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496 of 588 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but with flaws
Don't be put off by the silly 1 star reviews on here because although prometheus isn't perfect and has flaws, it's still a magnificently crafted intelligent sci-fi film that challenges you to think. The problem was that the hype damaged this film, if you hype something for that long and that hard, then there will always be a degree of anti-climax, it's happened before and...
Published on 1 Sep 2012 by Mr. Russell C. Witheyman

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2.0 out of 5 stars A grand vision presented through frost-encrusted spectacles
There are a few features of this film that will impress many people such as the sets, the scope of the story and the evocative connections with the Alien franchise. This does not make up for the glaring lack of a plot and numerous shortcomings in character development. In fact the different sections of the story fail to connect: not the opening teaser, not the meaningless...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A grand vision presented through frost-encrusted spectacles, 10 Aug 2014
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There are a few features of this film that will impress many people such as the sets, the scope of the story and the evocative connections with the Alien franchise. This does not make up for the glaring lack of a plot and numerous shortcomings in character development. In fact the different sections of the story fail to connect: not the opening teaser, not the meaningless cave paintings, not the inexplicable enthusiasm of the crew to take on a mission that they do not understand, not the apparent lack of any appreciation for safe practice, not the almost total absence of any scientific analysis or just common sense in their behaviour on the planet surface or in the spaceship. The characters display a disconcerting lack of regard for one another typified by their apparent lack of concern at the mounting death toll which itself stems from their reckless disregard for risks and unprofessional conduct. The overall presentation might as well be a devious attempt to warn against all forms of space exploration.
I feel obliged here to raise a protest at the overly revisited theme of the origin of life on Earth being ascribed to alien intervention. This seems to be exhibiting the hallmarks of some kind of psychotic obsession on the part of Hollywood film producers and scriptwriters.
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496 of 588 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but with flaws, 1 Sep 2012
Don't be put off by the silly 1 star reviews on here because although prometheus isn't perfect and has flaws, it's still a magnificently crafted intelligent sci-fi film that challenges you to think. The problem was that the hype damaged this film, if you hype something for that long and that hard, then there will always be a degree of anti-climax, it's happened before and it'll happen again. People went in with ridiculous expectations and that's why there are so many stupid 1 or 2 star reviews - they never took it for what it was! to compare this,as some did on here, to "The phantom menace" is pathetic and childish to say the least.

The main problem with Prometheus is clearly it's unanswered questions, my opinion is that this will play better when the sequel arrives as it's really just act 1 of a 2 or 3 act play, that said there's still lots to enjoy here, namely Michael Fassbenders brilliant performance as David the Android, the exceptional design work,stunning fx and Naomi Rapace who is excellent in only her 2nd Hollywood role.

Fed up of silly robots smashing things up,superheroes and vacuous teen vampire movies? want sci fi but with a brain? then this movie is for you, sure it's not perfect but its miles better than most movies out there at the moment.
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174 of 207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with lot's of extras on the 3D version, 18 Oct 2012
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This is a great film in it's own right, even Ridley says it's not really a prequel, it's just that the idea for this film came about from elements of the first Alien film. Just watch it for what it is, a great piece of Sci-Fi.
Just a gripe now towards Amazon, Why don't you list the extras on any of your DVD / Blu Ray's? This would help many people in deciding which version of the disc to buy. Now originally I was going to buy the film which just came with a digital copy, this was around 15, or I could go for the copy which also had the 3D version, but not having a 3D TV I thought this would be a waste of time and an extra 5. But it wasn't until I read through a load of reviews where someone said to go for the 3D version as it had a film makers documentary which is 3.5 hours long, this I believe does not come with the other version. So I ordered the 3D version (which also has the normal 2D blu Ray version) which does indeed come with a 3.5 hour documentary, but that's not all, there is over 7 hours of bonus features on this disc, which are as follows:

Deleted scenes including alternate beginning and ending
making of Prometheus in depth documentary
Audio commentaries
The Peter weyland files
Weyland corp archive
Plus a Mobile app
Plus more

So if you like your extras then the 3D version is the way to go
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Pretentious mess, 18 Nov 2012
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Lots of gore and illogical stupid scenes,even Alien 3 was better then this so called prequel which even spoils the mystery of the first Alien film,a totally weird mess of a film.The Blue was good picture wise,no surround so can not comment and a good deleted scene with Guy Pearce as a younger Weyland giving a talk at a conference which had some real punch to it,same the film did not but even a so called famous Ridley Scott Director's cut will not fix this,one of the worse films i have ever seen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Feeble !, 17 Aug 2014
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One of the worst science fiction films I have ever seen (and I watch them all). The writers of this film have no idea how aircrew, pilots, engineers, technicians and scientists interact on large scale investigative missions, nor how such missions are planned, constructed and implemented. Some spurious characters appear to have been inserted in the plot because of...what ? their physical appearance ? their acting ability ? Watch this with the sound off, because the graphical effects are good, but listening to the ludicruous and laughable plot will have you throwing something at your expensive flatscreen before the first 20 minutes is past.
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187 of 230 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Blu-ray NOT the movie, 8 Oct 2012
To put it simply I'm going to review the actual content of the blu ray not the film, there are loads of film sites/magazines you can view if you want a review of the movie i'm going to talk about what seems to get ignored the actual product you are buying!

I will just note, I love the film and think it was way over hyped and this led to people thinking it was going to be the best movie ever so it could never live up to these high standards. Just please ignore all the 1 star reviews, this is certainly not a 1 star movie.

The picture
Prometheus is a good looking film on blu ray, it certainly not the best looking blu ray. Ironcally Alien (A film from the 1970's) looks better on Blu ray. There is some grain but there has been a lot worse in recent years.

The Extras
The Blu ray really shines here. Firslty you get a proper itunes digital copy not a rubbish UV digtial copy. You can also chose to download a Windows Media Player file instead, if you don't use itunes, that will work on msot devices. There is a large handfull of deleted scenes each with a cool little explain of why they were cut and what they add to the film. There is also an alternative beginning and ending. The deleted scenes are separate from the movie and cannot be viewed as part of the film, in say a director's cut format.

There is also a strange feature called the "Weyland files" which gives a deeper view into the "Alien/Promethues Universe". there is also commentaries which are good but really only for Alien/Prometheus super fans, the causal viewer will be bored. Finally there is a really cool dual screen feature.

If you have an ipad you can download a free app on the app store (just search prometheus and you will find it), then you sync the app to you blu ray player (you need a BD live enabled player for this) and then as you watch the movie extra features and facts will come up on your ipad at points during the film. It is an amazing feature that I hope to see more of, I noted in Dutch app store there were dual screen apps for the Avengers and Spider Man, whilst they dont work in the UK hopefully this shows that film companies are going to start using this feature more often. Also note the app at the time of wrtting was only avalaible on iPad but I have been informed that it is now available on other app stores as well.

Verdict
So far this year it has been a disapointing year for Blu ray releases most have been pretty poor, The Avengers and The Hunger Games were a little lacking but Prometheus bucks this trend and gives a truly great bly ray package well worth your money and time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In space "you can" hear a toilet flush, 28 July 2014
This review is from: Prometheus [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
So we have come from a "Aliens snot filled nose" absolute rubbish!! this film is so "foolish" that "Blazing saddles" has "more intelligence into the mysteries of our birth".A map maker that gets lost!! a scientist who studies ancient cultures,but does not care about a "Alien culture unknown to man".A woman that cannot have babies but gives birth to a bunch of bananas!!.An "engineer" that could not fix a toaster is awaken and starts falling over from an hangover!!.An old fart wearing some bionic walking frame that mumbles about being a god (well at that age we all do).Some woman commander in a silver suit that seems to have an "incontinence problem" I am not surprised shes standing so tight ha ha ha...Two alien worm creatures created from pools of black alien snot!! which seems to just have been "sneezed" all over the place.Urns or pots left unwashed all over the place,then to top it all a Hologram of some "engineers" running for the bog ha ha ha...I am not surprised they left for paradise!!.A "flute" that can start "electronic equipment" (i can makes noises like that without a flute) Then some "alien rubber puppet thing that yawns" comes through the engineers chest (you can get syrup for that condition) that part was like watching "Sooty and Sweep" appearing.Then the woman scientist starts ranting about travelling to their home world to tell about them "interior decorating".
Apart from Micheal Fassbender as "David" the porridge eating robot toilet cleaner (Lawrence of Arabia imposter) who really does not care thats what I thought of this so called "Aliens" film,Ridley scott should make his "deep boring meaningful cobblers" some where else and "NOT" in the aliens universe!!
"ALIEN" was a classic and you were responsible for that "Classic" so why?? make this "load of old cobblers!! Mr Scott ?? as the word "classic" will not be used with this!! more the "classic" sound of flushing toilets....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous., 7 Aug 2014
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What an absolute load of garbage. I had high hopes for this film and feel cheated out of the money I paid for it by the people who made the film. The characters are entirely unbelievable - why would you populate a mission that required people working in a team in a testing environment with unhinged loonies?
Why was the old man played by Guy Pearce?
What was the android trying to achieve?
What was the point of the opening sequence - why wasn't it followed up? It would have made for a better film if it was.
How did they deduce what the beings were doing on the planet?
Why do they have flame throwers?
Why did she eject the escape pod then leave the ship at the end - why not go in the escape pod?
How did Prometheus bring down the big craft? When it hit the ground, which must have been a bigger impact, it remained in one piece.
Why did the engineers "invite" humans to the planet? What was the point?

And loads more.
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139 of 173 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prometheus: An Admirable Mess, 25 Aug 2012
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Let me start by saying that Prometheus is a bit mess of themes and plot points not helped by some poor editing choices (this should have been Terry Rawling's gig), but it's an admirable mess that attempts to open the Alien series up to a much bigger sci-fi canvas. The series has been stuck in the formula of attempting to ape the action and pacing of James Cameron's Aliens since Alien Resurrection "graced" our cinema screens in '97 and any potential expansion of the universe since has been merely hinted at rather than properly explored.

When making Alien, Ridley Scott and writer Dan O' Bannon originally intended for the universe to be far wider in cinematic scope. Unfortunately a constrictive budget held them back from exploration beyond the bare essential. This forced Scott and crew to cut back, even bringing the then unfinished fossilised Space Jockey set in to question with worried studio heads (a battle Scott fortunatly won). Paul WS Anderson's later Alien vs Predator may have shamelessly ripped off a few of these lost story elements (resulting in a begrudging story credit for Dan O'Bannon) but they were wasted on poor direction and a narrative more interested in WWF style alien on alien wrestling. With Prometheus Scott has finally managed to take the series back to the places he originally intended to explore, resulting in a film that, much like 2001, tackles the relationship between men and their makers amongst many other things (like who the Space Jockey was, why was he transporting those eggs and what they were originally intended for). And now the door has been left swinging in the wind, wide open for any kind of imaginative or ghastly sci-fi tale or landscape.

Where Prometheus fails is in the single mindedness of it's main characters (not to mention the stupidity that some display in serving the plot). The narrative is also somewhat bogged down with attempts to provide moments between the obvious cannon fodder background characters when it should be affording its leads with depth. Despite this Prometheus succeeds in providing the series with its most interesting character since Ripley bowed out in Alien 3. Micheal Fassbender's David is a revelation. One part Bishop, two parts Ash and a mystery throughout. Both an enigma and a pleasure to watch. Unfortunately like many characters in the film, the editing betrays him and we're left with a couple of half developed but nonetheless interesting sub-plots (like the love triangle between himself, Shaw and Holloway). The film reeks of the feeling that much like Kingdom of Heaven, there's a great film bubbling under the surface of a merely good one.

Because of these half developed sub-plots, Prometheus feels as if half a film. Not only does it ask more questions than it answers (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) it ends as if part one of an ongoing tale rather than as a self contained narrative. All setup, primed and ready to pay off in later instalments to the franchise. The parting shot also translates as a poorly judged fan service, squandering potential for a significant beastie in the execution. The primary problem being that Scott and the writing staff had built the creature up to be the film's big bad, hinting at the kind of devastation it rained down on the race of Engineers 2000 years before. Unfortunately they only provide the creature with a scant few seconds to shine. It's another halfway developed sub-plot waiting to be expanded in an inevitable sequel. And yet despite these misgivings Prometheus manages to entertain and engage throughout.

Refreshingly the film doesn't pander to audiences by over explaining each and every plot point. And though the film does provide a few answers to key questions fans have about the Space Jockey characters and their race it does well not to destroy the mysticism surrounding them and their culture. Not to mention that the production design is top notch, rivalling the aesthetic excitement and intrigue of sci-fi films twice Prometheus' budget. Scott is truly a wizard of aesthetic pleasure. The entire look, feel and atmosphere is exactly what you would want from an Alien film. Prometheus is flawed but pure sci-fi and demands a second viewing. It harkens to a time when sci-fi films explored big themes and dared to delve beyond popcorn visuals. Overall, Prometheus is a solid sci-fi tale that offers further promising and exciting places to explore in the Alien universe. Now, I can't remember the last time I felt that about a film related to the Alien series.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible but terribly average, 19 Jun 2014
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Despite all the vitriolic fanboy scorn and savagery it was met with from those with unrealistic expectations of the Second Coming, Prometheus isn't the greatest crime against cinema of the 21st Century. Unfortunately it is very bland. On paper it has everything it needs to work: a decent story, solid production design, excellent special effects and some talented actors, yet all four elements largely underwhelm. The idea of a scifi retelling of the Prometheus myth is a good one, and the attempt to do something new with the Alien franchise admirable but the workmanlike screenplay is defiantly ordinary, Ridley Scott never managing to bring an interesting enough visual approach to hide its deficiencies the way he did with Alien while excellent special effects come as standard these day so can't add the kind of awe or sense of wonder they did in 1979. The characters are thinly drawn and the cast can't do much more than play the same note with them: Noomi Rapace smiles a lot because she doesn't know what's coming, Charlize Theron pays the cold corporate bitch while Michael Fassbender's android with a hidden agenda spends half the film quoting lines from Lawrence of Arabia in his best HAL 9000 voice, inadvertently just reminding you of more ambitious filmmaking.

It plods along from plot point A to plot point B to plot point C with the kind of professionalism that's rarely seasoned with imagination, the setpieces unfolding competently but without inspiration or directorial flourish, let alone excitement. Where Alien took a pulp story and treated it like a work of art (albeit an at times soporifically paced one), this takes a potentially more intriguing story and turns it into something almost anyone could have made. Unusually for anything Damon Lindelof had a hand in things pick up in the last half hour, but you don't really care much who'll live or die. For the faithful there are enough nods to the previous films to tick the requisite boxes (although there's one major continuity issue if this is indeed set on the same planet) while Marc Streitenfeld's score occasionally references Jerry Goldsmith's motifs from Alien but never does much to create an atmosphere of unease of its own: while it seems churlish to criticise one of the few recent scores to actually have a main theme, it's one that does seem to belong to a completely different film. Ultimately it's the kind of film where the only thing you'll probably remember about it a few days after seeing it is that you can't remember much about it aside from the mind-numbing stupidity of one astronaut who, when confronted by a King Cobra-like alien, tries to pet it because he thinks it's cute. Still, at least it makes a change from being chased through corridors by xenomorphs, and it could have been much worse - at one point the director of the listless 47 Ronin fantasy remake was scheduled to make it.

The 3D/2D Blu-ray Blu-ray release has a surfeit of extras, including a whole exclusive disc with a lengthy making of documentary, featurettes and trailers, while the standard edition makes do with deleted scenes (lengthy but largely disposable), audio commentaries and a few additional featurettes.
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