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Released: 2012 | Duration: 2 hrs 4 mins | Director: Ridley Scott | Studio: 20th Century Fox | Genres: Action/Adventure - Horror - Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

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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 origins 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.

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Total Film - 8.0/10 by Jonathan Crocker Flawlessly designed, with the beautiful 3D cinematography contrasting the clean white futurism of Prometheus' interiors with the black corporeal surfaces of the alien catacombs.

 It might not pack the unbearable menace or blazing horror of the saga's first two movies, but it utterly eclipses the last two. It's exciting, tense and fully impregnated for sequels.
The New Yorker - 8.0/10 by David Denby Scott may always have had an eye on the box office, but from "Alien" and "Thelma & Louise" on, he has made women into heroines. In that regard, he's still ahead of the curve. Rapace's scene is a classic of its kind; it tops John Hurt's notorious misfortunes in "Alien."
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - 7.5/10 by Rick Groen There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece.
New York Post - 8.8/10 by Kyle Smith Gorgeous set pieces thrill the senses, but there is philosophical inquiry as well. "Alien" was, after all, just "Jaws" in space, but Prometheus ponders where evil comes from and how it conquers its makers.
Rolling Stone - 7.5/10 by Peter Travers The ending isn't squishy scary or deeply satisfying. Bummer. Otherwise, Prometheus especially in its spellbinding first hour kicks ass so hard and often that it's impossible not to be thrilled by it.
Chicago Tribune - 7.5/10 by Michael Phillips The best of Prometheus is nonverbal and purely atmospheric: Fassbender's "Lawrence of Arabia"-loving character bouncing a basketball as he patrols the spaceship while his human cohorts finish up their two-year nap.
ReelViews - 7.5/10 by James Berardinelli Prometheus is the antithesis of the "big, dumb summer movie." Its visuals and special effects can stand toe-to-toe with any of the season's spectacles, but are audiences ready for something with an intelligent, thought-provoking screenplay where the action is secondary? Prometheus is flawed, but stupidity cannot be numbered among its missteps.
The New York Times - 7.0/10 by A.O. Scott The virtuosity on display makes the weakness of the story all the more frustrating. I'll avoid spoilers here, but Prometheus kind of spoils itself with twists and reversals that pull the movie away from its lofty, mind-blowing potential.

Movie Trivia

  • Noomi Rapace, who plays Elizabeth Shaw, prepared for her role in this film by creating a whole backstory for her character in her head.
  • Director Ridley Scott hired conceptual artists to visualise what the future eight decades from 2012 might look like.
  • This film was shot on location at Pinewood Studios using the famous 007 stage.
  • Micheal Fassbender, who plays David, drew inspiration for the role by watching Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Peter O'Toole in Lawrence Of Arabia and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth.
  • The surface of LV-223, the alien planet in this film, is a mixture of real-life landscapes on Earth and NASA images.

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