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Prometheus

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Prometheus
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Explorers have discovered a clue that brings them to the origins of mankind on Earth. This leads them on a journey that takes them to the darkest corners of the universe.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2012
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE P
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Fassbender


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Dec 14, 2014
  • Janice21383 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Should be retitled "Epimetheus". A bloated version of Ridley Scott's own Alien, Prometheus is one of those films that rely on everyone behaving as stupidly as possible to move the plot forward. The script, apparently inspired by the New Age classic Chariots of the Gods?, had multiple authors, including one of the creators of Lost. Enough said. Fassbender's character, the android David, is like a refugee from a much better film. But the film looks wonderful. How unimaginative of us to want more. BONUS: a chase with a rolling space ship, only missing Yackety Sax on the sound track. An alien squid (don't ask) that grows to giant size, without having eaten anything.

Dec 14, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

the latter part of the 21st century a team of archaeologists uncover tantalizing evidence that extraterrestrials have periodically visited Earth in order to oversee our development. From ancient Egyptian carvings to neolithic Scottish cave paintings, the team discovers eerily similar depictions of tall beings pointing towards a distant planetary system while men kneel reverently before them. Lured by the possibility of contacting these ancient "Engineers", the crew of the starship "Prometheus", backed by an aging industrialist, head towards this alien homeworld. Upon arriving at their destination, an earth-like moon circling a ringed gas giant, the crew discover enormous ruins filled with mysterious clues, grave enigmas, and an unexpected malevolence. It would appear that the Engineers were not quite the altruistic benefactors our ancestors made them out to be and the earth crew's sudden appearance may very well herald our own destruction. With its strong use of mythological archetypes and heavy religious overtones, including an obscure reference to Christ, this tepid prequel to the hugely successful "Alien" franchise plays more like a modern creation myth than a straightforward sci-fi thriller. Indeed, elements of the Hindu trinity, most notably Brahma (the creator) and Shiva (the destroyer/transformer), figure prominently from the very first scene as we witness a mystifying Alien suicide (sacrifice?) atop a primordial waterfall. The ruins themselves bear a striking resemblance to ancient temples complete with graven images and quasi-mystical mosaics. But why are they filled with the skeletal remains of these supposedly superior beings? And what is going on with all those casks of organic ooze stockpiled in a series of secret chambers? Director Ridley Scott avoids too many overt explanations, often at the expense of narrative cohesiveness, and instead drops just enough hints to allow us to figure it out for ourselves. Of course for those who prefer not to dwell too much on a film's deeper meaning there are plenty of ultra hip techno marvels (the robotic "mapping hounds" were especially cool), awesome CGI effects, and lots of explosions in gloriously overdone 3D, while the sensuously organic sets, inspired by original "Alien" artist H. R. Giger, are amazing. Sadly however, despite its lofty spiritual aspirations the film is just too full of unrealistic plot devices and contrived drama to be taken seriously; a side story involving a sinister robot on a mission goes beyond cliche. It's as if the writers started out with a decent premise and then padded it with so much Hollywood razzle-dazzle in order to attract a more lucrative demographic of popcorn munchers. Marvellously presented, mildly challenging, poorly written.

Nov 29, 2014
  • TGPretender rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This movie feels like a first year film student's arty commentary on something or other that never quite gets a point made and hasn't been edited of the pointless extras. It's not... terrible. It's not notable either. It's just there, sitting in the middle/beginning of the franchise without really being part of it. Even on its own, it can't really stand up. The visuals were pretty? I guess?

Nov 13, 2014
  • voisjoe1_0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Scott Ridley, 35 years after his masterpiece Alien, follows it up with a new alien space yarn with Prometheus. The last scene of Prometheus indicates that the baldheaded "monstrous-man" seen at the beginning of Prometheus film is really the progenitor of the monster seen in the film Alien. In Prometheus, Ian Holm's "type" is replaced by Michael Fassbender. Sygourney Weaver's "type" is replaced by Noomi Rapace. The film is quite good, but nothing will ever be as original and good as Alien. Today's audience will never understand what an original Alien was when it was released. I suspect that this newer film is based on some portion of the Greek mythology of Prometheus.

Oct 31, 2014
  • Matisse rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Is it a prequel? Or a remake? Who cares? It's a thoughtful and philosophical addition to the Alien franchise directed by the originator of the series, Ridley Scott. Creepy and yes, eventually gory. It's sci-fi horror with a masters degree in philosophy. If you understand that, then this movie is for you. Charlize Theron! Michael Fassbender! (flawlessly handsome) Noomi Rapace! Guy Pierce! (unrecognizable) Great cast, sublime special effects. The director makes you think. If you dislike thinking, this isn't for you.

Oct 16, 2014
  • JOSEPH DENHAM rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This one has brilliant visual effects, but except for the very interesting first 20 minutes, it was nothing like what I hoped for and turned into just another action flick. The sceenwriting is truly awful by times and the plot goes off in silly directions in the second half. With the large budget, excellent cast and wonderful special effects, this could have been made into a great sci-fi movie with some improvements to the plot and by hiring a better screenwriter.

Oct 10, 2014
  • tolan3262 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

one of the best prequels I have ever seen does the alien saga proud!

Oct 08, 2014
  • glenndm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A good movie despite a few unbelievably idiotic scenes that insult the viewer's intelligence.

Highly enjoyable. I look forward to the sequel.

Sep 10, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very disappointing, I'm both a big fan of the first two movies [Alien, and Aliens] and of Noomi Rapace, who has a talented acting range, but little was used in this flic.

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Dec 21, 2012
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Nov 03, 2012
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Oct 23, 2012
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May 14, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

David: "How far would you go to get your answers?"

Mar 21, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Dec 10, 2012
  • leapflow rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"Dr. Shaw...are you still there? It's me, David."

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Apr 04, 2013
  • jellobird1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: one love scene

Apr 04, 2013
  • jellobird1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: a few death by aliens

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