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Post by Admin on Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:08 pm

Weapons from Ridley Scott's Prometheus Nerf mod little and large …
December 12th, 2011 | Author: admin

Regulars to my blog, Facebook or Twitter will probably know I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise, well Alien and Aliens, the others didn’t happen haha. I’m also a fan of Ridley Scott, to a degree. Needless to say upcoming movie Prometheus is high on my list of movies I’m looking forward to, it’s THE film of 2012 for me.

Following on from the Sulaco mod of last week, I bring you the handguns of Prometheus, well, in my mind. The main mod is the Nerf Element Ex-6 pistol and a mini knockoff version I found in a pound / dollar store. Couldn’t resist purchasing the mini-me version, but truth be told it’s useless, too small even for my small hands, still it looks cute with the Element Ex-6.

Prometheus Nerf mod Element Ex-6 Aliens mod Ridley Scott weapon

Prometheus pistols – Nerf homage to Ridley Scott movie Prometheus

Just want to give a shout out / thanks to ‘Never Say No To Panda!’, from the AVP forums for giving me permission to use the new Weyland logo from Prometheus. Well we assume, having studied the Prometheus movie images released so far I’d say the Panda got it pretty darn close. Anyway it saved me a good hour in Photoshop, so cheers to him.

Ridley Scott's Prometheus weapon homage to the movie

Bad Boy Prometheus Weyland blaster pistol

Despite following Prometheus movie news closely and looking at the trailer and all the images released, I haven’t seen any weapons as yet, so this is my fantasy take on what it might look like Nerf style, chunky and bad-ass!.. You know.. for close encounters.

I mounted a flashlight into the body of the Nerf Element and fully weighted it so it’s meaty. Went with a gray and red theme, mainly because I had those paints available, but also to tie-in with the deep red Weyland logo.

Anyway.. that’s all, another Alien Nerf mod… I really need to switch things up a bit!
Have a good week.

Ridley Scott Prometheus blaster gun Weyland Yutani

Side by side Prometheus pistols thanks to Nerf and.. El Cheapo
Prometheus Nerf pistol with undermounted flashlight

Prometheus Nerf pistol with undermounted flashlight

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Post by Admin on Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:55 am

Ridley Scott movie 'Prometheus' rests on some real astronomy
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
Updated 1d 13h ago


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Hollywood has always loved invading aliens — but now we're invading them, in a spate of recent flicks ranging from Avatar to Friday's just-opened Prometheus.
Science Snapshot

By Dan Vergano

Logan Marshall-Green, left, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender, right, in a scene from 'Prometheus.'

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Logan Marshall-Green, left, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender, right, in a scene from 'Prometheus.'


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Logan Marshall-Green, left, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender, right, in a scene from 'Prometheus.'
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Astronomers have discovered more than 700 worlds orbiting nearby stars in the last two decades, and the moviegoing public is just getting the message about the new planets, say astronomers such as Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute. So, in a way, pop culture is reflecting science, including efforts such as NASA's Kepler space telescope, which is looking to find more planets in their stars' "habitable zone," warm enough for liquid oceans like Earth's that may be able to support life forms.

"I think the public has grasped the fact that planets out there are as common as cheap motels," Shostak says, noting that our Milky Way galaxy alone might contains 300 billion stars, including ones with multiple planets. "If only 1 in 1,000 is in the habitable zone, that is still about a billion habitable planets in our galaxy," he says.

Planetary scientist Kevin Hand of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was a science adviser to Prometheus, and also offered advice to Avatar's team. He says top filmmakers, such as James Cameron and Ridley Scott, are paying increasing attention to the plausibility of the alien worlds they create. Movie makers have long imagined alien worlds, for example the double-sunned Tatooine of Star Wars fame, but the latest ones, "really listen to where science is headed today," Hand says.

Through the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' "Science & Entertainment Exchange" program, which unites movie-makers with scientists, Hand was involved in technical discussions with the Prometheus team. "We needed a world to explore that would be habitable, but with a somewhat toxic atmosphere, which was an interesting exercise," Hand says.

The result was a world called LV-223, which has an ocean, but with air too poisoned to easily breathe. That's easy to imagine, because some stars with planets have trace metals indicating their chemistry might differ from ours, along with signs of water in the dust disks around the stars that might be a source for water on the planets. LV-223 is the moon of a giant planet, one resembling the easier-to-detect ones most often discovered by astronomers so far. The movie's background materials call it a "cold and implacable environment (which) is more like hell than heaven."

Without spoiling the movie for those who haven't seen it, one idea central to the movie was the notion of aliens "seeding" life on Earth. "We talked about that a lot," including the idea of "conducting experiments with microbes on other worlds and what happens when experiments go 'wrong,' " Hand says. For similar reasons, NASA and Russia's space agencies have carefully sterilized past missions to Mars, fearing just this kind of contamination.

Although the filmmakers based their concept for the spaceship, called the Prometheus, on NASA and European Space Agency designs, space travel sending humans in hibernation across light years to visit an alien world seems unlikely by 2089, the time-frame for the film, Shostak says. Instead of the four years envisioned in the film, travel times to nearby stars for people would still span centuries because of the speed limit set by light, which tops out at 5.9 trillion miles in a year. That's something the movie evades with invented human hibernation couches. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's "100 Year Starship Initiative," however, is investigating technologies needed for interstellar travel.

Alien biology remains a little shaky in films, Hand cautions. "Any species that has to reproduce by traveling 50 light years to invade the chest cavity of another alien species looks a little dicey from an evolutionary-survival standpoint," he says.

On the other hand, "I was inspired to go into science by some really bad science-fiction films from the 1950s," Shostak says. "It can't hurt to have some real science in the movies."

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Post by Admin on Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:21 pm

An easy step-by-step guide to handle first encounters with an alien species

Congratulations! You have encountered an extra-terrestrial life-form and can now initiate first contact!

First of all, determine any immediate and/or obvious dangers. This includes things like: the other party rushing at you at full speed, using a weapon on you, being so enormous it won’t spot you and simply step on you, environmental dangers, etc.

Now that that’s cleared (and you still live), you can move on to analyzing the creature.

Senses: Since you ultimately will want to communicate with the other party, you will have to determine what the creature’s main senses are. It will be hard communicating through pictographs with a species that has no eyes/is blind.

Intelligence: After having determined how to communicate with the other party, you can try to figure out the creature’s level of intelligence. We suggest hiring a specialist to develop a short and simple test to determine this.

Congratulations! You have discovered intelligent life! Now it is crucial to quickly figure out how to properly communicate with the other party. We suggest to again hire a specialist, preferably a linguist, to quickly find a solution to the all-too-dangerous language-barrier. Whatever you do, refrain from any sort of violence. A simple act of violence could indeed spark a galactic war and ultimately drive your own species to extinction through eradication! - If communication is accomplished, you can now move on to propose friendship/the sharing of technology and culture/a galactic alliance. You have provided a potential multitude of great opportunities and done your species proud.

Congratulations! You have discovered life! Now it is crucial to determine the type of creature you’ve uncovered and if it presents any potential threat to your own species. As you’ve already managed to exclude higher/social intelligence, you can in fact trap and more closely study this creature without having to fear repercussions by other members of its species. Be sure to handle the creature with great care during transport. We suggest using atmosphere filters/generators to provide it with a constant, familiar atmosphere, and also to make sure that all of your equipment is sturdy, strong and resistant to caustic liquids or gases. Biometric scanners (we do not recommend magnet-based technology, as the creature could contain metals in its build) are highly recommended, as studying a living creature, rather than a dissected, dead one can be far more valuable. Also, NEVER expose yourself directly to the specimen, don’t touch it, ever. Sudden actions may also trigger an aggressive response, so beware. Be sure to follow strict quarantine procedures until you’ve successfully discovered each aspect of the creature and categorized it accordingly. There is no knowing what valuable secrets an alien non-sapient life-form could hold in its biology, but your discovery could indeed be extremely beneficial for your species. You have certainly done it proud.

Final note: Before engaging in a first encounter, we recommend to always: use unmanned drones, take pictures/scans from a safe distance, analyze the planet’s environment/atmosphere, etc. to gather some basic information and establish a first impression of what might await you.

And now as to why I wrote this. ((Medium Prometheus spoilers!))

So you may or may not have seen Prometheus yet, a visually and conceptually stunning film (the rest could be argued about). I saw it in the cinema not too long ago and was impressed. However, there is one scene which annoyed the ever living hell out of me: A geologist and a biologist are separated from the rest and encounter alien, snake-like life-forms. The biologist reacts by going in and reaching out to the potentially very lethal creature… Yeah. The inevitable happens and s$#! acid-blood hits the fan geologist’s helmet, which melts on his face. Yay. Also the biologist gets his arm broken and then other icky things happen to him. More yay. The geologist sort of shows that he studies rocks. The biologist, the guy who has dedicated his life to properly and carefully study life-forms, hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing and just goes and PETS f#%@#&! SNAKE-ALIENS!

Also I wanted to write up something which might be a pamphlet in the universe I’m currently building (featuring the Nykrid, Skrynn and Morak).
And also because it seemed like a fun thing to do at 4:30am. Razz
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Post by Admin on Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:47 pm

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10 Questions Left Unanswered at the End of Prometheus

By Kyle Buchanan and Amanda Dobbins

You're meant to have some questions after watching Prometheus, the new space epic (and sorta-prequel to Alien) from director Ridley Scott and writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts. But do any of them have answers, or are they simply teases for the potential sequel? Vulture saw the movie a few weeks ago, and we've collected the ten questions we haven't stopped asking each other since, from the obvious to the extra-textually head-scratching. If you've got answers or theories, let us know! And beware: Some heavy-duty SPOILERS are contained from here on out.

Why does Michael Fassbender's android slip some gooey alien poison to Logan Marshall-Green?
The motives of David, the silky robot played by Fassbender, remain inscrutable throughout the film. Yes, Marshall-Green's character has been a d*** to him for most of the movie, but what does David plan to accomplish by mutating him through the goo? Could he possibly have foreseen the wild chain of events that would lead to Marshall-Green then impregnating Noomi Rapace with an alien baby who spawns another, more familiar Alien with an Engineer? Or was David just feeling peeved that day? Either way, the android was putting the entire mission -- and crew -- in jeopardy.

Why, then, does he save Noomi Rapace at the end of the film?
Pulled apart but still sentient (a la Lance Henriksen's Bishop in the previous Alien films), Fassbender's David gets back in touch with Rapace at the end of the movie, gives her help and advice, and then they team up together. Why? Why is he helping her now after he did her dirty by essentially killing off her boyfriend? Boy, is that conversation gonna be awkward in the sequel.

Does the first scene take place on Earth?
In the striking first sequence, an Engineer on a far-off planet essentially donates his body to science, swigging a potion that causes him to dissolve into tiny DNA bits that will most likely create new life. Is that how life on Earth began? Probably ... and yet in interviews, Ridley Scott says the planet might not even be Earth. It's a sidestep akin to the one in the movie's final sequence: You do get a crashed ship, an alien, and a chest-burst Space Jockey ... but they can't be the ones seen at the beginning of Alien, because the Jockey's not in the right ship. The movie takes you right up to the edge of an answer to its own question, then feints to the left.

Why is everyone such a jerk?
We suppose that speed-of-light intergalactic travel followed by extended vomiting would make anyone a little fussy, but still: Everyone on this crew is an asshole! Charlize Theron doesn't really get to develop her character past "bitch," Michael Fassbender's robot conceals those mysterious-but-malevolent motives, Logan Marshall-Green insults robots and swaggers around like he's trying to pick up the most numbers at a frat party, and Guy Pearce screams to Noomi to shut up -- and has her hit -- in front of the alien Engineer they're trying to woo. In fairness, Noomi was pretty petulant in that scene. It's a wonder they didn't all kill each other before takeoff.

Why doesn't anyone care about Noomi's self-Cesarean?
Noomi escapes her restraints and attacks fellow crew members in a desperate race to the medi-pod, where she removes an alien from her stomach in a bravura sequence ... and then everyone pretends like nothing just happened? Those staples are huge! Shouldn't another crew member at least ask where she got them, and whether it involved the horrific mutant alien fetus they all knew about a few scenes before? Also, was there no random junior staffer she could recruit to go check on that critter? Seems pretty easy: "Hey, Junior Lieutenant Chuck, could you run back into the surgery room and make sure the giant squid baby I just ripped from my stomach isn't still alive and growing at an alarming rate?"

Why doesn't Idris Elba care what's going on with his crew?
Doesn't Idris seem weirdly disinterested in all the super-dangerous mapping and crew members going lost in that alien pyramid? He's the guy who's got a whole 3-D map in front of him, and yet instead of guiding his scientists from room to room, he wanders off to screw Charlize and appears pretty nonchalant when people die because he's not really paying attention to them.

Is Charlize Theron basically cosplaying as Samus Aran from Metroid?
Well, you tell us. (The answer is yes.)

Why do the two scaredy-cat geologists suddenly seem so taken with the "cute" little alien?
Those guys are wusses who beg off the main mission because they don't want to disturb any aliens, but moments later, they're ready to cuddle up with the first clearly threatening little alien monster they see. They should have known better: We're positive that "Don't Touch the Baby Worm Aliens" is a class you have to take in Space Geologist School.

Why cast Guy Pearce as Weyland, and not an actual old man?
Since it's Pearce under all that old-age makeup, you assume that the elderly Weyland will eventually find that fountain of youth he hope the Engineers can essentially lead him to. Nope! Weyland is killed off right after he finally shows up in the flesh. So, why bother casting Pearce instead of an actor who's actually the same age as the character? You might assume that it's so Pearce could film his TED talk tie-in, but this open question kind of has an answer: Scott and Lindelof actually cut a scene from the shooting script where Fassbender's android would interface with a young Weyland by tapping into Weyland's dreams. Still ...

Why couldn't Patrick Wilson catch a break?
Only one quick flashback scene, and ebola? It's not his year.

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// The “Science” of Prometheus//

This is from a review of the movie by Adam Quigley on If you’ve seen Prometheus this might make you chuckle a bit. Spoilers for Prometheus follow:


To review: Alien “Engineers” have pioneered a new sort of chemical warfare, concocting a mysterious black goop that decays DNA, completely disintegrating its creators upon contact. Worms, however, transform into alien snake things (uh, what?) that have vaginas for faces, because of biology and stuff. Exposure to humans, meanwhile, transforms them into super-powered, fat-headed rage zombies, in spite of them sharing a 100% DNA match (uh, what?) with their “Engineers”. And you better be careful to not blow your infected load without a condom, or your previously barren girlfriend will have a fully grown alien squid fetus (uh, what?) ready to pop out of her within days. Once birthed, that squid will grow into an enormous face-hugger in a matter of hours, and god forbid it latches onto the faces of any hefty bald dudes with milky complexions, because then you’ll be facing a brand new species of… Xenomorphs.

Everyone together now…

Uh, what?

Yup, that’s the big reveal of Prometheus. The xenomorphs are the incestual offspring of giant albino men and idiot scientists aimlessly f#%@#&! about with weaponized, monster-morphing ooze. That’s the shocking truth behind how this iconic species came into being. Of all the things Prometheus could’ve been about, of all the things Prometheus could’ve introduced to the Alien mythology, in the end, it all boils down to… General purpose bio-goo.

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12 Simple Rules To Follow For A Successful Interstellar Mission

Before I went to see Prometheus last night, I spent the week watching every space mission movie I owned. So, after a while, I began wondering why these missions are populated with the stupidest people alive, because as soon as these idiots step off their craft, compound, whatever, common sense seems to f&#! off to destinations unknown. And after this marathon culminated with Prometheus, I began compiling a list of rules, simple enough for these morons to follow, to ensure a safe mission and hopefully cut down on casualties.

Planning to take a trip to some uncharted planet? Print these out and keep them with you.

(spoilers for Prometheus… and pretty much every other movie involving hostile aliens)

1. When you reach your destination and all life sign readings report it is uninhabited, stay on the ship. Do not leave it under any circumstances. Your life sign reader is a dirty liar.

2. In the event you do leave the craft, make sure your helmet stays on at all times. I don’t care how breathable the air is or that your android says it smells like roses and tastes like lemon meringue. Keep that s$#! on. Firmly. Always.

3. While we’re on the subject. Android personnel: NO.

4. Avoid entering any caves or caverns on uncharted planets.

5. If you do find yourself in a cave on a strange world, do not touch anything. Not even the walls. Also, leave all organic matter right where you found it. Do not bring it back to your craft. Nothing good has ever come from the phrase “Let’s defrost and study this dead-for-centuries, still gooey alien life form.”

6. Do not split up. If members of the crew wish to return to the ship, go with them. If you wish to see said crew members again, don’t let them wander away.

7. If your probe picks up an unforeseen life sign, leave. Right away. Don’t go out to say hi. Chances are, they don’t want to say hi.

8. No, seriously. Keep your helmet on. The f&#! is wrong with you?

9. If you encounter a seemingly innocuous life form whilst on planet, do not engage. At all. Ever. Do you enjoy living? Then do not try to talk to it or pet it. This is a wild creature; it does not want a hug. See also: ‘Steve Irwin’.

10. In the event of accidental contamination, alert someone immediately. Do not say nothing. Get to quarantine ASAP. Or set yourself on fire.

11. In the event of crew member infection, impregnation, or showing symptoms or signs of malaise or mental degeneration, kill them. Immediately.

12. Should you engage in intimate relations with a member of the crew who took off his or her helmet in an alien cave, use a condom. Double bag it. Trust me on this one.

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Prometheus: A Viral Hit
by Alyssa Pridgen on June 8, 2012
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S ir Ridley Scott makes his return to the Sci-Fi/Horror genre with his new film Prometheus, which opens today. While the film promises to be action-packed, the social media marketing campaign for the film has been out of this world. From a plethora of viral videos to multiple microsites, Prometheus has definitely risen to the high bar set by The Hunger Games.

While it’s not technically a prequel, Prometheus precedes the story of Scott’s 1979 film Alien, but is not directly connected to the franchise. Starring Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron, the story focuses on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the remnants of several ancient Earth civilizations. Led to a distant world and an advanced civilization, the crew seeks the origins of humanity, but instead discover a threat that could led to the end of the human race.

The film’s social media campaign kicked off with the release of the first, of many, viral videos at the TED conference in Long Beach, CA. Set in 2023, the video featured a futuristic TED talk delivered by Guy Pearce in character as Peter Weyland, CEO of Weyland Industries and the financial sponsor of the Prometheus Project. This was the first time TED’s name was used for promotional purposes.

The video teased future viral content with the mention of human-looking androids and the flash of the company’s website at the end. On March 6, the corporate website was updated to allow visitors to become investors and sign up for updates.

The next piece of the viral marketing campaign puzzle came during WonderCon. Attendees of the film’s panel were given Weyland Corp business cards. When you called the number, you were put on hold indefinitely while Weyland promotes themselves. You also received a text message with a link to a mobile website that had the new video, “David.”

The video, which soon after went viral, acted as an advertisement for Weyland’s next-generation android robot, David, who is played by Fassbender. Along with the video, a full-page ad for David was placed in The Wall Street Journal. After the video was released, “investors” could unlock each of David’s emotions by cracking binary codes sent to 8 movie blogs. Once unlocked, you could read of description of how David would express that emotion.

The third, and final, video released for the marketing campaign was called “Quiet Eyes.” Released on May 16, the video features a new character, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace. In it, she pleads to Peter Weyland for money to seek out the “secret of life.” Not only does it reveal the character, the video also teases Weyland Industries competitor, Yutani. What role will Yutani play in the movie? Fans will just have to wait to see.

In addition to the viral videos, Fox also created two microsites to promote the film. The first, which was mentioned before, is a corporate website for Weyland Industries. The site goes into extreme detail about the company’s products and timeline. The other site, Project Prometheus, allows fans to apply and train to become part of the crew of the Prometheus ship. With the Project Prometheus Training Center, Fox teamed up with Internet Explorer to create a game center that tests “applicants” agility, logic, reflexes, and physical capabilities.

In one last push before the release, yesterday the Project Prometheus website launched “Project Genesis.” Fox distributed clues across its Prometheus channels to unlock locations on a globe to help Dr. Shaw in her research. Once the locations were unlocked, the page displayed a message allowing users to download Dr. Shaw’s research dossier, including memos about Shaw sent to Peter Weyland and pages from Shaw’s notebook.

Other components of the campaign include the release of schematic posters of the technology used in Prometheus, an unlock contest for production stills, a live stream of the world premiere in London, and a Prometheus makeover of an abandoned French subway station. Also, screenwriter Damon Lindelof hosted a Twitter chat on May 16 and answered fan questions live from the film’s Twitter account using the #prometheus hashtag.

Final Thoughts

While The Hunger Games focused on an integrated campaign across several social media platforms, Prometheus took a different approach and emphasized original content creation. Between the videos and the unlock contests, Fox successfully activated the fans of the Alien franchise to create a truly viral campaign.

What stands out about the film’s social media campaign is the amount of detail in it, particularly the corporate website and the research dossier. It’s simply incredible, but what else is to be expected from the team that gave us Lost. By letting users into the world of Prometheus, Fox whet the appetite not only of die-hard Alien fans, but a new generation, whose only knowledge of the Alien franchise is Alien v. Predator (sad).

The main question facing the film is if it will deliver at the box office. Its main competition is a kids film, Madagascar 3, that may have more widespread appeal than the R-rated Prometheus.

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Gabe's Thoughts on Film: "Prometheus"


Prometheus, (2012) dir. Ridley Scott

I saw this film at midnight last night at my local Alaskan theater with a few of my close science-fiction geek friends. What we expected to be a sort of toned-down space opera film with hints of horror was something completely unexpected. Let me begin by saying that Prometheus is a bloody, violent, intense, fast-paced, beautiful, epic science-fiction film with a religious center.

Don’t let anyone else tell you different. This movie is the prequel to the film Alien. Think of it as the grandfather of Alien, however. The conclusion of this movie does not lead into Alien but rather leads up to Alien. It’s a deep precursor, but the movie has enough breadth and courage to differentiate itself entirely from the rest of the series. This film does not use the excuse, “Well I’m a prequel to a great franchise, and that’s why you should watch me.” Consider it a standalone film, because it has enough power to do so.

The opening shots are incredible, vast, and beautiful. Ridley Scott has a keen eye for making even nature look epic in its own way. The scenes of nature are followed by a very interesting sequence of pure genetic observation, where we get to see DNA decompose and slowly become something else entirely in a waterfall. This action needs to be paid close attention too. Many people don’t understand what this scene signifies, but if you truly analyze it, we see Creation. This scene is pivotal to the theme of film. The film never loses a beat from there. We immediately are thrust into an Irish archaeological dig with two love-birds (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) as they found an incredibly old star map, like ones they’ve previously found. They match the star systems, and get funding from Weyland Corp. (ring a bell?) to fly the Prometheus to moon LV-223 to find out “Who truly created humanity?” The religious theme kicks in here- a battle of what the meaning of ‘intelligent design’ is. On the crew of the Prometheus we meet David (Michael Fassbender), Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), and a few other necessary comedic characters to spice up the ship.

David is an android, and it’s one of the best performances of Michael Fassbender that I have seen thusfar. He is cold, emotionless, and at the same time every word he says is full of something. It has meaning, context. It’s incredibly paradoxical and wicked and awe-inspiring just how well Fassbender communicated the nature of David, making the android character all his own. Charlize Theron is very interesting as Meredith Vickers, teetering between a bitch and a rationalist, and Noomi Rapace has very true and emotional scenes as the heroine. The acting in this film overall is very well done, capitalizing on the talents of Fassbender, Rapace, and Theron to make it even stronger.

Prometheus gets into death and destruction quite early on. The deaths are in incredibly violent, sporadic, vicious moments coupled with loud instrumental music and screaming. It’s a horror movie in this aspect, but the gore is not unrealistic or excessive. Everything is attempted to be maintained at a realistic biological level, which takes away any “slasher-film” vibe the film could have given off. The Space Jockeys (ring another bell?) which are revealed to be our creators, are truly spectacular and epic, with their own emotions and God-complexes that jump off of the screen and take life in their humanoid actions. I will not spoil the nature of the deaths or the relationship between the crew and the Space Jockeys any further.

The one problem I had with this film, however, was predictability. Every plot twist, every turn of events, every action was predictable save for a couple nice little twists. The script lent itself to predictability as a safe-guard, most likely because the nature of this film is not like any other film that’s been in theaters before. This may or may not be a good choice, but making the film was a gamble in and of itself. Risks should have been taken to really make at least one hell of a twist in the film. I suppose that in retrospect, I’d prefer predictability over a bad script any day. I’d have also liked to see more done with Charlize Theron’s character and Guy Pearce’s interesting but cut-down cameo appearances. The score, while doing the film justice, was not excellent. It oozed nostalgia for previous science-fiction movies, and at times it sounded more like a combination of the theme to Jurassic Park, Superman, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The religious theme still lingers in my mind, as it begs you to question the nature of faith and belief in things we cannot prove or say we cannot prove. Faith, however, is not overplayed in the film, and allowed the film to be as interesting as it was. The film does not force you believe anything, but if you let it, it will lead you to question the reason you believe at all. This is the sign of a good film, when it provokes thought and discussion long after the credits roll.

The visuals were incredible. The story was captivating. The actors evoked emotion with the characters they were given. The concept was wonderful. The execution was fool-proof, save for the predictability. The score was alright, and its establishment in the Alien universe was not overbearing but interesting and adrenaline-pumping. The last scene of this film made me think to myself, “There’s definitely another part to this,” but it also made me say immediately, “I want more.” Hopefully Ridley Scott will come back to close the gap between films, but take more time to really knock it out of the park.

Gabe gives this movie an 9/10.

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10 Fun Facts About "Prometheus"

The highly-anticipated Prometheus opens in theaters tonight, and fans can't wait to get a look at the Alien-inspired science fiction flick. Here are 10 fun facts about the movie starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Charlize Theron.

A prequel to Alien: What director Ridley Scott originally envisioned for the film that is now Prometheus. However, as Scott and writer Jon Spaiths created a script, they developed a story that precedes Alien but isn’t directly connected to the Alien storyline.

“The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative,” Scott said in an interview.

Natalie Portman: One of the actresses considered for the role of Elizabeth Shaw, which eventually went to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace. Olivia Wilde and Anne Hathaway were also contenders.

$120 - $130 million: The budget for Prometheus. The film, which premiered in the U.K. last Friday, has so far earned around $46 million.

$250 million: The budget Ridley Scott originally requested.

Several hundred thousand dollars: The amount of money Scott spent on research and conceptual artists to explore what the world/universe might look like 80 years from now. The events of Prometheus begin in 2089.

Paradise: The film’s name before Scott decided on Prometheus, a title the director believes better fits the movie’s theme. "It's the story of creation; the gods and the man who stood against them,” Scott said.

England, Iceland, Spain, and Scotland: The countries where Prometheus was shot.

Smoking: The habit that made it difficult for Charlize Theron to complete action scenes. The actress, who also stars in Snow White and the Huntsman, particularly struggled with a scene that required her to run through sand while wearing 30-pound boots.

4 stars: The rating noted movie critic Roger Ebert gave Prometheus. Ebert called it a "magnificent blend of story, special effects and pitch-perfect casting, filmed in sane, effective 3-D that doesn't distract.”

A sequel: What Prometheus could get if sales are good this weekend. Co-writer Damon Lindelof said the film purposely leaves a few plot points unresolved for the purpose of addressing them in a sequel.

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8 Great 'Alien' References in 'Prometheus'
By Jordan Hoffman | Jun 7, 2012 | 3:00 PM


If you follow the development of major motion pictures, you may know that "Prometheus" was first conceived as an unambiguous prequel to "Alien." After a time, director Ridley Scott decided this wasn't a good idea, so he gave an already-written script to Damon Lindelof for a thorough revision.

We'll never know why decided against making it an official prequel, though it might be that since "Aliens" followed "Alien" he'd have to call this new one "Alie." And that would just look weird.

As filming progressed, it was admitted that "Prometheus" was in the shared universe with "Alien." Now that I've seen the film, I'm here to tell you this is all needless jibber-jabber. There are similarities with the "Alien" films both big and small and, luckily, I was paying close enough attention that I can share them with you now.

Warning: Below are spoilers that will enter your system and burst out of your chest.
Before Bishop, Before Ash

One of the best surprises in "Alien" is the revelation that Ian Holm's character Ash is a robot. (And an evil robot at that!) James Cameron's follow-up "Aliens" featured Lance Henriksen's on-board A.I. named Bishop.

Bishop's identity isn't kept from us, indeed we open up with his inhuman dexterity with a knife. Similarly the opening scenes of "Prometheus" introduce us to Michael Fassbender's David, an eerily perfect, slightly threatening and fastidious caretaker/language expert/cinephile. You never knew a robot could be this blonde.
Two Points

As the crew spends two years in cryogenic stasis (much like they did in "Alien" and Sigourney Weaver's Ripley did in between the next two films) David prepares himself for the forthcoming mission.

During a spookily-shot montage we see him riding a bike around a gym, making trick shots with a basketball. You might think this is nothing, but three other colleagues besides myself saw this as a direct homage to Weaver's defiant basketball pwnage in "Alien Resurrection."
Visual Similarities Over Easy

Once the crew wakes up, they do just like we all do: vomit from nervous system trauma and then have breakfast.

The breakfast scene in "Prometheus" serves the same function as the one in "Alien." It is an opportunity to suss out the collected characters and observe them interact in a low-key setting. The gag is that it looks EXACTLY like "Alien." The room is designed the same and the camera make near-identical slow swoops from afar using long lenses. When Sean Harris starts complaining about his wages, just as Yaphet Kotto did in "Alien," you have to wonder if maybe the homage is going a bit too far.
MILF – Mom I'd Like To Fly (With)

In "Alien" the on-board ship computer is called "mother." (It's spelled MU-TH-UR which I'm sure is an acronym for something but I'll leave it to fanfic authors to fill us in.)

There's no "mother" on Prometheus, but when David addresses the corporate boss of the expedition, Charlize Theron's Meredith Vickers, he calls her ma'am. Now, despite the fact that every good Briton knows that it's "ma'am as in ham, not ma'am as in palm," she STILL pronounces it "ma'am as in palm." Plus he gives it a special spin to make it basically sound like he's almost calling her "mum." There's no way for longtime "Alien" fans not to notice this and wonder...
Building Better Worlds

It is soon discovered that David's true allegiance is to the corporate outfit that is funding the Prometheus' scientific exploration. That company is run by Peter Weyland, played by Guy Pearce in some ridiculous old age makeup.

Those of you with sharp memories will remember the printed-but-not-stated name of "the Company" in the other films being the "Weyland-Yutani Corporation." (It could be you are recalling the name from geek chic T-shirts, too.)

During an exposition hologram you'll even see the same tagline "building better worlds." You may not notice it, though, because there's also an adorable dog in that scene.
The Engineers

"Prometheus" is all about mankind's desire to speak to his creator. Our lead scientist, played by Noomi Rapace, is convinced that we've been seeded by aliens who live on LV-223. (Not to be confused with LV-426 from the other films, but the fact that they are both LVs is another similarity.) We first see them as holographic projections and later as giant Karloff-esque blue guys. However, when they wear their spacesuits, they look an awful lot like the guy discovered in the derelict ship sending the distress transmission – the guy fans have been calling the Space Jockey for years.

At the end of the film there's a money shot. A gun emerges with a seat that's identical to the one in the other film. Everybody goes "yay!"
The Xenomorph

Lots of people get killed in "Prometheus," but not by those nightmarish, black creatures with the elongated heads and projecting chompers. Heck, they're not even in the movie. Until the VERY LAST SHOT.

How it gets there, and, more importantly, why it gets there is something movie goers will be arguing about until the "Prometheus" sequel.
The Strong Female Lead

Another seldom seen creature is found in both the "Alien" films and "Prometheus" - an intelligent, strong and forthright woman central character.

Think that is too vague to be included in a list of similarities between these films? You clearly aren't watching enough big budget Hollywood movies then, are you?

But before you go telling your pamphlet-distributing aunt to go see this flick, know that "Prometheus" is just like "Alien" in its readiness to leer at its female lead as it runs in terror wearing thin white underpants.

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MOVIE REVIEW | "Prometheus": Ridley Scott reclaims the "Alien" franchise with a bang
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By Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
June 08, 2012

You don’t expect to walk out of a spanking-new $130 million 3D sci-fi action spectacular and find yourself saying, “They sure don’t make them like that any more.” Happily, though, they do—or at least, Ridley Scott does. At 74, the director has returned to the franchise he launched 33 years ago like the sorcerer returning to his apprentice, setting back to rights the alchemy that had spiraled far away from the lean genius of Scott’s original Alien.

The eerie, thoughtful Prometheus serves as a reminder that Alien was the last great sci-fi classic to come of the remarkable decade that began with Stanley Kubrick’s epochal 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and included such landmarks as George Lucas’s THX-1138 (1971), Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972), Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running (1972), and Richard Fleischer’s Soylent Green (1973).

In 1975 and 1977, respectively, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and that other George Lucas sci-fi movie ushered in the age of the blockbuster, which is still very much upon us and is exemplified by James Cameron’s sequel Aliens (1986)—a great film, as sci-fi action blockbusters go—but the first Alien (1979) is still redolent of the 70s, with H.R. Giger’s slimy biomechanical horror invading the sterile white Nostromo like the Me Decade’s angry id visiting nightmares upon its high-minded superego.

Prometheus is loosely framed as a prequel to Alien; though it doesn’t immediately establish the events of that film, it exists in the same universe and fleshes out the back story of the horrifically homicidal aliens and an only slightly friendlier humanoid race that’s implicated in the baddies’ creation.

One of the smartest decisions Scott and screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof make is to not explain everything—the characters and audience are left curious in a manner that’s consistent with the themes tying it to Alien. The aliens are fundamentally mysterious, and so are we. Prometheus indicates a connection between the aliens’ origin and our own, and stops there. Really, that’s enough to process in a film that has a lot of action sequences to take care of.

The plot has the eponymous vessel arriving at a distant solar system after a long voyage during which the crew, in stasis, are overseen by the android David (Michael Fassbender). The resemblance between this David’s solitary vigil and that of David Bowman is the first of the film’s many nods to 2001, but this David turns out to be more HAL than help. The ship has come in search of alien life, but a tension immediately becomes apparent between the mission’s idealistic scientists (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) and the corporation that funded the voyage, as represented by a steely Charlize Theron. Amidst all this interpersonal drama, it need hardly be mentioned, there are a couple of unfriendly extraterrestrial races to deal with.


Prometheus is so rich with atmosphere and imagery that despite its bleak themes and tortured characters, it feels decadent: every scene satisfies, from the majestic opening sequence to the hard-bitten conclusion. Prometheus constitutes the most beautiful use of 3D technology I’ve seen: you constantly find yourself being impressed by the depth, much like viewers of The Wizard of Oz must have noticed that film’s use of color.

From an objective standpoint, there’s really too much going on in Prometheus—the aliens infest, infect, and invade the humans in almost as many ways as there are characters—but it’s all done so well that I had no complaints. Typical is a sequence when Rapace finds need to extricate an alien presence from herself using a DIY surgery machine. The whole sequence could have been trimmed and no one would have missed it, but it turns out to be the single best scene in the movie: a master class in how to use all the filmmaker’s tools to hold the audience rapt.

Scott creates the space for a superb performance by Rapace, who becomes more flushed with life as the death toll mounts around her. Like Esther Williams, the wetter and more athletic things get, the better she looks. Fassbender, who’s been a very busy actor lately, has never seemed so born into a role as into that of the android David. Most movie androids seem eerie because they’re not sufficiently human; David, on the other hand, unsettles because he’s not quite as robotic as you’d like a robot doctor to be when he’s asking about your sex life.

One advantage of taking directorial leave of the Alien series from 1979 to 2012 is that Scott skipped the awkward adolescence of CGI technology; just as Lucas was confident enough in his model/matte effects to make things believably messy, now films like The Hunger Games are seamlessly incorporating digital effects into a world that feels rough and real. Prometheus is a glorious victory lap for Scott, who figured out how to make a gorgeous and thrilling future world in 1979 and has now updated it to look better than ever.

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10 Things Parents Should Know About Prometheus

By Jason CranfordTeague
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Prometheus © 21st Century Fox

Prometheus © 21st Century Fox

1. Is it a prequel to Alien or not?

It is. While it does not have any of the same characters as Alien and happens decades, if not centuries, before the events in Alien, it is most definitely a prequel to Alien. Most of the action in the movie takes place at the same place the ill-fated crew of the Nostromo will eventually land, and Prometheus literally sets the stage for what Ripley and crew will eventually encounter.
The "Space Jockey" from Alien © 21st Century Fox

The "Space Jockey" from Alien © 21st Century Fox

In fact, it was the H.R. Giger-designed scenes in Alien that inspired Sir Ridley Scott (who did Alien but not Aliens), especially one cyclopean fossilized character known as the “Space Jockey.” According to Scott, “something that had stayed with me ever since Alien, was the mystery behind it. Who was he? Where was he from? What was his mission? What kind of technology would his kind possess? I thought those questions could provide a springboard for even larger ideas.”
2. What is it all about?

Archeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace of Girl With a Dragon Tattoo fame) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) lead an expedition to a planet hinted at in ancient recordings, believing that they will find the origins of humanity. What they find is a series of ancient alien buildings with a deep mystery inside. Did I mention they are archeologists? The band of investigators quickly breaks with the first commandment of scary movies — Thou shalt not split up — and then their problems really begin.
3. Do I have to have seen Alien first?

No. Prometheus is a completely self-contained movie. At a guess, I think that’s why they decided to downplay the whole prequel thing. After Tron: Legacy, the studios caught on that audiences may be put off if they think they have to see a 30+ year old movie first.

If you have seen Alien, though, Prometheus locks neatly into place, clearing up many of the mysteries left by the good ship Nostromo.
4. Is it too scary for kids?

It is rated R, and there are some tense moments, some frightening moments, and some gory moments but, honestly, this movie is not a gore fest. Instead, this is cosmic horror at its best, as the crew (and the audience) gradually learns the true nature of humanity, there is a growing sense that all is not right in the universe. In this day and age of Saw I–XXIX, it’s the existential concepts in Prometheus more than the splatter effects that are likely to upset innocent minds.
5. Will I like it?

Yes. You may or may not like it as much as Alien but it is an awesomely solid sci-fi flick, and a visual thrill to watch. It reminds me both structurally and stylistically of a lot of the European science-fiction comics the United States gets through Heavy Metal magazine by creators like Moebius, Luis Royo, and Serpieri.

Scott doesn’t initially stray too far from the character formula of Alien (and Aliens for that matter) of a group mixed with cynics and idealists who have to work together for their survival. But providing us with seemingly familiar characters allows him to get more quickly into the story and then broaden those characters beyond the cliché.

Ridley Scott at the Helm

Ridley Scott at the helm
6. How was the 3-D?

Stunning. I highly recommend seeing this film with the added dimension at least once. Scott shot the entire film for 3-D and it shows in the storytelling. No, this doesn’t mean that there are monsters popping off the screen at every turn, but rather that he makes use of a sense of extended space that wouldn’t be possible in flatland. This happens in obvious ways when characters are interacting with holographs (3-D in 3-D) but also in far more subtle ways throughout the movie when Scott wants to create cavernous effects and then pulls back to evoke claustrophobia. Fortunately, the theater I saw Prometheus in was using passive 3-D technology, which makes for a much better experience than active 3-D.
7. Will it be the next summer blockbuster?

It’s hard to say. There has been a lot of hype, and it’s a great movie that works at a lot of levels. But, remember that Blade Runner was not a huge success the summer it was released. Critics generally panned it or ignored it. Science fiction has come a long way in 30 years, though, and this is not a movie that will be easily dismissed.
8. When is the best time for a bathroom break?

Go before entering the theater, and then don’t drink anything. Seriously, once the movie gets going it doesn’t really slow down. And the one bit where things seem to calm down? Well, I wouldn’t want to miss what happens next while I was drying my hands.
9. Will there be a sequel?

Whether there is a sequel or not will depend on the box office receipts over the next few weeks. Without giving away too much, this movie is set up for a sequel. Prometheus answers a lot of questions we might have had about Alien, but it gives us just as many new mysteries to ponder.
10. Will I want to see it again?

I know I do. As with many of Scott’s movies, the world he creates is so lush and full of detail, it’s all but impossible to take it in in a single viewing.

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Prometheus - symbols, theories and observations.
95/100 (124 min, 2012)
Plot: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Fassbender
(spoilers in the article and the images)

Paradise Lost
“This man is here because he does not want to die.
He believes you can give him more life.”
- David, speaking to the Engineer.

Why are we here? Who created us? Why did they create us? Why do we die? Why do we live? These are all the questions people were asking themselves for as long as there was human life. If you think Ridley Scott's Prometheus, movie set in the same universe as Alien but with the events preceding those shown in classic science fiction.horror will answer these questions you will be wrong. Nobody can answer them, can they? But Prometheus offers some theories and ideas that are very thought provoking and not necessarily completely impossible.

The film opens in 2089 when Dr Elizabeth Show and her boyfriend Charlie Holloway discover curious cave paintings. Soon they are part of the mission sponsored by powerful Weyland Industries to the distant planet - they know how to get there because Shaw and Holloway found several of such cave paintings, each containing pictograms which put together create a star map. They are going there, because as the paintings are from many centuries set apart, spread through the history of human existence they believe they are being led to the beings that created us. They call them Engineers.
The travel to the planet takes 2 years during which the crew, which also includes icy Weyland Industries rep Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), ship's captain Janek (Idris Elba) and several others, is in hyper sleep. But there is someone watching over them - android named David, created by Weyland Industries. He spends his time playing basketball, watching "Lawrence of Arabia" over and over again, learning languages, eating and drinking. He also peeks into the dreams of Elizabeth Shaw, being so curious of people, as he can mimic human emotions, but can't feel them himself.

After the crew awakes the ship lands on the planet (in actuality a moon) and goes for an expedition to one of the temples they find there. The temple is filled with otherworldly bizarre writings and murals as well as surprises along the way. That expedition will end with each of the participants finding something - some will find the desire to play the part of creators themselves, some will find death, some will find more questions than answers and others will meet our maker. In quite shocking matter too.

Prometheus is not a new version of Alien, it's not even a prequel to Alien the movie, it's more of a prequel to the creatures we saw in Scott's masterpiece. The film is not a monster movie like Alien was - it is more focused on this group of people seeking answers in the worst possible place and on the evolution of the creatures that are inhabitants of the planet. There was a lot of criticism directed towards the script - it's very bizarre seeing how clever the script is - there are many theories out there after the movie premiered - not because there are plot holes but because so many things are left ambiguous, so many things hang on us choosing what to believe in - much like the characters in the movie.

For example there is one scene where David speaks to the Engineer. Until recently it wasn't know what he said (see this) all we knew was that the reaction of the Engineer was caused by that. It forced me to think about what David could possibly say, especially that he was met with the admiration of God at first.. All of the allegations of underdeveloped characters fall flat - David, Shaw and Holloway are great characters, Janek and Vickers also get some nice moments and develop curios chemistry. There is also a pair of others - Fifilied and Milburn, who do not share others curiosity and will be featured in one of the film's scariest moments.
Elizabeth Shaw is not Ripley, but Ripley herself would be proud of her, especially in the third act of the movie. She is a curios scientist who is looking for her answers, what is interesting here is that she is also a deeply religious Christian, who always wears her cross around her neck. She is open minded, though, and not limited to stereotypical depictions of God - she can't wait to meet Engineers and discover the answers to her questions. As the story goes on and it is becoming more and more evident that the place they are in is more of a tomb than the fountain of answers and more of Hell than Paradise, Shaw transforms into someone who puts answers first but right along with something just as important - survival.

Noomi Rapace is excellent here - both as a delicate and a little naive scientist who doesn't even want weapons during the first trip to the temple, being so sure that "Gods are good" and as a strong, determined woman who will do everything to rescue her home planet and herself. In the third act of the movie, as Shaw is holding the axe and something is chasing her, the look on Rapace's face was as fierce as her work as Lisbeth Salander. She composes herself, holds the axe and waits - incredible moment for her character. She also has great, very touching scenes here, as Shaw goes through psychological torment and has to face impossible situations.
But the key to the lock that is Prometheus is David, the android. He is by far my favorite android in Alien universe. He is a machine that can mimic human emotions, but is said not to feel them. Yet when Peter Weyland says he doesn't have a soul you can see pain and anger on David's face. He is a mix of Pinocchio, who wants to be real boy with all the scenes where he is trying to behave like human and a mischievous robot who has his own agenda ("I'm sorry we are not equipped to carry on such procedure"). He seems to have desires of his own, although he says he is being programmed by Weyland.

He appears to want to be a creator himself and he is fascinated by the Engineers - it is quite clear that he himself feels superior to human race, people who after all created him. Because he doesn't fear death as he will never die he is devoid of their biggest weakness. In the film's pivotal scene it is unclear what his motivations are and there are hints throughout the movie that he knows more there he is telling others - especially in the temple where when Holloway asks him if he can read the writings he says "Perhaps".
I loved David's relationship with Shaw, movie's second strongest character. He is obviously fascinated by her, watching her dreams and closely studying her actions - perhaps it is her strong belief and the desire to find her answers that intrigues him. Then he even saves her life and the two seem to create a bizarre and unique bond. Then as he is on pursuit of the quest of his own he turns into a monster who clearly doesn't care about humans' feelings and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals, no matter how awful the means to achieving them are. And then the two are forced to work together as David intelligently uses his skill of manipulation. It is even implied that as he despises humans he may even desire all of them to be gone.

Michael Fassbender delivers astonishing performance as he looks very innocent - especially as David is watching the holograph created by Engineers, being mesmerized by it - and as he acts like the most clever and manipulative part of the crew - with his condescension for humans, elaborate planning and his ability to keep secrets and strategically withdrawn information. His relationship with Weyland is also interesting and as a lot of things in the movie it has religious connotations - the thing David says about every child wanting his parents dead and the scene where David washes Wayland's feet.
Another character connected to Weyland - in what may or may not be a nod to Blade Runner - is Meredith Vickers, who is on the mission to make sure everyone else will do their job. Vickers is cold, distant and doesn't care about all of the scientific/religious mambo jumbo. She only wants the expedition to end so she could get back to her usual work, being a representative for Weyland Industries. A lot of people say that her character is unnecessary - by this logic you can find unnecessary characters in every single movie. She is as much of part of Prometheus as everyone else is and her character is pivotal in one particular scene which ends in some of the crew meeting the creatures in the temple and nobody doing anything about it.

Vickers also has great chemistry with Janek, ship's captain who as she doesn't care about the expedition, "he just flies the ship". She has quite the complex relationship with David, at whom she looks down upon as she seems to hate androids and is visibly hurt when Janek asks her is she is one. The reason why she hates David so much is unveiled later on in the film and her final scene along with hints throughout the film suggests that she may be more like David than we are led to believe.
Theron and Elba deliver strong work here, really developing their characters beyond the script and injecting their own charisma into those people. Logan Marshal Green who plays Holloway is also very good, delivering strong work as a scientist, adventurer and in the end someone determined to do the right thing. All of those people, interacting, being forced to do unimaginable to each other and then depicting remorse, painted on their faces are heartbreaking to watch at times. Prometheus is as much about its crew as it is about the world the film is set in.

The film tackles great issues and forces us to think about them - Ridley Scott himself says that "Both NASA and the Vatican agree that it is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today, without there being a little help along the way. That's what we're looking at: we are talking about gods and engineers, engineers of space. Were the Aliens designed as a form of biological warfare, or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"
The Engineers' design was quite shocking because it wasn't what I imagined at all, though it was really nicely made, especially in the film's beautiful opening sequence. They were modeled after sculptures of ancient Gods and it really shows, especially when it comes to their faces. They look unbelievably creepy and I almost wish the scenes where David sees them wouldn't be made in the form of holographs. Those giant beings just walking around are so freaky I was genuinely scared when I saw them walking in behind the scenes for the movie.

It is clear that the opening sequence contains the look on Prometheus of the story, but the thing is that he is not the only one - the story is also about the sacrifice and we see many instances of it throughout the film, both from the people and the Engineers.

Another interesting thing are the new creatures we see here and the most fascinating aspect of them is when we see them evolve. There is one creature in particular that has four different forms and the steps to its evolution are almost always shocking and very gruesome. The creatures are meticulously designed and as in Alien it all revolves around disturbing sexual imaginary, resulting in the film's most incredible and chilling sequence that is definitely going to make some people cringe and feel uneasy long after the film is over. What makes it even more disturbing is that most of the designs are actually based on real life creature - the final one has one very distinctive similarity to the goblin shark.
The designs that we see on the planet are fantastic, very creepy and otherworldly, especially the temple the crew goes in, with the room filled with hundreds of urns, which as on obvious nod to Alien. There is a giant humanoid head there, obviously a reference to the Engineers, the mural depicting the xenomorph which is either an altar, a doorway to the room containing the creatures or some sort of prophecy. And then there is a mural depicting Engineer creating a creature - the Engineer has a rip in his rib - sounds familiar? It is one of the scenes and images in the movie that suggests that birth comes through sacrifice. That "In order to create you need to destroy first".

One of the most ambiguous things in the story is what happened to Engineers 2000 years ago that caused them to conclude with a certain plan and also over lapsed with the death of many of them - that is the point where I think the movie links to the Engineer we see in Alien - there is also a pile of dead engineers with holes in their chest and holographs that show Engineers running away from something. Oh my, what could that be? I think we all know what it was. As for the choice of the date - 2000 years ago - I applaud Scott and the writers for this courage. There are some links to Christianity as well in the film's most creepy moment as this scene takes place on Christmas time. Considering the prior medical condition of the person we see during it and what is happening in the scene the film really puts a sinister and bold spin on one of the most revered religious events in the society by drawing such parallels to it.
It all makes a room for so many theories - the simplest one and I hope the correct one as Damon Lindelof has this horrible habit of creating great story arcs just to deliver retarded answers in conclusion - is that the Engineers created humans and then 2000 years ago as they decided to wipe us out they decided to use their different creation - xenomorphs. Only those escaped, killed some of the Engineers and only one (on this particular planet) survived. Another one who was carrying the cargo, presumably to Earth, crashed on the planet from Alien while already being infected.

Of course there is the big question Elizabeth Shaw asks - why do they want to destroy us? Are we also Prometheus who became to powerful? Does it tie to beginning to Christianity? Scott said the following - "But if you look at it as an “our children are misbehaving down there” scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, “Lets’ send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it. Guess what? They crucified him."
Forget the myth of Prometheus for a moment - what about the Bible? Lucifer being jealous of the love God has for people. Are Engineers jealous of us? Are they in fact not the God but the Devil? What other science fiction movie made me wonder like that? The question is - there is no such science fiction movie. It is only the best of art that makes you wonder. Or is it perhaps that the humans became too advanced and the invitation is in fact a trap? The anger of the Engineer when he sees this old feeble man demanding immortality is not something shocking - it is completely understandable.

The film goes beyond that - Shaw keeps asking her questions, never missing the mark - if they created us, who created them? It's a bottomless pit, something you will probably never discover answer to. In comparison to the eternity, the vastness of time and space, we are almost like parasites and if there is God out there who created us, our attempts at getting our answers must be a real source of amusement for him. What if he simply doesn't care or worse yet - wants us gone? Just like David does, another "being" that will never die and doesn't know fear.
The film, while being the best science fiction movie I've seen in a long time, has some flaws that really puzzled me. I'm not going to sit here pretending it is a perfect film, but with all of the ideas it put in my head, "the trick is not minding that it hurts". For the scene with Janek and the two guys on Prometheus right before collision to occur in a movie like that is unbelievable to me. That scene was so God damn stupid and cheesy I felt so hurt watching it that I thought somebody just slapped me across the face.

I mean really what the hell was that. "Hands up!"? What? Oh Yey, we are going to die so let's cheer? Apart from Janek there are two other guys in this moment and that scene made me think of Avatar and it's just horrible that it happened. It seems so out of place in this movie, many people complain about the scene with the snake-like creature, but honestly "Hands up!" takes the freaking cake.
Another flaw is the editing - people keep saying script is bad, but it's not - it's the way the movie is edited that is the real problem. While in first two thirds of the film it's not that noticeable, it is a great shame the thrilling third act is crippled because of that. Most of the scenes from the third act of the film are obviously meant to be longer as we saw numerous shots not featured in the film in various trailers and TV spots.

I do not know what happened but keeping in mind what happened to David Fincher with Alien 3 I am inclined to blame FOX. They most likely forced Scott to keep the movie close to 2 hours of run time. As with all Scott's movies I'm hoping Director's Cut which will include more than 20 minutes of additional material will remedy the situation.
In the effect Prometheus is the rare case of movie.where scene where the characters are running away from something should be included. There are many threats to the characters in the film and there are always two results - either death or quick resolution. In Alien there was only one creature which mercilessly massacres the crew and the whole movie dealt with them running away, trying to kill it, hiding from it. In Prometheus creature attacks as much as effective are simply to short, especially near the end of the movie.

Also - there is something very memorable that happens to Shaw - the Christmas related thing I mentioned before - and after it happens nobody mentions it. What? Things go so fast in third act of the movie, the film lacks reactions and interactions between characters. The pace is racing and that's good as it makes for entertaining scenes, but with set up like the one we see in the wreckage of Prometheus I really hoped for longer conclusion.
There have been a lot of talk about the marketing for the movie spoiling the film - as I feel FOX went too far, especially with the fact we see the collision in the trailers - the ending to the movie was a huge surprise to me - it was creepy, grotesque, unexpected and scary as hell. It is one of the film's finest moments along with my favorite moment from trailers - the scene where Shaw is composing herself - which is inexcusably shortened in the movie, but because of additional shots of her trying to pull herself together, is still very effective.

The film's visual effects are great and the design of the ships is fantastic - I do not know much about this stuff as I never pay much attention to things like that in science fiction films but Prometheus looked fantastic. The scene with David in the holograph is simply stunning, as is the sand storm approaching Prometheus at one point and the debris after the collision which really astonishes with its scale and the masterful effects.
Marc Streitenfeld's score, while not impressive as stand alone album, worked quite well in the movie especially during all the creepy scenes and the most visually impressive moments. There was a lot of complaining about music playing too often in the movie - I didn't notice that. What I felt was missing where the chilling sounds used in original trailer for Alien and all the trailers for Prometheus. I don't know why films almost never use the trailer music as people waiting for certain movies really start to identify the films they are waiting for with those superbly chosen tracks.

The concept art for the film reveals certain things that only show how much detail is hidden everywhere in the movie - the murals changing in the temple, the very images on them, even the design of the Derelict - Engineers' ship - all have deeper meaning, one that is very easy to escape the viewer upon the first watching of the movie. In the spirit of Alien the creatures were not just made with the CGI but also using the puppets - in the film's most memorable scene the creature - while still being locked after being removed - is CGI but when it breaks free and starts moving its numerous tentacles to the main heroine's horror - it is a puppet, much like the one used in the infamous chestbuster scene.
1) concept art from "Prometheus - the art of the film" 2) the same image hidden in the mural in the movie
CGI creature that is replaced with practical effects in the next shots
The ship in the movie and the symbol - The Ouroboros which represents eternal return, the cycle.
The film is a gorgeous visual spectacle and a great story with strong characters and thought provoking ideas. I am certain I will see it many more times and I simply cannot wait for the sequel as it will feature two of my favorite characters from the movie. You either are the one who dismisses the film because of "plot holes" or the one who loves it and who was left thinking about it for weeks after seeing it. I belong to the second group.

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