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An Image Of A Scene Cut From PROMETHEUS!! + Cool Prosthetic Shots!!

A shot of a sequences not featured in the theatrical cut of PROMETHEUS comes to us via  PrometheusForum.Net.  The picture reveals an "Elder" Engineer (left - played by Matthew Rook) along with that other guy who does that thing which does whatever at the beginning(?) of the movie.  


The same article also features some awesome behind-the-scenes shots of Engineer prosthetics-in-progress, both Alabaster and Biomech/Geigery Space Jockey versions.  

I wish they'd asked permission before emulating my body type for the film - now I'm confused for an Engineer whenever I go out into public.  Really!  I am!   


Click either image to jump to PrometheusForum.Net's full gallery.  




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  • June 15, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by RocketFuckingMan

    hope its in the bluray

  • June 15, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by Astronut

    OH yeah.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    *An Image

    by paperthin0

  • June 15, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    (okay, so I was second)

    by Astronut

  • June 15, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by googamooga

    I knew it!

  • PROMETHEUS is like...60% awesome. There are some glaring plot holes and ridiculous decisions made by characters though....hoping theres a lot of deleted scenes that work out the kinks.

  • I read something about this the other day... something about the second engineer being involved with this guy's death. That this guy's death is like a sacrifice or something? Hmm. Wonder what other cool stuff we're gonna see in the 20-minute extended home video release......! These pics are from the Art of Prometheus book, right?

  • June 15, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Seems underwear got passed down to us in their DNA too

    by No Respectable Gentleman

  • June 15, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    So the Engineers were the Therns from John Carter of Mars".

    by cookylamoo

  • June 15, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    If the Director's Cut doesn't provide...

    by jimmy_009

    ...motivation for the Engineers, it's really a waste of time. I enjoyed the heck out of the movie, but that's a fatal flaw that should be addressed.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Feh, the ''elder' look is passe'

    by john

  • Just sayin'.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST


    by Merrick

    The images are not from the Art of PROMETHEUS book. However, a number of panels of concept art from that sequence *are* represented in the book...

  • June 15, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I like how he looks like a marble statue

    by Autodidact

  • June 15, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Miserable looking bastards...

    by Valenni

    I wonder why they got all grumpy and tried to kill us humans? Come to think of it, I hate humans too!! You are all bastards!! :-)

  • June 15, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    "I don't know either?"

    by Therealumlaut

    Thought the pensive Humliens looking for a story.

  • Which seems to be the m.o. for this film. Can't wait for THAT talkback!

  • June 15, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    So these ones dress differently than the ones on the moon

    by Phil Connors


  • June 15, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    So these are Jedi engineers and the other ones are Sith engineers

    by Phil Connors


  • June 15, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    pretty fucking cool can't wait for this on bluray 3d

    by skiff

  • June 15, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Thought that was CG glad it's not

    by eric haislar

    Man I want a latex muscle suit.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    The deleted scene shows...

    by Con Shonnery

    a group of Engineers playing Stone, Paper, Scissors to decide who is sacrificed

  • June 15, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Melded suits, grown or morphed?

    by Aidil_Afham

    I think their mastery over DNA structuring and micro nano stuff allowed them to create organic looking machinery, not surprised they made their ships the same way too.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Prometheus does have merit and is a 7/10 film

    by tomdolan04

    but I don't even think its a case of 'the film raises lots of questions but no answers'. <p> The questions it raises just aren't very coherent, well formed or 'fair' in the sense they follow a logical train of thought. I love films and media that pose interesting questions and sometimes not having having answers is the best thing for a film. <p> I don't think coherent answers 'could' be given to stitch together even half of the decisions made by either the protagonists or the engineers in this film. Maybe the DC will make it a more rounded picture but the lack of answers isn't my problem with it as a film overall.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Very Cool.

    by Kytas

  • June 15, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Prometheus needs more Alien in it.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I for one am not tired of the xenomorph.

  • gonna get them all.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    What's with alien races and long, flowing robes?

    by kidicarus

    Are jeans and sneakers exclusive to humanity?

  • June 15, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Looks like a Burne Hogarth drawing...

    by Taillefer

    Yep, just like a Burne Hogarth drawing:

  • June 15, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    That's some pretty weak 'proof' there andromedus

    by jimmy_009

    A pale muscular Adonis human looks like a pale blue, skinny creature with fish ears? I hope you were being sarcastic.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Plot Holes

    by therightclique

    Only people that didn't understand the movie think it has plot holes. That's fine. Scott didn't make it entirely easy to understand on the first pass. A longer cut should help give it more room to breathe. I'm hoping a longer cut helps explain some of the ridiculous character decisions, but bad characters does not equal plot holes.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    erichaislar, it was also CG (w/ link)

    by jimmy_009

  • June 15, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    My stab at the major onscreen events in the movie

    by J N

    Playing Lindelof's advocate here. This is what I took from the movie without looking for biblical allusions or allegory, what have ye.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    therightclique , I liked the movie and can still..

    by jimmy_009

    ...acknowledge that it has some major plot holes. You're welcome to explain why it doesn't, but I'm pretty sure you're wrong.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    yeah, the engineers look like fantastic planet aliens

    by omarthesnake

    if you squint, misremember, and don't look at the pictures for comparison...

  • Scott can obviously see the negative reaction most viewers, Alien fans or not, have had to Prometheus and this is just him trying to maintain interest in the movie before its box office completely fades and to set us up into buying the Blu Ray/DVD in the hope that it might not be as shit as it actually is!

  • June 15, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    actually Wookie ...

    by Roman Troy Moronie

    I don't believe that ends any debate at all. The 'Engineers' ... were the ones who ... er ... um .. engineered .. the micro organism that would morph whatever organism it infected. If the micro organism was genetically 'programmed' to look 'Gigery' in whatever it infected, and keep passing that 'programming' down ... well ... I don't think the exo suit ... organic it may be ... had anything to do with the 'Gigery' look. Looks like a common trait to all the 'Engineers' architecture. Just my thoughts.

  • Essentially, the panels imply it's very much the same opening sequence...but there's a brief moment in which the Alabaster Engineer jumper guy is approached by the Elder, who reaches out to touch his forehead with a finger. The rest then unfolds more or less as we saw. As presented in the panels, it's a very brief moment - although I suppose it might've been further expanded or improved when shot.

  • Enjoyed the film but full of basic continuity errors. A child could have spotted them

  • June 15, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    All the Space Jockey needs...

    by buggerbugger a stupid woolly hat and a pair of glasses and 'God' has been remade in Lindelof's own image. Kinda similar to how Rob Zombie turned Michael Myers into a lookalike of himself, down to the long unwashed hair, hillbilly beard and scabby clothes.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    And the damage control begins!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    So, so stupid. Seriously, the more that gets written about this film, the stupider it becomes. It's a tremendous failure. And no amount of "You didn't understand it!" or "You expected more ALIEN!" is gonna change that fact. The movie was horrible. Plain and simple.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    swordfleece, you're a moron.

    by googamooga

    The Engineer in Alien is a different guy, in a different ship, on a DIFFERENT planet. A child could have spotted that...

  • June 15, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Glad to see Christopher Eccleston still getting work

    by Harry Palmerlime

    Plus, big props to his trainer.

  • Core ideas were good, visuals were good, plot and character development were TERRIBLE to the point of being hilariously stupid. Further, if the script writer has to sit down and explain to the audience later what was going on, then you're an awful writer.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    The biomech version looks a bit like Predator

    by FitnaTheForbiddenMovie

    Yeah, I said it.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    So Elder Engineers are little, what's with the giant Space Jockey in Alien?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Could it be something else entirely and just uses the same suit? Or maybe it's an Engineer Queen or something stupid like that?

  • June 15, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    prometheus article #635

    by JAMF

    how much you gettin guys? seriously...

  • June 15, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Arg! I'm so torn on this movie

    by quadrupletree

    The plot was admittedly shit. The longer it sits with me the more things I think of that make no sense at all (Like why did all the ancient "maps" point us not to their home world but their weapons research facility?). But stuff like this is so fucking cool! I think the truest testament to Ridley and the production team is that they had me so mesmerized with design and visuals and everything else that my mind didn't stop at the time to consider the stupidity of the script. Now after pondering on it for a week I think it was really poorly thought out.

  • Seriously, don't drink the water there.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    "Melded suits, grown or morphed?"

    by buggerbugger

    Maybe the Engineer at the beginning of the movie was a biological creature, but his species eventually died out, leaving its biomechanical 'replicant' servant Engineer-lookalikes carrying out their tasks for all eternity like immortal wind-up toys? Or perhaps all the Engineers were biomechanical slaves to the real Engineers, who were bloody huge creatures (cf. 'Alien'), but the species died out, leaving behind their servants with no one to serve. Searching for meaning, the artificial life-forms used their super-awesome black goo to separate their biological and mechanical natures and seeded Earth with the former in the hope of recreating the biological heirs of their own creators via mankind. But then, 2000 years ago, somethingsomethingdarkside. Giant Space Jockeys create smaller biomech Engineers in their own image. Biomech Engineers create biological humanity. Humanity, in turn, creates artificial life in its own image. Biomech Engineers not too happy when they meet David 8, their artificial cousin. Space Jockey, agent of SMASH, goes on a rampage.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    damn those pecs

    by Vince

    bodybuilders are so so so wrong in this story. Twas the ruination of a quite good idea. 'By the power of greyskull, I'll be back'.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST


    by ArmageddonProductions

    I just got roped into seeing this a couple of days ago, and it was exactly the movie I was dreading it would be. It's tough for me to say "Well, if they'd had a better script ...", because the movie just flat-out has no reason to exist, no matter how good or bad the script/direction/cast/FX were. Worst of all, it couldn't even admit to itself whether it was an ALIEN prequel, a "Chariots Of The Gods" riff or a sci-fi horror movie.</p><p> It's a terrible ALIEN prequel. We should never have known the background of the Space Jockey, the derelict or where the aliens came from. ALIEN was a brainstorm of imagination and great, cutting-edge artists, and they all knew one simple truth: leave enough to the imagination. What was so cool about ALIEN was how ALIEN it actually was. And by definition, "alien" = 'something outside your sphere of understanding". By ret-conning everything from the original film, PROMETHEUS somehow manages to come up with an unsatisfying explanation for EVERYTHING. The Space Jockey was a giant alabaster dude in a wonky space suit. Another wakes up from hyper-sleep and turns into Michael Myers for NO FUCKING REASON, despite the fact that they are, apparently, responsible for creating all life in the universe. The xenomorphs are an accidental by-product of an Engineer being impregnated by an accidental squid creature that grew out of a human. The derelict from ALIEN was crash-landed by an Earth spaceship, yet, despite the ton of debris left around after the crash, the crew of the Nostromo never finds it. Ridley Scott forgets that Tom Skerritt mentions "It looks like it grew out of the chair" in ALIEN and instead makes it a completely useless suit. You could go on and on for days just poking holes in this thing. And it's not PHANTOM MENACE-bad, it just has no justification for its existence whatsover.

  • -- "That can't be true! Ohh I hate this movie!" - average movie goer

  • June 15, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Other than Shaw, who says these white beings are engineers of anything?

    by Chris Duncan

    Just because we hear Shaw say "that is what I choose to believe?" Come on, show me a Breaking Bad RV with smoke coming out the top, a lab with mixing bowls, or something.

  • The answer is, evil albinos and their adorable and pet penis vagina snakes.

  • It's the kind of thing you would notice in an episode of CHiPs.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    That gives a little more personality and depth to the Engineers!

    by xbagboy

    Disliked the movie but interested in seeing more of the cut scenes now. It did feel like a TV pilot.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Explaining Prometheus

    by Dr. Ess

    This is a ridiculously detailed blog post on what the film is actually about: There is a follow-up questions answered post here:

  • However, you are mistaken about one thing. The ship that crashes in Prometheus is NOT the same ship they find at the beginning of ALIEN, as they are not on the same moon. Yes, we are to believe that not one, but TWO Space Jockey ships are crashed in the the same way, on two different moons in the same star system. Yes, it's even dumber than you thought.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    scratchmonkey, that's a really solid theory

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    David being an android seems like the most likely reason for the Agent of SMASH moment and it explains the size difference. Better than the Space Jesus Jockey thing anyway.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by JMG84

    None of those "problems" you posed bother me and Alien and Aliens are my 2 favorite movies of all-time. Watched them both a few times per year. Different people have different expectations of this movie, clearly. Everyone calm down.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Whatever he does at opening is

    by MainMan2001

    Create the human race through his death.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Hey, look, a vagina penis snake... LET'S PET HIM!

    by Nick

  • June 15, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Well, its obvious he wasn't acting alone

    by rahtard

    In another talkback someone claimed that the engineer was Prometheus himself and a renegade for creating the human race. As I said there that idea is nonsense as he was clearly dropped off by the large ship. Doesn't matter now as this proves I was right. I'm sure the more cut scenes we find out about, will prove that this movie never had a logical sound plot for the sake of having stunning visuals.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by therightclique

    It absolutely does not have major plot holes. I'm thinking you don't know what a plot hole is. Every single supposed plot hole people have brought up online has an explanation within the movie. Yes, it may take more than one viewing of the movie to understand them, but they aren't plot holes. Mysteries are not plot holes either. You can't just call anything you don't understand a plot hole. That's not how it works.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...that is the Lindelof version of creativity.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    i'll type it again - *NEWSFLASH*

    by treatment

    (AP) - Following the success of Prometheus, Ridley Scott has announced that he did indeed film another movie back to back. The new film (release date TBD) has a current name of Conmetheus, though that title may change. Also mentioned was that Conmetheus is a prequel to Prometheus. No doubt many inquiries such as, who was Peter Weyland's father... along with much schooling did the scientists who created David have, will be among some of the highly anticipated questions moviegoers will want to know.

  • June 15, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Engineer/Space Jockey difference...

    by Blue_Demon

    They are not that much bigger in ALIEN. We all know Ridley Scott used his children dressed in miniature space suits for some shots to give the Space Jockey a larger scale. When Captain Dallas is standing right next to it, the head is not much bigger than the helmet found in PROMETHEUS. I think Scott manipulates images much the way his sound people manipulate sound. Whatever is needed for that effect is used. Much the way Batman's cape changes length in the comics for effect. I for one have always liked the small differences in different movies when they tackle the same subject. The changing Starship Enterprise in all the various movies (talking about the NCC-1701) is pretty cool. Loki's helmet changed from THOR to AVENGERS. Little changes like that appeal to the designer in me. Okay Sir Ridley...start working on the damn sequel!

  • June 15, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Nick

  • Why not go see it again to find more to bitch and whine about?

  • June 15, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by Nick

  • June 15, 2012, noon CST

    after seeing this movie yesterday...can i ask one simple question

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    After seeing the "hologram sequence" and knowing the "black goo" in & of itself was a biological weapon...but wtf happened to kill off nearly all of the Engineers...did some of the goo get loose & create another lifeform...some sort of mass infection...maybe that wasn't even the first "proto alien" the goo created..either way im confused

  • June 15, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Tepid attempt to make the movie appear deeper

    by catlettuce4

  • June 15, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Three times! The definition of insanity

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 15, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Three times! The definition of insanity

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 15, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    How did Indiana Jones ride a submarine all the way to the island?

    by Blue_Demon

    How did the Face Huger remove Kane's skull cap in ALIEN? (He was wearing it when he went into the cargo hold and he was bare-headed when they crack his helmet open.) Lots of questions...but only the PROMETHEUS seem to concern you guys. We get it. You hate it. Move along. Seriously, how much joy can you get by thinking up these little bitchfests and typing them up? "This'll show 'em!" You're probably the kid who would not stop asking your dad why the sky is blue.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    Cheers, fella. I have been wondering if Lindelof's pulling another 'Lost', in the sense that the viewer believes that the Dharma Initiative is the Dharma Initiative because that's what the narrative's hinted at up until this point. In other words, everything points to the Engineers being the Engineers, when they could actually be The Others in Dharma Initiative uniforms. If you see what I mean? They look like Engineers, they dress like Engineers, they're living in the Engineers' base on LV-223. Big plot twist: They're not the Engineers. Perhaps that's why they're not acting like the Engineer at the beginning of the movie. They're cuckoos of some sort.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Never had any complaints about the look of this film

    by thelordofhell

    However, the writing and a majority of the acting sucked. The only two actors I gave a damn about in this movie was Charlize Theron--as the only person who treated the whole situation seriously.......and Idris Elba--for his incredible impersonation of Karl Malone

  • June 15, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Sorry, but it has plot holes. The engineers have no clear motivation for A) seeding earth (or maybe it was an accidental seeding? Who knows!?!) B) for changing their minds and wanting to destroy Earth C) Becoming murderous a-holes when unfrozen. They have no motivation period. The engineers do something, then change their mind. That's not a mystery, it's a lack of character motivation. There's a difference. Look, I'm a fan of the movie, but the lack of motivation on the part of the Engineers is a clear plot hole, and one that picture above might help to fill?...

  • June 15, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    What if David told the Engineer something to make it go nuts?

    by Blue_Demon

    David clearly had an agenda different from his "Father." "Don't we all want to kill our parents?" I got the feeling that David was starting to hate us something fierce as the movie progressed. This movie does raise a lot of questions.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy, LMFAO

    by Chowwander

    You are cracking me up! Thanks!

  • This actually bothered me back in the day, but Speilberg did hi research and it is accurate to normal submarine protocol.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I realize a great number of things about this movie went completely over your head. I will explain one of them. As Lindelof said in his seventh interview (although it was plain to anyone paying attention to the movie) the 'Engineer Party Tape' sequence was included to show to the audience what a disappointment our creators were and why Noomi got a little head at the end of the film to go look for the real answers about creation. There was no threat to the engineers. They pretended there was, and the plan was for the door to slam shut right in front of Fred (in the director's cut you'll find out that this was the beheaded engineer's name). They wanted to post him soiling himself in fear (the source of the black goo) as a prank. You know, if you can't understand a movie that asks you to think just a little maybe you should watch something like Transformers, where John Turturro just comes out and tells you when an alien's pissing.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    These whiners going to see PROMETHEUS over and over again to get more bitching ammo is funny. Kind of like the 80s when a lot of my friends who were in the Church bought a lot of heavy metal albums just to burn them. I remember an interview with Rob Halford of Judas Priest: "Burn all the albums you like. Just buy them first." Hey guys...I'm sure if you go once a week until they pull the film, you can spot a TON more plot holes in PROMETHEUS and wow us with your powers of observation. Those plot holes are not visible during matinees though. You'll have to pay full price. You have your mission.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Movies that raise questions make me ANGRY!!

    by rev_skarekroe

    If everything in art isn't spelled out in the simplest possible way, I lose my shit! I'm incapable of doing connect-the-dots games! WHY ISN'T THE WHOLE PICTURE THERE!?!? WTF IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE!?!? And don't get me started on Mad-Libs! Anyway, there are a lot of legitimate criticisms of this movie (e.g. why would a biologist go poking at an aggressive snakelike alien like a dumbass?), but it seems that a lot of people are confused and angry about stuff that's vague or questionable by design.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    @therightclique ... Thank you!!! I'm glad you said it...

    by Roman Troy Moronie

    I'm just amazed at all the TBers that need to have their hand held and shown an answer to their liking for every question they have or themes they couldn't connect The same ones would complain about 'too much expositon' if they were given all the answers. One of them above says (paraphrased) "why did they need to commit suicide to begin life" ... then a few posts later answers another TBer's question with "it's like a ceremony " regarding the same scene ... effectively answering their own question. So many other statements in a similar vein from others. It's nowhere given all 'Engineers' are of the same belief. The Engineers at the beginning had a vastly different ship design than the Engineers later, similar to the crashed ship in Alien. They might be at war with one another for all we know ... and may find out in the future. If keeping with some of the Biblical and/or Lovecraft themes ... one or more 'Engineer' factions might be at war with another for creating life and raising it above other life they have created in the past. Point is .. not understanding or not seeing everything connected right away does not equal plot hole, bad writing ... whatever. I don't go into a series of books and go 'oh! plot hole! What horrible writing!!' .... when I've finished the last book or film in the series, then I make evaluations. Unless it's the Star Wars prequels. Those really did need to leave many questions unanswered. I personally liked a mysterious Vader, and not the official history we were eventually shown. I don't mind a few unaswered questions in a story ... that being a great example.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Chowwander

    "it seems that a lot of people are confused and angry about stuff that's vague or questionable by design." Good quote. Life must drive some folks berserk!

  • June 15, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    I remember that in the comic book version of the film, Indy lashed himself to the sub with his whip, but even then I thought, "Oh come on!" But my point wasn't that it bothered point was...that it didn't matter at all in a great movie. Now CRYSTAL SKULL... Oh, sergeant? SHOOT THE MOON!!

  • June 15, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Enjoying the ride

    by Chowwander

    I love the new photos, though in some ways I think having that scene might diminish the power of this lone demigod sacrificing himself. Not sure. In this one case perhaps less is more. I felt the theatrical cut of this scene conveyed great mystery and power, and I was fine with that.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    "did some of the goo get loose & create another lifeform...some sort of mass infection...maybe that wasn't even the first "proto alien" the goo created..." I reckon that's what the viewer is supposed to infer, yup. Black goo accident on LV-223 around 2000 years ago, everyone at the base is wiped out except a single Engineer who puts himself into cryo-sleep. The black goo experiment winds itself down or the infection burns itself out. 2000 years later, the Prometheus arrives and unwittingly kick-starts the black goo cycle off for a second time, resulting in the infection of humans, etc.

  • There is a difference. It is stupid and defies logic for a scientist to take his helmet off in an alien environment regardless if the air is breathable, there may be unknown contagions, WHICH THERE WERE! It is stupid and defies logic for a biologist to try and pet an alien snake, especially given that most Earth snakes are to some degree dangerous if not deadly. It is stupid and defies logic for a super smart woman intent on her own survival to run forward from a rolling donut spaceship instead of jumping a few feet to the side to get out of its path. It is stupid and defies logic for a geologist to not know or care about the difference between manmade and natural structures. It is stupid and defies logic for someone to introduce an living alien subject to someone's body without putting that person first into a contained environment where they would not threaten to contaminate the entire crew. Should I continue?

  • June 15, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    The snake scene is one I would have rewritten. How hard can it be to have the biologist be afraid of the snake, back up, trip and fall into some goo and have another snake wrap itself around him?

  • June 15, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    I think David wanted Holloway to infect others. He seemed very pleased that Shaw was "pregnant." But the others do seem kind of dumb. I hated the geologist. He seemed more like a soccer hooligan than an intelligent guy.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    About the whole removing the helmets thing --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- I thought that was explained by the sensors they had. Their equipment detected no pathogens or anything else in the air that would prevent them from breathing it. The black goo would not be considered dangerous by the detectors because it is what we humans were created from.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    @natalieportmansyummyafterbirth...just stop. you're an idiot.

    by la te ral us

    you're pointing out "plot holes" that a child could have picked up on answers to. i don't have the time to start explaining it all to you.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I'm getting a Happy Feet vibe from the photo

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    The Elder Engineer is telling him not to dance, so our hero Mumbles drinks the black goo. Eventually he gets stunk in a zero and educates the world about melting ice caps, but we fuck it up in the end by building creepy androids that play basketball on bikes.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    you don't know what a plot hole is...the motivations of the engineers being a mystery is just that, a mystery...not a plot hole

  • June 15, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    That doesn't explain why they created us or changed their mind. And I don't think OUR reaction upon meeting our creation would be to kill it. Curiosity would probably win over. It's possible the ones in the temple/ship are "military", so their instinct it purely violent. Maybe the other Engineers are somewhat benevolent creators. Unfortunately we're doing all the work in filling in these holes. The movie itself doesn't seem to have a theory at all. The only tidbit of info we did get was pure speculation on the part of the pilot, who offers that the place is a bio-weapon lab. Great, but that still doesn't speak to motivation at all.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    But hey, back on the subject of these pictures...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...I actually assumed the Engineers were CGI creations because of how smooth and unreal they looked. I'm impressed that they were prosthetic costumes.

  • It's really not that hard to understand, and the fact that it flew over some "film experts" heads is worrisome and explains the films lackluster reception.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You're the reason why intelligent filmgoers get shit blockbusters foisted on them over and over again.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The lackluster reception is more down to the fact that the screenplay is garbage.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by Party_Animal_IV

    Prometheus Reveals the Answers

  • June 15, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...unless you're suggesting the sensors could instantly sample, analyze and compare elements not encountered before that explanation doesn't really hold water. Because in a new environment it would be the things you hadn't encountered before that you would probably be most worried about. And even then you wouldn't remove your breathing apparatus in an unexplored underground environment, for the obvious reasons. Now this isn't one of the things about the movie that bothers me. It's a film convention to do whatever little dance you have to in order to get the helmets off your actors' heads. And in a movie that was working for people no one would even be mentioning it. When a movie's enjoyable you can shrug off all kinds of things. When a movie's disappointed every inconsistency shines like a beacon.

  • Watch ALIEN again and you will clearly see that the space jockey is much, much smaller in all the close-up shots then it is depicted in the wider shots of the whole gun that feature the child actors (yes, Ridley's son etc.) The size of the space jockey in those close-up shots are the same size as depicted in PROMETHEUS.

  • June 15, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I'll jump in

    by baba-lou2

    How come the ship at the beginning (you know, the big waterfall scene) how come that wasn't a horseshoe ship? who was it that came back and told those primitive humans about the fabulous timeshare packages on LVwhogivesafuck? why was it such a big secret that the old guy was hitching a ride ON HIS OWN GODDAMN EXPEDITION? You can bet your ass if I was footing a trillion dollars, I'd have a nice window seat. How come Vickers doesn't know that "38 billion miles" wouldn't even get you out of the solar system? Maybe SHES the one who plotted the Kessel Run! I'd post more, but I've already put more thought into the story than the script writers

  • Since any unknown elements were not detected, helmets off!

  • June 15, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    AICN....stop hyping shit movies...

    by paint163

  • Fucking idiot.

  • June 15, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    More on the engineers would be welcomed...

    by alienindisguise

    especially if they're dialog scenes

  • June 15, 2012, 1 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...that's an assumption of a level of technology that opens up a whole nest of plot holes. Because their sensors could do this but were either... ...not calibrated to test ANYTHING but the air... ...or... ...were unable to identify the black goo, which was in the same environment, as a lethal threat to humans.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    If there's a big gaping hole where character motivation...

    by jimmy_009

    ...should be, I'll call that a plot hole, not a mystery.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    -- red: The black goo is us, therefore not identified as a threat

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 15, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Good question, why did he have to die?

    by clancy021061

    As Quagmire would say. Why didnt he just rub out a couple giggitys into the waterfall and call it good?

  • June 15, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    Oh please... And its elitist jerks like you who suck the fun out of everything. If Megan Fox gave you a blowjob, you'd complain about her filmography. Nothing is forced on you, brainiac. Go and look up your "intelligent" films, sit there with your friends, stroking your chins and marveling at how far above the masses you are. Us troglodytes will be having fun over here. Check please.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    How I understand Prometheus is this:

    by rollin2001uk

  • June 15, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I have not seen this film yet...

    by WeylandYutani

    and I am sure that I will enjoy it in the context of its sum of its parts. But I must admit that it does bother me how they deviated from the universe set up in the other ALIEN films. I understand that this film is a bit of a sidequel and not a direct prequel, however I liked how the other films lay out how remote, cold and hostile space is. Further, the films establish that space is a very lonely place and that if we ever do encounter other life, it may truly be alien and even frightening. I also liked how earth and humans were very minor players in a vast universe. Prometheus seems to have fallen back into the Star Wars, Stargate and Star Trek template that life is common and humanoid. The film has also jettisoned the idea that Earth is a small island in the vastness of space and that we are related to other species in the universe. While this does raise some interesting questions, I thought the Alienverse made itself distinct by not being like Wars, Trek and Gate. In fact it seems that the xenomorphs are not alien at all as they and we were created by the Engineers/Space Jockies. I am glad that this scene was deleted. After Stargate, I don't need to see anymore robed bipedal aliens. My two cents at least.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    like so...

    by rollin2001uk

  • June 15, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    sigh... same tired shit being trotted out by apologists

    by JAMF

    "this mooovie asks queschchuns and you arent schmart enough to see the annnssseeerrss!!" "you want evvvrryfffiinng spoonfed to youu, dumbassessss!!" fuck off, retards. it's really fucking old now. everyone agrees the film is shit, just to varying degrees. YOU agree the script is balls, but like it because PRETTY PICTURES we don't like it because PRETTY PICTURES ARENT ENOUGH! ...and to my fellow "haters", citing "plot holes" - what you really mean is bad writing/plot contrivance/coincidences/retarded character actions/no true motivations etc i understood the film the first (and only) time i saw it. yes, i understood it's a rehash of a bunch of other films, done very badly (besides the visuals, i guess)

  • June 15, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...the black goo is not US, or the introduction of the black goo into our body would not transform US.

  • A determination about pathogens would be impossible, because well... they are on an ALIEN FUCKING PLANET. How could any determination be made about a pathogens when there is no way to know what effect they would have upon a human? People trying to decry this movie's detractors as being unable to "understand" the movie, have me almost falling out of my chair with laughter. There is nothing to understand here. The movie is filled with pseudo-science at best, BARELY even fulfilling it's role as a science-fiction, and practically crossing over into full-fledged fantasy. The movie is a joke to anyone who was hoping for a hard sci-fi film, and was clearly made for the MTV generation that cannot be bothered with any buildup, or plot development of any kind. It's rushed, and is aimed at children. Any of the people who liked Prometheus can likely name the entire cast of Jersey Shore, because they were the target demographic here.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    well said rollin2001uk

    by JAMF

    you nailed it, brother.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by GravyAkira

    Thats the impression I get anyway. Goofy look for an alien if u ask me. Hurry up The Dark Knight Rises!!!!!!

  • June 15, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by JAMF

    ridley scott? who the fuck is that? that old guy that made thelma and louise?

  • June 15, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    No way, rev_skarekroe

    by FluffyUnbound

    Movies that raise questions are fine. Movies that pretend to raise questions, but are really randomly throwing dog shit at a wall and refusing to explain it or make it explainable in order to trick stupid people (literally, stupid people) into thinking they're 'deep' are not fine. Putting shit up on the screen that doesn't fit together, and then cashing your paycheck and laughing about how you'll never have to fit it together once the check clears, is not fine. I will never again pay money to see anything involving anyone connected to the LOST production staff. They learned that deliberately putting nonsense that not only isn't explained, but which CANNOT be explained reasonably, up on the screen will get people to laud you. Fuck these cunts and everything they work on. I now have to boycott WWZ, too, because of this asshole writer's involvement, unfortunately. I guess I will just pirate that shit.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch missed a new rationalization: The probes would have somehow noticed that there was an unknown pathogen in the air in this alien environment. Because they didn't notice any none were present and therefore it was safe to take off the helmets. But these same incredibly, unbelievably advanced pieces of technology (how could we possibly be able to do this but not have a technology where you could buy youth (or an amazing robut body for a trillion dollars) were unable to identify the black goo as a threat because... ....the black goo is US. This is why when you get a blood transfusion you turn into a contortionist zombie and why it is always important to wear a condom.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    see, now i get what the inception haters were on about

    by JAMF

    except that inception genuinely is a smart well written puzzle box of a film and this is dreck from a member of team abrams. i pray you mopes will wake up to this fact eventually... and i'm a fucking atheist.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by rollin2001uk

    The Engineers seeded life on earth, however the only way they choose to do this through a sacrifical ritual, maybe because of something they believe, part of their religion. any way all seed human life springs from there cesse pool of primordial soup, they may have also done the same with other animals and maybe some just evolved from failed experiments, maybe it was them that wiped out the dinosaurs (which personally is the prequel to prometheus i want to see.) Then as life grew, they came into contact with our species and helped us nuture helping the first human beings, and watching over them, as in the old testament, but other cultures they visited developed their own interpretations of them and gave them different idenity's, the greek gods and roman gods are born and worshipped, leading to certain statues of their era, look like engineers, white and lean. however when they created the first hybrid of their races dna, after believing humanity had earnt it evolution and reward them with the "savior" the linking of the two worlds, "heaven and earth." however we preceded to whip him and nail him to a cross where he came back to life after 3 days and return to the heavens. so maybe the gods were actually quite upset by this, and return to their star system to use one of their terraformed planets, to create a perfect organism, that will wipe us out, due to the failed experiment we turned in to. hence they are trying and something goes wrong on LV 223, they are all killed by the goo or some alien they created (this is ropey as shit and need to see the film to see if these answers are given or if we gotta wait until the sequel to find out.) then prometheus shows up after following their star chart they found, left by the engineers incase they ever develop the technology and smarts to interstellar travel. which we have after they were last on our planet, 2000 years ago, which is also you remember how old the fossillized remains were of the headless engineer. now couple that witht the theme of Shaws believe on christianity, her religion, that belief being right but coupled with the higher being alien seeded us, then religion and science both win the day! hurray! but we all get wiped out by the xenomorph in return for this enlightening moment. double win.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I wish this shitty movie would go away

    by animas

  • June 15, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by Craig

    I don't see the big deal with them taking their helmets off. Everything indicated that their was breathable air and David confirmed it. Star Trek beamed down to class c alien planets almost every week and no one ever had a problem with that. Go back and watch Phantom Menace and be amazed by what we did get here.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    You guys realize you're getting all worked up over a movie, right?

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 15, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Is this picture from the Jesus in Palestine scene that was cut?

    by Rtobert

    Sounds like this is a Christian movie, according to Scott.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Voldemort was one of the Engineers?! The plot thickens!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • June 15, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott's: Anakin Skywalkering the Mystery of the Space Jockey

    by awepittance

    Am i the only one here who thinks this looks laughably fucking terrible? why didnt ridley have the balls to just leave the mystery of the space jockey (who is at least 20 foot tall in the original alien movie) alone? Oh yeah i forgot he wanted to cut a big pay check and use Lindeloff as a bullet proof vest

  • June 15, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    re: moosemalloy , excuses excuses

    by awepittance

    Stop making poor excuses for a clear retcon, just admit that's what ridley did, he never intended the space jockey to be that humanoid looking or just a guy in a suit, full on retro active continuity and you can't admit

  • June 15, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Slamming the Dumb Decisions made by characters in the movie...

    by GQSioux

    I'm amused by the high amount of slamming the film is getting because of the "dumb" decisions made by the characters. Milburn trying to touch the Hammerpede, ok...Well, let's not forget, in ALIEN, Kane not only saw movement in the egg, his glove also got zapped by the acid at the lips of the egg when he touched it. Even after that, he STILL puts his face over the egg after it opens. And you all wanna slam Milburn? Milburn was suited up and had a mask on. Let's also not forget that Ripley went back in the ship and risked her life to SAVE A FUCKING CAT. The point is, curiousity kills the cat--and it kills humans too. We're curious bastards and sometimes it gets the best of us, even scientists, and we make stupid decisions. So if those things both you, fine, but then I would expect you to bash Alien as well for similar reasons.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Red Letter Media talks about Prometheus - SPOILERS

    by Chaz

    These guys fucking nail it:

  • June 15, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    You people are a bunch of bitching bitches

    by DeusExMachina

  • June 15, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Prometheus takes place on a different planet.

    by TheCarn82

    Lame, but true. The odds in Ridley-verse are just very big that another ship crashes in almost the exact way, with another SOS-message being broadcasted. I really think they changed the planets name pretty late in post because it's just a trainwreck of a movie.

  • June 15, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    that dude is ripped!

    by gambit7025

    I got a boner.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    alien cobras

    by Mark

    Still trying to figure out why such "smart" people would play with what clearly was a cobra type of alien. JackAss the alien episodes? The ship in the beginning was quite different from the ship later in the movie, seemed more advanced. For being our EXACT DNA they looked quite different. Some explanation to that would be cool. and the guy they woke up was working on at least a 2500 year old agenda, the race as a whole might have changed their view towards "us". Oh well, liked the movie enough to see it twice, just don't know how some of that stuff snuck in there.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    no i'm not joking about inception

    by JAMF

    puzzle box wasnt the right term, it isn't memento or primer or anything (i can't think of any others right now) but it's fucking einstein compared to this shit. i'm a fan of redlettermedia but they gave this shit a pass just like plinkett made a nu trek review video consisting of excuses "why it was okay that they did a reboot", that really turned me off them... anyway, inception, just compare them: i think it's great.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    You can't fix stupid

    by JadedCynic

    It doesn't matter how much they add to it, they can't fix the stupidity already present in the plot / characters. The problem with the movie isn't what's missing, it's what's there. It sucked ass more than The Human Centipede.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    @blue demon re Raiders submarine etc -

    by Fortunesfool

    Those movies were exciting and engaging so you simply overlooked or were so swept up in the story that you never noticed mistakes/nonsensical bits. Prometheus was just scene after scene of idiocy that never engaged my attention so every little mistake just leapt out.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    gqsioux, was Milburn a biologist?

    by SergeantStedenko

  • I don't get that part.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    you fools

    by macheesmo3

    It isn't hated by anyone and audiences are clearly liking the film (73% critics and 74% audience rating on RT) I still stand by my assertion that everything is there for you if you pay attention.

  • Or is it just another item in a series of fuck ups in this film? For the record, I really like the film despite the loads of issues. What a missed opportunity. Wow.

  • FACT!!!

  • June 15, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    That's awesome.

    by Yelsaeb

    And so was the movie.

  • Come ONNNN, man. Really???? I mean, REALLY????? I don't have the strength to retype all of the complaints right now. Even if you weed out the "explainable" oddities and moments of total absence of logic, you are STILL left with several RIDICULOUS EXAMPLES of WTF. And like I stated earlier, I LIKE THE MOVIE!! But facts are facts, dude. You're looking at clouds and seeing what you WANT to see.

  • That's how I'd put it.

  • June 15, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    That one engineer freaked out because...

    by Fish Tank

    EITHER Weyland having the arrogance to ask for immortality from a race that sacrifices itself to seed planets OR it saw David as being a fuck you to the engineers as we are arrogant enough to try and create our own life... OR maybe our time had simply come and as they said a reset was in order, so kill any humans around anyway. I'm just glad ALL Of this will be answered in part 2 ;-)

  • The spaceship in the beginning is the typical saucer-shaped craft we know and love. It is this shape in the movie because this is the shape found in the cave paintings and it is also one of the original shapes of first reported UFOs in history. The question is, why is it not like the craft found later in the movie? I guess one could argue that the aliens may have various spacecraft designs. But, is it more likely that the reason the alien spacecrafts don't match up is because Lindelof and Scott were basically trying to mashup an alien origin of man story with the world depicted in the Alien franchise. Thus they were limited by the design of the original Space Jockey craft in Alien, yet could not re-design the saucer-shaped UFO because that is the type of UFO most known to man and "found" in early art around the world. I am more inclined to believe it is the latter, especially given the ham-fisted Xenomorph origin scene at the end.

  • June 15, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

  • June 15, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by SayNoToRemakes

    I believe the film was implying that new life would be created once the old life (in this case the Engineer and DNA) was destroyed. David had a line in the movie where he mentioned this.

  • June 15, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    hmmm. Okay, saynotoremakes. Funny screen name, btw... haha

    by Astronut

  • Freaking HILARIOUS.

  • June 15, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    LOL, 'JACKASS in Space'

    by SergeantStedenko

    That is pretty much what this amounted to. Holloway was Johnny Knoxville Fifeild was Ryan Dunn Millburn was Steve-O

  • June 15, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    retcon on the way- decker is a replicant

    by cube3

    so..already "prometheus" the titan ISNT a lone rebel... "stealing life" to give to earth as a lone act. ... but now part of a sacred ritual/act. and howed the second leave the planet?;) oh the ship came back.. ok. yep sure. one cut ..lets just tell one story and not make us pay for blueray plot fixes.... shame on lucas...;) nothing about art. this is business that was more honest when the 3d was a skeleton hanging from the ceiling;)

  • June 15, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    How come they're half the size of the Space Jockey in Alien?

    by fitzcarraldo2

    The Engineers look 7 - 8' tall, the Jockey looked 12-15'. Big damn difference.

  • June 15, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    LOL, glad you like....and the film as well which is...

    by SayNoToRemakes

    slowly growing on me like mold on bread...

  • June 15, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    In which sequel/prequel are we going to find out that....

    by David Smith

    the engineers are actually evolved humans from the future(or a paralel universe) that have gone back in time(or crossed univereses) to do somthing unthinkable, is the engineers universe in some kind of conflict with our universe.

  • ....a planet-sized Gold's gym?

  • to use against the engineers.

  • June 15, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I'm on a dangerous planet..let me take off my helmet !

    by Rupee88

    and no weapons allowed ! Stupid fucking movie.

  • June 15, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    they don't know the planet is dangerous yet...and the two guys who get killed in the temple both had their helmets ON

  • June 15, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night. What a failure of a movie.

    by Yamato

  • June 15, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Just saw this... Not a horrible, bad, or stupid film... but...

    by Mrhazard

    Not really good or worth watching again. Fassbender is by far the best thing in the movie (alongside Charlize Theron's pushups). The acting from the rest of the cast leaves a lot to be desired at times. And besides Fassbender and Theron, no character is really intriguing or worthy of your interest. I dont care what happens to any of them. (The "self-surgery" scene is intense tho.) The movie is also very predictable. You could pretty much call out the plot points before they happen most times. Again tho I wont say this is a bad or uninspired film. It's not the mindless summer movie I usually avoid. But it's not anything unique, special or different either. Kind of a high-brow "horror in space" movie, that you've seen a million times before. (Or at least I have)

  • June 15, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    The Proto-Alien, does it match the mural?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I noticed that the head shape is closer and they're both slender. Just a theory, maybe the reason the Engineer freaked out and tried to kill all the humans was it somehow knew that fertilized human egg + black goo (or whatever gets it there) = the Proto-Alien. And that Proto-Alien is somehow dooms the Engineer's race, universe, whatever. I still prefer the David insult theory, but I thought this could work as well. Now getting to that point is another story. How do they know the Proto-Alien is coming? Time travel (Lost boy NOOOO!)? Lame prophesy? Previous outbreak? They're that smart that who what mixing everything together will do? Regardless, I think the original Alien Xenomorph comes from an attack or encounter with another species that the Engineers somehow bungled (they're 0-2 in Ridley Scott movies).

  • June 15, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

    On one side, I really like the film — the visuals and the overall concept is dope. On the OTHER hand, what a wasted opportunity. Could have been so much more. So much more fulfilling. Jesus. It actually makes me angry if I think about it!!!

  • June 15, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    To start:

    by Lobanhaki2

    It's a work of fiction. Take it too seriously, and nothing can save it for you, because you won't be able to avoid seen through the illusion. Movies are basically illusions, so none can truly stand up to concerted disbelief and skepticism. As for why the Engineers were such assholes? Well, a couple of possibilities present themselves. 1) You're God, and your puny creations show up trying to talk with you. The NERVE. Punish them for their presumption. or 2) Your species has basically seeded life throughout the universe, and so some of these lifeforms you seeded have shown up. Thing is, you created these lifeforms so you could show up later and recreate yourselves at their expense. Everybody dies, but apparently they can revive themselves. How do we know this? Because infected with the nano-oil, that scientist begins becoming one of them. So, what happens when your feedstock creatures show up on your doorstep? kill them, and go on to convert their people into your people. That's my theory, at least.

  • No. The Jockeys were raising Xenomorphs 2,000 years prior to the events of the film. The xeno at the end is a totally new version of the creature.

  • I would have believed you.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    regarding David touching things..

    by TheCarn82

    I guess this sums it up:

  • June 15, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Excuses for what?

    by MooseMalloy

    I just pointed out the error in ALIEN.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    "How do they know the Proto-Alien is coming?"

    by Shermdawg

    The mural wasn't a plot device of predicting the future.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko -- JACKASS IN SPACE

    by lv_426

    Weyland was the old man character that Johnny Knoxville plays in the Jackass movies. David 8 was Chris Pontius. In the director's cut, after the crew wakes up from hypersleep, David is dressed up as party boy and strips in front of the crew while cheesy techno music plays on a futuristic boom box. The alien that burst out of the Engineer at the end was Wee Man.

  • i actually LOVE that about PROMETHEUS, that we (and the human characters) simply don't understand the engineers' motivations. that gives the whole thing a really awesome touch, it makes us feel small and clueless, like they simply stumbled into this whole new world that they simply have no clue about. it's not as simple as "oh, these aliens want to wipe us out because they need our gold/water/whatever resources. many people seem to be just so used to the standard fare we get in every movie, that when something truly different comes along, the only reaction they can muster is dislike.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    If I hear Inception apologists

    by shane peterson

    use "smart puzzle box of a film" one more time... it may have been. It was also pretentious, plodding, boring, and dull. Fuck that shit.

  • Maybe it is a weaponized form of the black stuff the Engineer drank in the beginning? Perhaps it was being disposed of, or broken down into baser elements 2000 years ago, when something went wrong (the worms), and killed all the Engineers. That is why they were running around in the hologram recording with their bone-suits on. So the rapey worm mutations would have a harder time burrowing inside their bodies, and of course protection from acid blood. The whole thing about Earth being a target could have been a manipulation by David to turn the Engineers against the humans.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    What a failure of a movie?...

    by jimmy_009

    Aside from the part where it's made a lot of money for an R rated film and received good reviews? That kind of failure? Or maybe you mean because it made less than Madagascar on a -1000 less screens-? Certainly not a failure for being visually groundbreaking and highly entertaining?... Seriously, I know you dumb shits feel special to spew off that kind of overblown hyperbole, but save it for things that actually deserve it. I agree that it has story issues, but at worst it's an average to good sci-fi movie. At WORST. If you're saying it's terrible or a "failure" you're a complete tool with a need to be "that guy" that said it sucked before the other guy did.

  • What supports that? Life on Earth began three billion years ago. So the black goo is at lesat that old. Unless Jesus was the first Xenomorph and just wore a very clever Halloween costume. Even the Xenomorph eggs in the first movie could have been ancient or after Prometheus depending on your take of how fossilized it is (or if they got cute with Time Travel).

  • June 15, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    I disagree.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    "it's made a lot of money for an R rated film"

    by Shermdawg

    Besides a few too many f-bombs there was nothing all that R-rated in the film, especially with what's allowed on network television these days. They could've made much more if they had went PG-13. Also, when you factor in boosted returns from IMAX & 3D showings, its box office take isn't all that impressive. It should have, and could have made more than it did.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I got a question for YOU, natalieportmansyummyafterbirth

    by kidicarus

    Why do you have to space out your banal fucking questions over 20 separate postings, instead of condensing them into one post? Why?

  • June 15, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    lv_246, nice

    by SergeantStedenko

    I was trying to find a way to work in Wee Man.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    regarding a question that was asked above...

    by brightgeist

    someone asked: "why did all the ancient "maps" point us not to their home world but their weapons research facility?" this is actually NOT the case. if you pay attention, they say that the "maps" point to a SYSTEM, and that they found one moon in that system with conditions that might support life. so the "maps" do NOT point specifically to LV-223, they just point to the system. now what could that mean? if the engineers really left an invitation (which is also NOT at all clear), then maybe they wanted us to go to another planet in the same system. but maybe their home planet got destroyed at some point, which is why Weyland and Shaw didn't pick up any other planets there that might support life. or perhaps they have a cloaking field around their planet. or there could be hundreds of other explanations. but all of that is based on the assumption that they even wanted to leave an invitation. just because that is Shaw's interpretation (wishful thinking), it doesn't necessarily have to be true. there are also countless other possible explanations. maybe the engineers didn't intend for ancient humans to make those drawings at all. maybe the engineers simply used some sort of communications device to report back to their planet, which displayed a hologram of their system. and the ancient humans saw that. the engineers probably didn't care about that, because to them the humans were just primitive animals. i think the main problem is that many people don't use their imaginations when it comes to these questions. there are no plot holes in PROMETHEUS, there are only unexplained things, and many people seem to be so used to getting everything served on a silver platter, that when something isn't fully explained, they can't handle it.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    More story flaws with the Engineers..

    by Patrick Pettay

    They come to Earth hundreds of millions of years ago to seed life on the planet. They then wait out millions of years while the Dinosaurs evolve and are eventually wiped out. Then wait through a few million more waiting for the small mammals to develop into primates up into Proto-humans into our current form. Then after all that time they come back to comunicate with us. Why haven't they evolved as a species in all this time. After hundreds of millions of years their technology should have increased to the point where they might not even have human form any more, like those energy beings on Star Trek. Aside from that, after waiting all this time, a singular incident (The Crucifixtion of Space Christ) which happens during the infancy of our development as a society is reason enough to have and entire civilization wiped out? Seems pretty harsh for such an advanced race whose main interest was to create life.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    TWO Elders in this new photo!

    by Chowwander

    From Weyland Chronicles: Apologies if someone's already posted this.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by Chowwander

    Supposedly a young Guy Pearce, on a yacht surrounded by women, was going to appear in one of his dreams that David watches. I guess this was cut? Also cut, apparently a view of his corporate office orbiting Mars. DAMMIT!

  • June 15, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Chowwander

    Given limited info, for all we know the asshat Engineer types on LV-226 were a military/rebel faction and the "good" types actually had advanced.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    brightgeist nailed it

    by Adelai Niska

    Also, who said was originally a weapons research base? it was painted like the Sistine chapel and filled with sculptures. morel likely it was meant to be a sort of welcoming base, which was later retrofitted to kill whoever arrived there.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Oh, do fuck off, Jimmy_009.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    That argument ain't gonna fly with me, flap-jack. The film is monumentally stupid and an outright dramatic failure. I'm astonished by the degree some people are willing to defend it...especially when you consider the roasting other films have received on this site. I can only surmise that it must be out of some fan-based devotion to Ridley Scott and the cinematography (which makes up for absolutely nothing). This is Scott's KOTCS. An embarrassment to all involved and a virtual insult to the audience. Or, at least, to more discerning types...

  • June 15, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by brightgeist

    two things: 1. we don't know that the Engineers seeded life on Earth. that is an assumption made by the characters in the movie. they could be wrong. use your imagination to think of other explanations. one example: maybe the Engineers are actually from Earth. think "Atlantis" or something like that. maybe there was a highly developed human civilization on Earth thousands of years ago, and they left for another planet, which is understandable... i would sometimes like to do the same when i look at the rest of the world today. ;) and then they came back now and then to check on the humans on Earth. during those visits, the ancient humans watched the "Engineers" using some sort of (communications?) device that displayed a hologram of their system, and they made drawings of that. the first scene of the movie could actually be the "Engineers'" arrival on their new planet, where they seeded life, so that they would have plants and animals there. 2. there is practically no more evolution by natural selection in an advanced species. so it's wrong to assume that after millions of years, a species would evolve into some sort of "energy being" or whatever. evolution has pretty much stopped for human beings today, because genetic mutations no longer determine who gets to multiply and who doesn't, or who gets to live a long life and have more children and who doesn't. with our medicine and no natural predators that hunt us, we all have pretty much the same chances of survival and reproduction, so there is no more natural selection at work. so it makes sense that a highly evolved species would look almost the same even after millions of years.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Mr Nice gauius

    by jimmy_009

    I've mentioned good box-office and good reviews. You have "it sucks!" I win.

  • June 15, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Tepid box-office and lukewarm reviews. Plus, it sucks.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I fucking win.

  • His face looks like a lot of men in those old 15th to 16th century paintings. Is that supposed to mean that instinctively mankind painted man in the image of it's creator?

  • June 15, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't the Space Jockey be wearing Jockey shorts?

    by v3d

    Just sayin'.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by Patrick Pettay

    I can see you point on the first comment. But I definately think that first scene was meant to show the Engineers seeding Earth with the foundations of life and suggest that they would do this on other planets as well. As for the second comment I don't agree that we have ceased evolving as a species. If you have seen pictures of men from the late 1800's they were generally smaller in height then men today. Being 6 feet tall used to be considered tall for a man but now 6'3" or 6'4" is more common. We are continuing to evolve as a species and 100 million years from now (If we make it as a species) we should look very different then we do now. I do regret my "Energy Beings" statement earlier but that Star trek episode came to mind as I was typing it. What I meant to talk about was their technology. After hundreds of millions of years they may have developed the technology to move outside the galaxy or even into areas we cannot imagine yet.

  • Great box office, lots of great reviews... glass is half empty for you fool..

  • June 15, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    sensors didn't pick up the black goo because it isn't airborne

    by brightgeist

    if the black go were airborne, everyone would be infected. clearly it only infects them when they touch (or drink) it. so that settles that stupid question forever, doesn't it?

  • June 15, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by brightgeist

    "But I definately think that first scene was meant to show the Engineers seeding Earth with the foundations of life" well, if you choose to believe that... :P Ridley Scott has clearly said in a very recent interview that the beginning scene could be on any planet.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    The scenery was good, everything else was SHIT.

    by F-18

  • June 15, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by brightgeist

    regarding the evolution topic... yes, people in the 1800s were generally smaller in height than they are today. that was mainly because of nutrition. if you believe that 200 years ago, our genetic code was so different from today that humans were genetically smaller, then i'm sorry to tell you that you don't know a lot about evolution by natural selection. that is not meant as an insult to you. you're simply clearly misinformed. i can recommend the book THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH by Richard Dawkins, if you would like to get some better information on the topic.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    The Engineers are the baddies of Street Fighter 3 and 4 !!!

    by Uriel Lebrun

    look : and yeah, Im a geek.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    PS regarding evolution...

    by brightgeist

    there is also a very good episode of BBC HORIZON called "Are we still evolving?", which explains very clearly how our evolution has pretty much come to a halt.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Michelangelo's David's simularity was laziness on the makeup guy's part

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Any attempt to tie Prometheus to Christianity is freaking stupid. Why would alien DNA lead to only stupid Euros to make up a dumb religion that most of their followers would even REALLY follow. And has basically nothing to do with giant albino Hulks and penis vagina snakes. MAYBE if the penis vagina snake talked and said stuff like "HEY! Don't FUCKING pet me. Eat this apple, jackass".

  • June 15, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by brightgeist

    haha, if you refuse to see any connection between PROMETHEUS and christianity, then you're really blind or in denial. the whole movie is about christianity (among other things). it starts with the captain putting up the christmas tree, the whole movie taking place on christmas day, Shaw's cross, the connection to 2000 years before, and so on...

  • June 15, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I share your concern, Merrick.

    by gotilk

    I want to know... 1. Where's my likeness royalty check. (even if it's smaller than the one I got for Madagascar). 2. What am I supposed to do about all of the women that want a piece of me now?

  • June 15, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Jesus Jockey, Quantize. Come the fuck on.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You might have a leg or two stand on if you were talking about THE AVENGERS're not. You're trying to defend PROMETHEUS...a failure. My glass is quite full, pal. I drink your water.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by Mr Kite

    You said to mr. nice gaius that "there must be a new definition of 'winning' that includes being a total loser..which would be you" What exactly did he win? How can a winner be total loser? I'm confused and I suspect I'm not the only one

  • The Space Jockies should have been 10 foot tall elephantine creatures that developed a way to manipulate matter in their own image. Thus the reason why everything LOOKS similar to them. I enjoyed the film but the humasn in makeup shit for the space jockey is just such a sloppy choice to obviously save money.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Mr Kite

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Don't worry, Q is just trying to start shit by rubbing up against his betters.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Unbelievably bad.

    by DocPazuzu

    The biggest cinematic disappointment since Crystal Skull. Prometheus is a monumental failure, a true Lucas Level Event (LLE).

  • June 15, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Fassbender was tremendous.

    by DocPazuzu

    As was the look of the film. Everything else was baboon feces.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Hey MNG

    by DocPazuzu

    I see you beat me to the punch vis-á-vis Crystal Skull. Sorry, mate.

  • June 15, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Hey, DocPaz!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Good to see you and no apologies are necessary. It was a tremendous disappointment; just like KOTCS. The only difference being that people in the theater actually laughed and booed at the end of PROMETHEUS. I haven't witnessed a reaction like that in a long time.

  • Why would Christianity fit any of this? Answer: Purgatory Lost Boy and his lazy writing. Why not make the Alien Queen into Satan while you're at it.

  • June 15, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    black goo = midichlorians

    by DocPazuzu

    Prometheus = Phantom Menace You all know this to be true.

  • June 15, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    LOST writer = 'good' engineers and 'bad' engineers..


    and they've been at war since the dawn of time, for reasons they don't even remember, or extremely stupid ones (like Jacob and smokey on LOST) the engineers in the robes are the 'good' guys- and they either accept their old age and death, or are self-sacrificial in creating new life and seeding planets. the organic fabric robes seem to show a more naturalistic or monkish lifestyle. they are creators. their ship was the large, classic disk shape. the 'bad' engineers are those who shun the monk life, embrace tech, so much so that they merge with it. they use tech to beat the eventual death of aging, they are cold, selfish destroyers. maybe they were infected or corrupted at some point. their ships are the crescent type. i'm probably 100% wrong, but if this gy brings any of his LOST mentality and mythos to the game, expect there to be two 'sides', neither of which are fully right or wrong...

  • y'know, the kind we all bitch about being's all on display here, some of the best practical effects i've seen in years. to bad they didn't computer effects to scale the engineers up properly to the size of the corpse in ALIEN :/

  • June 15, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    domi'sinnerchild -- two thoughts

    by lv_426

    1) Jesus as a xenomorph. I can picture the manger scene... Ripley, Hicks, and Newt huddled around a little hypersleep capsule with a cute bloody chestburster nestled inside. Behind them are the three synthetic wisemen (Ash, Bishop, and David). Mulling around in the back are Parker, Brett, Hudson, Vasquez, Ron Pearlman, and some bald dudes from Fury 161. 2) Alien queen as Satan. I'm gonna go with Grendel's mother on that one. Actually Alien is a film about opening Pandora's Box, while Aliens is a futuristic retelling of Beowulf.

  • June 15, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Tepid B.O.? It's an R film showing on 1000 less...

    by jimmy_009

    ...screens than Madagascar. And the film was a success in it's opening weekend here in the U.S. and has done well overseas. Pull your head out of your ass.

  • June 15, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Michelangelo's David's Photoshop example

    by Orionsangels

  • June 15, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    They were done in CG. Those guys in prosthetic are stand-ins.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    movie error no. 52,109

    by Lemure_v2

    "So, this med-pod's actually for Weyland? Fair enough, guess it'll have some sort of password system to stop just anyone using it then?" Or not...

  • ALIEN also has its fair share of "dumb" decisions. And if you want to criticise PROMETHEUS for it contrived character actions then the same should should be said of ALIEN: - Kane touching (AN ALIEN!!) egg and then peering into it as it hatches - Something "huge" and rather menacing has just killed Brett and so what happens? the captain volunteers to climb into an enclosed area - alone! - hoping to flush the alien out (this is simple horror film 101, whereby you separate the characters so they can be picked off one by one) - and if splitting the group up that time wasn't enough, then why not do it again, with Ripley going one way and Parker and Lambert going another - Ripley goes back to get the cat (good set-up, however, for the maternal theme in ALIENS) - when the alien is ejected into space, we finally see it in its full form, and we kinda realise it's really only a man in a suit (not a "dumb" decision, but a fault I have with the film). That being said, I don't think I can accept Vickers' fatal decision to keep running along the direction that the Engineer's ship is falling. As soon as it started to fall my first thought was "run to the side". Alas, no. Anyhow, I love the film, faults and all.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    movie error no. 52,110

    by Lemure_v2

    The complete and utter pointlessness of Vickers. If she hadn't been in it the film would be exactly the same.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Coming soon .Copernicus and the Pseudo-Science of Prometheus.

    by DrMorbius

  • June 15, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    jimmy_009...interesting article.

    by rhizomeman

    Thanks! I disintegration sequence was obviously cg but I had no idea the drinking sequence was also. Unbelievable that so much money and effort was put in to create an albino bodybuilder with a loincloth. Seems like re-directing all that effort into creating giant elephantine creatures would have been time better spent. Oh well...

  • June 15, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    zombot, I think you're right

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I remember them saying a lot about how they thought they were going to find Heaven and landed on Hell. Next movie is rumored to be called Paradise. Good Engineer vs. Bad Engineer. Whoever wins, a bunch of eggs are still sitting on LV-223.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Guys, you're all missing THE big question in the film ......

    by Dalius

    and that is ..... just how pissed off was Idris Elba when he found out that his sex scene with Charlize Theron was going to happen off-camera ? :-)

  • Add that to the question pile I suppose :)

  • June 15, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Ungrateful and pessimistic

    by tyler_turden

    This whole 'I hate Prometheus' thing smacks of hate-by-committee. If you went and saw the film and DURING the screening you felt the intense hatred that is being demonstrated online, I respect your opinion and I'm sorry for your disappointment. But if you saw the film and didn't know what to think, then went on a forum that was bashing the shit out of it...and then decided 'it was crap', get fucked. Seriously. Was it the film you wanted? Possibly not. You know why? You didn't fucking make it. I, for one, am not tugging my dick over fan fiction and am just happy to have seen a new Ridley Scott Sci-fi film. If you hated it, don't watch it again. I, however, will be buying that Blu-ray, straight up. I hate the fact that people are actively looking for (perceived) faults in this film and then backslapping each other when they find something that didn't fit into their version of 'logic'. What a constructive endeavour. Here is my review that I wrote before reading the vitriol online. I might be wrong, but this is what I thought minus the discussion going on now.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    But yeah, Fassbender is superb in this. No debate about it.

    by Mrhazard

    The best thing to come out of this movie should be more directors wanting to work with him.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    lord voldemort is an Engineer

    by SunTzu77


  • June 15, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I can't wait!

    by SunTzu77

    I can't wait until someone photoshops in the albino at the beginning of this pic.

  • June 15, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    The secret(s) explained.

    by SunTzu77

    Albino Lord Voldemorticus, Pliopithecus, Pronconsul, Dryopithecus, Oreopithecus, Ramapithecus, Australopithecus, Paranthropus, Advanced Australopithecus, Homo Erectus, Early Homo Sapiens, Solo Man, Neanderthal Man, Cro-Magnon Man, Modern Man.

  • June 15, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    PROMETHEUS defenders...just stop.

    by Jobacca

    You sound like idiots. Personally,I love Ridley Scott and I love the Alien films...but PROMETHEUS had problems. A lot of problems. Visually it was amazing,and the cast was great,but the script plays like a rough draft that was put into production. The story and the character beats just DO NOT WORK. Dont know if the deleted scenes/directors cut can fix that,but like I said its about a 60% awesome movie...that other 40% though? Yeesh.....

  • June 15, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Prometheus haters... suck an egg

    by Monnie Knapp

    Seriously, find yourself a carton of eggs and personally suck each one. Saw the film this evening, it's incredible--Scott's best in years. Just accept that you don't get deep cinema and go back to Tyler Perry films or Adam Sandler shit or something with a talking dog.

  • June 15, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by xbagboy

  • June 15, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Or we can all have different opinions?

    by xbagboy

    "Just accept that you don't get deep cinema" Oh man, you must feel pretty good about yourself. How old are you and when are you gonna move out of your parents basement?

  • Hmmm...

  • June 15, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by RedJester

    Ten years from now when the hyperbole has died down and this film (hopefully film series) is considered a quasi-classic, at least 80 percent of the haters will either pretend to have loved the film all along or have a change of heart in regard to it. It wouldn't be the first time a Ridley Scott film has garnered poor reactions and went on to be a classic.

  • Too much feels cut out before and after the c-section sequence, and nearly everything in the second half is just set up for that silly ending. An ending that will be all for nothing if Vickers is dead.

  • Blade Runner with a chick will disappoint too.

  • June 15, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Message for Online Fan Forum Sites

    by kells

    Attention: hating things in online fan forums that mainstream media does not hate in a narcissistic attempt to prove yourself cooler and supposedly more intellectual than professional critics has not been fashionably rebellious for several years now. In actually looks pretty lame. Despite the fact that you still think you're way fucking cool if you do it. Just letting you know.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Keels - Thank you for that total bullshit contribution.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Be sure to stack it next to RedJester's vapid prediction of a future "quasi-classic"!

  • June 15, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Prediction: Prometheus Apologists Can't Answer The Following Questions:

    by veteran_of_mu

    a) How could Shaw perform all the 3rd act athletics given an abdomen held together by surgical staples? b) Even accepting that Holloway may have suffered some kind of space madness in taking off his helmet, why would a bunch of scientists behave with such total recklessness en masse? c) Why would someone spend a trillion dollars on a humanity-critical mission and then plan no coherent contact strategy beyond ~explore the first cave you find~? d) When you spend a trillion on exploring a planet whose surface features you know nothing about, why do you take along a bus and a couple of dune buggies? e) When you spend a trillion on exploring, why do you want land your FTL spacecraft on a planet where it can easily get fucked up by unknown conditions and inhabitants and strand you? f) Why do you open your heat shield on your spacecraft before re-entry instead of after? g) Why are 2 men happy to throw their lives away when they could easily join the hottest blonde in the universe for 2 years of being the only men left for her to fuck? Or if they're gay, why would they rather die than have 2 years fucking themselves? h) Why would said super-athletic and super-smart blonde not figure out that big rolling things tend to keep rolling in the same direction they started rolling? i) Why would super-intelligent engineers have no sense of curiosity whatsoever upon re-awakening from 2000 years of hypersleep?

  • June 15, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Message for 'mainstream' critic slurpers

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Sucking the ass and regurgitating the OPINIONS of so-called mainstream critics has been out of vogue except for the most anally retentive and feeble-minded types who need others to tell them what to think, for a long time. Mainstream, lamestream, it is only an opinion and it means no more than any other informed opinion. Deal with it, that movie was just plain dumb and unsatisfying -but it looked great!

  • ...that was heavily moderated to the point that any comments criticizing those that love or hate it were swiftly deleted. Don't get me wrong, I love the talkbacks, but the whole perception that people are hating just for the sake of hating is annoying as hell. Even more so when folks resort to that instead of partaking in a discussion and challenging someone's issues with a film.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Please Don't Tell Me I'm the Only One who Saw Ridley and Damon's "Hint"

    by Lesbianna_Winterlude

    as to why we all need to be destroyed. Because, you know, I agree with it entirely. And the people here are only reinforcing it. Whiny old bastards don't like to think. Been watching too many comic book movies.

  • June 15, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    PROMETHEUS .. was a disappointment..

    by ColloquiallyBorn

    I agree with caractacuspotts .. I mean, the whole thing was sold as the precursor to Alien, yet if I remember correctly wasn't the "elephant like" costume dude sitting in the seat when they go into the ship? Also, ok, nice.. they meet the engineers, but they don't get answers.. But that's no reason to show us the idiot start of the movie where one of them drink the crap and jumps in the water. Why did he drink it if he knew what would happen? Selling the whole thing has meeting our makers is fine, but not to go beyond that selling point was totally useless. Wakes up, was fine.. was ok.. looks at them.. They ask stuff he doesn't understand.. The robot asks for things.. He goes f*kking nuts and kills them.. WTF!?!?! There was absolutely no point to the movie. I was hoping for so much more from the pre-alien movie, why where they created, who created them? What happened for them to be so afraid? What happened that the experiment went wrong? Should've gone to see MIB 3.. Ridley, please don't turn to another George Lucas or Steven Spielberg who in the past years have only destroyed their prized franchises..

  • June 15, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Did IQ's drop while Ridley was away?

    by Fior84

    I have come on here and read some of the dumbest complaints about a movie ever. The plot hole thing is getting to the point of stupid. From people complaining about this film. As far as I'm concerned there is an answer for every thing in this film, in comparison to the way ALIEN and ALIENS was made, along with characters. Alien established this universe. And we trusted it. People could have complained about the plot holes in Alien to the point of insulting the acts of characters and the writing of the script. We had thirty years to wait and find out what the Jockey was. Thirty fucking years of assuming and wondering. But instead with Prometheus we have complaining. For what reason is this? Are we complaining about the actions of the characters? Just like we complained about the actions of Kane shoving almost his entire head inside and egg? maybe he was CURIOUS? guess we are not as smart as these Engineers? considering we are (what is evident in the film) inferior failed experiment? Or was it Ripley getting the cat? or maybe her arm withstanding the vacuum of space? I dunno maybe we should ask the guys who take their helmets off on an Alien planet? Naaaaah they couldn't be trying to hint at terraforming...And how Weyland may use that tech uh later on in the universe...And what was with the murals? One was a engineer holding a beast at bay...hmmm maybe they have control of their faults. And are able to control them. So when they change they change to the new ''gods'' who could that be? Could that be fate of the new race? Well Mohawk guy in the film seemed to have something enhance the dark side of seems it was still him same person but in the mindset of something dark within out own DNA. Maybe the biological goo weapon sped up his evolution and enhanced his human faults? So what is this stuff? could it be a weapon that dare I say holds up a mirror of your dark side of your race? Now is this side in it's highest evolved form a perfect organism? wonder what that looks like? Anyway I hope people see my sarcasm in this. When I watched the film I saw all these things and the ones who did actually have an imagination and a knowledge of history through sacrifice for the greater creation of a life...And we get to see the dark side of the gods. The underlining history/imagination within this film is utter entertainment and awe. I think Ridley was sifting though his fans and dividing the ones who like dare I say AVP kind of entertainment. Or the ones who like the dark gritty visceral mythology which is his ALIEN universe...I think the answer is pretty clear. I just find it funny the lack of brain power and storytelling the feed back of some of these people are giving this film. I think Ridley must be laughing somewhere at the point he proved of how tied up humans are on what ''they think they believe'' be it from the memory of what they thought his own previous film was against what it really was and meant. The thing I got out of this film personally is ''what does it mean to be human'' and this is both sides dark and good. We know the dark. Or you don't know the Alien well enough. Or the good. Hint it revolves around sacrifice.

  • I've also read some interesting ideas that they were playing around with behind the scenes, but none of them are really touched upon in the movie. Even if they were, they can't save the lack of interesting characters/plot. Del Toro needs to make At The Mountains of Madness still.

  • how does she REALLY know that the engies plan to wipe out earth and how does she convince him to kill himself without any REAL proof and without ANY relationship between them shown in the movie other than he watched her Boo get french fried? bull fucking shit

  • June 15, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Roughly 80% of questions asked here are answered

    by Dr. Ess

    I can't defend a lot of choices in this film but there is some real merit to some of the themes here. About 80% of the questions people have been asking on Talkback are answered on this blog:

  • He knew it was a military instillation. There's probably a plethora of cutscenes regarding Janek, his pilots, and his friendship with Shaw which was alluded to early on. I can't remember exactly how the scene with Holloway getting torched ends before we jump immediately to Shaw waking up in the medbay, but there almost has to be something cut there. I imagine Janek and Vickers argue on the ship about his death, and Shaw gets all up in her face, then collapses....but like I said, I can't remember if she collapses outside or not. That's where the problem lies, not Janek trying to save Earth.

  • Do they still make those?

  • You aint george lucas and even if you were greedo still did not shoot first and if no scenes in prometheus explain the characters motivations then no scene which may or may not exist anyway will matter cause ridley had full control he just fucked it up cant blame editor or studio

  • June 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    captain of the ship sacrificing himself in an altruistic fashion

    by Monnie Knapp

    C'mon guys it's not that hard to figure out. The crew even rallies around him. His concern, at that particular point in his existence, is the entirety of humanity.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

  • June 16, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    ill just bet you loved jj trek cause it had same type of blowtarded coincidences

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    And sacrifing life only makes sense if he had proof earth was target and why defuck would he not put crew in lifeboat.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Screw all you guys, it's still in the cat and this movie was a dream

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Giant albinos in elephant suits? Penis Vagina Snakes? FAKE! Planet covered in lice and reformed monk/convicts. FAKE! Cheer's Carla's husband running a Ripley cloning operation resulting in a squeeling hybrid baby alien. FAKE! Aliens fighting Predators on current day Earth. FAKE! When is Cameron going to be done making his Smurf movies and make Aliens 2 anyway?

  • June 16, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    greco roman centric bullshit that ignores the rest of the developed planet

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Racist ignorant western hem-centric bullshit that cant disguise itself as deep other than it sucked like linda lovelace

  • June 16, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    So they just let the Jockey get away?

    by Shermdawg

    The ship was carry dangerous shit, the map was laid out for Earth. The Jockey had just killed everyone aboard. That's all the proof he needed. And at that point, how many people besides Vickers nad the pilots were still alive? There wasn't much time to warn anyone, and if some of the security crew had been alerted to his plans, they might've helped Vickers to stop them from ramming the ship. Of all of the script's problems, and this is the one you're the most hung up on? C'mon man.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    by Eli_Cash

    Prometheus is a movie I can rip to shreds in terms of its story. Many already have, and I generally agree with them. But I actually enjoyed it. The visual style, the atmosphere, the acting, all of the stylistic elements were perfect. But the script sucked. It still didn't ruin it for me. They ALMOST give a good explanation for the xeno. The engineer at the first part drinks the goo and disintegrates because his cells have all become autonomous organisms. Thus the planet is seeded with new life. Holloway drinks it and undergoes a similar process. However in his case the only surviving member of his body is a sperm cell. This creates an organism that is essentially an autonomous reproductive cycle. This ties in well with the Alien theme of reproductive/sexual horror. The problem is that the goo causes other organisms to mutate in ways that aren't consistent with this. Fifield regresses to an ape-like form, the worms turn into face-hugger snakes. Doesn't make much sense. So as it stands the movie doesn't explain ANYTHING in a way that really counts as an explanation, and it just introduces a lot of questions which are not answered. On another note, the 3d is perfect. I really don't like 3D usually. Even Avatar was just OK. But the 3D in this movie blew my mind. It made the picture clearer and the action more involving. It really made the whole experience more immersive. I've never seen 3D that actually seemed to justify its own existence, and in general I wish the fad would die out. I don't think anybody can do 3D like Scott. I'm surprised more people haven't mentioned this.

  • Then when she said it was headed toward Earth, he believed her. Listen. I'm just a giant wolf monster... but I get this film. I took the ride. I too thought "why didn't she just dodge to the side?" I struggled with the whole, "wouldn't a biologist not want to interfere with the alien species?" conundrum. Yet, can we not attribute these choices to a consistant history of bad choices being made by many of you not-so-hirsute, non-wolfy, hominid types? Many people die, every day, due to their own spur of the moment decisions.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    eli, it does make sense...

    by Shermdawg

    Fiefeld was dead, most likely from the acid. If he had been alive, they would've brought him back to the ship. Both his carcass and the worms were mutated by skin to goo contact, Holloway and the Jockey, however...injested it.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    "Listen. I'm just a giant wolf monster... but I get this film."

    by Shermdawg


  • June 16, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    we are being introduced to the ecology of the Alien universe

    by Monnie Knapp

    Just fucking go with it guys. There will be more films.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    I love that people who said they hate this movie...

    by Brian

    also claim to have seen it multiple times. I think Trolling has become more of an exercise in just being contrary to whatever popular consensus is. If one thinks the film is such utter shite, then why pay several times to sit through the two plus hour run time. Gluttons for torture? I for one loved it, I also agree with Macheesmo3 everything is in there if you pay attention, it's just not overt.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    The (shitty) logic tree that Heimdall must have used to kill himself with no proof

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    some scientists saw some caveman paintings on roof saying stop by for a visit and some beer managed to scan Millions of galaxies and found a star system that looks just like caveman drawings made thousands of years ago punched it into the GPS and drove trillions of miles had some dumbshit scientist remove his helmet and got infected (he never knew it was the robot who did it) and was about to let him back on the ship, when the other (suspected) robot he banged fried his ass Fried boys Boo shed some tears and said maybe three words to him in whole movie because a picture of earth shows up on the engies computer - the same engies who are suspected of being yo daddy, we immediately jump to conclusion that the killing shit MUST be bound for EARTH no other possible explanation because there is a PICTURE of earth! aint we LUCKY that caveman drawings from thousands of years ago led us to a moon were we stumbled onto a plot to kill our planet but was foiled by the virus killing the engies, only now that we arrived we triggered the virus again and we woke up the last engie who will go to earth to complete the mission - or maybe not, but fried boys boo says so and because she says so Heimdall will ram him! yeah, makes perfect sense

  • June 16, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Like I said before, you just let it get away?

    by Shermdawg

    And take the chance that it won't head for Earth destroying it and killing all of your loved ones in the process?

  • June 16, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Promethius was great to look at but

    by D o o d

    The script was dire trite. I've seen some explanations as to what it possibly meant, but all of them are shit, just like the script. Stop making excuses for this horrible script and accept that this could've been an amazing film if it wasn't for the ridiculously large plot holes that can be seen from space!

  • June 16, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Jesus the Engineer ... there's some provocative stuff right there

    by ReportAbuse

    Though the thought has incited a lot of facepalming and hilarity among the geeknoscenti, it could make one interesting and controversial (= free publicity) sequel. Imagine if the miracles of multiplying the bread, creating the wine, and the event of the last supper, were opportunities used by Engineer Jesus to surreptitiously distribute the black goo, turning all his followers into unknowing vehicles for xenomorphs and so forth. At the Rapture, the chest-bursters all pop out. Pandemonium!

  • June 16, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    remember when I was laying on the ground? Lost and confused?

    by Monnie Knapp

    What was it that led me to understand that the boy who stood before me was indeed Atreyu? Cave paintings, that's what. So don't you try to tell me that cave paintings don't mean shit. They do. They do indeed.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott minus innovation minus ambiguity minus risk taking

    by gaygoonie

    equals James "Mc Donalds" Cameron, the audience pleaser! Prometheus is perfectly imperfect. Haters need to go watch Two and a Half Men or Fast Five.

  • Ok, here is the explanation. I thought of this my own lil self but Ridley can have it. The cave paintings were from another faction of the engies and were designed to point us to the weapons depot of the faction that wanted us dead, but we would only be able to decipher the location after we had advanced enough to build a space ship capable of FTL and the hope was that once we got there thousands of years later we would know what to do to stop this other faction and their weapon that lay dormant and the faction that left the message with no damn space directions or GPS, obviously had other things to do and could not be bothered to stop the other faction or tell anyone else on their planet about it who might have done something

  • June 16, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    There seems to be a misconception here.

    by DocPazuzu

    I know it's the easy way to proclaim that the haters of this film didn't "get" the movie, but it's simply not true in enough cases for it to be a valid excuse. I understood the film perfectly and still hated it. Prometheus was just as stupid as AvP (yeah, I went there) but is more offensive because it's pretending to be smarter than it is. Those of you defending the "genius" of this film are doing nothing but perpetuating its pretentiousness.

  • there is a new conan movie one, a battleship one, cabin in the woods

  • LV-223 may not have always been "hell", a biological weapons factory meant for our destruction, or a trap for those of us that found it. It may have just been a neutral meeting destination to gauge our intentions and development before leading us on to heaven. Purgatory, if you will.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Face it:

    by DocPazuzu

    Ridley Scott fucked up his own canon as bad as George Lucas did.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Answers for caractacuspotts

    by Brian

    I'll bite....... a) How could Shaw perform all the 3rd act athletics given an abdomen held together by surgical staples? -She actually spends a good chunk of the last act staggering around a bit and shows signs of fatigue and pain. It can also be explained by either the medical techniques utilized by the medi-pod in conjunction with adrenaline. But really, if you want to get there, most films have unbelievable feats of strength, I wouldn't torpedo an entire film on something like this. b) Even accepting that Holloway may have suffered some kind of space madness in taking off his helmet, why would a bunch of scientists behave with such total recklessness en masse? -Because the machinations of Weyland really only wanted guinea pigs and not necessarily top scientists. You assume that these people are the top of the game, but really in watching them, they are a mix of truckers and people in it for the money. Save for Shaw and Holloway, and his personality is set up such that he's kind of an arrogant douche so it's not a huge logic jump he'd do something stupid. Besides top scientists would be more cautious and be much harder prey for the coming "experiments". c) Why would someone spend a trillion dollars on a humanity-critical mission and then plan no coherent contact strategy beyond ~explore the first cave you find~? If one was paying attention, it wasn't a "humanity-critical" mission at the end of the day. Sure for Holloway and Shaw it was, for the rest of the crew it was a paycheck, and for the person spending the Trillions, it was solely for the purpose of making him immortal. That's why David was very proactive in everything he did, he was the only one who knew the real mission to 100% of what Weyland wanted, thus was more focused and on top of things than anyone else. d) When you spend a trillion on exploring a planet whose surface features you know nothing about, why do you take along a bus and a couple of dune buggies? Those are the only vehicles we see, plus they do not go into how much pre-knowledge they have on a corporate level. Petty complaint if you ask me. e) When you spend a trillion on exploring, why do you want land your FTL spacecraft on a planet where it can easily get fucked up by unknown conditions and inhabitants and strand you? The same reason they landed the Nostromo on LV426, never mind you'd have to be armored against pretty much anything with that kind of intergalactic space travel, especially when you're on auto-pilot for two years. But really, you're assuming a lack of prior corporate knowledge simply because it wasn't spelled out to you in the film, again, petty complaint. f) Why do you open your heat shield on your spacecraft before re-entry instead of after? Once again, the amount of shielding and protection needed for interstellar travel can easily overcome this argument. And frankly, is this really something to turd the movie on, they did it because the director wanted a cool shot at the end of the day. g) Why are 2 men happy to throw their lives away when they could easily join the hottest blonde in the universe for 2 years of being the only men left for her to fuck? Or if they're gay, why would they rather die than have 2 years fucking themselves? Selfless sacrifice, just because you have a sex obsession doesn't mean they haven't aged beyond sex being the sole motivator for their actions. Maybe they have family back home and the thought of them dying a gruesome death at the hands of the Engineers was worth taking out the ship for them. h) Why would said super-athletic and super-smart blonde not figure out that big rolling things tend to keep rolling in the same direction they started rolling? You're implying an IQ to a character who is really just a corporate shill, she's along on the mission because Daddy is on the ship. She's more in line with Burke from Aliens than anything else. And well, we know Burke's logic jumps (hmm, I can go with the guys with the guns, or lock them out of the room and try and fight it out all by myself with no weapons.) i) Why would super-intelligent engineers have no sense of curiosity whatsoever upon re-awakening from 2000 years of hypersleep? He doesn't snap untill Weyland's people turn violent towards Shaw and start barking orders at him. If you want to theorize on it Shaw at the time is doubled over-also an answer to your earlier question- this could be perceived as bowing to someone expecting to be honored in such a fashion and not knowing what happened beforehand (i.e. the abdominal wound). She is in a bowed position asking questions, not in any kind of anger, then Weyland's men put the pimp slap to her and begin having David ask him for something in a long dead language (probably how to make Weyland immortal) and then he snaps. It's highly probable that whatever David asked simply pissed the guy off. So there ya go buddy.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Shermdawg, I am Jewish Bubbeh, that whole Jesus thing don't wash with me

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Ya think that a race that is smart enough to engineer a whole other sentient race would also realize that it would not be a monolithic thinking or monotheistic believing race? ya think that such an advanced race would never have put all their eggs in one basket? ya think maybe that the writers and Ridley are so western centric that they forgot that other VERY large and VERY old cultures exist on this planet that have never believed in the Judeo-Christian or even Islamic gods and damn sure not the greco-roman mythology? ya think ol Rids made the same mistake Lucas did when he forgot that other races and beliefs exist?

  • June 16, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't go that far, doc.

    by Shermdawg

    The sequel in the right writers long as that rumor that they've already filmed it isn't true...could make some sense out of what LV-233 was. I mean, they've already did a good job of explaining why the derelict crashed on LV-426 without actually showing it, it's just all that other bullshit leading up to the new Xeno seemed rather pointless when it would've been better spent on character development and the Jockeys. But until I see a extended cut or the sequel, I'm not gonna totally write this off....even though I'm not that happy with it at the moment. This is nowhere near the level of disappointment that the prequels or Crystal Skull was, because at this point there's still the chance it could be fixed. It's a relatively small chance though.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    @Jewish Shaq, that might be why they backed off that plot point.

    by Shermdawg

    They could very well spin it that Christianity itself was what pissed them off, and Jesus was a rogue Jockey or some shit. Hell, they may even cover the origins of other religions in the sequel, we don't know. It would've been nice if they had gave us more to go on instead of the monster bullshit, but it just leaves more for the next film.

  • Every bad movie ever made could make the same claim you just made for the possible sequel to prometheus, every last one. that is some mighty fine tap dancing you are doing .

  • June 16, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    I did find Idris Elba's character arc amusing...

    by Mrhazard

    He goes from dude that doesnt give a fuck, who just flies the ship, who ignores and laughs off his partners' cries for help as they have to spend the night in an unknown alien planet, who just wants to play his squeezebox and squeeze Charlize Theron's box (cant blame him for that)... one second... to HONORABLE MAAAAAN! who wants to help others at all costs, who will sacrifice his life to do the right thing and save the human race from annihilation by any means necessary!!!!! A character can change and develop but you should at least see WHY he changes and how he develops. It shouldn't just happen. Most of my complaints with this film have nothing to do with the ambiguity of it (I dont need everything explained to me and I hate movies that spoonfeed the audience like they're morons. Leaving something to the imagination is fine.) but this story was just not told well. Period. Also, you dont introduce random plot points one second and reveal why they were introduced the very next scene (i.e. the "I cant give birth" scene.... Hmmmm I wonder what happens after she sleeps with the guy that WAS JUST INFECTED WITH AN ALIEN VIRUS THE LAST SCENE!!!!!!!!!!!!) I'm no literary expert... far from it. But that's just lazy writing IMHO. And this is coming from a fan of LOST and Lindelof. Like I said before, Prometheus isnt a bad movie. It's also not a very good movie.

  • They require having read something on the internet that very few people knew about until the film came out. Nothing is explained within the narrative, which is why it fails, and is why people are nitpicking the silly stuff. We just weren't engaged in the story and characters. its a badly written TV pilot.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Red Letter Media talks about Prometheus

    by Mrhazard Hilarious...

  • ....and the drive of the film seems to be catering to the Alien fans rather than those expecting something different. This may be fixed once the bluray drops, and when the sequel comes out, it may work better as the first chapter in a bigger story. I myself wasn't a huge fan of Fellowship until after the Trilogy was complete. I'm not saying that Prometeus is anywhere near that level, but if we're given the stuff that looks to have been cut out, we get a reason for the new xenomorph with Vickers somehow avoiding death, and more elaboration as to why we were created and why we pissed them off, then yes it could turn out to be good in retrospect. While I don't care for the moive as a whole at this point, there's enough that I do like that has me hoping they get their shit together.

  • No, it may get longer, it will not get any better

  • June 16, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    What answers? We're given the date, we're shown the fossilized remains of the Jockeys, we're told it's a military instillation and it's housing weapons, we're told they want to destroy Earth. We're shown that the classic Xenomorphs are unrelated to the new one outside of the goo being the catalyst for the original hugger. We're given enough justification for Janek to ram the Jockey ship out of the sky. All in the movie.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    Fiefeld was a dick, they never called for help, and there was a storm. Not much he could do but laugh it off. We're talking about the safety of a couple crewman in a presumably deserted temple and the destruction of Earth. I agree with you though that the revelation of Shaw's inability to have children though, I hated the fact that they felt that and her noticing the med pod earlier in the film was even necessary.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Remember when the Space Jockey was cool?

    by Volllllume3

    What the fuck happened?

  • Just because you believe your own pseudo-religious claptrap don't make it so - and it damn sure won't work as a narrative in a movie when you have no real story to tell and are hoping that some are blinded by your bullshit - and awesome special effects

  • June 16, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    How do we know there's no real story to tell?

    by Shermdawg

    They had to get the origins of the xenomorph out of the way with this one before they could move on with the real tale.

  • i'm not saying to give over, but you are working overtime and it dont deserve it, like dude up above said, none of your defense can be seen by watching the movie, there are some bits but they are in pieces and the pieces don't fit

  • June 16, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST

    So Prometheus was innovative, ambiguous and risk taking?

    by Volllllume3

    What the fuck? It was a well directed movie with a piece of shit script on top of horrible acting. It has plot holes so big you can fly the derelict spacecraft through. I fucking HOPE Cameron could take over this franchise again. At least he wouldn't hire that fucking hack Lindelof.

  • If a DC comes out, it would be a slap in the face and an indictment and i also doubt it will be any better just longer


  • It still gave no motivation for him to believe DG about the ship going to earth

  • June 16, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    "Watchmen Directors Cut made even less sense than theatrical."

    by Shermdawg

    Uh, no.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Why are you so hung up on Janek taking out the ship?

    by Shermdawg

    It's the least confusing decision made in the whole movie. NEEDS OF THE MANY OUT WEIGH THE NEEDS OF THE FEW, GOD DAMMIT.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Best comment in this whole fucking tb...

    by rhizomeman

    "Remember when the Space Jockey was cool? What the fuck happened?" by volllllume3

  • And unless there's some reason to be on LV-223 in the next one, it was all a waste.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    It was a stupid movie that pretended to be deep

    by Queefer Sutherland

    What a fucking, corn-studded turd of a movie. Great visuals, but TERRIBLE story and writing. Simply awful. Truly one of the biggest disappointments in a long time.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Lemme repeat this rumor...

    by Shermdawg

    Someone mentioned this in one of the other talkbacks, that this film was originally supposed to be a two part Alien prequel with a budget of $250 million. It later morphed into Prometheus with a budget half that size. It had an extra long closed set shoot of seven months. Several locations they filmed at supposedly weren't seen in the movie. The movie ends with a url which leads to more viral marketing videos hyping up 10/11/12....which most likely is the dvd/bluray release date, but when has anyone hyped up the date of a dvd/bluray release? Did Ridley already film the second film essentially making this a Kill Bill type deal and we'll be getting an out of nowhere teaser trailer on that date?

  • June 16, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    queefer sutherland

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Spot on.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Give it up. The film is a disaster.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach, I don't disagree with that.

    by Shermdawg

    I'm just saying with a director's cut and sequel, we may warm up to it a bit more in the grand scheme of the tale they may end up telling.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Proof Lindelof knows fuck all about the art of screenwriting

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Clanger after fucking clanger. Worst use of the 'idiot plot' i've seen in ages. "Hey, we've just come out of an alien environment with crazy looking canisters and a big fuck-off head. Let's have sex!"

  • June 16, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    One good thing about Prometheus

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It makes Blade Runner look even more like a masterpiece.

  • If the movie you release doesn't serve the story, and you must release a longer version in hopes of rescuing it, YOUR MOVIE SUCKS!!! The theatrical version SHOULD have been able to deliver something satisfactory. Don't tell me it will make more sense and be a better film once I see some extra scenes. A pile of turds is larger than a couple of turds, but it's all still shit.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Once again, Kingdom of Heaven...

    by Shermdawg

  • June 16, 2012, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Another good thing about Prometheus

    by Queefer Sutherland

    It ended after two hours. And I never have to see it again.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:15 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    You're also the guy who kept seeing subliminal pics of Venom in Spidey 3 ads, God bless ya. A small nitpick: it takes a lot longer than 2000 years for something to fossilize. While we're on the subject of AvP, did you notice that Prometheus basically lifted scenes and ideas wholesale from Anderson's movie? Because fuck me if I can tell the difference between the briefing scenes in both movies. Also, both movies have a nerdy scientist trying to be friendly with a tough guy who gives him a hard time before both get separated from the main group, bond and finally get attacked by monsters. Just fucking terrible. Bottom line, however, is that no amount of secret sequels or extended versions will make the Space Jockeys mysteriously cool and alien again, much less fix everything else wrong with the flatulent, idiotic mess that is Prometheus. You do get an A+ for your spirited defense even if it is pointless, friendo.

  • ....was just an awkward excuse of a plot point to get Holloway back to the cargo bay. Yeah, we get that Vickers arguing about letting him on the ship is a nod to Alien and showing where Ripley faltered, but having him brought back aboard and having Shaw actually make the decision to euthanize him in the med bay after trying to save him would've been more beneficial to both their characters. The most I can hope for with a directors cut is there's some big argument between Vickers, Janek, and Shaw that was cut. As it stands, Holloway's death left no impact at all.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by Eli_Cash

    The goo still doesn't behave consistently. Now we have disintegration, mutation, and reanimation? And I can't see any reason why it would matter whether the contact was internal or external, since it seems to act directly on whatever cells it contacts. And why would Fifeild become apelike if he was reanimated?

  • ...including the ones Ridley supposedly had disavowed. And I swear to go there was something in the clouds in that Spidey 3 poster!

  • June 16, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    "And why would Fifeild become apelike if he was reanimated?"

    by Shermdawg

    Something different. We're used to zombies that can run, they just kicked it up a notch. Though there was no reason for it to have even existed in the first place given, it further complicates the nature of the goo, it was ridiculous they would even open the door for him, and the fact that it wasn't even that good of an action scene.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Can you idiots stop trying to defend this SHIT MOVIE?

    by Hernando

    I'd just like to point out that a movie about talking animals crushed the FUCK out of this... All I have to say is, Dah-Dah-dah-Dah-dah-Dah Dah Dah Dah DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh! Afro Circus, afro, Circus, Polka-Dot, Polka-Dot, Afro CIRCUS you FUCKS! The movie wasn't deep, it was fucking stupid, it didn't give me wonder or awe... morelike Aaaawwwwwwwww, crap... LOL... Pretencious piece of shit... Fassbender did great work, Otherwise DVD this bargian bin piece of shit so all these Alien Fanboys can jerk it to Charlieze Theron already...

  • June 16, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    PLUS... the ending!

    by Hernando

    Wasn't a Cliffhanger, It didn't make me want to see more, It made me want to GOUGE the FUCK out of my eyes to prevent curiosity from getting the better of me and seeing the shitty seqeul they're going to crap out... i mean if GHOSTRIDER can get a sequel, you KNOW this piece of shit will... In the end, the people defending this film are going to be right.... next to Ridley Scott in Hell watching this piece of shit for eternity... :D

  • Thanks for pointing something any sane person would've predicted. Kid's movie vs. (unnecessary) R-rated movie. Kid's movie is likely to win out every time, especially if it's the latest of a popular series.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST

    I would have rather watched...

    by Hernando

    A documentary on the making of the documentary of making Madagascar 3....

  • June 16, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    even ridley says the opening planet might not

    by JAMF

    be earth.... despite the bad writing i'd take my hat off to them if they already shot the sequel in secret for 10-11-12

  • June 16, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    since everyone loved david (fuck knows why)

    by JAMF

    then i assume he was written by spaihts and lindelof added all the shit we hate.

  • I liked all the cool stuff, ancient aliens, mythology, technology etc. The scientists were very UNsciency though. Dr Shaw's douchebag biologist boyfriend? I am sorry that "bro" seems more like the guy working the bungee jump or zip line at some tourist trap than a scholar. Also, I have to wonder if the real geologist is rotting in his locker back on earth, c'mon angry chicken shit mohawk guy, really??... The other science guy sticking his face into space snakes? WTF? SO I came up with an answer to all of this and Ridley Scott should send me a freaking check for this solution. Vickers (Charlize) hired all these retards (she mentioned it in the film) BECAUSE they were without a doubt going to fuck the whole thing up and that is pretty much what she wanted right? If not for her inability to run sideways she would be kicking herself on LV 223 for this choice watching her robro's head take off in the magic horse shoe with Dr. Shaw (who is obviously the party since she apparently has thee most powerful drugs in the universe ).

  • June 16, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by Brian

    People keep saying it crushed Prometheus, not really when you think about it. It opened on almost a thousand more theaters, it's per theater take was less. So if they opened with the same amount of theaters Prometheus would have beat it. Never mind that G/PG rated films always do better than R rated films at the box office especially during summer.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Approx 50% of viewers never realized this was a different planet...

    by FlandersBum

    ...and walk away wondering why the Space Jockey didn't die from a chestburster while sitting in his big ol chair. The marketing made this look so much like a direct prequel, plenty of folks missed the part about this being a completely different planet/ship. I know I would have enjoyed this movie more without the ads giving away all of the important/good stuff.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    In the begining, men were dildos...

    by seansarto

  • June 16, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Hating Prometheus : the new hipster douchbage trolling trend..

    by quantize

  • June 16, 2012, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Aliens and Religion

    by SunTzu77

    It baffles my mind when certain Atheists are quick cast aspersions on those who believe in the idea of a Creator (Intelligent Design), but yet are quick to buy into the idea that Aliens exist and Alien "seeding" is an actual possibility to our origin. There is absolutely no proof of Extraterrestrial life - the ole "Fermi Paradox." What I do know is we have no unambiguous solution to the problem of the origin of DNA ... as well as its conversion into a hereditary substrate. There is no satisfactory explanation of the evolution of the protein-synthesizing mechanism. I'm open to the existence of both.

  • June 16, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST

    What a bunch of whiny idiots

    by master_of_realty

    "Everything's not spelled out in black and white! IT SUUUUUUCKS"

  • June 16, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Every one of those movies you mentioned range from very good to great. Prometheus is neither. It's a pretentious, hollow and smug film.

  • June 16, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I've noticed this increasingly desperate ploy among you Prometheus defenders. You seem to labor under the notion that those of us who hated it either don't understand it or are bemoaning the lack of exposition. While this may true of some, using it as a blanket statement for all of us is simply wrong. If you truly believe that Prometheus is worthy of taking its place alongside Alien and Blade Runner then you are deluding yourself. Believe me, I lived through the butthurt of Phantom Menace and Crystal Skull so I know how hard it is to face up to the merciless truth. In fact, those two movies made it easier for me to see Prometheus for what it truly is much sooner than I probably would have otherwise.

  • June 16, 2012, 5:54 a.m. CST

    re Sunshine

    by DocPazuzu

    Danny Boyle learned more from Alien and Blade Runner than Ridley Scott did.

  • June 16, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    2 different ships

    by skellngtn

    maybe there are two factions of Engineers with different ships, but BILLIONS of years would've passed if it is indeed Earth that they're it makes total sense that a ship from billions of years ago looks different to what they've got "now".

  • June 16, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Fans filling in the blanks

    by DocPazuzu

    There's usually two reasons for doing this: 1) Being genuinely awestruck by what one has witnessed and having one's imagination ignited to the possibilities "out there". (See 2001: A Space Odyssey) 2) Inventing shit just to desperately make something coherent and/or deeper than it actually is. (See Prometheus, Matrix 2 & 3, Star Wars prequels)

  • June 16, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Possible proof the sequel is already shot...

    by rhizomeman

    I mentioned this before in another tb but nobody seemed to give a shit so I'll say it again. At the comic con conference there is a video interview with Ridley and Noomi in front of the waterfall in Iceland (link below). But, I believe the exterior planet scenes with Noomi were all shot in Scotland NOT iceland. What was Noomi doing in Iceland? Shooting scenes for the sequel??!! Just a thought.

  • June 16, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Oh that's cool! Very interesting...

    by D.Vader

    Makes me wonder still, was the guy committing suicide as an act of execution for something he had done, the way the ancient Greeks had to ingest poison hemlock? Or was the guy sacrificing himself as an act of creation? Were we accidental or intentional? I'm glad the movie doesn't tell us.

  • Its a sad state of affairs for true movie fans when the rest of the so called "geeks" waste time and energy declaring and spitting that if a movie is not absolutely perfect, then it must be crap. Total crap. There's no leeway, no discussion, no debate. Its either perfect, or its crap. Gimme a break.

  • June 16, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Sequel - possible proof?

    by rhizomeman

    Again so everyone sees it. What was Noomi doing in Iceland? Her exteriors in the movie were shot in Scotland! Was she filming scenes for the sequel?

  • Just like Alien! Where we didn't get an answer for what that damn Space Jockey was, where it was going, and where the Alien eggs came from! That movie is fucking TERRIBLE and needs a real writer!

  • June 16, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    I think the opening scene pretty much sets the tone of the film

    by donkey_lasher

    A WTF moment. A lot of the haters here wanted to be spoon fed answers, and cry stupid when they aren't The idiots that are trolling these forums, bashing the film, are completely oblivious to the fact that it has created a LOT of discussion. Simplifying the film doesn't make you look smarter.

  • June 16, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Tacked on ending

    by donkey_lasher

  • June 16, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Tacked on ending

    by donkey_lasher

    One of the stupidest complaints about this film ever. The ending didn't have an alien chestburster. And it was pretty obvious what was going to happen as soon as the Engineer was attacked. Perhaps we should have just stuck with the engineer and waited for the Alien to pop out instead of seeing what happened to Shaw and David. For Fucks Sake.

  • June 16, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Incoherent pace

    by donkey_lasher

    Another stupid complaint. The pace changed once in the film. 'Incoherent Pace' doesn't even make fucking sense anyway.

  • June 16, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Threads like this remind me why I hate the internet.

    by Lee

    Rarely does a film have a talkback that isn't full of frothing-at-the-mouth vitriol.

  • June 16, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    so, was the sacrifice engi- pfft... who cares?

    by JAMF

    that's the problem with this film. yes it has (a few) unanswered questions. no problem with that. do i care what the answers are? nope... nothing to care about in this film at all. it's lost all over again... how many years did people waste on posting pages and pages of theories and it was all for nothing.... nothing... nothing.... .. . ..

  • June 16, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by JAMF

    thanks for being another stupid cunt using the term spoonfed. man, what a fucking cunt.... stupid fucking cunt.... can't even believe cunts like you exist.... fuck.... this film really has brought out the superior "you just don't get it" douchebags huh...

  • June 16, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    "Just accept that you don't get deep cinema"

    by buggerbugger

    Seeing as you're someone who believes 'Prometheus' to be an example of "deep cinema", perhaps you could rattle off a paragraph or three about the "deep" subject matter in the movie. You know, for the people who were - IYO, presumably - "too dumb" to recognize it as it flew over their micro-skulled heads?

  • June 16, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    That's utterly ridiculous. It's the fact that they KILLED so much of the mystery in Alien in such a hamfisted way that sucks, not that Prometheus itself is mysterious, because it fucking isn't. Or maybe you're happy with the fact that the space jockeys are humans and that the Alien creatures are simply the random product (one of millions of possible variations, apparently) of a sinister black goo that seems to have every magic property the script calls for in order to move the narrative forward?

  • June 16, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Iceland isn't actually covered in ice. The exteriors shot were primarily on the black volcanic sand covered plateaus of Iceland -- the very same ones seen in Prometheus. No proof, in other words.

  • June 16, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    And isn't it saying something...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that so many of the kool-aid drinkers here are desperately (and hilariously) praying for a super-secret sequel to have been made which redeems Prometheus? As if the comparisons to the Star Wars prequels weren't enough without this new Sifo Dyas bullshit. Jesus people, wake the fuck up. Ridley did a Lucas-Wachowski.

  • Imagine how we would have been blown away at the sight of 12 foot high engineers? And while I am not utterly offended at the sight of the waxy, white engineers, I would have much rather seen them done as stand-alone 12 foot tall creatures towering over the humans... creatures, not "suits" with chalky white bald dudes inside of them... it would have been spookier, it would have been more fascinating, it would have been more ALIEN to see them this way. DAMN - - - - what a missed opportunity. I'm serious.

  • June 16, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    What Ridley should have done:

    by DocPazuzu

    A two-hour movie of nothing but Fassbender's David spending two years by himself on the Prometheus grappling with his nature and those of his "frozen" shipmates and what it means to be human. THAT could have been awesome.

  • June 16, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by Derrida77

    "Inventing shit just to desperately make something coherent and/or deeper than it actually is. (See Prometheus, Matrix 2 & 3, Star Wars prequels)" Spot. Fucking. On.

  • June 16, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by rhizomeman

    You're right...'re right Scotland was used for the archeology scenes in the beginning - NOT the alien planet. Iceland was the alien planet. (btw, No need for the geography lesson on Iceland)

  • June 16, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Still haven't seen PROMETHEUS. Is it any good?

    by evergreen

    73% on Rotten Tomatoes. Looks legit.

  • June 16, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I see now that my geography comment might have seemed a bit on the condescending side. Sorry about that.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    this film has been an overwhelming success

    by Monnie Knapp

    It beat analyst and studio predictions on its 1st domestic weekend, it made huge bank for an R-rated picture, and the reviews have been favorable. Face it haters, the sequel is on the way.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    i still need to see it, can someone answer me this:


    in the HD trailer screengrabs, don't they show that the 'chest' area' of the other engineers cryo beds are busted out- like via a chestburster? do they open those? and the one unbroken cryo chamber has the last living engineer in it, right? then at the end, a xeno busts out of him. we all assume it was from the attack by the tentacle monster- but what id he was already impregnated? what if the cryo bed chamber was either some sort of xeno-cult birthing area, or they are purposely implanted to become living timebombs when they attack earth or another planet- and that guy was still in stasis mode.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Still haven't seen THAT'S MY BOY yet.

    by evergreen

    24% on Rotten Tomatoes. According to Capone, it's indisputably a classic.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    The budget was $130, not $200m +

    by Shermdawg

    That was the initial figure for the back to back film shoot that may or may not have happened.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by evergreen

    So far: Opening Weekend: $51,050,101 Total Domestic Gross: $87,458,127 Worldwide Gross: $178,364,914 Total Budget: $180,000,000 Source: Not spectacular, but certainly not a failure in terms of the industry average at this point in a major release.

  • It should pull in about 20-25m, domestic, this weekend and will eventually top the 200m mark. Not to mention upcoming Blu and DVD sales. The film will make Fox money and is a success financially. It has a 73% fresh (critics like it) and a 7.7 on imdb (the rest of us like it) so I would call that a success. Often times you get one or the other, but Prometheus has both--thus I personally am overwhelmed.

  • June 16, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Let's not turn this into a B.O. debate.

    by DocPazuzu

    Box office is rarely a quality meter and tends to draw attention away from the film itself.

  • June 16, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by evergreen

    =Unless it manages to reach 400m= Gosh. I guess movies only become profitable once they've doubled their adjusted gross. Such insight you have.

  • June 16, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Scott and co...

    by HughHoyland

    Did something right to cause this much nerd rage. I say go see it for yourself and make up your own mind. I love the movie, as you can tell others hate it (some almost to the point of obsession). Also see it on the biggest screen you can watch like IMAX.

  • June 16, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    hughhoyland - like I said, I still haven't seen it

    by evergreen

    I just find it curious that the usual suspects are rooting against a genre movie with somewhat decent reviews.

  • June 16, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by HughHoyland

    First let me say this is just MO so take it for what its worth. I think its an amazing movie and one of the best I've seen in years. So I say go see it. Second I have NO problem with someone not liking this movie. We all have different views on art and what one sees as a masterpiece another may see as garbage. But if I don't like a movie I may announce it (maybe), then I'll move on to something else and not waist any more time with it. I'll be danged if I become obsessed.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Keep in mind, this is being released in waves up until like August.

    by Shermdawg

    There's plenty more money to be made.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Still though, should've been PG-13.

    by Shermdawg

  • We finally get a big budget science fiction film that forces you to think (no matter your thoughts on the film’s actual plot, the ideas presented in the film are GREAT food for thought) and they expect us to hop on their miserable hate wagon? Find all the nitpicks you want (characters performing questionable actions to service the plot is something that happens in every horror film ever made, you're fooling yourself if you think that's enough justification to right off an entire movie). No, I think the majority of us appreciate the HELL out of what Ridley Scott delivered and cannot wait to see where he takes us next. The rest of you, keep on trying to convince us we’re wrong. We’ll see who’s ultimately happier.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    hughhoyland - fair enough

    by evergreen

    I will definitely *pay* to see Prometheus. Rock of Ages and That's my Boy? Not so much.

  • If you don't like it, that's your opinion and no one should mind if you share it. But to be SO passionate and vocal about it? I don't understand that at all. When the studios stop taking risks and keep churning out romantic comedies, you'll have no leg to stand on when you want to complain.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    What exactly are the big ideas, in your estimation, that are "GREAT food for thought"? Because I found Prometheus to be moronic and without a single idea of its own.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    This what video games hath wrought...

    by Dan

    Attention spans shot to shit. The answers are there if you PAY ATTENTION. Learn to govern your emotions, this isn't the worst thing ever created. Get a grip...

  • June 16, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    The Elder is kinda rocking the Mr T gold there...

    by Kakii

    "Aint gettin on no spaceship you crazy foool!"

  • While I agree that it was horrible, nearly the second half of the film was buildup to that moment, so it wasn't just the stinger that stunk. I just hope there is a reason for all of that besides just showing how an initial face-hugger creature is created that spawns a Queen.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu exactly is your argument a good one? Are we supposed to root for a shit movie simply because if it succeeds more R-rated Sci-Fi will get made? Is that what you're saying?

  • June 16, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    It's the SW Prequel hate all over again...

    by Dan

    Illogical, overdone, over-everything... They have to be the worst things ever created or these babies won't get there way like mommie has always done... If something isn't done exact to a T how they want it- then it sucks and the person responsible needs to die. *rolls eyes Give me a Nell Carter-sized break. . Get a real job, all you Prometheus haters and then we will talk... Ridley has now taken Lucas's place on the Geek alter for sacrifice.... Up next, Peter Jackson.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Prometheus and 2001: A Space Odyssey

    by TallanDagwood

    This is not a breakdown of one film versus another nor is it an in-depth analysis, juts my impressions of where Prometheus went wrong. The comparison arises from the fact that many of the diehard fans of Prometheus seem to think it is the next iteration of the 'thinking man's Sci-fi' an inheritor of the mantle that lay dormant since 2001 -simply because it may have some 'big ideas' about the origin of life. I say no. I agree that it is not necessary for filmmakers or creative artists in general, to explain everything about their vision. I also believe that when said vision involves concepts that no one can fully explain, that the filmmakers or artists do not understand fully what they are trying to say themselves and thus leave open ended questions that audieneces can ponder - if they choose. 2001 is a prime example. It may be heresy for me to say this, and I preface by saying I truly love 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I believe that Kubrick and Clarke had no fully formed idea of what they were trying to say about the origins of life. They did however have a fully formed notion - at least Kubrick did, of what they wanted the Movie itself to say about the origins of life, and a fully and magnificently executed plan to bring it to cinematic life. The unexplained mystery, the unexplained iconography that makes 2001 so memorably fantastic is at the heart of appreciating that monumental cinematic achievement. My, proof? Once the universe of 2001 was demystified, in Clarkes follow-up novels, it became just another pedestrian sci fi story. No one knows the true origins of life, which is why speculating on it can be such a wonderfully creative exercise that unleashes a treasure trove of ideas. In no way do I fault Scott and his writers for attempting to mine that trove, but I do faulty them in their sub-par and truly clucmsy execution. It is not enough to say 'look I have big ideas'

  • June 16, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    One of many themes in Prometheus is sacrifice...

    by Dan

    Of course these geeks don't get it having never done anything but get their asses kissed and whims catered to by guilty divorced parents trying to make amends...

  • June 16, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I think it's unfair to link Prometheus to 2001...

    by Dan

    I love them both, but two very unique beasts.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Prometheus and 2001: A Space Odyssey pt II

    by TallanDagwood

    I hit the enter key too quickly without completing thought or proof reading That line should read "but I do fault them for the sub-par and clumsy execution" And the the closing should read: It is not enough to say 'look I have big ideas' and then just hope that the audience fills in the blanks. Even when dealing with a subject matter that has no real answers you need to try and provide a frame work that at least demonstrates that you have truly given it thought and you need to have the artistic chops to execute your vision. Prometheus looks good, and it may have some big ideas, but the audience does not see the thought (if any) behind them. Unlike 2001, which not only looked fantastic, but where the audience could see the big ideas on screen as well as the thought behind them and the magnificent mystery that has made the movie endure. It is not fair to compare a true classic with what is just a pedestrian- albeit an entertaining effort. Because in truth prometheus is not a bad film, it is simply a disappointingly executed and badly thought out attempt at what could have been a modern masterpiece of speculation

  • June 16, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

    -- Watch it, if you can get through it.

  • June 16, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I still don't get why it costs 130 million to make a movie

    by animas

    when Star Wars cost about 11 million to make.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    why so costly? too many 'superstars' involved...

    by JAMF

    fassbender and rapace are stunt casting. scott can demand a ton of cash for doing a new alien film. lindelof's a jew. it all adds up!

  • June 16, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    zodlovesmaude - that's an unfair comparison

    by evergreen

    Prequel defenders love Lucas like a six-year old loves his mommy. Sir Ridley is more like the mysterious stepfather who left home before we got a chance to know him.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    zod, you "love" prometheus? really???

    by JAMF

    look i can understand some people not being completely "offended" and "appalled" by it like us "haters" are but come on.... you loved it?? LOVE??? how many times have you seen it??

  • June 16, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by JAMF


  • June 16, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I guarantee I could make a better film with only 20 million

    by animas

  • June 16, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    =fassbender and rapace are stunt casting=

    by evergreen

    Yeah, right. Because casting them has been so profitable previously.

  • -- and these people are blaming anything they can about the movie to cover up this fact. If you want to really laugh, check out some of the hour long plus reaction videos on youtube. People wouldn't be getting so riled up over a movie that is so "appalling" and "stupid" unless there is some deep psychological reason for it.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    they made chronicle for 15mil and it's great.

    by JAMF

    it's all about the script, ridley. yeah they didn't pick rapace because of dragon tattoo, even though scott said in interviews that's where he first saw her etc - a swede who can't speak english properly to play an englishwoman, because she was in a famous film. not stunt casting. fair enough i thought fassbender had gotten famous from 'shame' before prometheus started shooting, i just looked up the production times. shame's still on my to-watch list as well, though i've seen a pic of him naked and i don't get what the fuss is about. ahem. anyway looking at these dates this is really starting to look like the sequel is already made - they spent 6 months(!) shooting and THEN they did 3 more in spain. that's crazy for a film with so little happening - there's a ship, a couple of outdoor bits and a temple.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    moose you're just as bad for coming on here

    by JAMF

    defending it all the time... so what's so freaky about the subject matter? i'm dying to know. the freakiest thing in prometheus is seeing the poor space jockey get facefucked by the squid monster. i was rooting for that guy for the whole film.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy, I think the "deep" psychological reason is

    by xbagboy

    that people wanted a better movie from Scott, the maker of the original Alien?! Anyway, I like talking about scifi and Prometheus so lets talk.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Here's my first post from another talkback --

    by MooseMalloy

    Saw PROMETHEUS today, and I know why people seem to hate it so much -- by moosemalloy -- other then the sometimes crappy characterizations and dialogue. It is because it is so bleak. Very bleak. The fact that it has only made 65 mil proves that it is perhaps too bleak for most. It really has some intense sci-fi elements and I look forward to watching it again on disc, but do not look forward to some of the performances. As expected it is the antithesis of AVATAR. It should be commended on several levels. It's a near masterpiece. A far-masterpiece? ----------------------- -- Now does that sound like I'm defending all the problems it does have? No, I am praising what it got right. And obviously I believe it really got those parts right. The hatred and fervor has already passed the pathetic point with this one.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    jamf - Noomi Rapace is a talented actress

    by evergreen

    Who cares if she's Swedish? Get this--the first time I saw Fassbender was in a no-budget little movie called Fish Tank, which I loved. His costar in that film was first-time actor Katie Jarvis, who was also considered for the part that Noomi ended up playing.

  • June 16, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    So far nobody in talkback...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...has been able to provide an example of a "big idea" in Prometheus. Someone did mumble something about the "theme of sacrifice", which is neither a big idea nor is it more prevalent in Prometheus than in Sunshine or any other number of better films. The only "sacrifice" made in the film is by the captain and his two pilots at the end, an act which was treated as cavalier and had no emotional weight whatsoever. Captain Kirk's fucking dad's sacrifice within the first five minutes of Star Trek carried more emotional weight than the climax of a two-hour film in which all kinds of opportunities for that kind of thing could have been presented.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Fanboys who slobber all over Blade Runner

    by shane peterson

    are hypocrites. That film has had 30 years of analysis. People filled in plenty of blanks with that film too. Scott just doesnt make good narrative films. He makes atmospheric films. I give Prometheus 2.5 out of 5. It could go up. Don't know and dont care if it doesnt.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Re : docpazuzu About " Big Ideas "

    by Real Deal

    You don't think " Where do we come from? " " Did someone make us? " " Is going to look for your creator always a good idea? " Big ideas? Really? Geez!

  • June 16, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by brokentusk More than enough food for thought in that article. You can try and imply that the film is void of substance to the point that it negates my argument about supporting a smart, R-rated science fiction blockbuster, in an attempt to discredit my argument. The film is smarter than you give it credit for, and therefore my point stands.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    aint no space jesus.

    by cube3

    1. the aliens were "happy" with us for thousands and thousands of years after we developed.-cave painting evidence. 2. christmas, 2000 years ago. etc. so yeah its perty obvious that Scott is making that connection to the events of a bio weapons breakout on a mission by the aliens to "do bad shit to earth". 3. only westerners keep thinking that it was the "killing of space jesus" that was the bad thing we did.. 4. what if as shown, the aliens dont believe in everlasting life, or immortiality, but nature(bio science tech) and the sacriice of one life for the next to continue... "every king has his DAY"... 5. thus the belief in "everlasting life through a christ" etc and a separation of man/alien from nature... in other words the birth of christianity.. is what pissed off the jockeys... 6. and why they left us, and were ready it seems to unleash "a bio natural" weapon on us... pretty subversive shit for a hollywood movie... but so hidden under crappy story telling logic and past money making icons.. that all we end up with, is a bad cg baby alien screaming... anyhow... no need for a 12 foot blue jesus to be wearing a beard.

  • Requires you to have seen an interview with Ridley Scott and have read an article that is circulating the internet to fill in the (massive) gaps left by amateur screenwriters. It's the difference between Arthur C Clarke and that bloke from TV.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Re : tazzman

    by Real Deal

    Blade Runner is a great film simply because it makes you think about it. To fill in the blanks can be the mark of a great film like 2001 for example. Most people don't know ( unless you watch the special features ) that originally 2001 was going to be narrated by Orson Wells so everything was explained for you and tied up with a neat little bow. I'm so glad they didn't do that ( as much as I liked Well's voice ). It would have been cheesy. Films that make people speculate or think almost always cause controversy and division because some people can't stand that it's not all paint by the numbers. I still haven't made it to see Prometheus yet ( I have a family and a busy life ) but I strongly suspect that's what's fueling all of this speculation ( and negativity ). The reason Hal went AWOL in 2001 didn't get explained for years until Clark wrote 2010 for example. Let's see that's 1968 until 1982! When a sequel comes out ( and I have no doubt that if Scott wants it they will make it ) more could be explained. Then the paint by numbers people can go " Oh ".

  • June 16, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I still think Vickers was an android

    by Jake Pantlin

    The way she grabs and pushes David... plus the blond hair and blue eyes. Also, the way she calls Weiland "father". I suspect that we will see her in a sequel, if they ever make one. She was more 'human' than David, but I just think she was a more advanced model.

  • June 16, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    =Fanboys who slobber all over Blade Runner=

    by evergreen

    92% at Rotten Tomatoes. 6th on AFI's top ten Sci-Fi. Cultural influences beyond counting. The only thing you have to slobber over is your favorite picture of Boxxy when you eventually die of loneliness. Buried under cats.

  • No one? From the level of critical knowledge constantly on display in these forums, I would have thought that one would be immediate.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    kels - andromedus has been hinting at it

    by evergreen

    These things often grow wild during the summer.

  • Look at the reviews. Most of them are either for the Final Cut, which came out in 2007, or they're from contemporary critics and bloggers. For just one example, look at the Ebert review linked there. It's his essay on the Final Cut, the first paragraph of which describes his mediocre review of Blade Runner when it was first released.

  • of contemporary reviewers and bloggers. Once again, the Ebert review linked is to a more contemporary essay, this one from 2003.

  • Let alone other classics.

  • I'm just making sure we're all clear on the facts here. Blade Runner is still Ridley Scott's finest film, in my opinion, followed by Alien, Gladiator, Prometheus and Kingdom of Heaven. Prometheus has flaws, but I sincerely think much of you are blowing them out of proportion. Now, it's a shame about Prometheus' US box office take, since I really want a sequel, but the international numbers are still strong and this movie will be a financial success. And it'll probably do killer business on Blu-Ray. Look at Watchmen as a good example: another big, weird, R-rated, somewhat unconventional, divisive blockbuster that did OK at the b.o., but built a strong following and ended up doing very well on the home market. Its reputation will probably grow in the ensuing years as today's sci fi fans grow up to be the adult critics and geeks of the future. It's certainly engendered the kind of passionate responses that come with a big-league cult classic.

  • Because the only reason there's any discussion is because those of us who didn't like it are ripping it a new asshole. The amount of discussion is directly proportional to the amount of bullshit that was put up on the screen. The huge amount of discussion is a testament to how poorly thought out the film actually is. Forget the plot holes and unanswered questions for a moment. The ANSWERED questions are answered moronically. And that's a huge problem. For example, based on what's on the screen (including this scene) we are to believe that the Engineers seeded Earth with life. Well, life has been on Earth for over 3 billion years. We're also given to believe that our DNA is an exact match for the Engineers. We're also given to believe that the Engineers told ancient man enough about themselves for the ancients to draw accurate star maps. So that means that the Engineers themselves don't evolve or change, biologically or culturally, over a 3 billion year period. Even though they make black goo that can do 100 million years of evolution and mutation in five seconds. It also means the Engineers will start a project and stick with it for 3 billion years, but then just drop it because of...Jesus. Because it makes SO MUCH SENSE that when your time scale and system of values lets you pursue projects with multi-billion-year transaction times, you'd get pissed off and junk the project because of minor changes in religious practice in the Mediterranean basin over the course of a couple of centuries. It also means that they continually intervened in evolution to make the DNA come out exactly right. Because they'd have to intervene in the evolution of literally every creature in the entire fossil record to make that happen. Every last mutation and extinction, they'd have to do it by hand. For 3 billion years. With no industrial accidents in that entire time span, since we've seen that a single industrial accident can apparently waste an entire planet when we're talking about the black goo. But their safety record is unbroken for more than 3 billion years. And they never lose focus, and make no mistakes in managing the evolution of every creature in a planetary biosphere, just to make a couple of themselves, which they could do by fucking a lady Engineer any time they want. Guys, this is just dumb. Sorry. Dumb.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    meatball_mulligan - what's your point?

    by evergreen

    Everyone who is familiar with Blade Runner is aware of it's critical history.

  • its only in the last two decades or so that the idiots have wised up... Prometheus may get the same, although Ebert's review caleld it a masterpiece so he's already there.....

  • June 16, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Chronicle was awful! Found footage can eat my shit.

    by Dan

  • June 16, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by Jethro Bodine

    My point is that I've seen too many people pull Blade Runner's 92% on Rotten Tomatoes to make a point. It's unfair to hold that up against other films who haven't had the benefit of 30 years of cultural impact and critical reassessments. Other than that, you'll find that I agree wholeheartedly with you that Blade Runner is a singular achievement.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    For the record, Indiana Jones rode the sub...

    by Dan

    because it stayed afloat, in those days a sub did not travel under water unless it was going to attack. I'm sure Indy knew this... :)

  • June 16, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Why didn't those fucking pussy Hobbits wear shoes?

    by Dan

    Why didn't the giant birds fly Gandalf over the volcano so he can drop the fucking ring in????

  • June 16, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    meatball_mulligan - never mind

    by evergreen

    AICN has gone wonkers, order-wise. You make some excellent points.

  • June 16, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    No biggie, overrated.

    by Jethro Bodine

  • June 16, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I don't think you can compare implausible incidents within a film...

    by FluffyUnbound the core concept of a film being so poorly devised as to be an insult to the intelligence of every viewer. To be as stupid as PROMETHEUS, Indy can't just ride a sub. The Nazis have to secretly be the Teletubbies (and not in a campy way, but as a profound insight offered to the viewer by a filmmaker who thinks he's had some kind of revelation about the true nature of things). If Hitler was secretly a Teletubby, THEN maybe you'd get close to being as stupid as PROMETHEUS.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I just read that thesis on Prometheus and it's one of the biggest piles of film-related horseshit I've ever read, and believe me I've read (and written) a lot of them. The fact that the writer bases most of his position on an inaccurate observation says it all. David isn't suddenly acting independent because of some sort of awakening. He's merely following orders from higher up in the food chain, namely from the "stowaway" Weyland. This is something recycled from Alien and Ash's agenda. He may have his own thoughts on the matter, but he takes no independent action for the duration of the film until after Weyland's death at the end. Utter wankery.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    real deal

    by DocPazuzu

    And you think those big ideas in Prometheus are: 1) treated in anything but a trite, predictable and cliched way? 2) in any way original or pushing the envelope? Please.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Re : obijuanmartinez

    by Real Deal

    Prometheus has been where it is for over a week now. I'd say it's holding steady at 73 % for top critics and 74 % for audience. Also I really don't know why you're comparing it to Green Lantern which was much worse recieved critically.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Re : fior84

    by Real Deal

    " The film will be praised in the future. Now in this moment. People don't like to think about anything. They want answers spoon fed. " Someone here gets it.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by JAMF

    seriously man, is this constant use of SPOONFED just to bait us? because your fellow apologists seem to think us "haters" are moronic trolls but you and the others using phrases like "spoonfed" and saying we don't like to think to talk down to us, are much worse.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Re : fluffyunbound

    by Real Deal

    Somehow in reading your comments I think your take is probably not what the narritive intended. Perhaps this will be clarified in the next film.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by Jobacca


  • June 16, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    re: jobacca

    by JAMF

    someone here gets it.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I find it amusing...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that so many people trot out the already hoary old line about how people who despise Prometheus are all looking for answers to every question raised. Actually, most of the critics seem to be focusing on two things: 1) that TOO MUCH from the Alien universe has been demystified by Prometheus 2) that the answers given were so shoddy and hamfistedly delivered Face it people: Prometheus was directed by a very clever guy, but the film itself is dumber than a bag of gravel.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    At least now we know...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...what happened to all those loud, thesis-linking Matrix fans who went silent a year or so after Maxtrix Revolutions.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by JAMF

    another post that perfectly sums up our position. we're on a roll, guys! now cue real deal and fior84 to tell us we "watched it wrong" sigh....

  • June 16, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Hey docpazuzu...

    by evergreen

    Did you play Mass Effect 3?

  • June 16, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    How Would The Negativity Attack 2001 If It Were Made Today?

    by Real Deal

    Here's an example from 1968 of what the talkbackers are saying about 2001 in comparison : Not wanting to print this and violate copyright of the NYT I've resisted printing it but you guys should read this. If you do it will sound familiar.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    No, why?

  • June 16, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I'm really surprised it didn't do better.

    by Chief Joseph

    All that hype and fucking Madagascar 3 beat it. I wonder how it will do this weekend. Seriously FOX, fix that movie up on the DC Blu-ray.

  • June 16, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    How About A review Of Blade Ruinner From 1982

    by Real Deal

  • June 16, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Sorry That Was Blade Runner

    by Real Deal

  • June 16, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Real Deal

  • June 16, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    i played it, overrated

    by JAMF

    i suppose you wanna tell me that you liked the ending and i didn't because i'm an idiot?? real deal, i don't get what point you're making with these posts... good films from the past got bad/mixed reviews THEREFORE prometheus getting bad/mixed reviews means it is also good? AHEM.

  • June 16, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Re : jamf

    by Real Deal

    There's a close comparison of what was being said about those two films and what's being said about Prometheus ( one of them having been made by the same director ). Many of the arguments about the plot in the story for 2001 weren't resolved for 24 years when 2010 was published. Surely you can understand that.

  • June 16, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by evergreen

    You're missing out on one of the most uniquely interesting ways to end an epic sci-fi franchise.

  • June 16, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Re : jamf A Better Way To Put It

    by Real Deal

    My post was intended to point out that this isn't the first time a SF film was dismissed as dumb because not everyting was explained. Some film goers just have to be spoon fed everything all at once or they don't like it. In the end those films which suffered the same kind of comments are revered as two of the greatest in hindsight. I guess you don't like it but just a little food for thought.

  • Tron Legacy was a mess, with serious pacing flaws, but I managed to like it anyway. I actually liked Prometheus too, despite the fact that it was really, really stupid. I think the people who thought Prometheus was "deep" and "profound" most likely also fell for the same shaggy dog trick known as Lost, which is one of the dumbest tv shows ever made. How can you suckers fall for this shit every time? You're mistaking narrative sloppiness, poor editing, and a total lack of thought for profundity. It's like you enjoy having your intelligence insulted. Here's an idea: maybe the Space Jerkys made their Poison Space Cum because they can't reproduce? I didn't notice any female Space Jerkys. OH SHIT! THAT'S SO DEEP! Maybe *that's* what the writer meant? Or maybe, just maybe, the writer HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS DOING AND SLAPPED IT TOGETHER REALLY FAST TO MEET A DEADLINE? Also: Hey, has anyone else noticed that Ridley Scott hasn't made a good film since 1982? DUH.

  • June 16, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    The NY Times review doesn't impress me.

    by FluffyUnbound

    It includes gems like this: 'This seems peculiar, because the icy, poised Rachael, played by Sean Young as a 1940's heroine with spaceage trimmings, seems a lot more expressive than Deckard.' Anyone who read the Dick novel on which the film was based would know that the entire point of the film is that humanity's belief that it is better than the replicants is a lie. In Dick's vision (and clearly enough in the original vision of the film, before the happy ending was appended on) humanity has destroyed the world and every creature in it, and has created for itself a race of slaves in its own image, but still walks around patting itself on the back about how much empathy it has. We have no empathy, and the entire concept is a lie we tell to justify keeping the replicants down. That's Dick's big reveal. That's also why it absolutely destroys the movie if Deckard is a replicant. Deckard HAS TO BE a human, and Rachael and Roy have to be his emotional superiors, for the movie to make any thematic sense. You see? This is the difference between a film being misunderstood and a film being nonsensical junk. I can deal with the Times' objection in a straightforward paragraph. Can someone please deal with the myriad absurdities in PROMETHEUS for me in a straightforward paragraph? Pretty please?

  • June 16, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I never agree with the critics!

    by SuperTrekkie

    I'm so kewl!

  • WTF is wrong with the people with this movie? Yeah, there were unanswered questions... They were SHITTY unanswered questions, But the fucking movie FAILED to entertain, the dialogue was atrocious, The fucking movie was a mess, we're not complaining about the unanswered fucking questions, we're complaining about this piece of SHIT as a whole, stand alone, bullshit movie... Back to the future had unanswered questions, and ended with the lead in to the next movie... That shit was CLASSIC and amazing... this was uninspired dribble from a guy who wrote the endless lost series (EVERYONE LOVED THAT.... no we didn't)

  • June 16, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You have been on fire today. It's good to see yet another familiar Talkbacker on the boards. Please continue to take this slip-shod piece of filmmaking to the wood shed, sir.

  • How could the stupid audience confuse LV-223 and LV-426!? I mean, those planet names sound soooo different! Even though both planets have a crashed Engineer/Space Jockey ship, a dead Engineer/Space Jockey, and xenomorphs running around. Nope, don't see how people could get confused by that or the advertising campaign touting this as a prequel to Alien. And nope, there's no way that those two planets were originally the same planet in the pre-production phase, but got changed in post because they fucked it up. Nope. And you might not want to see what the concept & VFX designer for Moon has to say about this movie. I mean, he only helped make a smart sci-fi movie. He's not a _professional critic_.

  • June 16, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by xbagboy

    and me as well. I think you would agree with my points. This talkback is way more entertaining then the actual movie.

  • June 16, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST


    by xbagboy

    Completely agree with you on Alien 3.

  • June 16, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Fluffyunbound... You are my Hero.

    by Hernando

    I wish I could Jam an Alien up the ass of all these trolls that think "Spoonfed" is a fucking defense? I don't give a fuck if every question was answered in the fucking movie, I want to see some characters I can relate to, grow attached to, give a shit about... and I didn't, nobody fucking did... What is wrong with these morons? I cared about Ripley, Fuck... I CARED ABOUT THE FUCKING CAT... Alien wasn't perfect... But fuck... I loved it... I just didn't give enough of a shit about any of these people, their mission, any of the "Suprise" moments... nobody batted an eye when Weyland magically showed up... Not even me... LOL, and then he died, and I gave less a fuc k about him than I did 10 minutes befre he appeared... I should give a fuck about wat happens to these people, that's what movies are about... This one with all the deep thought provoking dialouge and rich backround... I left to take a piss... I wore diapers and pissed myself during Avengers... because... I gave a shit... ;) A good movie makes you wait forever to use a urinal, A great movie makes you shit your pants... This movie was neither of those things...

  • June 16, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • June 16, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    I love how one of the movie's more ardent supporters here...

    by Chief Joseph

    ... is some asshole that admits he hasn't seen the movie.

  • June 16, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Gavin Rothery is hilarious about this film...

    by Hernando Someone else posted this earlier and it's PURE comic gold! Fuck... Maybe Prometheus was meant to be a Comedy, you know... like Showgirls? I hope that when they announce there will be NO sequel, that all these assholes defending it... will finally shut... the fuck... up.

  • June 16, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Ahhhhh! Trolls!

    by Real Deal

    Don't you love them? They always expect the public to think exactly like them. Especially when most ( and that is most ) of the viewing public doesn't. Oh well. It's not like it really affects anything in the long run.

  • June 16, 2012, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Re : chief joseph

    by Real Deal

    That's because it's not just this film been trolled on by really nonsensical criticisim like this has. Like I've said before a good many of us are tired of the hate. That and the fact that I don't really believe Ridley Scott could make as bad a film as the haters are making it out to be. If it was that attitude would be pervasive across the internet. Which just isn't the case. I've checked. Someone here said that Scott hadn't made a good film since 1982. What about Gladiator? There's quite a few others. It's stuff like that that makes me doubt. Sorry if the rest of the world doesn't agree with you guys.

  • You know the same could be said about you.


  • June 16, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Real Deal

    by Hernando

    We don't have to do any acrobatics to say this film is shit... All we have to say is... watch the film... It is shit... If you actually like or care about any characters IN the film, your life must be as 2 dementional and stupid as they are... I'm SO over this film, I've seen it once, I'm glad it's over... I don't know who liked it for it's story or plot, but a LOT of critics loved how it LOOKED, sorry, it takes more than that for me to give a shit about any film... Ridley Scott has done wonderful movies, THIS was not one of them... If it was enough for you, then... great... I don't care... I expect more from someone who has done better... I DO NOT want there to be a sequel, if there is, I won't watch it, Like I suspect MANY MANY MANY MANY people won't... Just cause people gave it a "Pass" because it's Riidley Scott, doesn't mean it's any good, it means were patting the man on the back... for TRYING... You know... like at the Special Olympics... Everyone's a winner... if you catch my drift...

  • June 16, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by Hernando

    Some guys speculation about what everything means, isn't a slap to my face... It actually strengthen's my belief that Nobody had a fucking clue as to what was going on in the film, and so what we got was everyone going... What the fuck... in character form... Ambiguity is great, but it doesn't add anything to this already boring and ridiculous movie... Red Letter media's promethius video was as insightful, but ALSO, hilarious... as it points to every WTF moment in the film and says exactly what regular... normal... HUMAN people are thinking (if they're not getting up to LEAVE) Which is... WHAT THE FUCK?

  • June 16, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Re theotherbadguy :

    by Real Deal

    " If you actually like or care about any characters IN the film, your life must be as 2 dementional and stupid as they are... " So in other words if I disagree with you I'm stupid. Gotcha! Another great argument!

  • June 16, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Maybe realdeal is in Seal Team 6

    by Chief Joseph

    He's just too busy saving the world to see Prometheus, goddamn it. When he isn't kicking terrorist ass, he's forced by court order to visit all his illegitimate children he's made seducing enemy ladies as a secret agent. I suggest you start a blog, realdeal, reviewing all sorts of movies and books you haven't seen based solely on their covers.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Oh shit, Asylum has already ripped off Promethius

    by Chief Joseph

    as "Alien Origin" I suppose Prometheus XXX is just around the corner.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    I find it funny that the people who don't like the film...

    by Fior84

    Continue to come back here. Is it because they care about us personal wise and want us to be a better person by seeing their insight which is the ''better'' way of viewing films. Or because they actually don't have the minds to discuss the mythology of sacrifice and the true hidden elements in this film that represent ''what it means to be human'' I dunno we could always ask Kane why he stuck his head practically in an ALIEN egg...even after he knew it was organic life and it opened up for him. I for one would run. But hey not all humans have the same qualities some are curious. As for the characters. Did we care much for Ripley and her BF in ALIEN? after their what one line of communication about ASH letting them in the ship? Yeah their relationship was truly convincing. I didn't need much explanation. I cared for Shaw in Prometheus. And in a sense I cared for David. I truly think people just don't want to dive into the conversation of the actions within human behavior. They just want to say ''what they would have done'' and any thing a single other human does is stupid. And a dumb script and poor editing. This film could have done nothing more.

  • June 16, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    sisyphus_t_jones, I'm pretty split on the film.

    by Shermdawg

    I fucking love Fassbender, I like how they told the origin of the classic xenomorphs without actually showing it, and I actually dig the Jockey stuff. Sure it's dumb, but so is a lot of the science fiction I've enjoyed over the years. Is the script awful? Absolutely. And I pointed out my many complaints in countless talkbacks, from the spoonfed foreshadowing of Shaw's pregnancy to something you mentioned, it being the opposite of Alien's fly on the wall conversations that felt so real in comparison. I fucking hate the second half and how it builds to the new xeno reveal. I hate how character arcs, and a cohesive narrative take backseat to it. How the whole c-section sequence just seems to be floating in there without anything tying it down. I hate that it's not unsettling, scary, or the least bit graphic. It's certainly not worthy of an R-rating. But, I'm crossing my fingers those twenty minutes or so of cut scenes fix some of my least as far as character development is concerned. I can deal with supposed plot holes (red shits getting lost) or so-called questionable motives (Janek sacrificing himself), and even the creature bullshit of the second half if a sequel redeems it. After four disappointing Alien films my standards for the series isn't that high anymore, and I'm honestly burnt out on the Xenomorphs. If Prometheus had just been about the Jockeys, I couldn't have been happier, but we're now in the situation where the sequel will probably be Charlize Theron vs. New Xeno on LV-223 while Shaw is knocking on heaven's door. Which is unfortunate given Ridley and that hack-guy from Lost promised the next one would be even farther removed from the series, but you have to do something now since they spent so much time introducing it. We don't need that tired bullshit though.....I certainly don't, I want something new, something different. I can't wait to see where they take Shaw's story in the sequel. I don't care how dumb the whole Jesus Jockey story may be, the crazier....the better. I want something so fucking batshit surreal out of it that it stands on its own without being judged as a Alien film, but, like I said, they don't got the balls to do that.

  • June 16, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    I drew the cave paintings

    by CherryValance

    Whoops. Sorry.

  • June 16, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Engineers didn't have to go back "billions" of years...

    by ReportAbuse

    The cave paintings are said to be around 35K years old, which is about as old as the oldest ones we know of today. The Engineers didn't have to intervene at the very start of life on earth, they could have jumped in around 100K years ago or so, and just tweaked the genes of some hominids that were already in existence then. Just enough to give them a little additional advantage that they needed to compete at that time, like a slightly larger brain. This would imply a lot less work on the part of the Engineers and makes the time spans (and level of genetic engineering) less ridiculous.

  • June 17, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    The "gigantic" space jockey in Alien...

    by travismays

    ...was not gigantic. Watch it again, when they first enter the room, a low angle on the camera makes it look gigantic, but when the crew approach and surround it in the same shot, it is more proportional.

  • June 17, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    People walked out of PROMETHEUS?

    by MooseMalloy

    Did they all suddenly decide to enroll in film school?

  • June 17, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    The problem in a nutshell: There are simply too many ambiguities

    by smudgewhat

    A certain amount of ambiguity in any film can work just fine. It lets the mind wander to plausible and interesting possibilities. Kubrick is a master in this regard. Sadly, Prometheus has so much about it to like - a certain intelligence, some excellent acting, consistency of tone and a foreign space, but it can't really be solved because there are too many ambiguities in too many varies scenes and piled on top of each other you simply have too many variables for any uniform "theory" of what's going on. "2001" allows space for contemplation but certain important plot points are spelled out. I still really enjoyed Prom and wish it could be more than it is.

  • June 17, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    So Prometheus War III is still raging?

    by lv_426

    I'll just chime in with a thought I had the other day. Black goo and red matter. Anyone else sense a connection there?

  • June 17, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Some truly pathetic people here

    by James

    I often lurk in the forums but had to sign up to post a few thoughts in response to some of the comments here. There's some people here who are absolutely fucking pathetic. I'm talking about the folks who post stuff like "Prometheus Defenders - Just stop!" and then on the other side the people who post "You don't get it cuz you're stupid" and so forth. It really is ignorant to try to tell someone they are an idiot for liking a movie, or for not liking a movie. Personally, I liked this movie. I had a lot of problems with it, but I enjoyed it. I'm not going to get into more detail than that. And I won't "stop" defending it just because quite a few other people don't care for it. I liked it. That's my opinion. I'm not going to put my tail between my legs, sulk away and say "gosh, you guys were right..." Because there is no right and wrong when it comes to opinions. It's amazing that I'm even typing these words because most children understand this. But some posters here do not. If you feel the need to insult someone who has a different opinion than you, then you are one sorry piece of shit. I would not lash out at someone who didn't like Prometheus like a snot-nosed, insecure little baby. I just respectfully disagree. Cuz it's an opinion and all. Don't ever tell me (or anyone) I don't have the right to my own opinion. If you can't deal with people with differing opinions than your own, then you should pretty much just fuck off and die. Good day.

  • June 17, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I don't see how this killed any of the mystery of Alien. All it did was show us who the Space Jockeys were and how they related to us. It gives us a *hint* of how the Alien came to be, but it gives no concrete answers on how the Alien evolved. It merely *suggests*, and what is suggests, based on the thematic material present in the rest of the movie, is that the Alien as we know it is just the result of multiple evolutions, copies of copies of copies of previous generations of different parents. And as Shaw goes off to find out who created the Engineers and where they came from, perhaps we are exactly the same. Just a copy of a copy of a copy, an accident in this latest iteration, but a differently evolved copy nonetheless. Frankly, I don't see how this movie has any real bearing on Alien. Its a side story. This doesn't ruin or enhance the first movie in any significant way, so I see no big issue with it.

  • June 17, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I interned with Ridley Scott. I liked the movie. But I will say, this did not feel like the same Ridley Scott of Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and Black Hawk Down (though those were more action oriented movies). Still, I enjoyed the movie. I didn't feel the pace was off or weirdly edited, but I did get the vibe there were missing chunks that would be completed in a Director's Cut.

  • June 17, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    So I was watching Predators yesterday

    by lv_426

    and I realized Prometheus is, for me, Predators. What I mean is that while Predators was fun, it is not a great action/sci-fi like the original Predator, it was a hell of a lot better than the two crappy AvP films and the crazy Predator 2 with Danny Glover (although the batshit craziness of Gary Busey almost makes up for Predator 2). Predators, while I liked it when I first saw it, has grown on me a bit. I've seen it a few times since it was first released, and each time I've liked it more. I doubt I'll ever love it (Topher Grace and batshit crazy Laurence Fishburne kind screwed up that one), but I do find it a fun action/sci-fi flick that works as a good follow up to the original. It's how I feel about Prometheus. We've all endured through Alien 3, which while not horrible, really wasn't what most fans were looking for in a follow up to Aliens. Then Alien Resurrection and AvP took a massive dump on the Alien saga. So Prometheus is not a great film, but not horrible. Not a Phantom Menace, Crystal Skull, or AvP catastrophe, but more like a Predators, or a Terminator 3 or Terminator Salvation IMO. I guess that is still kind of tragic. I didn't want a McG Alien film, but in some ways that is what we got. Ridley Scott, in a sense channeling a McG or JJ Abrams mentality for an Alien prequel. So it is not surprising why people are really enraged by this. I was a bit at first, but now it doesn't bother me as much. While Prometheus didn't gel completely, and had some big narrative problems, I'll give Ridley some credit for being ambitious and for trying to give the Alien saga a good kick in the arse so as to help get it going again. Also, I love that he shot so much of the film with real sets and practical effects. I hope we see more of that in big Hollywood films in the coming years. I just hope he comes to his senses and switches back to doing The Forever War instead of a Blade Runner sequel. Prometheus was one thing. Taking a stab at reinvigorating the Alien saga, which has been limping sadly along for quite some time now. Blade Runner, on the other hand, is an iconic singular story that works perfectly as is. Not only that, but it is Ridley's masterpiece, the film all his others are measured against. Tinkering with that, if it fails that is, worries me.

  • June 17, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    I don't care if you have issues or questions or reservations...

    by D.Vader

    But to declare this movie an absolute failure is just ridiculously immature in my opinion. Get serious people.

  • While the extended cut of Alien 3 didn't change my mind on that film, it did for many people. So maybe an extended cut for Prometheus will? Hopefully the dir. cut, or extended cut will be on the DVD/Blu-ray release that is coming in the fall.

  • June 17, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I love it

    by HughHoyland

    Sorry if that offends some people, but I've seen it 2 times and will most likely see it again. On top of that I hope it does get a sequel and fans can see where this story goes. Paradise could be very interesting IMO.

  • June 17, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    LV 426, I *DO* love that...

    by D.Vader

    ... that Its sort of split people down the middle. Lots of people love it. Lots of people aren't impressed with it. There are some that hate it but they seem to be that particular segment I mentioned before, the ones that think bc its imperfect its horrible. Would definitely like to see a Director's Cut. Would LOVE to have read the early drafts and seen the evolution. I saw that for Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and Tony Scott's Domino. Would be cool to see the *big* picture for Prometheus before production.

  • June 17, 2012, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Very Thought Provoking Film...

    by Carolinamaestro

    For example, *Why does anyone sign up for a 4/5 year space mission without even knowing what they signed up for? *Who commits suicide kamikaze style based on one person's word who you just met after witnessing zombies and all other kinds of strange phenomenon? *Who pulls an alien out of her stomach and doesn't mention a word of it to anyone... EVER? *Who looks in the mirror and sees weird wormy things coming out of his eyes and doesn't mention it to anyone? *What happened to technology in the years between the events of Prometheus and Alien? *Who steals an alien space craft to get answers from the beings who created you and are DESPERATELY trying to kill you? These are just some of the many thought provoking questions this film has people discussing. Here are some more outside of the actual narrative: *Why would someone write a film full of annoying characters who do things without internal motivation... their only reason for doing things is the external motivation of moving the story forward? *Why would Ridley Scott move forward with a script that lacked focus and cohesion and a compelling story with interesting characters? *Why would Ridley Scott insult his audience and Alien fan base by making a film that accomplished absolutely nothing except to set an intended sequel? So I guess we all can agree that this film was very thought provoking. Too bad it didn't provoke the right questions for discussion.

  • June 17, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    It wasn't an absolute failure, but to me is was a huge failure. It was Ridley Scott trying be Stanley Kubrick making 2001, except he didn't have the talent or the story. The reason so many people are in here "trashing" the film is because, like me, they had high expectations for this film. It promised something deep and meaningful and failed in nearly every attempt. The movie had the pretense of being deep, when in fact it was improbable and quite often stupid. A true squandering of potential, except in the effects department. It was a gorgeous film, I loved the palette, but that's all I cared for. That's my opinion and plenty of people here have presented a great case for similar opinions. If you can't handle it, that is your problem. But anybody rejecting us as "haters" just can't handle the fact that some of us saw a grand failure when we went to see Prometheus. I haven't said anything hateful. I've expressed a valid opinion, and deep disappointment. It is also my opinion that anybody who is liking on this movie either is in denial or had really low expectations. Or both. You know that my words are true. You can feel it, you just don't want to admit it.

  • June 17, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Here's the problem in a nutshell with Prometheus

    by Carolinamaestro

    I like to watch a good narrative involving interesting characters interact with other interesting characters. I like to watch how they deal with challenging situations, whether they be dramatic, tense, scary, etc. Some implausible or unrealistic events or actions are tolerable if those criteria are met (for example, Ripley holding on in the air lock with a giant Alien hanging off of her and not getting sucked out). Anyone who is interested in compelling characters will most definitely NOT like Prometheus. Both Alien and Aliens had great characters who had terrific interactions while they dealt with larger than life situations. In these discussions, I've yet to encounter anyone indicating that the characters in Prometheus were interesting, compelling or likable.

  • June 17, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Unfortunately, stupid opinions are usually held by stupid people. The kind of people who would call Prometheus "deep." Anybody seeing something deep in this movie has the intellectual sophistication of a house pet. There's nothing I hate more than when something simple (in a retarded way) tries to pass itself off as complex, and "deep." What does that say for those who buy into that pretense?

  • June 17, 2012, 3 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    The characters were compelling or likable in the least. Much of this is due to terrible writing and a stupid story. There weren't characters; they were clichés archetypes whose fates were clear from the beginning. Alien had many interesting, compelling characters. It didn't pretend to be something it wasn't. It had no pretense at all.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Exactly. Like moosemalloy. To him we're "Armchair Directors" and "whiners." He has to pass off a scary dissenting opinion as something else. Such is ignorance.

  • Never mind the shop-worn plot mechanics, the nonsensical characterization, the chronic paucity of logic - it's all Scott's posturing about what a "provocative" movie this is that I find truly embarrassing. Here's what Prometheus is all about in a nutshell: "We humans were made by inscrutable Gods working in mysterious ways who decided, because some of us were were bad and killed Jesus, that we should all be exterminated in a great plague". This isn't "intelligent sci-fi", it's a dopey Sunday-school parable artlessly cross-bred with a dopey monster movie. Never mind trying to inspire awe and intellectual curiosity for the natural wonders of a realistically depicted cosmos - just give us an absurd potboiler about the terrors that surely await we puny humans should we dare to challenge God's supreme authority. That'll get bums on seats all right. Prometheus is not smart, it's not provocative, it's not deep. It's an old man grasping for meaning in his final years and chucking logic for the comfort of myth.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Right, because everyone hated the movie as much as you --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- and also no one should like it as long as you live and breath. Stop whining and go watch PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES. Be back tomorrow so don't hang on a response.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    The severe need to like this film and legitimize it as relevant cinema is sad.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Pathetic, really.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    "the mythology of sacrifice"

    by DocPazuzu

    Oh lord....

  • June 17, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    So.... you're okay with the jockeys being human? And that doesn't make the Alien universe any less alien and mysterious to you? I call bullshit.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Prometheus: A corporation assembles a crew at the expense of 4 trillion dollars to fly out to a destination point in which the scientists (I use this word loosely) have absolutely no quantitative data. Why not send a probe first? How are the scientists rationalizing that the cave drawings are an invitation by these aliens? Maybe, the aliens were hanging out, had a few beers, and gave the wall a good ole toilet stall treatment "For a good screw call Jenny." Instead, it led them to a military installation. Sunshine: The sun is dying, thus sending Earth into an eternal winter. Icarus II is the *second* ship sent in attempt to restart the sun. So, right here... 1) We know the goal/directive - to kick start the sun because sun is vital to life. 2) We know past missions were executed and have failed. The ship design is impressive. For instance, they have an “oxygen garden.” Danny Boyle actually consulted NASA engineers about "plausible" ship designs, etc. Icarus II picks up a beacon from the original Icarus. Interesting! They spend time trying to locate the beacon and figure out that they will pass within 300 yards (roughly) of the ship. They are curious as to why the original Icarus failed. They even debate as to if they should investigate Icarus. They ultimately concede to board the ship because they know that it likely possesses the original payload. Hey, two “last best hopes” are better than one. This makes sense story wise. Hell, this entire sequence shows more logic than the entire length of a film that is Prometheus. Prometheus? Fuck it, we'll just zip down to the planet - and immediately find the main alien compound without any further analyzation of the planet. Wither it be "weather conditions," etc. There are just so many story elements that are just piss poor in regard to Prometheus. I still contend "Sunshine" is a better film story wise. And, in the end the "sacrifice" in Sunshine actually means something... the sacrifice in Prometheus is hollow and asinine. Now, if you want to argue about the Pinbacker aspect on the film - that's fair game. But, a crewman suffering from space insanity... "pandorum"... whatever you want to call it... makes more sense than a biologist petting a grey penis snake.

  • I was looking forward to it more than anything this summer. I guess that shows me. I should have realized when looking at my movie collection and not having much Ridley Scott, that there was a problem. The Duelists, Alien, Blade Runner, then nothing... I guess I was in my own kind of denial, thinking that they could make this any good. At first I was fooled by the pretty silk wrapping, but found only a turd inside.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Anybody claiming Prometheus is better than Sunshine is just an idiot. True depth is beyond them.

  • June 17, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    If Prometheus 2 is greenlit - I suspect Lindelof will a) Recycle more of Lovecraft's writings and/or b) Try and draw a parrallel with the black goo and the "grey goo" (molecular nanotechnology). Even though, Drexler, has come out and stated that nano fab can be done non-biologically and safely. Lindelof has really boxed himself in with these ideas - I don't see a pretty way out for him or Scott.

  • June 17, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Scott has already explained the opening scene.

    by SunTzu77

    He concedes there isn't any true logic or conceivable context to the scene... he tells us to "don't think"... even though he contends "Prometheus" is highbrow. the guy at the beginning is simply donating himself, no stranger than the Aztecs or Incas would choose some poor bugger, at the beginning saying “right, you’re it, in the year you get all the girls you want, all the food you want, blah blah, and at the end of the year we’re going to take your heart, take it out, squeeze it, and we’re going to get jolly good crops and good weather next year.” It’s no more than that, he’s into a form of donation, except his DNA is so powerful, each molecule is like a timebomb. So, we only set our standards by what we know here, which makes us essentially naive. We don’t, we can’t conceive of galloping DNA: I release that on the desk, and in a second I’ve got a cotton wool ball going black. We can’t conceive that because it’s not in your frame of experience. So you’ve got to take your brain, put it on the side, and when you enter the movie just let yourself breath.

  • June 17, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Likewise, Mr. Jones.

  • June 17, 2012, 4:30 a.m. CST

    I definitely believe Scott should not do Blade Runner 2.

    by SunTzu77

    The first film had a theme and concise narrative... "What does it mean to be human?" wrapped into a bounty hunter story. I can see Blade Runner 2 already... 2hrs of Ridley failing to explain how Replicants were designed... flailing like a fish dying in the sand. Or, since Ridley wants a female Protagonist... albino or Replicant babies might be involved. Our only saving grace could be Fancher and the lack of Lindelof in the writing room.

  • June 17, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Do your own comparison:

    by DocPazuzu

    Do yourselves a favor and read both of these essays. Even though one is pro-Prometheus and one is not, BOTH of them will show you exactly what's wrong with both the movie and those who support it:

  • June 17, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    And let's put an end...

    by DocPazuzu the Kane example, shall we? Kane was NOT a scientist. He was a working class stiff with romantic ideas about discovering something important and didn't have the training necessary to know how to deal with his situation. Comparing his cautious peering over the edge of the egg (with a reinforced helmet on, at that) with the biologist in Prometheus trying to cuddle (helmetless) with an alien organism is stupid. In fact, it's as stupid as Prometheus is.

  • June 17, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST


    by No Respectable Gentleman

    Sorry, I don't usually like ad hominem attacks ... but phantomcreepreturs does a lot of it and deserves soemthing in return.

  • June 17, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    That's another classic: "Since you're talking about the movie so much, you must secretly like it or your little mind is just confused about it." Fantastic.

  • June 17, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by JAMF


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    by JAMF


  • June 17, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I forgot about Predators

    by donkey_lasher

    Saw it once and I hadn't thought of it since. At least Alien vs Predator had some balls. Predators was a rehash of the original. But much less interesting. Some people here complain too much about Prometheus. Trolololol.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

    Just the worst characterizations I can possibly imagine. A geologist who looks like a Road Warrior reject. A biologist who doesn't take biology even remotely seriously. Scientists who have sex on their first day on an alien planet. And on and on, of course. Still, some of the visuals were amazing but what a tremendous failure on the part of the scriptwriters. I can give Scott a pass. The man is 73 years old you know.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by James

    I have no words.... all opinions are not equal? I'm the one being ignorant and simple-minded, and you're basically saying your opinion is more valid than mine because.... you're smarter than me? What exactly? I'm blown away, and assume you are a 12 year old child. One day, perhaps you'll learn what a fucking twat you are. Not because you have a different opinion than I do on this particular film (which I assume is why you are attacking me) - that's your right. No, it's because you're opinion on opinions is arrogant, ignorant and hilariously immature. Get a fucking life.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

  • June 17, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    sisyphus_t_jones - furthermore

    by James

    And did you even read my full post? I called out people on both sides of this debate, including those morons who are saying that people don't like it because it's too deep for them or they're too stupid to it. That's insulting to say. Just as insulting as everything you are saying. I'm not sure you quite understand the real issue, or if you ever will. Good luck with being an adult in the real world.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

    I just got up and stomped my feet and yelled Hallelujah.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    The scientist with the snake thing

    by Mattyboy122

    Did have his helmet on. It was still dumb of him to cozy up to it, but, then again, if I were in a space suit like that I'd like to think I'd have protection against something like a snake bite. He certainly didn't expect the thing to have superhuman strength to break his arm. Bad call on his part? Yes. Lazy writing? Probably. But let's stick to the facts. Helmet was on. And it isn't a tremendous leap in logic to assume some degree of protection while wearing a space suit.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

    All she would do is alert them to the fact that the plan to destroy humans failed and they need to send another mission. What a fucking idiot. I'm referring to Lindelof, of course.

  • June 17, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

  • June 17, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    My bad, helmet was on.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    by DrMorbius

    ELMER FUDD>RALPH WIGGUM>MY NEIGHBOUR'S DOG>PHANTOMCREEPRETURNS by no respectable gentleman Thanks for my chuckle for today. Thanks also to ... DocP MNG s jones queefer ... Stellar work ... And a Special shout out to moosemalloy, hang in there little buddy.

  • It doesn't fit anywhere. Alien and Aliens will be the movies regarded as classics forever! All the other movies are *just also out there*. In theatres everyone can hear you scream BS! Second viewing of LOST/Prometheus? Unlikely... for most of the audience out there. Except the defenders, who will try to convince you, it's all about the characters' journey. David's talking head without being connected to anything? Character's journey! Shaw flying an alien ship to God? Character's journey! In the end there will a light...

  • June 17, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Does anyone fear, they'll remake Alien someday?

    by wtriker1701

    Well, I don't fear it's going to happen with Prometheus!

  • June 17, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Queefer Sutherland

    by D.Vader

    I was with you on everything you said to me, expressing your opinion and all that, up until this part: "If you can't handle it, that is your problem. But anybody rejecting us as "haters" just can't handle the fact that some of us saw a grand failure when we went to see Prometheus. I haven't said anything hateful. I've expressed a valid opinion, and deep disappointment. It is also my opinion that anybody who is liking on this movie either is in denial or had really low expectations. Or both." I never used the term "haters". I haven't said anything hateful either. "You know that my words are true. You can feel it, you just don't want to admit it." Errrr, uhhhhm. No.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    I would like to clarify, Queefer

    by D.Vader

    Just because something fails to meet one's expectations doesn't make it a complete failure overall.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Well, the Engineers aren't human. Humans are them, whatever they are. And yeah, it doesn't take away the mystery of Alien for me. The mystery for me wasn't just "what is the space jockey" (and even then, it wasn't the important mystery for me). It was what *happened* to the jockey and why does it have a cache of alien eggs and where did *those* eggs come from. But if finding out what the Space jockey is, regardless of whether its "human" or not, takes away the mystery of Alien, then it sounds like you were against this movie from the beginning? Because any exploration of the Jockey would have given you that response, yeah?

  • June 17, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I was just arguing semantics. To say the Engineers are human is to suggest they came from us, not the other way around. Should be, we are Engineers.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    "David's talking head without being connected to anything?"


    you've seen ALIEN, ALIENS and ALIEN 3, right? obviously weyland androids main operating units are in the, der..humans. the rest of the body is for locomotion and labor. The android head is still mostly functional (for an undetermined time, though Bishop in 3 claimed to be feeling a kind of pain, discomfort and was losing function), not needing the rest of the circulating liquids and mechanics to function.

  • June 17, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen this yet...

    by vettebro

    and I won't until it comes out on blu-ray. I was looking so forward to this movie too. I can't believe the "engineers/space jockeys" are so humanoid. Very disappointing. It would have been better to make them more "alien" like. I don't mean xenomorph either. Closer to what was depicted in the 1st movie. I know about the space suit too. Bigger, elephant like, etc... less bald humans and more "alien".

  • June 17, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    We are talkbackers, not film or TV critics. Did you get lost on your way to rotten tomatoes and end up here? You've been bitching about people's "criticism" of film and TV for a while. It makes no sense. We're fans with opinions. If you want to be a film or television critic good luck with that. The rest of us are just talking.

  • June 17, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    The difference between LOST and Prometheus...

    by Mrhazard

    LOST actually had interesting characters you cared about. John Locke alone is 1000000Xs more interesting than anyone in this. And that's just one character of that series. I'd much rather watch every episode of LOST again (even the subpar last season) than Prometheus just for another mere two hours.

  • June 17, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Promo on IMAX Rocked

    by rickdeckard1

    Finally saw it on IMAX in NYC, the real one on 68th and Broadway, (dont be fooled by inferior 'fake' imaxs), it was amazing, the Batman Trailer was loud as hell too, if you are in NYC you owe it to yourself to see Prometheus on that screen!!

  • June 17, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    The overall narrative would, in fact, make much more sense if the opening scene is 100,000 years ago or less. Still not great sense, but definitely more than it currently does. But that isn't the scene Scott appears to think he shot. The scene he actually shot is supposed to be the dawn of all life on Earth. Of course, before the cyanobacteria altered Earth's atmosphere with a few hundred million years of photosynthesizing, an unprotected human or humans couldn't even have stood on Earth's surface without being poisoned, so the Engineer sacrifice scene couldn't have happened the way it was shot - but I doubt that level of scientific detail mattered to Scott one way or the other.

  • June 17, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by positivelySlime

    They didn't spend 4 trillion dollars on the mission. They spent 1 trillion. So you obviously weren't paying much attention if you're ignorant enough to fuck up a detail like that. No wonder you have so many ridiculous "well, why didn't they..." questions. Why don't you watch it again and just pay attention to what's going on and you won't be so confused.

  • June 17, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by marineboy

  • June 17, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Where did the ladder come from?

    by bobjustbob

    .... someone asked at the opening night showing I attended. A great many laughs and general "exactly!" comments followed. Rothery's analysis is on-point but only hints at all that is wrong with this movie.

  • June 17, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

    by positivelySlime

    Prometheus is a fine film. And a very successful one. Because people are still bitching and moaning about it. It has certainly struck a nerve. Look...its a goddamned SCI-FI/HORROR FLICK! This is not Mullholland Drive (another great flick). People are crucifying it because they didn't get every tiny last detail spelled out for them and are too lazy/stupid to try to figure things out for themselves. I highly doubt Ridley Scott was trying to blow anyone's mind with this film. Its not high-brow stuff. This film has no more plot holes than any original Star Wars film. I've seen it twice. The answers are ALL THERE. All you have to do is PAY the fuck ATTENTION and you won't have any problems. I'm so sick of you fucking fanboys asking "Why didn't they do this?? Huh?? Why did the Engineers blah blah blah...WHY??" Fucking watch the movie and pay attention and you won't have so many fucking questions. Damn. I really don't get why this is such a big issue. I don't think I've ever seen a film get nitpicked this bad. If you didn't like Prometheus...FINE. That's your opinion. But quit acting all butthurt over it. I loved it. Ha! You wanted to like REALLY wanted to like it. But you don't. And I do. So who wins here? If the reason you don't like the film is because you thought there were too many questions left unanswered...then YES, you probably are too dumb to "get it." Go back to watching Transformers. If you can't enjoy a sci-fi film without nitpicking it to death at every level, then you just need to stop going to movies. Period. Because Prometheus is no more confusing or flawed than anything else out there. This is not a complicated film, so stop treating it as such.

  • Right? That's the most annoying thing about the defenders of this film. They routinely say things like, 'It's about the mythology of sacrifice' but refuse to say how, or supply any content to go with their empty cliche. OR they say things like, 'The answers are all there if you think!' which they could only say if they had the answers. Since they have the answers, they should be able to write them. But somehow they don't, for whatever reason. At this point they'll say, 'I'm not going to do your thinking for you!' or 'It's not my fault if you don't get it!' or something else along those lines.

  • June 17, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    "Don't think" = Harry's "Switch off your brain and enjoy"

    by Chief Joseph

    Seriously, fuck that noise.

  • As many have pointed out, 2001 also has a species that intervened in man's evolution leaving behind a clue - the monolith on the moon. So the monolith on the moon is that 2001 equivalent of the cave paintings in PROMETHEUS. Except for the fact that the monolith on the moon is a paragon of plausibility compared to the cave paintings. The monolith on the moon is buried and cannot possibly be disturbed until human beings advance technologically enough to travel to the moon. Those cave paintings are an INCREDIBLY FRAGILE way to leave information behind. Someone else could paint over them later, replacing the star map with a buffalo or someone's painted hand. Bats could cover the map with guano. The cave could flood. Etc. The cave painting idea is basically a copy of the monolith idea, but executed incompetently. Leaving an obviously artificial object with a massive magnetic signal in a sterile environment on the moon is a quasi-plausible way for another species to leave a message for man. The cave paintings are an incredibly foolish and wildly implausible way to leave a message for man. The monolith idea could conceivably work. The cave painting idea should not have worked. The monolith on the moon leads us to the monolith by Jupiter (or Saturn, in the novel) because it broadcasts a powerful directed radio signal at the other monolith, pointing the way to it. The cave painting, on the other hand, shows us the, exactly? There's not enough detail there to distinguish this system from others like it. So as messages, the monolith is not that bad an idea, while the cave paintings are an absurd and stupid idea. It's like Scott ripped the idea off, but without having any real understanding of why the idea worked in the first place. It's a derivative idea, stripped of the good parts and with just incompetent foolishness left over. And the problem is that everything in the whole damn movie is done at the same level of carelessness, sloppiness, and implausibility.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Well, what is it you're confused about?

    by positivelySlime

  • June 17, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I don't consider myself a hater.

    by Chief Joseph

    I really wanted to like the movie. I was looking forward to this more than Avengers (which I haven't even seen yet) and Batman. I'm still hoping that the director's cut will "fix" the movie, even though I'm doubtful a mere 20 minutes could fill all the plot holes. I'd love that batshit "sequel in October that clears everything up" theory to be true, even though it's impossible.

  • June 17, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    fluffyunbound, you're more confused about 2001 than you are Prometheus...

    by positivelySlime

  • June 17, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    You haven't actually read this talkback, have you?

  • June 17, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I'll gladly admit I disliked the idea of a space jockey movie. That having been said, I had enough faith in Scott to give him the benefit of the doubt and ended up going into the movie with an open mind after avoiding every single review beforehand. What I witnessed on screen, however, was not only a franchise-fucker of monumental proportions, but a franchise-fucker of such sloppy narrative structure and imbecilic screenwriting that I couldn't believe Scott had made it. Let me ask you a question. Which is more mysterious and enticing: 1) a terrifying creature of unfathomable ferocity and inscrutable nature which is either genetically engineered or the product of an evolutionary process too horrifying to contemplate, eggs of which are found in the hold of a derelict spacecraft which may be millions of years old -- a spacecraft with an enigmatic, non-human, fossilized creature in the pilot's seat. Was the pilot merely transporting the eggs or did his culture create the monsters? If they did, how much more horrifying and fucked up mustn't their civilization be? And are they still out there somewhere? 2) the answers provided by Prometheus.

  • June 17, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by positivelySlime

    Yeah, I've read it. But trying to convince someone that liked it that they're wrong is just silly, dude. A lot of people enjoyed it. A lot of people didn't. No use in wasting time trying to prove a point that no one is going to be convinced of. You won't win. This movie isn't NEARLY as complicated as all the haters are making it out to be. There's your fact. If you didn't like it, cool. Why piss on everyone's parade that did? You sound very, very angry about this film. And your way of venting is taking it out on people who do like it by telling them that they're wrong and nitpicking it to death. Some of the nitpicks are justified (the film does have its flaws, I think we can all agree on that) but some of People are just looking for anything they can. Maybe you should get yourself a dish of ice cream. Or maybe a chocolate bar. Both are good for a little cheering up. Try them. If you're all pissy about Prometheus then well, sucks to be you, guy...

  • June 17, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    So, doc...

    by positivelySlime

    You disliked the idea of a Space Jockey movie going in? Then what th' hell are you complainin' about? Had faith in Ridley Scott to somehow make your wishes come true? Are you serious?! Don't even try to say you didn't know Prometheus tied into the Alien universe. You went in knowing you would probably hate the movie. And you did. What a surprise! Sounds like you didn't want to even see this movie from the why did you? Why even bother with this thread? Your entire argument was completely one-sided even BEFORE the fact, so it is therefore invalid.

  • June 17, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    You say you've read the talkback, yet you fall back on the same tired argument that those who dislike the film either don't understand it or are pissed off that questions aren't answered. I think it's been amply demonstrated that that's simply false. As for "pissing on everyone's parade", why are only the fans allowed to vent their views? I'm a huge -- HUGE -- Alien fan and feel horribly let down by Prometheus and Ridley Scott. Why shouldn't I call it a piece of shit in a public forum if I think it is one? Why should you be put out by my contempt for the movie?

  • June 17, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    PREDATOR(S) was fucking garbage...

    by Jobacca

    Its right down there at the bottom of the heap with AvsP:Requiem.

  • June 17, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Of course...

    by positivelySlime can vent about it. Hell, I'll agree that it's always more fun to trash something than to praise it. But telling other people they're flat out wrong for liking a movie that you didn't? C'mon... As far as the reason why a lot of people didn't like it...well, a lot ARE complaining about "unanswered" shit that does get answered in the movie. Not everyone is, of course, but that seems to be one of the major gripes. I'm not trying to make a "people are too dumb to get it" argument. When I saw it for the second time, things were a lot more clear. I actually liked it a lot more the second time around. As far as everyone making lists of nitpicks (ex: see the RedLetterMedia video...which was done in jest, btw...the actual review isn't nearly as relentless)...a lot of them are unfounded. And like they said at the end of the review...if you leave with that many questions and gripes, then you should probably stop going to movies. Look - I can understand why a lot of people didn't care for this movie. At the end of the day, its just a sci-fi film. Nothing fancy about it. It isn't nearly as 'deep' as people are claiming its trying to be. The Alien series itself (which I'm also a huge fan of) is really nothing more than standard sci-fi fare. Same with Prometheus. People didn't get what they were expecting. I'm no different. I think a lot of this can be attributed to how much was given away in the trailers...I mean, we all knew that ship was going to crash. That's the ending given away right there. That's just dumb marketing. Only advice I can give anyone is to see it again. For free, if you can. Don't pay twice to see a movie you didn't like the first time. Give it another chance. You might just come away with a more positive opinion. Or not. But all griping aside, I do think time will be kind to this film. Its a lot of fun.

  • June 17, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    *sigh*... Let me try this again: I initially didn't like the idea of a space jockey movie but figured I'd give Scott the benefit of the doubt. I loved what I saw in the trailers and I hadn't read one single review before seeing the movie. Capice? Also -- AGAIN -- my complaints aren't centered on unanswered questions in Prometheus (since the only ones raised have to do with inconsistencies and sheer cretinism), but with the ANSWERS provided and HOW they were presented. I don't actually think you've read the whole talkback, despite what you say.

  • June 17, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...and why the hell would I deny knowing Prometheus was tied to the Alien universe? Has something I posted led you to believe that or is it simply something you pulled out of your ass?

  • June 17, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    This movie isn't as smart or as dumb...

    by Dranem any "hater" or "fan" makes it out to be. I enjoyed it for what it was and look forward to revisiting it when the directors cut comes out. Though I liked it, I can understand the opinion of those who didn't and move on. Why everyone needs everyone on THEIR side of the fence is beyond me. All I know is every movie that I truly hated (the abysmal Juno comes to mind) simply boiled down to I came, I saw, and I never spoke of it again except as a reference at the bottomless pit of yet another Prometheus talkback. Judging by the thousands of responses this movie is getting both good, bad, and indifferent it seems that Ridley has done just what he sent out to do. Honestly I would be a little upset if everyone shared my opinion of the film and would begin to question my own sanity...

  • June 17, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Another fun thing...

    by DocPazuzu these Prometheus talkbacks is how the fans are claiming that all the bile vented over it was somehow all part of Ridley's master plan as if he wanted so many people to hate it. Classic.

  • June 17, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    positivelyslime, that's a Catch 22

    by Chief Joseph

    I've already been through this routine with Phantom Menace. It goes something like this: HATER: The movie sucked. APOLOGIST: You just didn't get it. There's just so much going on, you need to see the film a second time. HATER: OK, I saw the movie a second time and it still sucked. In fact, I hated it even more. APOLOGIST: Well, you must be some kind of a dumbfuck to see a movie you allege to hate twice. This tells me you actually loved the film and are just a whiner. So you can't win. I already know the film's a mess. I will give the movie a second chance via the Director's Cut, but it will be through Netflix and not a purchase.

  • June 17, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Re : fluffyunbound About The First Scene

    by Real Deal

    Let me just ask this. Does the first scene with the engineer indicate with any certainty when it takes place? Or is the timeline left to the audience as to when it actually is?

  • June 17, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    And Fluffy About 2001......

    by Real Deal

    The monolith was much more than a cave painting. It actually interfered with our evolution. So it would be more comparable to the what the engineer did. It wasn't just a sign saying " This is where we're from ". As a matter of fact if you'd read the book ( either of them ) you'd know that the monolith was at least semisentient. Comparing the two is like apples and oranges. The only similarity is that an alien species interfered with the course of life on earth. And even that is different. So no ripp off. There've been many SF stories about that ( and many different takes ).

  • June 17, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Re : docpazuzu

    by Real Deal

    As to the answers about the SJ culture that Prometheus has provided. It would seem that not all the answers are in yet since clearly this is a story that's not meant to be told in a single movie.

  • June 17, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    "It's lots of fun" famous last words...

    by Hernando

    Last guy that said this got his arm broken by an alien dildo snake, right before it jammed itself down his throat... WHO was this fun for? Not me.... I don't care if the answers are there, I don't care if you think people are complaining about needing to be spoonfed answers... The only answer I need is WHY the fuck should i care about any of these people in the first place... Poor characterizations and story make me bored... So, this movie... was boring... Fuck it... Alien was about a bunch of blue Collar Space truckers finding this crazy shit, NOT about supposed scientists, so there is no comparison... I was never excited about anything these people did... none of their discoveries was... remotely interesting... I just..0/10.

  • June 17, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    real deal

    by DocPazuzu

    Dude, there is never going to be a movie about Noomi 'n' The Head's further adventures in space. Even if there were, nothing can repair, reverse or cover up the canon-raping might of Prometheus.

  • June 17, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Real Deal

    by Hernando

    It seems to me that Fluffy isn't comparing the movies per se, but showing how Cave paintings are a LAZY way to move the story along, as they could degrade with time or never be found or whatever, whereas the monolith was somewhere that pretty much NOTHING could disturb it until we were ready to find it... nobody is looking at ots on a cave painting and thinking to themselves... STAR CLUSTERS! Basically he's just pointing out how fucking inane this movie is, You know... like everyone else in the world... I love how "Haters" have logical points and everyone else is like... This movie is SO DEEP, with no facts from the movie to back them up... No scene in this movie is emotional or surprising... at all... I love how the Robot Guy basically tells the lead chick he killed her BF, and she's like... oh wait... she has no response... she doesn't attack him, or accuse him... she just keeps on walking... awesome. or fucking boring... I don't know, anyone want to help me out, How many fucking androids were on this mission?

  • June 17, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Re : docpazuzu

    by Real Deal

    Wow! You're psychic too? I don't think so. And I'm really curious how was it against any canon?

  • June 17, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Re : theotherbadguy

    by Real Deal

    Well he did use the term " Ripped off " and those two items are very different so how could there be any ripp off?

  • June 17, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Real Deal

    by Hernando

    I think that he just meant the concept... Not the movie itself, which you pointed out has been done, time and time again, the difference being the poor execution in this doesn't compare to the intelligent exicution in 2001 (which I have not seen actually) but from what I hear, the idea of the monolith on the moon seems to be a brilliant Idea, whereas giants telling stories to cavemen isn't... so much... If you want to see brilliant execution of movies that lead into sequels, see Back to the Future, each is an independent story,with Characters you can relate to (even now) and that gives you anticipation for the next installment, and those movies were a little Sci-Fi too, dealing with time travel without making shit overly confusing... and fun... Prometheus wasn't even Campy fun, people died and I didn't even enjoy it... at all... :\

  • June 17, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    real deal

    by DocPazuzu

    It wasn't against any canon, but it was a canon-raper the same way midichlorians were.

  • June 17, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I have to ask...

    by Hernando

    Does anyone else find it weird that almost NONE of these characters was selfish to want to live despite being infected or being faced with the ship leaving... Everyone just died willingly... like... Living... Eh.... No self Preservation at all? Just going to throw yourself into some fire, or slam into a ship huh? Brilliant, Totally relatable and human...

  • June 17, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Why would cave paintings lead them to a "military outpost"?

    by darthwaz1

  • June 17, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Why would cave paintings lead them to a "military outpost"?

    by darthwaz1

    and not the engineers home world?

  • June 17, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    and I thought the "derelicts" caused video/audio disturbance..

    by darthwaz1

  • June 17, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    All part of Ridley's Master Plan, eh?

  • June 17, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, this movie won't be forgotten. It will be infamous.

    by Chief Joseph

    It will be to Ridley Scott what Phantom Menace is to George Lucas and Crystal Skull is to Spielberg. As for a Prometheus Trilogy... It seems like a bad idea to make a movie designed first and foremost to be the foundation of a trilogy. Remember how Terminator Salvation was the first of a trilogy? Remember how Highlander The Source was the first of a trilogy? And the Golden Compass? I'm sure there were many others. It just comes off as presumptuous and bit arrogant. The only time I can recall that really working was Lord of the Rings, but that doesn't really count as that was basically funded and shot as one production.

  • June 17, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Awesomely fallacious argument. You got me! Perhaps, they would have had a competent crew if they would have spent 4 tril? Obviously, 1 tril was yielding a shitty crop of prospects. The cost was an arbitrary number chosen by Lindelof to convey "Yeah, dude, this mission is a big deal." But, it wasn't too much of a "big deal"... they couldn't recruit a competent crew.

  • June 17, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    @chief joseph

    by SunTzu77

    Yes, I have that gut feeling that "black goo" will be the midichlorians of the "Alien" world.

  • June 17, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Wow, you people really are butthurt about this whole thing.

    by positivelySlime

    To put this up there with rubbish like Batman & Robin, The Phantom Menace (or AOTC for that matter), and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is just ludicrous. Oh, and @theotherguy... "Robot Guy" never told scientist chick that he infected her boyfriend. She never knew it was him.

  • June 17, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Yeah, "It's not in the air"was pretty fucking clear to me...

    by Hernando

    She has a second there to think about it, you can see the realization that he KNEW how douche bag got infected... aaaaaaand... nothing... Stupid People. Stupid Script.

  • June 17, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by Hernando

    your right, it's ridiculous to compare, those movies had the excuse of actually not being deep... at all... This lame piece of shit is selling itself as some kind of self realization flick... Barf... I'd watch Phantom Menace over this any time... Fuck, I'd share an apartment in HELL with Jar Jar Binks before seeing prometheus again... :D Hey, Let's make this Star Map lead to... Somwehere we make weapons! THAT'S BRILLIANT!

  • June 17, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Nobody said anything about Batman & Robin, Mr. Strawman

    by Chief Joseph

    But Phantom Menace and Crystal Skull are an apt comparison. Go back and read the old talkbacks; apologists rabidly defended those movies too, with the same tactics-- Labeling those that didn't like it as "haters", saying people weren't smart enough to "get" them, trying to explain away plotholes, etc. And as time passed, most people realized that the films really were hollow and pointless.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Ridley's Master Plan!

    by Hernando

    I've figured it out, Okay.... Spielburg, Lucas, and Scott got together one weekend and the convo went something like this... I'm SO fucking tired of Positivelyslime (Or any TBer that loves this piece of shit) Hounding me about making sequels to my other movie (See this could be any one of them) I've got a plan, Let's make PRE-Quels so SO SO FUCKING BAD, nobody wants to see them... ever again, and maybe... just fucking maybe... these fan boys will leave us the fuck ALONE! Spielburg: Fuck that, Harrison Ford isn't getting any younger... I'm making mine a Sequel... and I think we should add that Transformer Kid as his son, that way we can threaten audiences with HIM for any more sequels, that should pretty much crush this franchise... How about you Lucas? Lucas: Well, I'm going with the Prequel Idea, bu I'm going to make 3 of them, that way the Fanboys can choke on their own VOMIT, I'm going to aim for being as offensive as possible, any ideas? Scott: Two words, Jar-Jar Binks... LOL... Well, if this idea works for you guys, Maybe i'll rehash the old Xenomorph story, throw some God in there, that should mess people up a bit... Spielburg: Wait... I got it... how about you make it in the same universe, featuring a lot of your familiar ideas... and then tell everyone it's not really a prequel... That should drive everyone APE SHIT! Scott: Fucking BRILLIANT! Noone would suspect that, and even if they hate it... they can't complain because I warned them it wasn't really a prequel... OMG... that's so fucking funny... Where are those Hookers we called? Jesus, it's been half an HOUR... And the rest you've seen... :D

  • June 17, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Why point us to their weapons outpost? Because...

    by Larry Sellers

    they didn't seem to like us much, did they? Apparently Engineers were present at different eras and centers of civilization to show us that map, anticipating that if we should become advanced enough to travel there, we wouldn't make it back...or something. I mean even that's a stretch because they would have assumed that we would find these symbols. But...then I'd have to ask why they never just wiped us out when they started to hate us. Because they couldn't get off of that planet with the bioweapons, right? Because their weapons turned against them? But which weapon? The black goo? That was meant to create life, so...there should have been something else there to have killed all of those Engineers, right? Why wasn't it on the planet anymore? There were still tons of ships according to David. Was the ship Elizabeth and David escaped on a derelict as well? What killed the Engineers?? So if that dead Engineer body was thousands of years old, they meant to wipe us out thousands of years ago. But then why did their home planet not give a shit that we were still around? The black goo creates life by destroying it. =Sometimes to create you have to destroy= and all that. So they were going to come here for a redo? Does that sound right? My nose is bleeding. Hey, I enjoyed the hell out of Prometheus but I think it's alright to question it. It's an interesting response its gotten. I'm not going to ignore the fact that some of the complaints ARE about plot holes. But a lot of the plot holes people are pointing out aren't actually plot holes, they're just gaps that were meant to be enticing only to wind up annoying most people.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Easy there, chief

    by positivelySlime

    I'm not an apologist for Prometheus. Neither am I trying to convince myself that it is good like the Phantom Menace fanatics did. The last thing in the world I'm going to waste my time with is reading old Episode I talkbacks, because I remember how that shit was. Everyone knew that movie sucked, many just had a hard time coming to grips with the fact. The only thing that grinds my gears is when someone tells me that Prometheus is a terrible movie and that I just can't accept it...that I'm basically lying to myself because I don't want to accept the truth as they see it. If you didn't like it, cool. I can respect that. But most people do. Truth is, the critical response has been solid. Not outstanding, but solid. Its already made its budget back and then some, and will continue to do good box office. It will have a good reputation in the future. Can't deny that. I know this means nothing to you, but there you go. Seems like the only people really trashing it are hardcore fanboys. Everyone I know who has seen it has liked it...the only negative things (and boy, are they negative) I hear being said are on this site. But, that's to be expected.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by positivelySlime

    That was pretty good, I have to admit.

  • June 17, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

  • June 17, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Maybe the haters are all creationists...

    by voxmortis

    ...who are subconsciously pissed off that this film suggests a big dude with a beard didn't create the earth in 7 days. I thought it had issues, yes... but any haters out there must be really pissed off for SOME reason. How can you truly HATE a film that's given you the best visuals you'll get this year and has triggered the most conversation post-film that you'll likely have until Prometheus 2. Oh, and great practical sets and prosthetics and sound design and score and lead performances and and and... If you really hate it, stop talking about it.

  • June 17, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

    Earth never looked better than in the opening sequence.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Nothing in Prometheus answers any questions regarding the Jockey in Alien or the eggs in its hold. All we know is what the Jockey *looks* like and what his Jockey brethren were experimenting with long after he died on LV_426. So to answer your question... It can't be answered! There are no "answers provided by Prometheus," that change or contradict anything you suggested in point 1 from Alien.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    In other words, DocPaz

    by D.Vader

    "1) a terrifying creature of unfathomable ferocity and inscrutable nature which is either genetically engineered or the product of an evolutionary process too horrifying to contemplate, eggs of which are found in the hold of a derelict spacecraft which may be millions of years old -- a spacecraft with an enigmatic, non-human, fossilized creature in the pilot's seat..." We don't have an answer to this. "Was the pilot merely transporting the eggs or did his culture create the monsters?" We still don't know. " If they did, how much more horrifying and fucked up mustn't their civilization be? And are they still out there somewhere? "" We still don't really know. But now we have clues to the last question. It can be assumed there are more out there. But it could also be assumed the civilization is dead.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    No need to "ease up" because it's not as bad as a Lucas film. With Lucas, my expectations are always low. And his films never pretended to be anything deep or original. With Prometheus, and having seen Alien many times, my expectations were far far higher, and the movie was the perfect poseur in promising something deeper. It didn't deliver. It was a shallow foundation of a movie, with a big beautiful house built around it. It's about expectations. The more disappointed you are, the more you have to say about it. Obviously a lot of people feel just like me. Just because it isn't as bad as Phantom Menace doesn't mean I'm going to temper my criticism.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    I appreciate your lucid defense of Prometheus. And even if you and others are right, even if there is a sequel and brilliant answers are given, it won't change the initial experience I had with the movie. Since we aren't guaranteed a sequel, and certainly aren't guaranteed any answers, I can only judge the film based on what it is, and not what it MIGHT be if we get a sequel. It was lazily written, and a story that is supposed to be "deep" or profound in some way needs to be brilliant. Prometheus wasn't. Thus, my disappointment.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    I'm going to keep talking about it. I know plants are reading this.

    by Chief Joseph

    And I hope they're taking notes for the Director's Cut. If no cut footage is available to make the story clearer, maybe they could at the very least ADR in some exposition. The reason I compare it to TPM and KOTCS is because in all three movies we had a director return to a franchise after a long time, except the director was lazy and did a half-hearted job, and had no one to challenge his bad choices. Speaking for myself only, I just want to say that if you enjoyed the movie, that's great. The only apologists that I'm attacking are the d-bags that are insulting people (like kells) and the one that hasn't seen the damn movie (realdeal) because he "doesn't have time", yet has plenty of time for talkbacks.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Queefer, understood

    by D.Vader

    I get that you expected something different than what you received, and I'm sorry you were disappointed. Maybe you'll accept what the movie is instead of what you wanted it to be later in time if you decide to give it some more viewings. I will disagree, however, that we were promised something deep and profound. We are never promised *anything*. We make assumptions about projects based on who is involved and on what we think its going to be about. Its more about our expectations than it is what they're making. As for needing answers, well... We didn't get answers about the Space Jockey in Alien, and I think that's a good enough defense for why we don't get answers to specific questions in this movie either. It was fine for Alien, why is it not fine for movies today? Not trying to start an argument or a debate, just saying.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Can't believe it's the same plot as Star Trek : The Motion Picture

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Fassbender playing the Voyager 6, angry that his creator won't listen. Albino Giant guy playing the bald chick that just wanted to get impregnated by anything. Charlize playing Kirk, trying to nail anything a different color. It's really the same crappy misunderstood movie. That just mixed in some Fools Rush In and Leviathan.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    "If you really hate it, stop talking about it."

    by DocPazuzu

    Could someone please explain to me why this is supposed to be a valid reason for not discussing something?

  • June 17, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    I don't think we're arguing. I like your approach and bring up good points. I hope you don't mind if I continue the debate. Agreed, we didn't get some answers in Alien. But nowhere near the degree in Prometheus. When I saw Alien, I figured the space jockey was just some unfortunate guy who landed in the wrong place. It wasn't a terrible unanswered question to me. At the end of the movie, I realized there was a lot we didn't know, but we were taken to that point skillfully, with characters acting in believable ways and not a lot of flaws in logic simply to provide plot devices. And I feel we were indeed promised something deep when they showed that first scene. As soon as that pigment-challenged fellow dissolves into the water, and they show his DNA unraveling, they set up something pretty profound that never realized its potential. If there is indeed a sequel, and it wraps things up brilliantly, I'll view Prometheus differently. But as I said, there's no guarantee we'll get that, and I can't assume it when reviewing this film. Anyway, that's how I see it. I respect what you say, and wish I felt like you. Believe me, I really wanted to like this movie. I DO love its visuals, very much. Gorgeous to look at.

  • June 17, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Wow, people walked away from this movie disappointed?!

    by spire_walk

    Your mileage may vary...but... 1) You give the Alien Franchise way too much credit. Re-watch Alien, a crew of 7 unlikeable characters, doing some really stupid things at times. Story breaks down into 10 Little Indians in space. I have a feeling if Prometheus had been made in 1977 or so, people would remember it much more fondly. 2) I really didn't see the unexplained problems as flaws so much as mystery, but that's my take on it. I could be wrong, maybe it'll turn out to be just bad writing and not genius. It was setting itself up for a sequel, so I think this may be why there are still many questions. 3) Alien/Prometheus is Lovecraft in Space as experienced by godless, sociopathic humans. I can write off a lot of their behavior as a symptom of the human disease, that is, being owned by an omni corporation with a god complex. WY represents mecantilistic, technocratic, scientific sociopathy. As for the space jockeys, do you really expect the mind of the elder gods to be explained to you when you're reading Lovecraft? They're beyond us, they're Alien, and you have to be fucking insane to create what they have. We meet our Creators, and they've been driven to madness by the horrors they have created. It's also a universe where the Creators and our Children (the androids) all understand us far better than we understand them or even ourselves. 4) I envy you fuckers who can be stranded in the desert with no food or water, but I can hand you a copy of Inception and it keeps you nourished for 40 years. My hat's off to you. I know if it weren't for Inception, your lives would be a fucking desert. Like it or not, Prometheus is one of the best movies to be made in the past decade. It may be a 7/10 flick (which somehow equals 0/10), but compare that to ALL of the shitty genre films of the past ten years that average about 5/10 at best. 1982, the high point of genre films, was a long fucking time ago, it was not the norm then and sure isn't now. 5) Prometheus treats the audience more like an adult than Avatar ever did. That's my opinion of course, but watch each one and see which is trying to preach a guilt trip agenda more.

  • June 18, 2012, midnight CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Agreed. Imagine how boring this talkback would be if it was nothing but a bunch of gushing fanboys. It's the people who tell me I shouldn't be here that keep me coming back. Thanks, guys.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    DocPaz, I believe...

    by D.Vader

    The reasoning probably is something like "If you hated it, you wouldn't want to keep revisiting it. If you liked it, you *would* want to continue talking about it." Just a guess. Personally, not liking something doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to keep talking about it. It would be annoying for those who enjoyed it to continue hearing someone slam it repeatedly, but debating or discussing? Totally cool.

  • Just a really weird argument being made. I wonder what would happened to right wing talk radio if they couldn't talk about stuff they didn't like.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    You almost sounded reasonable until you said "Like it or not, Prometheus is one of the best movies to be made in the past decade." Wow, man. If you really think that, there's nothing I can say to save you from the ravenous hunger of your own ignorance. And comparing it to Avatar doesn't make it a fucking masterpiece. Avatar was shit. Big deal if Prometheus was better. That's comparing diarrhea to dysentery. So WHAT if one is better than the other. I don't want either. Please don't mistake me as saying Prometheus is diarrhea, however. It IS better than that, and beautiful to watch, but poorly poorly written, just a dreadful mess of a story. Alien was far more competent of a film. Like I said, though, you're lost. You believe Prometheus is one of the best movies in the last decade. I can understand believing that if you're only ten years old. I'm sure it seems like quite a deep movie to you, then. But intelligent, discerning adults know better.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Please by all means, continue Queefer

    by D.Vader

    As I've been catching up on another message board, considering I didn't see Prom until friday night, I haven't read everything here. What were your major problems with the movie? As far as unanswered questions, the only ones I can think of at the moment are... 1. Was the Engineer's death at the beginning a sacrifice to create life or a punishment/execution that resulted in accidental creation? 2. Why did they decide to cull humanity 2000 years ago? 3. What killed the Engineers in the temple? I think we have clues to answer #3 but nothing concrete, and I'm cool with that. Same with #1, and as far as #2 goes, I'd love if it had something to do with Jesus, or maybe its all just coincidence. Anyway, I'm fine with those unanswered questions. Were those the ones that really bugged you or was it something else? For my part, I avoided all reviews and spoilers and only had a vague notion of what the movie was going to be about. The opening? Fantastic. But was it intentional creation or Prometheus's punishment that resulted in our accidental creation? The nightmarish creatures were *fantastic*. I love that the movie showed just how horrific life truly is, mercilessly growing, mutating, destroying, and taking over in its quest to expand. I love the parallel between the proto-xenomorph's birth at the end and our creation in the beginning. I love Shaw leaving to find more answers with a head in a duffel bag. David was rad. The visuals were great. Its inspired so much debate on this other board... I can't wait to see it again and pick up on more stuff I completely missed the first time (like allusions to Jesus' virgin birth with Shaw getting pregnant with a special child).

  • June 18, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    WTF? Goddamnit, AICN just erased my last post, Queefer.

    by D.Vader

  • Because I haven't taken such a binary "love it" or "hate it" stance on Prometheus, and because I think Predators is better than the two AvP films. Yes, that has lots to do with the grand scope of cinema. How foolish could I be to not compare classics like 2001, Citizen Kane, Seven Samurai, Rear Window, and Taxi Driver against such excellent and defining work as AvP?

  • June 18, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Prometheus: Cornbeef

    by Hernando

    Cause this shit is ReHashed... ;) It takes an OLD story and makes it visually stunning and completely illogical and boring... YAY... :\ Why base your judgment on what it could be in a sequel? That's completely moronic and illogical as face-humping a space cobra... Stuck it right in my mouth after he broke my arm... Yep, that's how I met my first husband...

  • June 18, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    I said "Please continue Queefer"

    by D.Vader

    Said I just saw Prometheus friday night and haven't read enough TBs to know what your problems were. Then went on to list the unanswered questions I could remember. 1. Was the opening scene sacrifice to create or punishment/execution that resulted in accidental human creation? 2. What caused the Engineers to want to cull us 2000 years ago? 3. What killed the Engineers? 4. What exactly was the goo? Damnit, I had a nice long, police post about it and its lost. Ugh. So I'll make this the short, curt version, my apologies. Did you have other questions you wanted answered? I'm fine with these not being answered. They're not important to the plot or theme in my opinion. I loved the visuals. LOVED the monsters. David was rad. Its inspired SO much debate between myself and others on another movie message board I frequent. Crap, what else did I write... Damn man, sorry.

  • Yes it does. That's like one of the main things the film answers. Not only does it show how the xenomorph life cycle began, by showing the creation of a whole separate strain of the creature, but they laid out clues that tied in with the crashed ship on LV-426. Have you not been reading my posts? That's like the one thing I've harped on and on about regarding one of the few things this film actually got right....despite not really needing to bog down all that time just to give us that stupid ending.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    AvP is a masterpiece

    by lv_426

    You fuckers don't get it. It is not an Alien prequel. It is not a Predator sequel. It is something much different. It is about the origins of civilization. It is about gods and monsters from ancient times. If you watch it expecting an Alien prequel or a Predator sequel, you will probably be disappointed. It is so cool to hate on AvP. You AICN haters think you're so fucking cool.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Oh never mind, there it is Queefer.

    by D.Vader

    Freaking AICN. I could reload the page 3 times and it never shows up, but a few minutes and one poorly retyped post later, and BAM there it is.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Predators IS better than the AvP movies

    by D.Vader

    But Predators isn't that good either, LV_426, in my opinion anyway. I actually hated the super-predators, but that doesn't mean the movie is good or bad bc of them. I actually have a secret affinity for AvP:R bc they just say the hell with it and kill EVERYONE in gruesome ways. And its got the Predator version of the cleaner, Wolf, from Pulp Fiction. Badass motherfucker who's sent in just to clean up the mess.

  • Oh, well, except for the shitty looking alien toddler that emerges from the engineer at the end. You know, that pointy-headed thing that looks like a cross between a cartoony goblin and a dolphin?

  • June 18, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    *sigh*.... Now I know you're being obtuse. 1) We now know that the Space Jo(c)keys are human, which makes the universe suddenly much smaller and more knowable. It's a classic case of bobafettism and it cheapens the potential of the original enigma in Alien. 2) We now know that the Jo(c)keys have a catch-all magical goo that has no limit to its capabilities when it comes to moving movie plots along. It reanimates dead things, it super-evolves living organisms and -- apparently -- randomly creates new lifeforms based on who it's infected and in what manner. All organisms either mutated, reanimated or spawned by the magic wonder-goo are hostile and lethal. 2) We now know that the familiar Alien creatures are merely a random offshoot of this process, a biological weapon, neither unique nor naturally evolved. 3) We now know that the original derelict was indeed transporting a variant of said organisms when disaster struck. 4) We now know that the derelict either isn't millions of years old (since fossilization of organisms after 2000 years is impossible) or that the jo(c)key civilization hasn't changed much since the ancient derelict crashed. Now you can argue until you're blue in the face that these things aren't overtly stated in Prometheus, but you know as well as I do that Scott is, at the very least, suggesting them very strongly in his movie. So strongly in fact that no immediate alternatives are obvious outside of the imaginations of fevered Ridley fanboys who are pinning their hopes and dreams on: a) future sequels b) super-secret sequels already in the can c) film critics of the future d) the supposed stupidity of those who hate the film However, the savior of Prometheus -- The New Space Adventures of Noomi & The Head -- will likely never materialize -- at least not under Scott's direction. Ridley Scott is notoriously skittish when it comes to audience reception and enough criticism by far has been leveled at Prometheus to ensure he won't venture into the Alienverse again.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Star Trek was butter, cuz red matter iz much moar powerfuller

    by lv_426

    red mater > black gooo

  • June 18, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    It's not just about unanswered questions to me. It's about what I view as a very poorly written story, and terrible dialogue. The cast was there merely to kill off, often in ways that forced them to act unlike most humans would act, and certainly in ways that professional scientists would act. Unless the Weyland Corporation hired everybody in a Denny's the night before the mission. But would even Denny's customers sign up for a many-years mission without know what they were doing? No, I'm sorry, the list of complaints is way too long for me to enumerate. It is all so improbable, and we're asked to accept too many unlikely things just because they wrote a really lazy story. No amont of rewatching this film is going to change that opinion. But look, I have other things to do and I'm wasting time here. I've gotta go. I'll probably be back, but not for a while. Peace, dudes.

  • There are two goos. One that is stored in the urns that we see Holloway drink, and presumably the Jockey in the beginning, then there's the black goo that is in the temple. Remember how both it and the storm popped up at the same time? It was a "booby trap".

  • June 18, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Are you kidding me DocPaz? You're calling *me* obtuse?

    by D.Vader

    To SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR A MONTH WITH YOU! "1) We now know that the Space Jo(c)keys are human, which makes the universe suddenly much smaller and more knowable. It's a classic case of bobafettism and it cheapens the potential of the original enigma in Alien." Your opinion. Just an opinion. I don't share it. It is also completely unrelated to my last post which a response to one of your last posts (in which the Jockeys did not figure into... you started discussing the mystery of the eggs). "2) We now know that the Jo(c)keys have a catch-all magical goo that has no limit to its capabilities when it comes to moving movie plots along. It reanimates dead things, it super-evolves living organisms and -- apparently -- randomly creates new lifeforms based on who it's infected and in what manner. All organisms either mutated, reanimated or spawned by the magic wonder-goo are hostile and lethal." Prometheus stole fire from the gods. In this case, "fire" is the building blocks for life. We don't know what it is exactly, but what we do know is it has the capability to rapidly create, evolve, and mutate life. Its a weapon so far out of our comprehension. Its alien, its godlike. It... fits. "2) We now know that the familiar Alien creatures are merely a random offshoot of this process, a biological weapon, neither unique nor naturally evolved." We actually *don't* know that. The movie suggests this could be the case. But the movie also suggests this life goo could actually have been developed from the xenomorphs as we know them. Its *their* DNA that the Engineers have stored in vases to use as weapons. This is a good debate. "3) We now know that the original derelict was indeed transporting a variant of said organisms when disaster struck." No, we don't. Especially considering the derelict had probably been there longer than the derelict in Prometheus (as a result of the Jockey's fossilization). If the goo comes from pre-existing xenomorphs, than its possible this derelict with eggs was much, much older than the ship in Prometheus. We still don't know that ship's story. That mystery has *not* been ruined. "4) We now know that the derelict either isn't millions of years old (since fossilization of organisms after 2000 years is impossible) or that the jo(c)key civilization hasn't changed much since the ancient derelict crashed." Nope. See above. "Now you can argue until you're blue in the face that these things aren't overtly stated in Prometheus," But they are *not* overtly stated! That's just one interpretation! ..." but you know as well as I do that Scott is, at the very least, suggesting them very strongly in his movie. So strongly in fact that no immediate alternatives are obvious outside of the imaginations of fevered Ridley fanboys who are pinning their hopes and dreams on:" I just suggested alternatives. Nothing is overtly stated in this movie EXCEPT that we come from Engineers, either accidentally or intentionally. But they are *not* overtly stated! That's just one interpretation!

  • June 18, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    That's a common criticism I find easy to refute: "The cast was there merely to kill off, often in ways that forced them to act unlike most humans would act, and certainly in ways that professional scientists would act." What was the cast in ALIEN? They were there to kill off too. Did you get to know them any better? No, not really. Rose-colored glasses, my friend. In ALIEN, they even suggest splitting up, which is why Harry Dean Stanton gets killed. Is that unlike how most humans would act, especially after seeing a friend and co-worker killed by the creature they're looking for? "Unless the Weyland Corporation hired everybody in a Denny's the night before the mission. But would even Denny's customers sign up for a many-years mission without know what they were doing?" My impression is that these guys are ALL employees of the Corporation. They don't get to sign up. They get ordered. "But look, I have other things to do and I'm wasting time here. I've gotta go. I'll probably be back, but not for a while." Awww damnit, I just wasted time on this response, didn't I.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Forgot this part, DocPaz

    by D.Vader

    " Ridley Scott is notoriously skittish when it comes to audience reception and enough criticism by far has been leveled at Prometheus to ensure he won't venture into the Alienverse again." Yeah except the audience reception and criticism you're referring to so far speaks only to Talkbackers. Professional critics have given it a majority of positive reviews, and last I checked RottenTomatoes (which we can argue is a good indicator or bad indicator of audience reaction) was positive on the audience front too. So based on that, I'd say a sequel is still possible.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Shermdawg, no dude

    by D.Vader

    "Not only does it show how the xenomorph life cycle began, by showing the creation of a whole separate strain of the creature, but they laid out clues that tied in with the crashed ship on LV-426." No, that's just an interpretation of the movie. If the ship on LV_426 is older than the one on Prometheus (which is very much suggested), what then? It means the xeno eggs are older than the 2000 year old ship in Prommy, which means... Xenos have existed before! Hence the relief on the wall in the Temple. Perhaps the goo comes from xenomorphs and is hardwired to eventually turn life into xenos after much mutation and mingling with other lifeforms, hence the proto-looking xeno at the end. You could read it that THIS xeno then spawns the xeno eggs somehow that end up in another ship on another planet 30 years later with a dead jockey that looks ancient... You could interpret that. But I interpret it differently. "Have you not been reading my posts?" No dude, I just got here! I didn't see the movie until friday night! "That's like the one thing I've harped on and on about regarding one of the few things this film actually got right....despite not really needing to bog down all that time just to give us that stupid ending." Wait, so what do you think it got right? By setting up the origin of the Alien, by your interpretation? Me, I just see it as a sideways evolution. I think it could mean a number of things (its the beginning of xenos, it came from the DNA of xenos, its a sideways evolution that suggests xenos started out similarly). But absolutely NOTHING is concrete where this movie is concerned.

  • Indeed it is.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Indeed, Shermdawg! Indeed.

    by D.Vader

    If people want to debate this properly and civil-like, that is!

  • June 18, 2012, 1 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    You're stretching and giving Scott much more credit than he deserves. The things you mentioned are as much opinions and speculation as you claim my points are. The difference is you're going through enormous mental gymnastics in order to make inconsistencies and demystification seem, well, consistent and mysterious. Whatever floats your boat, chief.

  • June 18, 2012, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I don't think so, DocPaz

    by D.Vader

    If I'm giving too much credit, maybe you're being too pessimistic. As I stated above, *nothing* is concrete. I'm not doing mental gymnastics, and the fact that you suggest as much is insulting to me. I'm not talking about inconsistencies, I'm talking about EXACTLY what was up onscreen. I'm talking about what was said and discovered in the original ALIEN and how it relates to what was discovered in Prometheus. Trying to insult me in this regard is a feint to distract away from the fact that you are not disproving my interpretations, or even disproving the fact that one *can* walk away from this movie with a different conclusion. But whatever floats your boat, chief. You're one of the good ones here. I see no need for us to fight over a disagreement. And certainly no need to insult the other. I'll just leave you with the facts as presented by the two movies: 1. The derelict in ALIEN had been there an EXTREMELY long time, probably longer than the one in Prometheus based on dead Space Jockey fossilization. 2. The goo in Prometheus results in a xenomorph like creature (which suggests origins for the Alien directly, but also suggests creatures evolved from the Alien's DNA). 3. A Xenomorph is on a relief wall in Prometheus. If the Xeno is evolved from this goo, why have a relief of a creature yet to exist? Do you really see that as stretching? What makes you see concrete answers and not ambiguity and hints and clues?

  • June 18, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    You bastards are making me rethink my shit. lol.

    by Shermdawg

    I overlooked the question of where the goo came from and was too focused on the origin of the Xenomorphs and them being used as weapons to wipe out Earth. I assumed, after the whole Jesus Jockey crucifixion/Christianity/rogue jockey/rival faction pissed off our creators they birthed some face huggers with the goo, harvested some queens, and produced eggs to send back to Earth. Something went down at the temple, they were infected, and one ship made a last ditch effort to complete the mission, but failed and crashed, and the "fossilized" line in Alien was just a description of the way the Jockey looked, nothing concrete. Given as many scientific errors Prometheus has, I wouldn't put it past them to overlook just how long something takes to fossilize. But the idea that the Xenomorphs already existed and the goo is a byproduct of their DNA is such a fascinating idea, especially combined with the "if they made us, who made them?" hint that there is someone above Jockeys on the totem pole. God damn this movie.

  • June 18, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST

    And DocPaz...

    by D.Vader

    "he things you mentioned are as much opinions and speculation as you claim my points are." Exactly. That's what we're doing. Expressing opinions and speculation.

  • June 18, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    "yeah,a sequel is possible alright.ROFL. "

    by Shermdawg

    $217,458,000 worldwide so far, and the film is releasing worldwide in waves up until like August.

  • June 18, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Uhhh, yes Andromedus

    by D.Vader

    A sequel is still possible. We aren't suits and we don't control the money, so let's stop pretending we know how the future will turn out. ROTFL.

  • June 18, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    And we still don't know what this 10/11/12 bullshit is.

    by Shermdawg

  • June 18, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Yeah Shermdawg!

    by D.Vader

    Exactly! I hadn't considered that either, that the goo came from the Xenos. But there IS that wonderful shot, an extreme closeup of that tiny dot of goo on David's fingertip, and the arch of lights reflected in the goo makes it look like a tiny curved head of a xenomorph. Why I think the goo actually comes from xenomorphs is this: 1. The xenomorph relief in the temple wall. Worship? Regard? Symbol of death? 2. The goo eventually mutates itself into a creature resembling a xenomorph. 3. The timeline doesn't match up between Prometheus and Alien if that proto-Xeno at the end is supposed to eventually spawn the eggs in Alien. What did it mate with to eventually create a queen as we know it to lay eggs and infect another Space Jockey and crash another ship on another planet? The steps that have to lead to this are... far too numerous. 4. The fact that WE are evolved from the Jockeys. Its this last point that really makes me believe the goo comes from xenos. So in the beginning, an Engineer dies and his DNA becomes us, right? Or as it is implied, anyway. This was either intentional or it was accidental. But either way, in the end, we turned out to look like them and have matching DNA. Now how the fuck does that happen? After all that evolution, we coincidentally turn out to look so much like thm? What about cro-magnons and all the offshoots and apes? Well here's the key: what if the DNA is hardwired to seek out mutations that *lead* to a specific end result. In other words, no matter how much evolution we go through, we will eventually turn out just like the Jockeys. This explains how we could go from single-celled organisms to apes to humans that look like the Creator. It also explains the xenomorphs. If the goo comes from them and has been harnessed and modified by the Engineers, then it makes sense to reason that the goo works the same way as we did: It is hardwired to eventually evolve itself into the xenomorph as we know it. Hence the proto-xeno at the end of the movie. Why is it eyeless? Why a squid-like face-hugger before that? Its all crazy-life mutating goo that will go in so many bizarre directions, BUT will *always* retain xenomorph qualities and will eventually get to the desired result: Aliens as we know them. Why else would the mutated worms in the Temple have acid for blood? Its in the Xeno DNA, that's why! Now as far as your last line, Shermy, who is above the Space Jockeys? Who created them? Well, as far as the Prometheus legend goes, he stole the secret from the Gods, and if his secret is the life-creating goo, and it comes from the xenos, then... how do they fit? Why would the Engineers dress like xenos unless they worship them and want to emulate their creator? Just a thought.

  • June 18, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    DNA hardwired to mutate toward a specific result

    by D.Vader

    Its the perfect marriage of Creationism and Evolution, the idea that God influenced evolution to get man to a specific copy in his image. Makes sense, right? So why could not the Jockeys do the same thing, have DNA goo that mutates to a specific creature. Humans in one case, Xenomorphs in another.

  • June 18, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Challenge accepted, Andromedus!

    by D.Vader

    So, you want to debate which is better, Predators or either of the AvP movies? I will admit I've only seen Predators once but do indulge and leave AvP on tv when it plays on cable. I don't necessarily watch but it does make for a good background distraction when I work at home.

  • June 18, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Your refutation about that cast being there just to kill does not hold water. The crew of the Nostromo were merely grunts, with little or no scientific training. They were blue collar workers who are unlucky enough to fall into their situation. Their reactions are far more believable than those of the supposed scientists in Prometheus. They also had more personality. I gave a damn about most of them. Plus, Alien was made thirty years ago, and is an archetype of this kind of film, one of the originators. When I first saw Alien, I didn't say to myself, "Oh, this guy's gonna die first." When I first saw Prometheus, I knew who would die first. But I didn't care. They were mostly cutout, clichéd characters anyway. Not the mention the fact that Alien and Prometheus aren't contemporaries, and Ridley should have known better than to hoist such obvious sacrifices to us these days. It's been done to death. He should know, he started the whole thing in Alien. As for said sacrificial lambs being employees of Weyland, so what? How does that excuse the corporation from briefing them before the mission? You spend a trillion dollars, you're going to want the best, not these mostly mewling, unprofessional idiots. Frankly, I found it insulting to my intelligence. Look, what you think are great refutations are simply apologies for a terrible story. Your bowl of logic has many holes in it. Rose colored glasses my ass. That's just insulting. Now you sound like some kind of evangelist trying to defend the stupid stuff in the Bible. Sorry, I don't mean to be harsh, but I'm tired of this conversation. You're a fundamentalist and there is no arguing with a fundamentalist. So I really am gone now. This is a total waste of time. You guys can stay here and defend your beautiful but horrifically flawed film against others. I'm done with you. I won this a long ago and have hung around too long ;-) To borrow a quote from another Ridley Scott movie: "People should know when they're conquered."

  • June 18, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Your idea is good, no doubt about it, and I'd totally go with it, even if I still hate the idea that the jo(c)keys are us. And of course there's no way to disprove it. Thing is, I'll bet just about anything that Scott and Lindelof didn't think of that, which means I'll never consider it as anything else than wishful thinking on your part. If they had, then the Ridley Scott I've admired for decades would have found a compelling way to tell that story or hint at it more cleverly than he did. As it is, Prometheus is a hideously sloppy story with tons of WTF moments which detract from any kind profundity the film may have had (which I doubt). Even if I hate some of the ideas as they relate to the Alien mythos, I still maintain that Scott could have made a much, much better movie -- a movie I could have admired and accepted. As it is, the shitty script doesn't exactly speak volumes about Scott's capacity to think in the way you have about this stuff. The goodwill I initially gave Scott has been used up. In fact, I'm sure your script would have been much better.

  • June 18, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Queefer, you're the one being insulting

    by D.Vader

    For my part, I thought I was talking about opinions and interpretations without putting yours down. But now you're acting offended and starting to strike back. What gives? For one thing, its been setup for a long time that the Corporation is *extremely* powerful and almost everyone works for them. You really find it hard to believe that the company, as it has been set up, would send people off on a job and not tell them the specifics? Really? "Your bowl of logic has many holes in it." If you're going to insult me like that, I'd like some specifics please. "Rose colored glasses my ass. That's just insulting. Now you sound like some kind of evangelist trying to defend the stupid stuff in the Bible." If you say so. But I think its exactly the same. Harry Dean Stanton was not defined any better than the other people who died in Prometheus. More personality, yes, I will probably agree with you there (but we've both seen Alien enough times to know those characters more than the ones in Prometheus, which could have been developed as much as them, but we've less experience with them), but better developed? Hard to say after just one viewing vs 50 viewings. "Sorry, I don't mean to be harsh, but I'm tired of this conversation. You're a fundamentalist and there is no arguing with a fundamentalist." Now you're just being insulting without cause? I don't get it. Thought we were just civilly debating here? "So I really am gone now. This is a total waste of time. You guys can stay here and defend your beautiful but horrifically flawed film against others. I'm done with you. I won this a long ago and have hung around too long ;-)" Now you're just being a jerk with statements like that. And you certainly ignored every valid point I brought up. Which says more about you and its surprising.

  • June 18, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    More Queefer

    by D.Vader

    "You spend a trillion dollars, you're going to want the best, not these mostly mewling, unprofessional idiots. Frankly, I found it insulting to my intelligence." So in ALIENS its okay that the soldiers don't know the mission until they wake up, bc they're only soldiers for hire, right? But in Prometheus its NOT okay that the grunts/scientists don't know the mission until they wake up, bc they're only... people for hire? Yeah, soldiers follow orders. But again, *my interpretation* (which you have not argued against, merely insulted instead) is that these employees in this corporate world are *easily* shifted and forced into employment without need of volunteering.

  • June 18, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Oh, you're a suit, Adromeus?

    by D.Vader

    You work for a studio? You make movies? Then what the fuck are you wasting your time here for? No wonder the movies made today are so fucking terrible, if we have people like you making decisions. Jeebus. And I say that partially joking. Boy.

  • June 18, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    So, just to be sure, do you think what I've interpreted is fanboy rationalizing or just a different conclusion? Bc as far as I'm concerned, all that I've said has been laid out in the movie. The fact that it suggests humans came from Engineers but also evolved in that same direction is enough explanation for me that these aliens have the capability to ensure a species evolves to a certain specimen. Anyway... I did intern with Ridley Scott, I don't think you knew that. It doesn't taint my opinions of him and his movies (I've never bothered to see his "contemporary movies" like American Gangster, Body of Lies, Matchstick Men, A Good Year, etc etc), but I can tell you that he is meticulous with his development of his stories, and bc of that experience, I fully believe what I've come up with was at least debated and considered at his offices. Still, sad you were that disappointed with the movie. I still believe there's enough there for you to like and maybe you will one day. But I think you just have to remove it far from Alien and look at it as just a peripheral prequel but not a story that directly leads into that classic.

  • June 18, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Okay Andromedus

    by D.Vader

    I only have a problem with you if you insult people here on this board and continue to put people down. If you drop the pretenses, I'm cool with you, no problem. So let's move on. In what capacity are you a "suit"? An actual producer? An assistant? An agent? There's a lot of leeway as far as that pejorative goes.

  • June 18, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    d.vader -- the xenomorphs as gods to the engineers?

    by lv_426

    Interesting theory, but I think that it might be going a bit far. I figure the xenomorphs were from another, more exotic world the engineers seeded. Maybe a world with very different base properties than an Earth-like world. Didn't Ridley say the Engineers go all over the galaxy seeding planets with life? I figure that means life on a world closer to an Earth-like planet would end up with humans, while more bizarre worlds with harsher conditions and composition would result in crazier and more bizarre life. The xenomorphs still end up as partially humanoid (symmetrical features with two arms, two legs, and a single head) in their final full grown form.

  • June 18, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Fuck it - here's some words I put down on it.

    by Lee

    Prometheus is effectively two films, and neither one has the punch to succeed completely. In fact, one falters entirely. The first two-thirds of the movie ask some big questions and tease us with themes of faith, creation and destruction and parenthood, but none of them are fleshed out fully enough. Much like our introduction to David, the first, and to a lesser extent, second act are deliberately paced and quite thoughtful. There are plenty of allusions and mythic-come-religious symbolism (the flashing cross in Shaw's dream-sequence, though, was an ugly, obvious step over the line), and the gentle pace serves to aid these ideas. The main cast are even given some time to develop during this period. The problem is what happens next. By the time the third act comes around, everything they've spent the last hour and a half developing is totally discarded and we're left with something of a hollow monster-movie. Prometheus is too concerned with, and obviously self-conscious about, its ties with Alien that these ideas aren't given the room to breath that they require. From the moment Shaw loses consciousness following Holloway's death, the film barely gives a single scene a moment to register. It bombards us with plot points and monstrous abominations. From this point on, the film is only concerned with getting Shaw into that 'other' ship and flying off into the great unknown. Whether this is a problem with the cut we won't know until the inevitable extended edition. What is for sure, though, is that the end falls flat. The much talked about caesarian scene is fantastic, and full of menace, but the blink-and-you'll-miss-it lead up, and the events that follow shortly after serve only to dampen the moment. Within the context of the movie, the single purpose this scene had was to provide a means of despatching the last Engineer, effectively providing a tentacled deus ex machina. The less said about the film's coda, the better: ticking of impregnation by extra-terrestrial is one thing, ending the film on a screaming infant xenomorph is another (not to mention the awful creature design exhibited). The Lindelof argument is well-worn at this point, but had the script dealt with these elements more resolutely then the film would have been tighter overall. This is my biggest gripe: the last act is far too muddled and rushed to really have much effect at all. It feels like a cut of a longer, better film, with particular scenes jarring painfully. It could be argued that the film mirrors Shaw's mental state having gone through what she just has, but it doesn't hold much water. Audiences will be left scratching their heads, no doubt. Should we see a 'director's cut', I'd wager that it would be a definite improvement over the theatrical version (obviously the problems at script-level can't be helped much regardless of length), but that is yet to be seen. To further the scripts problems, much of the character motivation is purely in aid of plot contrivancies, which is a huge shame and tarnishes the great work that some of the other support put in. After venturing into an alien temple, two scientists (one of whom has been mapping the area) become lost, and unable to return to the ship. Not content with being cut off from their crew-mates, one indulges in a spot of reefer, while the other makes pillow-talk with a particularly aggressive looking snake. The parts are played with perfunctory stupidity. On the other side of the fence, though, are Fassbender, Elba, Theron and Green. Rapace is something of a mixed-bag, playing certain moments with an intense believability and poorly delivering others in a questionable accent. Of course, Fassbender steals the show, but I actually thought Holloway's short arc was a triumph considering his relative lack of screen-time - Charlie's ultimate fate being the singular moment where a character's death meant much at all. Elba and Theron did well with the small parts they had to work with, the former elevating some truly awful material with as much professionalism as she could muster. Small looks here and there, and inflections in her speech sell what could easily have been cookie-cutter (if not worse) as portrayed by a lesser actor. Elba, as the ship's captain, displays the expected world-weariness, but with enough gravitas and wit that it works. If what we've heard with regard to scenes left in the editing room is true, their characters will be better served in the longer cut. Scripting issues and thesps aside, Prometheus is basically state-of-the-art in marrying digital wizardry with gorgeous practical effects and sets. It is a complete knock-out in that regard, and I doubt a single person will come away without specific images burned into their memories. On approach to the moon LV-223, for example, the Prometheus is a spec against the enormous backdrop of a ringed-planet. On an IMAX screen, sights like this are genuinely breathtaking. Further, the film absolutely oozes atmosphere. The brooding score, while ineffective at times, does its best to convey the marvels that the crew comes across. The first scene of the film, a wistful fly-over some incredible terrain before our first encounter with the alien race that apparently birthed us, is lifted with a beautiful musical flourish and genuinely had me in awe. The repeated journeys to the temple (granted, a little meandering on the script's part), gradually uncover more mysteries and wonders. There wasn't a moment where I didn't feel, at the very least, intrigued with what I was seeing. In its finest moments, Prometheus really does have you feeling like one of the crew. There are issues, for sure - huge, fundamental issues - but the thing is, weighing all those aspects up, I can't help but love it. I've already seen it twice, and I plan on going once again before the end of its run. Whether that shows a lack of character on my part, for so easily being swept up in the grandeur, I don't particularly care: it's a fucking science-fiction movie by Ridley Scott and I'm a nerd.

  • June 18, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    d.vader -- urgency of mission in Aliens

    by lv_426

    was why the marines were briefed en route to Hadley's Hope. Once the communication broke down between Gateway and the colony, it would make sense that a rescue mission was scrambled together to get their as fast as possible. In Prometheus the urgency didn't seem to be there. Weyland was in hyper sleep, and this wasn't a quick rescue mission with a team that had already been trained and had worked together in the past. Also, this was about 80 years before Aliens. The Prometheus was a pretty specialized big budget and ambitious interstellar mission. There didn't seem to be anything routine about it. If anything, they could have shown the crew doing some training and conferring over the nature of the mission a bit more. I think that would have smoothed things over in terms of adding to the idea that this crew was truly venturing into uncharted territory. Maybe they wake earlier from hyper sleep to allow extra time for this stuff? I think the problem was Ridley really wasn't as interested in any of the other characters much beyond Shaw and David. The stuff with David alone on the ship was great, but took time away from us getting to know the crew some more. Maybe the extended cut will have a longer build up to getting to LV-223?

  • June 18, 2012, 5:24 a.m. CST

    This box office disaster will never get a sequel.

    by Volllllume3

    It was a fantastic way to end all hope for a proper R-rated blockbuster too.

  • June 18, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Yes, I do think you're rationalizing quite a bit. If the characters in the film had acted in other, more believable ways in Prometheus, or if the WTF quotient had been dialed down to an acceptable level, then it may have lent more credence to your theory. As it is, the things I've brought up are the result of slipshod work and therefore I can't reconcile that with concepts and ideas as sophisticated and cool as yours. You may feel insulted by that, but that's how I feel.

  • June 18, 2012, 5:38 a.m. CST

    re: hate only being on the boards

    by DocPazuzu

    Pretty much everyone I know in the real world has seen Prometheus and with one exception they all hated it. The woman who thought it was okay had never seen any Alien films beforehand. Make of that what you will.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it's not PHANTOM MENACE bad...

    by FluffyUnbound

    If we judge it as just a shlocky sci-fi action horror film, it's actually kind of good. If we judge this by the standards we'd use to judge, say, THE HIDDEN, it's actually quite good. The problem is that in interviews Ridley seems to think he made something more. I think the battle over this film here (and elsewhere - the people claiming this is just a talkbacker thing are wrong, I've even seen this argument on Facebook of all places) is partly due to the natural escalation of internet rage: some people say something like, 'It was OK, but some parts of it were dumb,' and others reply, 'ROAR, you're just too dumb to get it!' and it escalates from there. I personally have certainly gotten a lot more animated about it in the course of discussing it because some of the counterarguments I've heard have gotten me to dig in to my position. I compared it to 2001, for example, because the film's fans have done so. That was one stage in the escalation - 'This is smart, thinking man's sci-fi like 2001. People weren't smart enough to get that when it first came out, either!' I mean, that cries out for a vitriolic response. I also think RIDLEY THINKS he made a film on the level of 2001 here. And while 'rip-off' may be too strong, you have to admit it's a little suspicious: 1. Alien race intervenes in evolution on Earth. 2. Humans find evidence of alien visitation that's been left behind. 3. Humans send mission to try to find out WTF. 4. Mission goes awry due to combination of secrecy, bad faith on part of mission planners, and a machine intelligence with an agenda So it's a useful comparison to make, precisely because 2001 executes all four of those beats cleverly and at least a little plausibly, and PROMETHEUS just doesn't. I wrote the post above about the moon monolith because I think it's one of the most striking examples of how the two films approach a similar basic concept in different ways. I think I actually underestimated the gap in cleverness between the two films on this point, however, because I called the moon monolith a 'message'. I shouldn't have done that. It's really more like an alarm clock. The 2001 aliens aren't supervising every detail of their Earth experiment personally. They bury the moon monolith, and it's set to send a radio message to the 'portal' monolith as soon as it's exposed to sunlight. When we find it and dig it up, PING! it goes off and the aliens get an automated message saying, 'Hey, those monkey-boys we made smarter have advanced enough that they can now travel to their own moon.' But we're also smart enough to see and hear the alarm clock go off ourselves, and to deduce what it means, and to follow the path of the beacon and find the other monolith. The clever thing about all this is that it kinda WORKS. Unless the burial site of the moon monolith takes a direct asteroid strike, there's no way for it to be disturbed until and unless we develop space flight and get there. And the type of signal it sends when the sunlight hits it is one we can understand, at least in technical terms. We don't have to decode it, we just have to know that it's radio. So I can watch that film and say, 'Yeah, we would figure all this out. It makes sense.' The cave paintings are trying to accomplish the same plot point ('give us enough information to launch a space mission and know where we're trying to go') but they just don't work in the same way. Instead of being clever and kinda plausible and neatly rounded off in a well-engineered way, they're dopey and implausible. For the reasons I outlined above, and also because for them to exist the Engineers need to have been continually intervening in many different places on Earth for a very long period of time, and that creates huge plot hole problems, as we've been discussing above.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    d.vader does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    The Dojo declares the victor. d.vader wins this talkback.

  • June 18, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    is this tb working...?

  • June 18, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    PROMETHEUS 2 does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    In the spirit of mystery and unanswered questions surrounding PROMETHEUS I have a question of my own – does PROMETHEUS 2 already exist (in this dojo)? Have Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof pulled off possibly the biggest coup in motion picture history by secretly shooting PROMETHEUS 2 back-to-back with the first part? Yes it’s crazy. Yes it seems highly unlikely. It would be truly unprecedented. But I’ve done a little digging and there are some questions about the production that don’t quite add up. Indulge me for a minute of your time and let me run with this… What does 10.11.12 mean at the end of the film and in the viral clip? The message states “The Weyland Corporation are currently seeking investors for several classified projects”. We know it doesn’t tally with the release date of the DVD and Blu Ray which are confirmed for October 9th. Could it be the date that *something else* will be announced? During the development period Ridley Scott stated that the budget would be $250 million. Why then did PROMETHEUS’ budget end up at only $125 million, half of Scott’s figure? Ridley is a veteran film maker and businessman, you would expect his budget ‘guesstimates’ to be fairly on the nose – how could he have been that far out. Have we only been given the $ figure for the first act of two? GLADIATOR was a 4 month shoot. HANNIBAL a 3 month shoot. And AMERICAN GANGSTER with a runtime of 157 minutes was just a two month shoot. PROMETHEUS had a longer pre-production than any of them so why was it close to a 7 month shoot? What were they doing all that time? The exterior shots of LV-223, the stretch of land between the spaceship and the alien site were shot in Iceland. But what was shot in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan? And why towards the end of the production did cast and crew descend on Ciudad de la Luz near Alicante Spain where they rented one of the world’s largest water tanks for a period of 4 months? Anyone remember any aquatic sequences? I’m not given to conspiracy theories and of course I realize this is conjecture with a capital C… but maybe just maybe PROMETHEUS 2 is already in the can? We all know that Lindelof impressively managed to keep LOST under wraps and by all accounts the 8 sound stages that Ridley commandeered (including the massive 007 stage) remained watertight. Closed sets, a relatively small cast and no doubt intimidating Non Disclosure Agreements helped create an environment where secrecy could be maintained. If the second act of PROMETHEUS is secretly in post production as we speak, waiting to be announced on 10.11.12 then it will be perhaps the biggest reveal geekdom has ever known. Brains will be broken. I’m probably wrong but… maybe. Just maybe?

  • June 18, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...was behind 9/11. And he was on the grassy knoll.

  • I expect a sequel will just be more of the same.

  • Prometheus is dumber as a bag of hammers, but it looks great, boasts one good performance (Fassbenderbot) and it doesn't ruin Alien or Aliens. You can continue enjoying your Alien and Aliens blurays and write off Prometheus completely if you choose too. You can't do that with the prequels, unfortunately; Lucas made sure to smear his excrement all over the originals and there's nothing anyone can do about it except sigh and move on. So there's that.

  • June 18, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    RLM still says it best....

    by SunTzu77

  • June 18, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by spire_walk

    Okay, Queefer, tell me about intelligent, discerning adults, then. I need to know. School me. Are these the same adults that watch Jersey Shore? Do you have jack shit to bring to the table? Tell me about these near-flawless movies; you make it sound like there are at least 20-50 of them. I'm thinking there might be 4 or 5 better, but I'm having a hard fucking time trying decide what they are. What were the better movies from the past ten years than Prometheus? The gritty reboots of cartoon shows from the '80s? Was it all the fucking super hero movies? And I'm sorry, but super hero flicks are flawed from the start because, for the most part, they can't kill any of the core characters so there is never any real danger. I loved the Avengers, but I never once felt any suspense. Even the bad guys were a bunch of faceless clones. It was like watching someone play a fucking video game. Somehow that movie got a free pass but the nerd collective wants to take a shit on Prometheus. I'll give you Dark Knight. Thought it was better. Inception may have been better, I'll at least concede it out of respect to its fans... even though the final act was just a nightmare about being stuck inside a washing machine or dryer where everyone's rolling around on the fucking walls and ceilings for 30 god damn minutes. Was it Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions? Bwahahahaha!!! What else? I'm not saying Prometheus is THE BEST, but ONE of the best from the past ten years. Now if you want to talk about the '70s-'90s having better movies, yeah I could probably come up with at least a hundred or so. But 2002-2012? No fucking way. 4 or 5 better movies at the most.

  • June 18, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Anyone watch the Spoilers interview? He pretty much concedes he just threw crazy ideas out there for both Lost and Prometheus for shits and grins.

  • June 18, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Better films in the past 10 years?

    by SunTzu77

    From any genre? The list is enormous... better characters... better writing.... I'll reference since it's apparent from the talkbacks people love quoting it to justify the greatness of the turd that is Prometheus. I will give props to Prometheus for 1. DP work and 2. Fassbender. No particular order.... 1. Margin Call 2. Inception 3. The Departed 4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5. The Social Network 6. The Road 7. Hugo 8. 28 Days Later 9. Sunshine 10. Master and Commander 11. Eastern Promises 12. The Proposition 13. Mystic River 14. Moon 15. The Hurt Locker 16. Walk the Line Oh wait wait... you only wanted 10.

  • June 18, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Red Letter Media/Plinkett is the SuperShadow of online reviewers...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...He basically goes around the 'net collecting every complaint on a given movie from every forum he can, pools them, then tries to pass it all off as his original observations... And like SuperShadow, dumbfucks then revere him for this "feat".

  • June 18, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by Laserbrain

    I'd like to commend you on the gentlemanly way you've conducted yourself in this discussion. I thought Prometheus was pretty much a total bust but I appreciate your even-tempered and invective-free arguments. You're a credit to this debate. Cheers.

  • June 18, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    MARGIN CALL sucked...

    by BurnHollywood

    OMG! I just realized something! What? These assets we've been selling...they're...they're TOXIC! OMFG! What do? I could dump them on the market and cause a global economic crisis to save our firm...but that would be MEAN! Yes, and everyone knows investment fund managers, beneath their crotchety exteriors, are concerned and generous! But...time's running out! Make a decision! much pressure...THERE! I sold them. May God forgive us all! (Together) IT'S THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS OF 2008! Well, thank God this was all an understandable miscalculation, and not a premeditated financial strategy...'cause in the end, that means no one is actually to blame for this crash: it's just good ol' human nature gone astray! Yes, thank God for that! (Curtain, bows, scattered applause)

  • June 18, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Hmmm, do I do what's best for my company? What's legal? What's ethical? What are my options? There's a lot more depth to Margin Call than a biologist petting a grey alien penis snake. It might be a reason why the writing, etc was nominated for an Oscar, AACTA, Golden Berlin Bear, etc. Will Prometheus get nominated for its writing? Absolutely, not.

  • μη φοβάσαι

  • June 18, 2012, noon CST

    bobjustbob: the ladder?

    by STLost

    google "collapsible ladder" and behold the madness of modern technology! People are bitching about the ladder? Sheesh.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    It is kind of funny though:

    by FluffyUnbound

    Sacrifice Engineer - 'Watch me now commit suicide and melt myself to seed this planet with moss!' Fluffy - 'Watch me now seed this planet with actual moss, instead, and then go get a beer!'

  • June 18, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    fluffy: LOL, okay I'll play.

    by spire_walk

    Watch me cut out 5000 people's hearts because the priest/shaman said that's what our angry god wants. Watch me kill 6 million Jews because mein fuhrer told me it was necessary to purify the Third Reich. Watch me let 20+ million die by executing them, sending them to forced labor camps, starvation due to my farm collectivization policy, etc.. Watch me hack up a few thousand Tootsi's with a machete because I'm a Hutoo, and some Belgians once said I'm superior. There's a reason why there are people out there who deny the holocaust was real, or that the Soviets were evil enough to kill so many of their own people. It's because it's hard to imagine anyone would go that fucking far in the name of ideology. Hell, I guess this means that scene in Conan: The Barbarian was bad writing when Thulsa Doom makes the girl jump off the cliff to prove a point about the Riddle of Steel.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    The engineer could have just whizzed in the waterfall

    by alienindisguise

    but that's not dramatic enough I guess.

  • June 18, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    bhodso on how to draw people onto his crap site..

    by ColloquiallyBorn

    @bhodso seriously.. Stop telling that the answers are on your site.. .The answers are what you think is going on and most of your answers are not even good ones at that.. Only Ridley has answers... and even then.. I don't know if he actually knows what they are from what this movie looked like..

  • June 18, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    x-files movie from last century

    by cube3

    just saw the first 10 minutes on cable tv this morn... 1. caveman..check 2. black goo - check 3. viral dna infection that alters mans evolution- check 4. black eyes - check 5. a couple one who believes in god, the other who does silly pseudoscience. -check 6. buried alien craft..etc. flys off- still searching...etc..etc check. 7. no mystery box here.;)-check i guess we know what the writer was doing back in 1999.

  • June 18, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    by Teddy Artery

    I thought more of the Engineer was actually mo-capped.

  • June 18, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    @cobra--kai / @cube3 / @chief justice beef supreme

    by animatronicmojo

    @cobra--kai: Great sleuthing, man! Definitely lends weight to the rumor. Damn! That would be awesome. I just want the story to continue, and Prometheus felt like the first act- maybe they even shot a trilogy. <P> @cube3: That's funny, I thought that, too. (Perhaps The Black Goo is played by the same actor who played The Black Oil?) But, I enjoyed both flicks, as they set the sage for more adventures. Why in hell did it become so hard for Carter, Duchovney et al., to keep telling that story? <P> @chief justice beef supreme: Nice essay, just the kind of thoughtful response I've enjoyed musing over the last couple of weeks. I agree that the engineers aren't the apex of evolution or control here, but too early to tell if the "xenomorphs turned the tables on them." What do you make of the statue of the "Alien queen" with the green crystal pointing towards it?

  • June 18, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Apparently you only watch science fiction/fantasy/superhero movies, and nothing else can make your top 10 list. This is only further evidence that you are being consumed by your own ignorance. suntzu77 made a list of 15 films, and you can find it just a bit below your mewling, pathetic post where you make a lot of very inaccurate assumptions about me. Frankly, I don't care what you think about me. You're not worth the trouble. You're a fucking idiot. You don't even deserve my attention, and should be supplicating yourself before me as I type this. You're a worthless worm of a human being, whose dick smells strongly of his mother's feces.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Cobra-Kai, thank you

    by D.Vader

    I'm buying you a drink, sir!

  • June 18, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I don't feel insulted, no worries. Thanks for the compliments on the ideas.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    LaserBrain, ahthankyousir

    by D.Vader

    I appreciate you calling me out for that. I wish more of these debates and discussions could be invective-free and without lots of hyperbole and insults. Sure would make it more fun to discuss movies on here.

  • June 18, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by Kytas

    Please. End this misery now.

  • June 18, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by TallanDagwood

    You did a masterful job of explaining your position and what you took from the movie. I am still not convinced that the movie is any more than a few hours of diversionary fluff, however you single-handedly have convinced me to view it a second time with a different perspective. I doubt I will change my mind, but the very fact that your argument was so well thought out and so persuasive, is compelling. Well done, sir

  • June 18, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Hello all good buddies!

    by Vinod

    Has anyone seen my cousin ajit? He slept over last night but i have not seen him since. I am worried for him

  • June 18, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Thank you, tallandagwood

    by D.Vader

    I appreciate that. Hopefully, if you do decide to Revisit it, you'll find more to enjoy and speculate on!

  • June 19, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Ridley destroyed R-rated blockbusters with this disaster

    by Volllllume3

  • June 19, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Re : docpazuzu Hate Only On These Boards.....

    by Real Deal

    " Pretty much everyone I know in the real world has seen Prometheus and with one exception they all hated it. " Well that's just the thing. I've had entirely the opposite experience. Now before you assume that all of the people I've talked to are my age well wrong again. I work at a local college and some of the students stay to work through the summer. Most are SF fans and from what they've told me they liked it.

  • June 19, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Box Office Domestic is at $91,918,120

    by Real Deal

    World wide is $222,477,419 ! I think there will be a sequel.

  • June 19, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    The drop-off has been...

    by SunTzu77

    ... enormous. compared too.... and...

  • June 20, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Re : suntzu77

    by Real Deal

    Keep telling yourself that. At least someone believes you. Worldwide is currently at $223,545,374 And counting. Budget : $180,000,000

  • June 21, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Sisyphus, it was "HAND'S UP!"

    by D.Vader

    Hands up. Thought that was clear.

  • June 21, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I'm going to design a video game for all you Armchair Studio Executives

    by animatronicmojo

    ...called "Beancounter, Jr."