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Review of Sci-Fi film "Prometheus" (2012)*Spoilers!*

Updated on June 21, 2012


Recorded and produced in 2011 and released in theaters in 2012, Prometheus is a science fiction film and is semi-part of the Alien franchise. I say this because, in the words of Ridley Scott, these events precede those of Alien , but are not directly connected and serve as their own story and ideas.

The film was supported by extensive viral campaigns to boost anticipation and included extended release trailers, extra supplemental video material, and digital conferences. It premiered to mostly positive response. I saw this film last night and am reviewing it from memory, giving my first impression of the film.


One of the biggest compliments I can give to this film is the imagery and majesty of the scenes throughout the film. As the entire movie was shot with 3D cameras, its visuals impress. From the deep space shots, the ships and their equipment, the creatures both human-like and not, to the planet and its characteristics, the visuals of this film are universally acclaimed. The spaceship Prometheus is very well done and an attractive display of very believable future human capabilities.

The characters were varied in how much I really cared for them. Michael Fassbender delivered an excellent performance as a very convincing android, Charlize Theron plays an unlikable but determined monitor, and Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, the lead explorer and main character in the film. While I did admire Rapace's performance and cared for her character, I didn't feel anything for the rest of the cast, as endearing as the captain's attitude and the crewmen's bet were, they just seemed like filler. The same, to an extent, could be said of Shaw's love interest, Holloway. I suppose the relationship between the two was of moderate significance to me, but when he was infected and, essentially, immolated, I wasn't all too heartbroken.

As far as the plot goes, the overall originality provides points in the film's favor. How events played out, both between the crew in itself and between the crew and their surroundings. As far as scares go, I never jumped once. As far as gore goes, the most graphic, and to be blunt, exciting, part of the film was when Shaw was impregnated with an alien and had to have an automated machine remove it from her stomach. Another action sequence that comes to mind is when the two crew members are stranded in the tombs and are attacked by the creatures. There should have been a bit more of this, as the action scenes seemed few and far between.

The two characters that were most interesting were Vickers and David, as the viewer is constantly trying to gain insight to their true intentions and knowledge. While there was purposely left out plot information, as a sequel is evident from the success Prometheus, it still seems like too many questions were left ambiguous. What made David so interested in human emotions and did he have motives unknown to even Weyland? What did David say to the alien/human and why did he react in such a violent way? Why did the alien/human seek to carry the volatile contents of fluid to Earth? How do these concepts connect to Predators and Xenomorphs?


Overall, Prometheus is a must-watch for fans of Alien and its sequels. It has been lauded as visually stunning and original in story, although less so than the visuals. While the characters and acting was more or less of a mixed bag, and the plot could have been improved while still saving potential for a second movie and beyond, the film furthers the series of Alien, to an extent, and provides interesting concepts added to the fictional universe that holds millions of fans around the world. Would I watch Prometheus again? Maybe once more, to catch little things I might have missed. But the movie will hopefully serve as a launching pad for an improved sequel and subsequent releases. 3.5/5


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      Nagalandmusic 4 years ago from India

      Hey Steve, I got the DVD at this seedy, corner-shack movie shop thing and found 'Prometheus'. Trust me, the sleeve made me doubt if it were not one of those B-flicks. Big surprise, I loved it. I enjoyed the whole overplay on the "Alien" angle yet remaining practical enough to stay relevant (Science and Science?)

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the review of "Prometheus." Ridley Scott made another good one, so it appears, though this one doesn't appear to top "Alien." Few have, right?

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @Jade Evans

      Thanks for the comment! Though I was reading a bit on another site about the importance of character development in this film, as it maybe should not be a criticism of the film, as it wasn't the main attraction or factor in the movie.

      I see his point, after considering it, but still think that I should have felt more for the characters, as their stories and personalities are part of the story of Prometheus. In any case, a decent movie that must be followed by a sequel!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida


      Yeah, worth the watch as a rental, for sure. I also favor Predator over Aliens, to an extent, and wonder about the connection between the Engineers and Predators, if any. Give AVP a watch, if you haven't already.

      Thanks for reading, rating, and commenting!

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      Jade Evans 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Excellent review. Agree with lack of emotion regarding Holloway. I felt the same, didn't really care about him or feel much empathy for Shaw's loss. Very interesting points raised about David, many unanswered questions there.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Haven't seen this yet, but thanks to your review, I just might give it a rental. I'm more of a Predator man myself, though my interest in Alien greatly boosted because of one scene in Predator 2 - Alien drawings on the walls of the spaceship. You could quite see "the serpants" being hunted, and I wondered how the two could've connected without the release of the video games?

      Anyway, I'll have a look at this. It seems like a great way to back up the lore of the Predators and the Aliens!

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting ^^

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Certainly, it can. And I was ins suspense to the extent I did not know what would happen, but not so that I was on edge. For me, it wasn't so thought-provoking, as I'd really been exposed to this sort of sci-fi way of thinking, but the concepts were certainly unique!

      Here's hoping they give us an even-better sequel!

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      Thefilmguy24 5 years ago

      @ Steve Orion

      I agree with you that the movie did lack some action, but nevertheless, it did keep me in suspense as to what will happen next and how this "can", keyword here is "can" lead up to the original classic. But you are right that this movie isn't perfect, but it was entertaining and to me, though-provoking.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida


      Indeed, but you can only put so much into a movie, it seems. Really, that and the lack of action were my two main points of criticism. The surgery scene was brilliant, though!

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      Thefilmguy24 5 years ago

      I saw the midnight screening of "Prometheus" and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was an interesting film exploring the origins of man. I have my own opinions in which I wrote here on Hubpages, if you want to check it out. I really do hope that Ridley and Co do make another film due to all of the questions that we're left unanswered. I do feel that some of the characters were underwritten and that Holloway's death could have been a little more emotional than what we saw since I really didn't care enough about him. They should have did a little more background on him to pull that off. I do recommend you to read my thoughts on the film and let me know what you think.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Have you seen the film? What did you think? Do you agree with my points, or have a different outlook? Let me hear your opinions!