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    PROMETHEUS Review

    Like its ill-fated protagonists, Prometheus‘ greatest sin is overreach, which is a shame for a movie that manages to grasp so much. Director Ridley Scott has refined and polished his return to the Alien universe by creating a self-contained mystery that falters when he attempts to answer an unasked question of his classic 1979 film. While he doesn’t come close to recapturing the magic of his original film (an almost an unfair expectation), he does manage to give Prometheus a unique majesty through gorgeous visuals, a thrilling pace, delightful sci-fi horror, and a slew of fantastic performances with a standout turn by Michael Fassbender. However, some sloppy narrative shortcuts and a jumbled thematic through-line keep the flame from igniting into an all-consuming blaze.
    This seems to be the overwhelming thought coming out of all the reviews. But it's still good...the consensus seems to be that it's a really good film that just falls short of something special. The 3d is getting great write ups across the board as being the textbook example of how the medium should be used.
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    Review: Prometheus | CHUD.com

    It’s not the answers that disappoint, but how the film provides those answers that rings uninspired. Damon Lindelof’s script (working off an earlier draft by Jon Spaihts) is engaging in broad stokes, but takes far too many shortcuts and shoddy character beats– infusing the film with a B-level of cheese that Scott, along with screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (also David Glier and Walter Hill, uncredited), were able to avoid with Alien...



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    ...It’s a lazy way to tell a story, and the filmmakers go to that well far too often.

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    Just saw it. I'm a sucker for epic science fiction and I was mesmerized while watching it. It's certainly delivers in that aspect, the visuals are tremendous and there are a couple of very intense scenes. I was caught up in the whole thing and despite a few flaws I still had that "wow"-feeling after it ended. Unfortunately after just a few moments of reflection I started to doubt Prometheus' greatness and to be honest, there's not as much substance to this movie as I would have liked. It's good but doesn't deliver on an emotional level, I never felt bad for any character that died. Some motivations are unclear, some exposition is hurried and clunky, the story doesn't quite add up... It's almost as if the movie had been badly cut just before release, it needed a couple more scenes to fix those things. I'm hoping there's a director's cut coming that can smooth things out but that's probably asking too much.

    Anyway, still good if you're into sci-fi but don't expect to be blown away by the story.

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    Movie Review: Prometheus | Geeks of Doom

    In 1968, New York film critic Andrew Sarris called Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey a complete disaster. “It is much too abstract to make its abstract points.” A film that is now considered a masterpiece was initially dismissed by critics as being intellectually obscure and inordinately long. The same can be said for Scott’s own 1982 future-noir classic, Blade Runner, which left audiences and critics polarized by its complexity.

    Prometheus doesn’t have all the answers. It’s a challenging, possessing work of art that deserves your careful attention and should be thoughtfully interpreted instead of having a simplified meaning assigned to it. Some will recognize its genius. Others will see nothing but inconsistencies, plot-holes, and “lazy writing.” The same was said for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner – now two of the American Film institute’s 100 greatest films of all time.

    Chronologically speaking, yes, Prometheus is a predecessor to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, Alien. The word ‘prequel,’ however, communicates to an audience that they already know the ending. This is not the case with Prometheus. The mythology established by Scott, Spaihts, and Lindelof has bits and pieces of Alien DNA interwoven throughout, but ultimately Prometheus is an original science-fiction story. You won’t see Xenomorphs ****ing each other for a goddamn percentage (or Paul Reiser, for that matter).

    Much like Terrence Malick’s nebulous The Tree of Life or Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Prometheus is an engaging, inspired piece of cinema that encourages speculation yet confirms nothing
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    I saw Prometheus tonight and I liked the movie a lot. BUT I want all those open questions answered tho! They wrote the movie with a sequel in mind to answers the viewers questions. I liked the theme and I'm hoping for more on this story line. Either graphic novels or even video games if a sequel is not made in the future
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    seems to be another major complaint...that the movie has 'sequel-itis'.
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    Really? I can't even imagine how a sequel would play out.

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    Prometheus :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews

    Roger Ebert's review, seems like he loved it. Some spoilers though.
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    Extremely disappointing film. Waste of time.

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