perfect by any means, at least tries to tackle some big, difficult and challenging questions - whilst Scott simultaneously attempts to scare the crap out of you and drop your jaw to the floor with dazzling visuals. Not perfect - but a delight to see Ridley Scott return to intelligent sci-fi wrought with a master's eye for design, detail and otherworldly drama.

Great in 2D - but well worth checking out the immersive 3D treatment - it really is the best use of the technology since 'Avatar.'Hide

A prime example of why trailers that ruin the story- ruin the story...
I avoided the trailers though, so it was fine.
Great fun, maybe not as good as Alien, but better than Aliens

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The Press Reviews

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  • A magnificent film... It's in the classic tradition of golden age sci-fi, echoing Scott's "Alien", but creating a world of its own. Full Review

  • Buffeted by a lack of suspense, threadbare characters, and a very poor script, the stunning visuals, gloopy madness, and sterling Fassbenderiness can't prevent Prometheus feeling like Alien's poor relation. Full Review

  • Ridley Scott has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate – but less interesting. Full Review

  • Although Ridley Scott's 3D visual feast is no classic, the oozing alien tentacles hit all the right sci-fi horror notes. Full Review

  • An awe-inspiring, mind-gouging, eye-blazing spectacle of high-pitched disappointment. Full Review

  • This really isn't an Alien movie; it's a lumbering, if visually impressive, space exploration epic which eventually turns into an Alien movie. Full Review

  • Prometheus is grand to look at, but it lacks the brutal simplicity and rigour of its forebears. It's too long winded to pass as a horror, and too daft to really be anything else. Full Review

  • It might not pack the unbearable menace or blazing horror of the saga's first two movies, but it utterly eclipses the last two. It's exciting, tense and fully impregnated for sequels. Full Review

  • Remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own. Full Review

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