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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 ori... read more read more...gins 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

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DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012

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  • January 6, 2014
    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 fitt... read moreing 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 3, 2014
    It's a really good introduction to the Alien trilogy.
  • April 23, 2013
    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... read more 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.
  • March 29, 2013
    Big promise, huge let down!
    Don't let the cast fool you, although visually stunning and the premise memorising it leaves you unsatisfied.
  • March 18, 2013
    It's sad to see a film crushed under the weight of its ambition, and I hate to admit that Prometheus bites off a lot more than it can chew. I can certainly tell you that I liked the film. I was never bored and I was very fascinated in the mythology and where the story seemed to b... read moree going. And yet, I can totally understand the disappointment of disgruntled fans calling for the heads of director Ridley Scott and co-writer Damon Lindelof. The biggest problem with Prometheus is that it feels like the first act of a story that is only just gathering steam by the time the credits role.
    No doubt Ridley Scott made the film he wanted to make. But he leaves too many things open ended and over complicates the mythology to the point where you have about 800 times more questions than answers. As a stand alone film, there is absolutely no reason to see it because it needlessly complicates the Alien mythology. As a first half or opening act of a trilogy, the film intrigues me to keep watching, ie: buy a ticket to the sequel. But the story as it stands feels incomplete and thus, I have no opinion yet.
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  • January 22, 2013
    We came from them. They will come for us.

    Very good Film! Prometheus puts you on the edge of your seat from its first scene, where we see a humanoid looking alien creature disintegrating into nature of planet earth, and thereby its DNA starts off the chain-reactions that inevita... read morebly lead up with the creation of the man kind. And then it swiftly jumps into the future to introduce our characters and keeps building on that mystery in a perfectly paced manner, and there is so much mystery in the air that you feel it in your stomach. Add to that the overwhelming art design, scenery and VFX of the film, and the straight to the bone performances by our the cast, and especially, Michael Fassbender as "David", which is by far the most established and interesting character and the most outstanding performance in the film. The cinematography is fantastic. Ridley Scott nailed that aspect like a genuine master. The entire movie is basically a succession of grandiose shots which surely will have other directors blush in shame. The cinematography is accompanied by great sets and fantastic special effects for which Prometheus should receive a bunch a nominations.

    A team of scientists travels 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.
  • January 7, 2013
    Not bad. Watchable. But I guess a must for SciFi Fans.
  • December 30, 2012
    'Prometheus'. A few flawed character motivations don't stop this visually atmospheric, challenging flick from being great. Fassbender a stand-out. My kind of sci-fi.
  • December 28, 2012
    26/12/2012 (VIDEO FILE)

Critic Reviews

David Thomson
June 17, 2013
David Thomson, The New Republic

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

David Denby
June 18, 2012
David Denby, New Yorker

The movie may be a scare show that leaves many questions unanswered, but Scott's craft earns an exhausted kind of respect. Full Review

Richard Roeper
June 8, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard

Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great. Full Review

Joshua Rothkopf
June 8, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

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? Full Review

David Edelstein
June 8, 2012
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

Prometheus tells a much bigger story and does it well, but it's missing what matters most. It's inorganic. Full Review

Rick Groen
June 8, 2012
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece. Full Review

Christopher Orr
June 8, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

Prometheus--like, in its telling, the human race itself--is a creation spliced from the DNA of superior forebears. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
June 8, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Much like Rutger Hauer's turn as a replicant in Scott's Blade Runner, Fassbender's performance may launch Prometheus into the cult stratosphere. Full Review

Peter Rainer
June 8, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

I'll say this much for it -- it's not boring. Full Review

William Goss
June 8, 2012
William Goss,

Ridley Scott means to bring wonder and horror back to summertime spectacle, and Prometheus mostly succeeds in that regard. (Mostly.) Full Review

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    • David: Why do you think you're people made me?
    • Charlie Holloway: We made you cuz we could.
    • David: Can you imagine how disappointing it would be for you, to you the same thing for me know creator.
    • David: Cup of tea, mum?
    • 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.
    • David: There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.
    • Meredith Vickers: What's that on its head?
    • Elizabeth Shaw: It's a new cell. In state of change.
    • Meredith Vickers: Changing into what?
    • David: The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.

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