Reviews for Prometheus
The Film Yap
Narratively speaking “Prometheus,” director Ridley Scott’s long-awaited prequel to his seminal 1979 space/horror film “Alien,” is one big mess. But it’s still a worthy cinematic experience, a potpourri of Scott’s flair for sumptuous visuals and sly...
PROMETHEUS is only vaguely related to the Alien franchise being more or less a remake of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. It's also co-written by Damon Lindelof of Lost fame and like that program, Prometheus devours cool ideas as fast as it ignores...
Basically what's hypothesized in "Prometheus" is what if the thing that created us sought out the answers to what created it? And what if in the process of figuring out its own creation, it managed to accidentally create us? And what would happen if...
I saw a headline for a review of “Prometheus” that declared: “It’s no Alien.”
While many consider that to be a criticism, I say it’s a good thing. In fact, that is exactly what makes “Prometheus” as good of a film as the original “Alien.”
Atlantic City Weekly
Ridley Scott, welcome back to the genre you helped define and expand with Alien and Blade Runner. Prometheus, featuring sumptuous 3-D landscapes and a new Ripley-like protagonist embodied by Noomi Rapace, is an intelligent summer blockbuster that...
Like an increasing number of science-fiction and fantasy films of late, Prometheus eschews a streamlined narrative in favor of an overwritten labyrinth full of knotty mythology and laborious origin explorations.
A proper review of Prometheus must begin with a statement of fact: This is a prequel to Alien. There's been some attempt by the studio to play coy and suggest that it merely takes place “in the same universe” as Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi/horror...
Fan The Fire
One of the most anticipated films of the year, Prometheus sees return to the more adult filmmaking of the earlier Alien franchise after the Vs. Predator offshoots we’ve had the unfortunate experience of encountering of late.
Ridley Scott's Prometheus will anger a few; some due to the content and what it says about the creation of humankind, some because of gaps in explanation in the screenplay, some because of how little of a prequel it really is to Alien.
Mark Reviews Movies
If one is going to ask the big questions—such as the origin of life on Earth and the existence of life elsewhere in the universe—it does help to load the scenario a bit. Prometheus has big things on its mind, and while we could easily forgive that its...
St. Petersburg Times
Prometheus is a movie of grandiose ideas and imagination, as it should be with the tough acts and lengthy intermission it must follow. Director Ridley Scott seldom tackles science fiction, but when he does, it matters: He transformed the genre with...
Big Picture Big Sound
33 years after the ground-breaking (and chest-bursting) "Alien", Ridley Scott returns with "Prometheus" to the place where no one can hear you scream. Though not a purebred prequel (Scott has cryptically referred to it as an "original mythology")...
Returning to the genre after three decades, Scott’s focus is still more on the visuals than the content. Yet as with “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” his PROMETHEUS is anything but an empty summer blockbuster.
Prometheus is director Ridley Scott's return to science fiction, and co-writer Damon Lindelof's return to the kind of big, heady themes he explored for six seasons of his landmark TV show Lost. It's a natural pairing, and one that imbues Prometheus...
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Nothing could possibly satisfy the fervent expectation that has built for Ridley Scott’s sorta-prequel to his genre-defining “Alien,” but “Prometheus,” the director’s return to science fiction for the first time in 30 years, comes close.
Hey, I just made a pun. Because not only does Prometheus (unsuccessfully) attempt to wrestle with questions of faith and creation, but we're also informed in a throwaway fashion that the Engineers grew disillusioned with humanity roughly 2,000 years ago.
So beautiful it belongs on the Maxim Hot 100, “Prometheus” arrives in the wake of an awesome-looking trailer to disintegrate the existence of the “Alien vs. Predator” movies and revive the world's excitement about cinema's second-most famous E.T. Also...
Blade Runner and Alien. Ridley Scott is responsible for both of them, two of the most renowned sci-fi movies of all time. After 30 years, the Gladiator director returns to the genre with Prometheus, a quasi-prequel to Alien that seeks to explain the...
There have been conflicting reports as to whether director Ridley Scott's latest film, "Prometheus," is a prequel to his landmark space thriller "Alien." The answer is clear once you see the film.
Anticipation is huge for Prometheus and the best way to see Ridley Scott's new film isn't lowering expectations but altering them. Put Alien out of your mind. Make no mistake, this is a prequel to Scott's 1979 classic Alien but...
Nearly all the bits and pieces in director Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" come from other movies -- either one of Scott's or someone else's. More and more, though, I appreciate Scott's fundamental squareness as a filmmaker. "Prometheus" may be the...
New York Post
"2001: A Space Odyssey” was about an astronaut named Dave traveling to the far reaches of the universe to find the secret to man’s origins on Earth. “Prometheus” is totally different: This time the spaceman is named “David.”
“Prometheus” began life as a prequel to “Alien,” Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 science-fiction action film; along the way it became a stand-alone project, its chief claim to fame being that it marked Scott’s hotly anticipated return to the genre since...
Reel Film Reviews
An extremely loose prequel to 1979's Alien, Prometheus follows a team of explorers, including Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw, Michael Fassbender's David, and Idris Elba's Janek, as they travel to (and arrive at) a distant planet purported to contain...
Ridley Scott set new standards for big sci-fi storytelling in the last quarter of the 20th century, and now he's engineered Prometheus for a 21st-century race of moviegoers. This is jumbo-size science fiction, with a handsome, impermeable titanium...
In 1979’s Alien, Ridley Scott turned a spaceship into a house of horrors, complete with one of the most terrifying monsters in movie history. In Prometheus, he uses a spaceship to go searching for God. See the difference? Scott is certainly not the...
Pretty much like Prometheus itself. When not fooling us with its pretense of existentialism babble, does reasonably well as a creep-thrills packed sci-fi thriller that has more blockbuster than breakthrough on its mind.
With the infamous 'chest-burster' scene in 1979's Alien, Ridley Scott set a standard for body horror that even David Cronenberg couldn't top. There's a scene about two thirds of the way through Prometheus that may strain credulity, but hot damn if it...
While, for some of us, 2012 is all about its big superhero films, other genre fans have undoubtedly placed most of their "summer blockbuster" hopes in the semi-resurrection of a beloved science fiction franchise: Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
ABC Radio (Australia)
Ridley Scott's Prometheus is not only a direct prequel to his classic Alien but also shares many similarities with that film, tonally, structurally and thematically. It's a science fiction film with many horror elements.
With 'Prometheus', director Ridley Scott returns to his sci-fi roots after 30 long years, delivering what is clearly an ambitious, epic-sized prequel to Alien, but one that’s sadly missing the very clarity and urgency of that film.
With Prometheus, Ridley Scott finally leaves behind the realms of fantasy, war, and historical spectacle to return to science fiction, the genre that launched his international reputation three decades ago.
I SUPPOSE it was too much to ask of a summer blockbuster to solve the secrets of the universe but the pre-publicity for Ridley Scott's Prometheus did promise some pretty earth shattering revelations about the origins of mankind.
He refused to show us an Alien in the sensational trailers (‘Aaaaah! Aaaaah!’), he wouldn’t even use the word ‘Alien’ in the title, but Ridley Scott gives us one almost immediately in Prometheus’ opening scene. Not the kind you’re expecting, mind.
There are messy chest-births, parasitic creatures oozing acid blood, and alien egg repositories. There’s even a smug, super-smart cyborg of questionable allegiance.
Eric D. Snider
Thirty-three years after his “Alien” introduced moviegoers to the terrors of extra-terrestrial life and the horrors of being named “Sigourney,” and 15 years after “Alien: Resurrection” basically ended the franchise (we do not speak of the two...
It takes an old school director to give you old school sci-fi. The explorations and discovery of so much eye catching visuals. Being my first movie in Imax, I was so amazed by every scene in this movie. This movie will looked on for years for it's...
In 1979, science fiction was thriving, but the movie community, becoming gorged on lightweight space opera fare like Star Wars, was unprepared for what Ridley Scott delivered with Alien, which was as much horror as it was sci-fi.
Expectation can be a fickle mistress. If something lives up to or exceeds expectation, it can be glorious. If that thing disappoints, it can be devastating.
According to the “Alien” time line, it was June 2122 (about 110 years from now) that the USCSS Nostromo ran into a little trouble.
When it arrived on multiplex screens last year, Matthis van Heijningen Jr.'s remake of The Thing proved a modest, mostly middling, popcorn flick. A box-office disappointment, it nonetheless proved an interesting case study. With his Thing...
In the near future on Earth, a clue to the origins of mankind is discovered by archaeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green). Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), aging founder of the Weyland Corp., funds a...
Monsters and Critics
Ridley Scott gets to the root of the Alien problem with a surprising foray into the ages old debate on intelligent design.
After much hype, two stunning trailers, and much guessing about the origins of the nasty creature from Alien that became known as a xenomorph, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi prequel is finally here. Beautifully crafted, and with some delicious scenes dripping...
Sacramento News & Review
With Alien, in 1979, director Ridley Scott, more or less invented the modern sci-fi horror genre; now he’s warmed it over with this prequel for no apparent reason other than the privilege of stealing back his own fire. Scott’s reclamation, expectedly...
I've spent a lot of free time between snacks contemplating the reasons why movies about stuff happening in space are an immediate and automatic source of pleasure for me. And I have determined that the number one answer is monsters. Easy. Monsters...
When two archaeologists, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), discover a common pictogram among the ruins of ancient but unrelated civilizations on Earth, a star map emerges that points to a distant solar system...
The A.V. Club
When George Lucas started planning the scenes in Jabba The Hutt’s palace in Return Of The Jedi, he saw an opportunity to improve on his own work. He had never been happy with the low-tech cantina scene in Star Wars, with its rubber-suit aliens and fuzzy..
Ridley Scott has only two science fiction films on his resume, but both were massively influential. With Alien in 1979, Scott gave us clean white walls and dark, densely patterned bio-structures, plus a showdown between the kill-or-be-killed ethos of...
Time Out London
So here we are, after all the hype, the leaked scripts, the rumours – is it an ‘Alien’ prequel? Ridley says no, everyone else says yes – the viral clips, the teasers, the trailers, the teasers-for-trailers, the press conferences, the wild anticipation...
Die-hard Alien fans are advised to significantly lower their expectations, though if you're not emotionally invested in the franchise per se, PrometheuDie-hards is an enjoyable, if flawed sci-fi thriller that's worth seeing for Fassbot and Noomi Rapace.
Scott’s storytelling style is visceral as ever. We can see every dollar of the mega-millions spent, particularly on the production design of the alien universe (on which renowned Swiss artist HR Giger collaborated).
Shadows on the Wall
There are clear echoes of Scott's last outer space thriller (1979's Alien) in this big, bold film, but this is something very different. It's certainly not a clear prequel. And even if the plot is full of holes, it's utterly mesmerising.
Science Fiction Flim
As a director of science fiction films Ridley Scott falls somewhere between Stanley Kubrick and James Cameron . . .
How thoroughly distressing it must be for Ridley Scott to watch one of his beloved creations desecrated by one filmmaker after another with each successively disappointing entry in the ‘Alien’ franchise, so much so that after a thirty-year hiatus from...
Anyone who fancies boarding Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic – ‘the world’s first commercial spaceline’ – should get very excited about the beginning of this movie.
SIR RIDLEY Scott is clearly a clever bloke, as would anyone be if they’d made Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982) so closely together.
กว่า 30 ปีมาแล้วที่ภาพยนตร์ไซไฟสยองขวัญเรื่อง Alien ของผู้กำกับ Ridley Scott ได้ออกฉายสู่สายตาคนทั่วโลก จนได้ชื่อว่าเป็นอีกหนึ่งภาพยนตร์ซีรีส์ไซไฟที่ดีที่สุดตลอดกาล และในปี 2012 นี้เอง ริดลีย์ก็ได้กลับมาเล่าเรื่องของแฟรนไชส์นี้ด้วยตัวเองอีกครั้ง
Elizabeth Shaw และ Charlie Holloway คือ 2 นักวิทยาศาสตร์ที่ตระเวนศึกษาอารยธรรมโบราณมาทั่วโลก จนกระทั่งการค้นพบครั้งล่าสุดที่นำมาซึ่งทฤษฎีชี้นำว่า ภาพโบราณเหล่านั้นล้วนมีการเชื่อมโยงกัน และเมื่อนำภาพทั้งหมดมารวมกันแล้ว...