June 7, 2012


Like its ill-fated protagonists, Prometheus‘ greatest sin is overreach, which is a shame for a movie that manages to grasp so much.  Director Ridley Scott has refined and polished his return to the Alien universe by creating a self-contained mystery that falters when he attempts to answer an unasked question of his classic 1979 film.  While he doesn’t come close to recapturing the magic of his original film (an almost an unfair expectation), he does manage to give Prometheus a unique majesty through gorgeous visuals, a thrilling pace, delightful sci-fi horror, and a slew of fantastic performances with a standout turn by Michael Fassbender.  However, some sloppy narrative shortcuts and a jumbled thematic through-line keep the flame from igniting into an all-consuming blaze.

Prometheus opens with a bizarre scene featuring a humanoid creature on Earth drinking a fatal liquid, and getting his veins choked with black goo before crumbling into a pile of dust.  His ashes find their way into a river and presumably this is how life begins on our humble planet.  Fast-forward to 2089 and archeologists/anthropologists Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her colleague/boyfriend Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshal-Green) have discovered cave paintings shared across separate, unconnected ancient civilizations.  The paintings are star maps, and the wealthy Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) funds an expedition on the starship Prometheus to give the two scientists a chance to find a moon which may contain the secret of our species existence.  Also aboard the ship is the chilly commander Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), laid-back captain Janek (Idris Elba), cynical geologist Fiefield (Sean Harris), innocuous biologist Millburn (Rafe Spall), and an assortment of other crew members who will be on the wrong end of what the expedition discovers.  Also on the ship is David (Fassbender), an android whose ulterior motives are hidden behind a mask of manufactured emotions and genteel manners.  When the crew heads out on foot to explore the inside of the moon, LV-223, they don’t discover the big, happy aliens who want to dish out meet-your-maker high-fives.  They discover not only death and ruin, but that there’s still plenty more death and ruin to go around.


Ridley Scott originally set out to make a two-part Alien prequel (first as a producer, and then as a director).  On numerous occasions, Scott has mentioned his fascination with the “Space Jockey” from Alien, a huge dead alien the crew of the Nostromo discovers on planetoid LV-426.  The creature’s chest has burst open, which foreshadows the fate about to befall crewmember Kane (John Hurt) after he’s attacked by the facehugger.  Screenwriter Jon Spaihts was commissioned to write a script for the proposed prequels, and then the idea transformed into what Scott called a movie with “Alien-DNA” rather than a straight prequel.  Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof took over the script, and his story structure is felt throughout as mystery propels the story forward.

The “mystery-as-narrative” approach isn’t always the best way to go as it can obscure a stronger plot and provide a constant distraction as we’re always wondering what’s at the end rather than observing what’s in the present.  However, this kind of storytelling is perfectly suited for Prometheus where the entire plot is about the search for answers.  The movie is perfectly paced as it has us constantly guessing “What happens next?”  In the back of our minds, there’s the question of how this movie will tie into Alien, but ironically, the Alien stuff is the least interesting part of the equation.


The best Alien has to offer is the chance for H.R. Giger to realize a vision far beyond what he provided to Scott’s 1979 film.  The original movie cost $8 million to make, but Prometheus cost well over $100 million, and it all shows on screen.  In addition to Giger’s beautifully crafted interiors of the alien planet, the movie is at its best when it’s inspired by the original rather than making a direct connection.  It’s a nice touch to see how the doors and sleep pods on Prometheus mirror the Nostromo even though the Nostromo is nowhere near as sleek and shiny as Weyland’s exploratory vessel.  But aside from the art direction and pulling in an android, Prometheus could have worked as its own sci-fi horror film.  In fact, up until the end, Prometheus owes far more to H.P. Lovecraft‘s At the Mountains of Madness than Alien.

When it does reach the end, the Alien connection becomes overbearing, and full parallels are drawn to the point where the film has to twist itself in circles to reach a point that wasn’t worth reaching.  Much like the film’s opening, the close of Prometheus confuses more than it illuminates.  The script also has to take some frustrating shortcuts by making the science team look like folks who flunked out of DeVry University.  Fiefield and Millburn are ridiculously unprofessional, and the film never explains why these characters had to be scientists as opposed to regular crew members.  In fact, there doesn’t seem to be much scientific method to a $1 trillion science expedition.  The story doesn’t need to be realistic to a fault, but it swings too much in the other direction so that it can get the scares and keep the momentum going.


And when it has the momentum, Prometheus is unstoppable.  Despite the narrative shortcuts and rough ending, Scott has crafted an engrossing sci-fi horror that drips with atmosphere and pulsates with tension.  The movie is visually stunning, expertly paced, and well cast.  No one will confuse Shaw for the next Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), but Rapace does an admirable job in the lead role, and the supporting cast acquit themselves admirably at contributing to the overall picture.  But no one can come close to Fassbender’s David.  Granted, an android on a ship full of humans is already a standout character, but Fassbender completely grasps the notion of a person without a soul.  He is a true psychopath but not one who’s malevolent.   He may be creepy, strange, and at times darkly comic, but he’s neither bad nor good, and Fassbender’s performance is absolutely captivating as the actor intelligently finds a way to bring this unique character to life (or an imitation thereof).

Wrapped inside the fascinating world of Prometheus are some weighty themes that never quite coalesce into a puzzle worth solving.  The script has a very clear idea it wants to explore—the complex relationship between the creator and his or her creation—but it never coalesces into open-ended material or a strong argument.  It’s a halfway finished thesis that shrugs up the suggestions of parents trying to kill their children and children trying to kill their parents, and that this is somehow the core of all evolution.  Sadly, there’s not much emotional weight or powerful moments to force deep consideration of the ideas Prometheus brings up.

And yet Prometheus absolutely deserves credit for even trying to explore these ideas in the first place.  Few summer blockbusters give audiences anything to chew on, and Prometheus at least wants to engage your brain as well as your adrenal gland.  Scott has painted a world that’s a wonder to behold even if it leaves you wondering about why it wants to be Alien when it comes close to creating a splendid beast all its own.

Rating: B


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  • moosecake

    This movie has been totally spoiled by the new TVs spots..damn you for showing waaaaaaaay too much!!!

    • spongefist

      The only thing that spoiled this movie is the movie itself which was terrible.

      As you look down the comments you will see that is is about 80/20 in favour of this movie being one of the all time great movie disappointments.

      What a load of crap.

      • Nik

        Why dont you take a look down at the ” i dont give a fuck what you think section” get a life instead of trolling…people disagree it happens, you dont have to comment on everyones comment like you are someone important, put a shot gun in your mouth and inhale…xoxoxo

      • spongehead

        Why Don’t you look down the..I Don’t give a F*** What you think section, stop competing on everyone’s opinion like your someone important. People disagree, it happens. Stop trolling and get a life or make your own site called
        and if you correct my spelling,God help you…xoxoxo

  • Lance

    You gave away how the movie ends in the first words of your review, Matt. That was a poor choice on your part.

    • Richard of Norway

      Where? I read the review and don’t see any spoilers that weren’t given away in marketing materiel (TV Spots or trailers).

  • tarek

    I will not read the review ’cause I’m going to watch it this week.

  • stefan

    I don’t agree with this review the movie was far more worse than you desribe it

    • spongefist

      I totally agree, this really was not a good movie.

      The pacing was shit, just mindlessly stumbling from one silly set piece to another, with disjointed and misleading ‘Alien Easter Eggs’ all over the place.

      A definite C-

  • mattedscreen

    At least its not Alien Resurrection, AVP, or AVP: Requiem… be thankful for the little things I guess is the mantra going into this,

    • Old Soldier

      You forgot Alien 3, the WORST of the bunch.

      “Waaaaa…but it’s Fincher”

      • Northern Star

        I suggest you watch the remastered extended version, it’s awesome, and ends the ‘Alien’ saga the way it should end… as for ‘Prometheus’, it’s an unnecessary answer to a question no-one asked, ’nuff said…

      • RorshachLives!

        ‘Alien 3′ was the boldest and most daring of the trilogy, IMHO, and the extended 144-minute version is the cut that SHOULD have been released in summer 1992, ending the saga the way it should have. ‘Prometheus’ is an answer to a question no-one asked however…

    • jonas

      Ridley should have just done a true prequel. Now he can be accountable for ruining his own franchise…along with Fincher…Alien 3 had to be the worst, blandest, piece of crap…you kill off three phenomenal characters – ripley, newt and hicks in the same film???…oh yeah and bishop….

  • Singularity

    Word to the wise… starting your review with a comment on the fate of the protagonists may not leave a lot of room for suspense on the part of the audience.

  • snapperhead

    Really guys? Goldberg “gave away how the movie ends” with a “comment on the fate of the protagonists”? Really? Did someone actually expect the crew of the Prometheus to make it out of this movie alive? Wow.

    • Lance

      When watching movies that rely on suspense, it’s better to go in not having any real idea what will happen.

      You can act like you knew the ending all along. But somehow if the movie had turned out to have a happy ending, I suspect you would have claimed you knew that all along, too.

      • snapperhead

        Actually, I haven’t seen the movie yet. Probably will this weekend. But I have seen the trailer, and all the Alien movies. So I don’t know exactly how the movie ends, but I’m expecting some death. Gruesome death.
        And as for your presumptuous comment about a happy ending- I’ll gladly admit right now, I definitely would NOT see that coming.

    • Grayden

      It had nothing to do with spoiling the “fate” of the crew, that’s a no brainer. Rather correlating the fate of the crew with the film.

      At the end of the day, I don’t know why anyone is surprised with how Goldberg writes reviews. I think this is the last review of his I’m reading. Majority of the time they’re just negative. And I don’t just mean his opinion of the film, the overall tone and attitude of the review itself, is negative. It depresses me to read them, even though it will have no bearing on whether I see the film or not. Just tired of reading Debbie Downer.

  • Vives

    I agree with this 100%. Plus Vickers’ character is unnecessary.

  • junierizzle

    This is the kind of movie where I will see despite negative reviews, I haven’t read any full reviews but apparently some people love it and others not so much. For example, Matt thinks it okay(I only read his first paragraph and judging by his B grade I think Matt thinking its okay is a fair assessment) On the other side of the spectrum, Roger Ebert gives it four stars and apparently really liked it.

  • boo boo

    i just watched it i liked it a lot, its far from a bad movie and i really don’t understand why people think the ending is bad.

  • Guns Of Navarone

    I agree with this review too. Although I’d also add that the score was very repetitive and didn’t build much tension. That’s one thing that Alien captured perfectly. There was also very little character development with some being pushed to the background a lot.

    That said, it was still enjoyable and the thing I agree with the most in Goldberg’s review is that it constantly had you wondering what was going to happen next. I said that very thing after leaving the cinema.

    It’s also clearly been set up for a sequel (pending box office figures).

  • thrawn2071

    I can’t keep reading your reviews if you keep offering up spoilers. I had stayed dark on The Avengers until I read your review, which blew the plot of Hawkeye getting captured.

  • blurb

    Everyone is complaining about being spoiled but how can someone write an interesting review if they have to keep the story points to themselves. EVERY REVIEW IS IN SOME WAY A SPOILER. get over it

    • Singularity

      There’s a trick to writing reviews. When it comes to content, feel free to mention events from Act 1, a point here and there from Act 2, but steer clear of Act 3.

      Perhaps certain reviewers felt compelled to throw this convention away, because the marketing team for the film obviously did.

    • thrawn2071

      I think most reviews just go over the synopsis, which I’m fine with. I just don’t need the opening scene of the movie described to me.

  • Ltdumbear

    ANY movie which causes so much ‘angst’ among viewers/fans/reviewers is definately worth seeing, because (if nothing else) it speaks volumes for how much it makes them THINK about what they are watching; and given the past few years of ‘superficial crap’ Hollywood has been churning out, it’s getting harder and harder to make decisions on which movies to watch, and which to simply ignore, and/or wait till it shows up on Dish. Thanks to all who felt compelled to post thier thoughts here. I WILL be watching this movie tommorrow night; have my bad of Jelly-Belly’s and a can of Monster Energy-drink ready…all I need is the popcorn !

  • Insightful Guy

    I don’t think I had high hopes for a movie about a ship of exploration called Prometheus. Why not call it Henry Bemis, or Lemming? Or how about Space Titanic? Subtler writing wouldn’t hurt my enthusiasm. I’ll see it anyway.

  • dave

    This movie sucks on so much levels and it only pretend to pose serious (sf) questions. Only question that creators of this messhad asks themselves was ‘Will this be cool in 3D’.

  • Anon

    Well we can all look forward to the inevitable director’s cut since almost every Ridley Scott movie has one.

  • murdernexxus

    I love R rated sci-fi violence. Its in my blood and my bones. I scoured the net for every bit of information about this movie for the last 2 years. The movie isn’t ‘spoiled’ for me because I don’t care about being surprised by the story. You can pretty much guarantee everyone is going to die. Those are my favorite endings anyway. Even if the story is bad the film can still be great. Visually it looks amazing, and in 3d I’m sure my eyes will bleed tears of blood at its ‘gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh’.

  • Rohan

    I think Matt has written a good review. It’s well-balanced. I am looking forward to seeing the film tomorrow, and I am sure it will be good.

  • Agent_Black

    Don’t understand why people are bitching about Matt’s choice of words ‘ill-fated’. Have you not seen any of the other films in this series?

    Alien – They nearly all die
    Aliens – They nearly all die
    Alien 3 – They nearly all die
    Alien resurrection – They nearly all die

    Why should Prometheus be any different? The reason there is such a large crew is so people can be killed off… it’s not a spoiler.

    • Grayden

      Again, it wasn’t the words he used to describe the crew, its Ridley Scott and the Alien Universe, we know someone is going to die. It was that Goldberg chose to correlate the fate of the crew with the fate of the movie, in his opinion. And in the first sentence even. After reading that, I almost didn’t finish because I didn’t care what else he wrote.

  • Martim Ferreira

    I really liked the movie and here’s why:

    First of all, I admit that the script maybe poorly written at times and that some characters lack some development or usefulness but I believe the way the movie evolves, it becomes apparent that there isn’t many time to address the “bigger questions” mainly due to the fact that they have to survive the whole ordeal! I think having big philosophical conversations with aliens that are trying to kill you would be a bit difficult. That being said, Prometheus evolves brilliantly and in a way that, for me, is perfect to continue a franchise. The “big questions” were made, the ambiance is set and hopefully if a sequel comes, we’ll get some answers and then suddenly, Prometheus won’t feel that dim witted for the haters. (**SPOILER** Shaw’s motivation to go after the engineers to get some answers tells me everything I need to know to pick my brain and speculate)

    • SP1234

      Agree 100%. What I love about the movie the most was the level of complexity that I honestly wasn’t expecting and was definately surprised by. And I’ll add that with all this mixed feedback, this will be the most polarizing film of the year. And what I mean by that is that some will absolutely love it, while others will absolutely hate it. I know when these type of films come out, like Fight Club, Watchmen, even Blade Runner when that was originally released. I’ll also add that some people hyped it up probably too much and are now treating it like the Star Wars prequels and Indiana Jones 4, so I’m kind of not surprised to see this happen.

  • Strong Enough

    So it’s basically a 2 hour teaser trailer for Prometheus 2 that will be directed by “Insert Smuck director” and written by Robert Orci and Alex Kutzman?


  • jasperwolf

    “Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.” – Sibelius

    “Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.” John Updike

    “A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterward comes out shooting the wounded.” Tyne Daly

    If you agree or disagree with a review, you are letting the review make decisions for you that are rightly only yours to make. If you have to read a review in order to decide whether to see the movie or not, you surrender your free will to a pedant.

    My mind is never the prisoner of another person’s opinion.

    Ridley Scott is a genius. I suggest you listen to HIM talk about his work and form your own informed opinion.

    Blame the “Lost” writer for the same poor writing as the TV show. Scott’s execution is as ever, flawless.


      Your mind is free? Okay, Captain Quotes.

      • Jesus

        Okay, that was pretty much a perfect response.

      • jasperwolf

        Yes of course, free to express myself using humorous quotations and apply them to the subject at hand.

        Thanks. I think my response is pretty much perfect.

        Have a nice day.

      • Beavis


      • Beavis

        Oh crap I forgot opinion quotes to prove my opinion.

  • Joe Soap

    “The movie is perfectly paced”

    I must have watched a different film cos this film has some of the worst pacing I’ve ever scene with such “talent” and money behind it.

    Have films been dumbed down so much that mediocre films based on cliched ideas get 8 out of 10?

  • FRAN



    • Joe Soap

      A Masterpiece in laziness.

  • spongefist

    The Pacing was worse than shit
    The Score was stolen almost completely from ET and totally jarred with the movie.
    The characters all behaved like they had an IQ of 10, doing the most idiotic things for no reason whatsoever.
    They ruined the space jokey concept completely.
    The movie was a flat out Alien Prequel
    The movie had no inherent logic too it, so the ‘Universe’ falls apart in believability.
    Sorry Ridley, you have always been one of my top directors but you really fell on your face with this one.

    Some tasty visuals and one exciting scene with Shaw is not enough.

    The entire group I was with, all without exception thought it a great dissapointment and we hardly ever agree on anything.


    • clogwyn

      completely agree, looks great on the outside but the dumb characters and complete lack of common sense / crazy decisions / weird behaviour completely pull you out of the movie far more than poor vfx ever would.

      leave your brain at the door and collect on the way out, you won’t feel a thing.

      a missed oppotunity.

      C+ (+ for vfx, design and decent 3D)

  • ED09

    Spongefist how blind you are! The film was fantastic, and that shit review was horrible. Nothing was ruined, only you weak ass mind that couldn’t comprehend this film. The film is very much like, H.P. Lovecraft’s, At the Mountains of Madness. There is very much logic to it, but small minds like your friends and others failed to get the connection. I just hope most like it, so we can get a second film, and then make those other Aliens films that lead to Earth War. Go see Mirror Mirror which is more your speed. Leave the more intelligent films to us.

  • spongefist

    This is false logic, the movie did not make me think anything other than…. this is shit.

    • spongefist

      This comment was made for some post in the middle that claimed that all these opposing views was because the movie made you think !
      No intellect required mate.

  • Dude

    Wow, spoiler in the very first sentence, Goldberg? What a fucking hack move and a new low for your ever abysmal “journalism.” Fuck you, Matt – I’ll read Collider no more after this last straw.

  • Slice

    It’s a pile of poop.

    Worst movie of 2012. No question. Ridley must be too old to know what he’s doing and Damon L shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near movies or TV. Worst script to appear in many many moons.

  • kevin

    why did charlie turn into that big bald alien??? thats some zombie shit he dies and turns into a pale bald sucker.

  • Voc007

    Although it PAINS me to say this, the first AVP film actually has a better plot than PROMETHEUS!

    Both are about some explorers lured somewhere, then used/betrayed/hunted when they arrive. Both have very average character development, but at least AVP had a plot that made sense, where people actually do stuff and had a reasonable pay off within the context of the type of movie it was.

    Yeah, I know that sounds INSANE, but sadly I think it’s true…

  • ben

    Voc007 – you’re not wrong. AVP has a better plot, and just as good a Weyland.

  • ben

    And Alien Resurrection had better characters, and treated the creator vs. created topic at least as well. The only thing this movie has is *incredible* style and Michael Fassbender… and those things alone take it from C to B/B+

  • Lukas

    Just saw this movie and i am extremely disappointed. What the fu^k was that Scott? why ………why, worst script ever. What could i expect though when they get the guy who penned Lost do work on the script.

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  • ishok

    I loved this movie. Can’t wait to see it again. So much to think about. This is exactly what good sci-fi does.

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  • Disappointed

    If Transformers 3 had Shia LaBeouf get major surgery done and then he proceeded to run, roll, jump, and fight minutes later the comments would be how unrealistic it was.

    But Scott does exactly that. He had scientists acting like frat house pledges, characters switching motivation just to move the plot along (“Oh we’re leaving we’re scared” Next scene “Dude smoke a joint in the middle of all these dead aliens and pet the cobra monster”), and scene after scene of impossible things (Why was David’s head still close enough to his body to use the communicator after the ship had rolled over and over again? Old Man Guy Pearce has “a few days left” but goes for a dune buggy ride! How was the escape pod supposed to fly away after it crashed into the ground? Etc. etc.)

    But, after every five stupid scenes a character says “But who made God?” or “Do you still believe?” and the auidence thinks “Whoa this movie is really deep!” instead of “Wait, so that’s his daughter, then how old was he when he fathered her? And in the future we can build androids but havent fixed infertility? And if that planet is only two years away how come it wasn’t already found by a terraforming survey? Wait, if we can terraform then why are we so fascinated by these people who can create life? We create life! Wait, where did that zombie come from?”

  • D. McHugh

    I think part of the problem with Prometheus is the same thing that’s wrong with a lot of movies these days. It seems like ever since the Harry Potter phenomenon, so many more movies are trying to be part of a trilogy or series to get you hooked in for repeat business. That would be fine except for the fact that as the rush the next movie into production on the heels of the first…all these films tend to have an “episodic” feel to them. In Prometheus, I don’t feel like I saw a film as much as an episode of a TV show. The only thing missing was the “stay tuned for a preview from next week’s episode!” at the end of the film. Whether it’s part of series or not, each film is a self-contained universe and should have within it all you need to enjoy that film’s complete through-line with no loose ends. It should be a complete story in itself that when COMBINED with subsequent films, builds the larger story. Prometheus feels like an episode of a TV show, not a stand-alone complete film/story. Interesting that the writer from the TV show LOST is the co-writer. No wonder it feel episodic. I also quite watching LOST in the first season for the very same reason Prometheus doesn’t work. The LOST writers spent 59 minutes of each how wasting time and building “atmosphere” and in the very last 60 seconds, FINALLY gave you one kernel of barely relevant information that was supposed to make you interested enough to tune in next week. I hope this trend in film stops very, very soon.

    Prometheus also borrows FAR too much from the other Alien films. Ripley was impregnated in #3. Shaw is impregnated in Prometheus. Does EVERY film HAVE to have an android on board with possibly sinister motives. Ash in #1. Bishop in #2. ??? in #3. Winona Ryder in #4. Does every film need a corporate lackey pushing the company’s agenda? Burke in #2. Vickers in Prometheus.

    Prometheus plays out very similar to Aliens in that they arrive at a planet in search of a group of living beings only to find out they’re all dead and the film takes place in both the ship and a pyramid/colony outpost. The scene used so much in the promos of the giant head statue with all the “egg” canisters looks exactly like the scene from Aliens where Ripley stumbles into the queens egg-layng chamber. There are so many other major areas where it ripped itself off.

    I could go on about major flaws in the Alien mythology that have already been established and characters that I just did NOT care about. Look at Cameron’s very distinct characters from Aliens. There are a LOT of characters in that film but you have a very clear sense of who everyone is and he didn’t need tons of screen time for each person to accomplish that. I really wanted to like Prometheus…so much so that I convinced myself that I did, but as I kept thinking about it more, I felt ripped off and liked it less and less.

  • vj1277

    How did the Alien get off LV-223 to LV-426? Why is it a separate planet?Why is the Space Jockey in ALIEN so much bigger than the one in Prometheus? In ALIEN, the Space Jockey is more like a creature than a suit.

    • acehole

      Would think the LV-223 to LV-426 will be answered in a sequel. It would seem that a lot of answers were left open for just that reason – a sequel. Scott says in his interview that he is as much a business man as an artist, says it all…

      The space Jockey being bigger – my guess is an oversight or maybe not all engineers are the same (not all humans are the same).

      The one thing I could not gather is why the “face hugger” from Shaw was so much bigger than in Alien. Really did not make sense. Most species get bigger through evolution, do not start off big and get smaller. Obviously Scott wants to put forward that we started the whole Alien thing by visiting this moon…vicious circle, the thing we fear the most we created. Sort of maybe what the engineers are over humans, why they wanted to kill off humans…after creating them.

  • anders

    sorry, but i don’t think Matt saying “ill-fated” is a spoiler. Is it really a spoiler to say bad things are going to happen to people in a horror movie, because that’s essentially all that was said…

  • Underground Anthem TX

    1.) That’s a question left for a possible sequel.

    2.) Because there are MANY planets in the universe.

    3.) Looks the same size to me, but I’m going to go back a re-watch Alien and maybe I’ll see what you’re seeing.

    4.) In ALIEN, they left it pretty ambiguous; coulda been a suit or body.

    I agree with a lot of people that there were plot holes a plenty in PROMETHEUS, but what you’re asking about is questions the movie raises, not necessarily plot holes, IMO.

    My take on the movie: Coulda been so much better, coulda been so much worse.

    • Sathya

      Thanks Underground. The Space Jockey in ALIEN is twice as big as the one in Prometheus and I’m sure Scott knew this. Since an ALIEN came out of the Space Jockey’s chest, it’s apparent that was a Queen and laid eggs on the ship before the Nostromo arrived.
      It’s also possible the xenomorph in the end of Prometheus hitched a ride on Shaw’s ship before she left (a la Alien 3).

  • SlyFi

    First off.. I enjoyed Prometheus!
    Sure the storyline was the greatest victim.. & there were some major technical stretches (post Caeser a woman would not be able to lift anything heavy).. but I liked the grandure, the detailed world Scott set up & the acting was fairly good.
    “David” stole the show for me.. but then I liked Lawrence as well.

    Any opinions on the “Engineer” who tops himself in the opening scenes?
    The ship taking off is saucer shaped & not like their others?

    • acehole

      The saucer – an earlier version of their space craft? I would be millions of years between that event and Prometheus.

      Or – like humans, maybe there are different engineer races and maybe they were nice ones and the ones on LV223 maybe they are not so nice…the images of them running away – maybe it was from a civil war between Engineers? Maybe these Engineers were a violent sect of their race?

      Would work well for a sequel. Shaw and David go to the Engineer home planet, those Engineers find out what was happening on LV223, go back with Shaw and David – big fight, massive issue – find a crap load of eggs and those LV223 Enginneers creating biological weapons (ie : Aliens). One of the nice engineers then jump in a ship to take the eggs away, something goes wrong (facehugger stuff), crashes the ship on what becomes LV426, puts out the warning beacon…..chest burster…nice link.

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  • Bheaya Emortalis

    All you people made me sick. There movie lacked plot holes, it had open questions that were left for interpretation or for a sequel. People are just mad because they can’t see that. Another reason people thought the movies was “shit” was because they were expecting it to hue close to Alien when Collider and many other site specifically say that the film take place in the same universe. Don’t be brokenhearted just because you don’t have an imagination.

  • johnny b

    Spongefist you are an asshole.

  • johnny b

    Spongefist you are an idiot. You have nothing intelligent to say. Should you respond I will find it necessary to eviscerate your arguments (if they can even be called that) the way the alien eviscerates the human digestive system.

  • johnny b

    Matt, a well written review. One of the most accurate I’ve read.

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  • David Lizewski

    Prometheus made Alien redundant. In 1979 we were introduced to two creatures that were truly “alien” to what humans are familiar with. We met these two amazing, but terrifying creatures that defied all logic and convention (thanks, Giger), for 40 years, we pondered over these two cinema menaces, our curiosity piqued, our fascination, stoked.

    Then when Prometheus was released, we learned that these two impossibly Alien creatures are not really that alien at all, in fact, both of them are direct descendants of humans, in a round about way. The SJ’s were the progenitor of man, instead of them being “otherworldly” beings that grew with their equally alien ships, they turned out be tall WWE rejects, painted white. Suffering from hair loss. Then we learned that the dreaded “perfect creature, it’s structural perfection matched only by it’s hostility” turned out to be the offspring of a shitty religious zealot, quasi scientist.