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516 of 616 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible but terribly average
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,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible but terribly average, 19 Jun 2014
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down., 3 Dec 2014
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Mr. G. Robinson "garyrobinson15" (North Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Prometheus [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
When Alien fans first heard in 2009 that Ridley Scott was making an "Alien prequel or sequel" many of them almost wet their pants in anticipation. The next two years or so of deliberate "leaks" from the set, teaser trailers, and constant comments on social media sites brought the excitement felt by fans to very near fever pitch. I know this because I was one of them.

However the result of all that anticipation was a poor film that left a lot of fans scratching their heads and in some instances asking for their money back. It is generally accepted that Prometheus promised much and delivered little.

Whereas Alien was mean and lean supremely efficient filmmaking complete with believable characters, stunning imagery, claustrophobic realistic sets, fabulous model work, a truly terrifying Alien, a simple but effective screenplay (people trapped somewhere with a monster picking them off one by one)and convincing scant dialogue peppered with profanity, Prometheus is none of these things.

It is however very wordy, people talk a lot, Roomi Rapace is no Ripley, the huge script is often juvenile, a screenplay full of people standing around talking, Charlie Theron and Guy Pearce are completely wasted in silly unnecessary roles. The film takes an age to get going but you do have to listen to all that family angst trotted out by Waylan first. Mr Scott's direction is at best pedestrian and at worst on autopilot. The finesse often apparent seems in short supply here; perhaps he was less than optimistic about the project after reading that leaden script and slow screenplay.

If you do get to the second and much better half of the film, you then have to accept generic seen before movie scientists, not only being incredibly unscientific but bloody stupid to boot. Remember those Star Trek landing parties where the guys at the back in the red shirts always got themselves killed so the main characters can carry on in the show, well you can watch this old fashioned technique all over again in a modern mult-imillion Dollar movie today. Not only that but you can see it coming a MILE off. Bad decisions after even worse decisions are made by this incompetent bunch and only David the Android seems to know what is happening or has a real agenda. Played well by Michael Fassbender, the Android was, for me, the only real character in the whole film, oddly enough.

The final 20 minutes are easily the best with the film actually at last coming alive. The family angst, the endless talking, and predictable story, finally takes a back step and the action ramps up. The last 10 minutes are very satisfying with at least some answers to why we have watched for the last two hours. The possibility of a sequel has once again whetted fans appetites for Prometheus 2, but Mr Scott needs to dump all the stuff fans don't want and concentrate on what they do. He's done it before he can do it again.

Finally after a year or so to think on it, I think Prometheus is a poor and regarded by many fans as a missed opportunity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars all in all it is a big disappointment. I got excited once during the whole movie ..., 12 Dec 2014
This review is from: Prometheus (Amazon Instant Video)
Given how much publicity it received, all in all it is a big disappointment. I got excited once during the whole movie - when it finished. the plot does not make much sense, it is disjointed without any common sense in crew behavior or actions. i wont even start on actors skills as there is little you can say about it. plus it feels like a a script was written by a two year old.

Lets look at one thing. two guys got lost and are left behind, the crew back in a ship cant' work out if they are alive when they finally woke up ( even in the first alien movie their suits were fitted with pulse checker!!) Secondly how did they get lost in the first place?!!??After all it is apparently in 2094 but these two boys cant work out if there way back to the ship?? (i am sure they could use Google maps or tom tom to get back to the ship without behaving like two young scouts who forgot their compass),..big dissapointment
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big let down, 15 Nov 2014
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I was so looking forward to this due to the Aliens link. The film is fantastic to look at with wonderful sets and scenery. Sadly the plot is nowhere near as good, with rather senseless events which come across as nothing more than nods to the Alien theme. Left me feeling very let down and disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it, 10 Dec 2014
This review is from: Prometheus (Amazon Instant Video)
Abysmal nonsense. But then what should you expect, Alians 3 onwards were god awful. Ridley scot does great visuals, but that isn't enough to make a good film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange, I was really looking forward to an up ..., 11 Nov 2014
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Strange , I was really looking forward to an up to date Aliens with all the benefits of technology but for me it didn't deliver ?
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516 of 616 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but with flaws, 1 Sep 2012
This review is from: Prometheus (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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181 of 217 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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190 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Blu-ray NOT the movie, 8 Oct 2012
This review is from: Prometheus (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a huge let-down., 28 May 2014
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I seriously wasn't expecting anything great from this. I knew that it wasn't going to be masterpiece like Alien, but I really didn't think that any film by Scott could be this poor. I was sadly mistaken.
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