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Prometheus

sci-fi & fantasy


Now in Digital HD. Stay tuned after the credits for alternate scenes. Legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to his sci-fi origins in this epic adventure bursting with spectacular action and mind-blowing visual effects.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    69%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5

New Alien movie has strong themes, violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Prometheus is a science fiction/horror movie that's somewhat related to director Ridley Scott's original Alien; it's not as creepy as that film, but it often feels more harrowing and intense. There's some intense monster violence -- mainly attacks, with humans getting torn open or burned. There's also blood and many dead bodies, plus guns, shooting, and flamethrowers. Characters are shown in the beginning stages of sex, and other characters talk about sex. Language is fairly strong, including one use of "f--k," several "s--t"s, and other words. Adult characters are shown drinking socially (or smoking cigars), and one is shown drinking too much.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Prometheus' violence. How does it relate to the creating/destroying themes? Is any of the violence gratuitous, or is it necessary to the story?
  • Is the movie scary? Are the actions scarier than the ideas? Is the movie scarier or less scary than the previous Alien movies?
  • How strong is our impulse to create? Is it stronger than our impulse to destroy?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    73%
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  • Audience

    69%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] The truth is i'm more positive about Prometheus than a lot of people. When I first wrote this review before reassessing the film I was in ways proud to call this my 600th (overall) RT rating. Firstly, there isn't any denying that Prometheus is a noticeably flawed film but there is also a lot to admire to make up for it. But as a prequel to "Alien", it certainly doesn't work on that level, because trying to give explanation to it using the same tone is near impossible, even for such a magnificent director such as Ridley Scott. But what he does with Prometheus if considered a stand alone, is something incredibly moving. I think it's good enough to be remembered as that. After the end of my screening everyone around me seemed to be dissapointed by it, except me. Because I am sick of watching simplistic science fiction movies with no substance whatsoever, that pose no questions or engage the audience and there own independent imaginations. After the credits rolled I had no more doubts that a 130 million dollar alien movie can be brave enough to actually pull that off. Especially considering it's relation to a groundbreaking horror blockbuster that revolutionised the sci-fi movie industry forever. I was enthralled at how proud it was of itself, but also how it demonstrated it's respect for it's genetic roots. Apart from that there are terrific performances in the film. Scott demonstrates that he remembers how important how character relationships work and makes them believable and human. Noomi Rapace's incredibly brave and strong willed character performance matches if not improves upon Sigourney Weaver's original. But Michael Fassbender as the android is the most scene stealing contributor of the new crew. I'm also not a huge fan of CGI, but there were a lot of moments where the miraculous visuals completely stunned me. I've noted people's complaints about the use of 3D, there aren't any pop out moments but instead it enhanced the effects and crated the illusion that you were in the films environments. It was slightly dissapointing but i've seen worse uses of 3D. My overall opinion on the long anticipated prequel to one of the most succesful movies ever made, is simple, I think it improves upon it's predecessors in terms of philosophy and meaning, other than that it is completely uncomparable to Alien because they are two completely different films despite being set in the same universe as eachother. I was just glad to see a movie that actually had a brain in it's head to match everything else. But all in all, I found it to be creepy, terrificaly designed entertainment, that's remarkably admirable, intelligent, and awe inspiring on a massive scale.

- aquateen2, Friday, November 23, 2012

4 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] The truth is i'm more positive about Prometheus than a lot of people. When I first wrote this review before reassessing the film I was in ways proud to call this my 600th (overall) RT rating. Firstly, there isn't any denying that Prometheus is a noticeably flawed film but there is also a lot to admire to make up for it. But as a prequel to "Alien", it certainly doesn't work on that level, because trying to give explanation to it using the same tone is near impossible, even for such a magnificent director such as Ridley Scott. But what he does with Prometheus if considered a stand alone, is something incredibly moving. I think it's good enough to be remembered as that. After the end of my screening everyone around me seemed to be dissapointed by it, except me. Because I am sick of watching simplistic science fiction movies with no substance whatsoever, that pose no questions or engage the audience and there own independent imaginations. After the credits rolled I had no more doubts that a 130 million dollar alien movie can be brave enough to actually pull that off. Especially considering it's relation to a groundbreaking horror blockbuster that revolutionised the sci-fi movie industry forever. I was enthralled at how proud it was of itself, but also how it demonstrated it's respect for it's genetic roots. Apart from that there are terrific performances in the film. Scott demonstrates that he remembers how important how character relationships work and makes them believable and human. Noomi Rapace's incredibly brave and strong willed character performance matches if not improves upon Sigourney Weaver's original. But Michael Fassbender as the android is the most scene stealing contributor of the new crew. I'm also not a huge fan of CGI, but there were a lot of moments where the miraculous visuals completely stunned me. I've noted people's complaints about the use of 3D, there aren't any pop out moments but instead it enhanced the effects and crated the illusion that you were in the films environments. It was slightly dissapointing but i've seen worse uses of 3D. My overall opinion on the long anticipated prequel to one of the most succesful movies ever made, is simple, I think it improves upon it's predecessors in terms of philosophy and meaning, other than that it is completely uncomparable to Alien because they are two completely different films despite being set in the same universe as eachother. I was just glad to see a movie that actually had a brain in it's head to match everything else. But all in all, I found it to be creepy, terrificaly designed entertainment, that's remarkably admirable, intelligent, and awe inspiring on a massive scale.

- aquateen2, Friday, November 23, 2012

4 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] The truth is i'm more positive about Prometheus than a lot of people. When I first wrote this review before reassessing the film I was in ways proud to call this my 600th (overall) RT rating. Firstly, there isn't any denying that Prometheus is a noticeably flawed film but there is also a lot to admire to make up for it. But as a prequel to "Alien", it certainly doesn't work on that level, because trying to give explanation to it using the same tone is near impossible, even for such a magnificent director such as Ridley Scott. But what he does with Prometheus if considered a stand alone, is something incredibly moving. I think it's good enough to be remembered as that. After the end of my screening everyone around me seemed to be dissapointed by it, except me. Because I am sick of watching simplistic science fiction movies with no substance whatsoever, that pose no questions or engage the audience and there own independent imaginations. After the credits rolled I had no more doubts that a 130 million dollar alien movie can be brave enough to actually pull that off. Especially considering it's relation to a groundbreaking horror blockbuster that revolutionised the sci-fi movie industry forever. I was enthralled at how proud it was of itself, but also how it demonstrated it's respect for it's genetic roots. Apart from that there are terrific performances in the film. Scott demonstrates that he remembers how important how character relationships work and makes them believable and human. Noomi Rapace's incredibly brave and strong willed character performance matches if not improves upon Sigourney Weaver's original. But Michael Fassbender as the android is the most scene stealing contributor of the new crew. I'm also not a huge fan of CGI, but there were a lot of moments where the miraculous visuals completely stunned me. I've noted people's complaints about the use of 3D, there aren't any pop out moments but instead it enhanced the effects and crated the illusion that you were in the films environments. It was slightly dissapointing but i've seen worse uses of 3D. My overall opinion on the long anticipated prequel to one of the most succesful movies ever made, is simple, I think it improves upon it's predecessors in terms of philosophy and meaning, other than that it is completely uncomparable to Alien because they are two completely different films despite being set in the same universe as eachother. I was just glad to see a movie that actually had a brain in it's head to match everything else. But all in all, I found it to be creepy, terrificaly designed entertainment, that's remarkably admirable, intelligent, and awe inspiring on a massive scale.

- aquateen2, Friday, November 23, 2012