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3.0 out of 5 stars Technically Fine but Lacks Something, October 25, 2012
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The purpose of Ridley Scott's film "Prometheus" apparently is to explain the origin of what was found on the hostile planet by the group of space travelers in the beginning of the original film "Alien" (1979). The conclusion of "Prometheus" may be rather ambiguous to those not have seen it and seems to be setting us up for yet another sequel.

There are, as expected, amazing optical effects compared to the earlier "Alien" films, but I had difficulty in becoming emotionally involved with the characters in "Prometheus" as I did not in "Alien" and especially in the later film "Aliens." I have had the complete Alien collection for a couple of years now and I still haven't gotten around to watching the third and fourth films in the series and possibly never will.

I'm not sure why, but I am coming to regard "Bladerunner" as my favorite Ridley Scott sci-fi film. In its odd way it perhaps creates characters and a universe you can believe. The Blu-ray release of this film is especially impressive and greatly encourages repeat viewing. While "Bladerunner" cannot boast of the technical sophistication of "Prometheus" there is an atmospheric aspect to "Bladerunner" that cannot be denied that "Prometheus" somehow lacks.
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Initial post: May 3, 2013 3:53:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2013 3:54:17 AM PDT
I don't think this was the beginning of Alien. I don't know the year that the Alien movie was taking place. The images reminded me of the rooms that were in the movie Alien v Predator. the sacrificial chamber, there was a mention of a Pyramid. Walls showed images & one scientist said it looked like they were running away. The images looked like the Alien. I saw all of the hundred's of eggs, burned in another scene. The images of, I'll say ghosts" showed them running. At first they looked like they had faces of an elephant but it occurred to me that the alien was attached to their faces. Have no clue who the spooky ghost white person was. At the end of Alien v Predator the pyramid & everything else was destroyed with the Predator's bomb so I might be wrong. At the end of Prometheus there is an Alien & I'm thinking it's the beginning of a new Alien being born. One thing I have to say is Mr. Whalen is in all movies of the Alien & Alien v Predator. Dies too but seems to come back.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2013 10:37:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2013 6:06:11 AM PDT
The movie "Prometheus" is, of course, a prequel to the first "Alien" film of 1979. The crew of the "Prometheus" are "led" to the alien moon or planet by means of runes discovered on earth in different places and from different times. When they arrive at this planet they are aware that an earlier civilization of giant-sized beings had been there but had been destroyed by the predatory alien creature that we first saw in the film "Alien." Near the end of "Prometheus" we see one of the giant characters, wearing a helmet/face mask seated at the base of what must have been a signal sending apparatus to warn others of the danger loose on this planet.

In "Alien," years later, the crew of the Nostromo pick up this signal and are bound to investigate as stipulated in their contractual agreements with the Weyland company. They discover the fossilized remains of the giant being seated at the apparatus which forms a visual link with the "Prometheus" film.

The "ghosts" of the giant figures seen running through the cavern are wearing helmets with face masks, apparently intended to protect them from the predatory alien entering through their mouths. These are obviously not ghosts as such but the result of a sort of time-warp allowing the crew from Earth to sense what had happened at some past time on this planet.

At the beginning of "Prometheus" we see one of the giant characters drinking a substance that destroys his body causing his DNA spirals to split and reform presumably becoming the seeds of the predatory alien. It is not clear what the motivation is for this character to do this. Is he ignorant of what will happen to him when he drinks it? Is he intending to commit suicide? This is one of the several ambiguities Ridley Scott has provided in this film and partially explains the lack of its acceptance which was so immediate in the film "Alien"

At the conclusion of "Prometheus" we see the space ship shaped like crescent roll taking off presumably for Earth with a predatory alien on board and the crew of the "Prometheus" are instructed to prevent this which they do by crashing the "Prometheus" into it, leaving the "crescent" ship in the wrecked state the crew of the Nostromo in "Alien" discover along with the eggs of the predatory alien. (yum, yum)

There is little of the unbearable tension in this new film since we don't really know or care about the characters in this film as we do with those in "Alien" which, as a film, contains none of the ambiguities which prevent the build up of a sense of involvement and suspense in "Prometheus."

The one surviving member of the "Prometheus" crew, Elizabeth Shaw, decides not to return to Earth but, with the remains of the robot, David, takes one of the remaining spaceships to find the planet of the giant characters we first saw which, of course, indicates a sequel to this film.
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