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A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 8.0/10 (13,755 voted)
Critic's Score: 63/100
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender
Storyline A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship "Prometheus" on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Cast: Noomi Rapace
They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end.
Filming Locations: Toronto Film Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Did You Know?
Trivia: James Franco was considered for the role of Holloway.
Take us home! Elizabeth Shaw:
If we don't stop it, there won't be any home to go back to!
Ridley Scott forgot everything about great movies except for the craft
I'm really sorry, but this a major disappointment.
No, I didn't expect miracles or something close to the original Alien.
I've been following Scott for 30 years - and it's clear that he has
been on the decline since Gladiator and Black Hawk Down.
I liked a few of his later movies like A Good Year - but most have been
rather flat and uninspired.
One thing I've noticed, is that he's gotten increasingly complacent
with his own "point of view" in terms of historical facts and how
things work in reality. It's like he has a complete disregard for
plausible motivations or factual information about how things work.
Case in point - there's a scene in the movie where a certain character
has to have an operation performed on her body - and it involves
slicing directly through the skin and muscle-tissue of her Abdomen.
After the procedure, she's simply "stitched together" by metal clips in
like 3 seconds - and with a bit of local anesthetic, she continues to
move and jump about with some moaning. Ehm, you CAN'T have any kind of
normal movement with your muscle tissue completely severed - and there
was absolutely no healing involved. Just one of a series of ridiculous
The plot is entirely juvenile and cliché stuff with "profound"
questions like who created us. For some reason, the beings who created
us also want to kill us - and it seems to involve incredibly elaborate
genetic engineering that also happened to kill most of our creators in
their remote "lab facility". They're CLEARLY much more powerful than we
are - and they could just bomb the hell out of us, or do it in a
thousand simpler ways. But no, they seem to want to utilise excessively
elaborate and dangerous genetic modification or infestation - that they
can't handle at all. At least, that's what I got out of it.
They also like to record recent events with some kind of holographic
recorder device that is unable to render clear images, only some cool
ghostly images that I bet Scott loved to play with. But they're quite
polite in how they let you play recordings of their security procedure
- so you can easily access their systems with zero effort.
Characters are completely void of personality and growth. They're
REALLY REALLY stupid - and they like to freak out for no apparent
reason, and they like to stay calm and playful when there IS a reason -
like when encountering an alien species for the first time in history.
Among these people with zero personality - we have some willing to
gleefully commit suicide by ramming an alien ship, because they like
their captain, and they're required to do so because he "can't fly
worth a damn" - despite him being the primary pilot hired by a
billionaire to do nothing but fly the ship.
Then we have a religious scientist who concludes that she's found our
creators, based on: "It's what I choose to believe".
Then we have people who decide to open the door to their ship with no
thought process, despite having just faced complete chaos by extremely
hostile alien forces - because one of their crew mates seems to be
lying in front of the door. This while other crew mates have just been
taken over by some kind of alien infestation.
Then we have the very same religious scientist look at an alien "head"
they brought back - and she notices some "strange growth" on said head.
She then spends 2 seconds thinking and concludes that this is obviously
some kind of "foreign cell stuff" (impressive deduction, I must say) -
and she decides (for kicks) to stimulate the cells with some kind of
energy - just to see what happens. No research - no caution - no
Then we have the boyfriend of said religious scientist who decides that
the air in a completely alien environment is breathable because his
device tells him it is - and he immediately removes his helmet. A
classic Hollywood scientist moment.
This movie is FULL of this kind of utterly implausible behavior and
It has a couple of "for effect" gore scenes - but Scott manages to
include ZERO tension along with them. As a result, they're mildly
disgusting - but they have no lasting effect whatsoever.
The "aliens" that are a part of this movie all look like plastic -
because of overly smooth and pale skin. They look like Lovecraft
creatures without a much-needed paint-job.
Inexplicably, the "alien eggs" are now urns with something completely
different from a face-hugger inside them. They're full of some kind of
genetic modification "goo" technology.
We have Guy Pearce doing a pretty weak "powermonger" performance in
pretty bad old-guy make up.
We have a horribly predictable twist involving Guy Pearce and a certain
other cast member. Totally wasted and pointless twist, to make it
We have an android, well-acted by Fassbender, who seems to be
completely random in his decisions and motivations. I simply didn't get
what he was about or why he did what he did. It made no sense in any
context - not to me anyway.
The music was overwrought and didn't fit with the mood of the film, and
it seemed like one theme being repeated endlessly. A surprise, given
Scott's usual flair for good music.
I think Lindelof is a complete and total hack - who only got the job
because he was the "yes-man" who could match Scott's ego. This is
pretty obvious in interviews - where Lindelof always manages to
publicly kiss Scott's behind.
1 Star for Fassbender's performance.
1 Star for the amazingly detailed visuals.
1 Star for how the above combine to form the excellent beginning.