‘Prometheus’ comes in 2nd in the weekend box office: did you love or loathe it?

I went to see Prometheus this weekend. I wasn’t alone – Ridley Scott’s kind-of/sort-of Alien prequel ended up making $50 million in the US over three days (Friday through Sunday), and it came in second at the box office. Surprising no one, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted won the box office battle with more than $60 in its opening weekend. Family-friendly films, cartoons especially, they always do well. The top five was rounded out by (in order): Snow White and the Huntsman, Men in Black III and The Avengers. Both Madagascar 3 and Prometheus are doing really well overseas too.

Many are calling Promtheus’s opening “strong” and “proof” that Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof (the screenwriter) have some kind of magic touch. Would you like to know what I thought of the film….?


This isn’t a full review or anything, mostly because I’m still trying to figure out if I liked the movie. I didn’t think Prometheus was “great” or mind-blowing or anything like that. It actually reminded me a lot of Lost – debates about science versus faith, debates that go nowhere, plot points forgotten and never resolved, more questions than answers. I think the performances by all of the actors were much better than the meandering and sometimes stupid script deserved.

Obviously, I saw it for Michael Fassbender (mostly) and a little bit for my girl Noomi Rapace. Noomi plays the lead character, and I really hoped she would be strong, tough and kickass in the vein of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Noomi wasn’t. It wasn’t her fault. Damon Lindelof has issues writing for women. Noomi did the best she could do, but at the end of the day she really wasn’t kicking anybody’s ass and some of her lines made me roll my eyes. I will single out Logan Marshall-Green – he’s really sexy in motion, and he has a great body, and I was genuinely sad when some stuff happened to his character. Charlize Theron’s part was basically a throwaway – it felt like she could have been a cut-throat, manipulative hardcore bitch, but again: Lindelof cannot write for women and her character felt like they were trying to give the audience a “reason” to understand why she was the way she was. Idris Elba was basically sleepwalking through his role. Eh.

Do you want to hear more about Fassy? His dong-bot David was the opposite of sexy. He was a cold, freaky bastard and Fassy played him very asexual. There’s a scene – one of my favorite, crazy, “WTF?” scenes in the beginning – of David bleaching his roots while watching Lawrence of Arabia. And it stuck with me because… robots have hair that grows? And David wasn’t a natural blonde? And a robot decides to dye his hair? So f–king random. That’s what the movie was full of – random crap like that, and it’s like you were supposed to put all of these BS pieces together to form some kind of monumental realization about faith and mankind… and it was just kind of meh.

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  1. scotchy says:

    i second that meh, i was so so disappointed. it came out last week in france, and well.. it took a lot for me not to tell my friends in america to not spend their money on this film. it was a huge disappointment.. 🙁

    • Monkey Jim says:

      Meh x 3. I’d rather have hated it than felt – ouch! – a tiny bit bored at times. I went with a friend who had been looking forward to seeing it for months and his dissapointment afterwards was palpable. Didn’t live up to its hype, at ALL.

    • carrie says:

      +1 the incoherent script and the idiot narrative ruin all

    • Amelia says:

      I’m joining the Meh brigade. Like you said, the script could have been so much better. I think the insane viral campaigns set us up to believe it was going to be much better than it was. Too much overexposure.
      I though the actors did a good job considering their material, and I actively squirmed when Noomi’s character has that … well I won’t wreck it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but the bit with the machine took me right to the threshold of my gore-limit.

      • Suzen says:

        I loved Noomi. She blew my mind with that surgery. That is one seriously tough chick… I would have been curled up in a corner sucking my thumb afterwards!

    • Miss Beca says:

      In space, no one can hear your disappointment.

      What a waste of potential.

      • stinky says:

        …my date said “Mr. Scott relied too much on his assistants”. Well put. I say, everyone phoned it in, except the special effects dept. Suck screenplay, laughable dialog, weak character development (beyond weak, really). All the “review praise” I keep reading is nothing short of fraudulent. And trust me – I was drooling in anticipation of this flik!

  2. birdie says:

    I wanted to see it so badly, but after everything I have read, it is not worth watching.

  3. Eve says:

    I was really excited to watch this, but then I read Pajiba’s review and started having second thoughts.

    If one of my friends wants to go with me, I may still watch it in the theaters.

    • mia girl says:

      I’m definitely part of the “meh” parade… but I saw it in IMAX 3D, and I think it made it more enjoyable because the look of the film is fairly stunning and the 3D (which I usually shy away from) was pretty good. So, if you are going to watch it in theaters, I’d recommend seeing this in IMAX if you can

      As far as story, echo everything Kaiser And the Pajiba review said and could add more about inconsistencies, characters that change from scene to scene, etc.

      Fassbender was the most compelling element in the movie.

      • Eve says:

        There are IMAX rooms in Brazil but not where I live (unfortunately — because I’d have loved to watch The Avengers in IMAX). I’ll check it in 3D then.

        The thing about Prometheus is that when I saw the trailer I was mesmerized by its visuals…but I also thought the story would be interesting. After reading a couple of (reliable) reviews, I’m not so sure anymore.

        But you know what really turned me off about it? Roger Ebert’s review. He praised the movie for the same reasons Pajiba’s reviewer criticized it. I’ve been terribly disappointed by Ebert lately — he always seems to have an agenda: if he likes the genre, he’ll find a way to praise the movie regardless of its quality. If he doesn’t, he’ll nitpick everything.

      • mia girl says:

        Eve if you can’t see it in IMAX 3D then I might just skip the extra costs and see it in standard 2D. But regardless of the story issues, I do think it’s definitely worth seeing on a big screen of any kind.

        As far as critics, I’ve come to rely less and less on their reviews. There are a select group I’ll read, and even with that if I want to see a movie, I don’t let it stop me if reviews are negative. There are plenty of movies I’ve loved that we’re “rotten” on RT and others I did not like very much that critics fawned over. Go figure.

      • Eve says:

        Thanks, Mia. I have even more things to consider then…

        But would you believe me if I told you that the ACTUAL reason why I’m still thinking about watching Prometheus in the theater is because the only two theaters (in two malls, 7 screening rooms each) where I live have reduced the number of showings for The Avengers, therefore I can’t go there to watch it again anymore? Like, in one of them there’s only one showing, dubbed in Portuguese (which I refuse to watch) and, at the other theater, the showing starts too late (at 9:20 — too late for me to take the bus back home after watching it, I mean).

        *Have seen The Avengers 4 times and would watch more if there were more showings available.

  4. Bubbling says:

    I will watch it, but it is only because of the casting…

    • birdie says:

      Movie studio bosses must love you 😉

    • Maria_Spain says:

      me too XD,Still waiting for it here in Spain.

      I watched snowhite and didnt feel anithing about it, too disapointed by the end

  5. Michelle says:

    I totally agree with your review. I was not impressed or bought into this movie at all. I thought the dialogue sucked and most of the actors were strangely awful at trying to play serious people. We were going to see it in IMAX and I’m really glad we didn’t pay the extra money. I predict a huge drop off at the box office next weekend.

  6. Lady Lupton says:

    I saw it on the weekend. There were some things I really liked and some I was kind of meh on. Fassy is the best thing about it. I wonder what everyone would be saying if it wasn’t a Ridley Scott film? People would probably slating it.

  7. brin says:

    Awww…I was hoping it would be great! Still may see it cause the hubby wants to.

  8. Beyonce's Bump says:

    I would like to thank the above posters for not sharing any SPOILERS. I can only ask that the subsequent posters PLEASE DO NOT SPOIL THE MOVIE!. I will watch it because of FASSY (I will watch a movie if all he did was stand there and blink), but I am obviously still interested in reading your thoughts on it. PLEASE NO SPOILERS! lol

    • MadMadgeThePartyVadge says:

      I take this to mean you’ve gone through Netfix like I did, and rented all available Fassy movies. If so, how did you like Hunger?? If not, OMG DO NOT WATCH HUNGER!!

  9. Mina says:

    It was HORRIBLE…..like so horrible it was the first time I’ve EVER considered walking out of the theater. Possibly one of the worst screenplays ever written.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Reminds me of when hubs and I went to see that AWFUL remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, with Keanu Reeves! We both sat there, each thinking the other wanted to see it SO BAD; when it was over I said “Thank God it’s over. I was ready to walk out after 10 minutes.” And he said “You too?”

  10. Cathy says:

    Well, I won’t go see it in the over priced theaters. But I may invest in the dvd. They’re usually on sale for cheap when they first come out. So I’ll wait till Walmart gets it.

  11. Cherylr6 says:

    We went to a VIP theater (no one over 21, bistro food and booze, chairs basically recline in to beds.) and all I can say is thank God I had beer and artisnal flatbread to comfort me. It was even interesting a enough to hate.

    My husband assures me that it had merit as science fiction. But he also assured me that I’d have fun taking his sister to Ikea, so… Unless hes under oath, I am no longer taking his word for things.

  12. the original bellaluna says:

    From every review I’ve read, I’ll wait til it’s on DVD or HBO. sigh…it’s always sad when the preview is better than the movie.

    • Eve says:

      sigh…it’s always sad when the preview is better than the movie.

      You’re so absolutely right.

      • stinky says:

        each & every trailer for the flik left me w/ goosebumps! the frightening music crescendo, etc…. i could watch the trailers over & over… but that movie sukked, im SO sorry to say.

    • Frayed_Edges says:

      I agree, the trailer about David really excited me about this movie. But honestly it barely even went into his character.

  13. Adrien says:

    I was supposed to see this this weekend but I’ll have to wait for all the ‘disappointing’ hoopla to die down. I might enjoy this without hearing the collective shout of “just ok”.

  14. evadstructn says:

    I saw it in IMAX 3D. I thought it was great, fantastic special effects and really creepy in parts. Some dumb lines in the script, but that’s Hollywood for ya. Probably best to revisit Alien before seeing Prometheus, it ties in nicely.

    • Camille (The original) says:

      I agree.

      Visually it was amazing and worth seeing it on the big screen and in 3D for that alone.
      I think most people just had ridiculously high hopes for this film and of course were going to be disappointed.
      I thought it was a good (not great) film and certainly is the type of film that you can talk about for days afterwards.

      Fassbender was fantastic as David. He and the visuals were the best parts of the film IMO.

  15. Toot says:

    I’m glad you see the sexiness of Logan now Kaiser, but this movie never looked that great to me, but I hope this movie helps his career

    I’ll wait for HBO.

  16. n. says:

    I think that the majority of people did not really understand this movie.
    Kaiser – the reason why David bleached his hair was because he really wanted to understand us humans and therefore we did all sorta things to come closer to this understanding.
    I think a lot of people wanted to see another Alien-like horror movie but this one was completely diffrent – it was more like a psychological drama that tried to explain where humans come from….and it focused on it.

    + I hate when people watch a movie and only see things they didn’t like and then talk about them excessively.

    and last but not least Kaiser – at the end of the day Fassbender doesn’t play in rom coms or porns so don’t expect him to be sexy when his character is an actual robot!!!!

    • Stacie says:

      I totally agree with your comments . People were expecting the same thing as the other Alien movies. I called this the Thinking woman / man’s pre -Alien . I really enjoyed this movie – granted I’m super new to the sci fi world but it was really good . 🙂

      • Andria says:

        Yes! It was very much a beautiful thinking person’s film. I agree that the script could have been stronger, but this wasn’t a movie that intended to package up all the answers and be brainless fun. It’s disturbing and thought provoking, thanks in large part to Fassbender and Rapace. David is by far the most interesting (and creepy) thing about the movie.

    • mia girl says:

      I understand what you are saying, but I don’t think disappointment in the film stems soley from thinking it was going to be a sci-fi horror movie (at least not for me).

      It was a big story movie, but unfortunately, the story was lacking and inconsistent, and that in any film is frustrating. For example, you said that David dyed his hair because he “wanted” to experience human things, but that is a major character/plot problem right there. He is a robot, who specifically tells Naomi Repace late in the movie that “he can’t want anything” because he is a robot. So why then does he dye his hair to try to emulate Lawrence of Arabia? That has to come from a desire… but as a robot he says he can desire nothing.

      I thought the movie was viuslly stunning and there were some good moments, but as a whole it lacked a cohesive story. I almost feel like it was a longer movie in which they were able to flesh out ideas and characters… but it suffered through the editing process.

      • DreamyK says:

        I really liked it. I saw it in 3D and the first 75% of the movie was fantastic. The ending was meant to create questions and felt a little flat to me. Fassdong played his part well, but considering he was a robot and shouldn’t have emotions, some things didn’t strike me as authentic: Why would he want to *listen* in on someone’s hyperbaric sleep dreams? Why would he watch old movies and study them so he could adopt their speech pattern and hairstyle. Why would he ask a scientist if he would do *anything* to make the mission complete before he introduced the alien virus into the scientists drink? These examples point to emotions that should simply not exist in an android.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        mia girl – So true about story/plot-lines; every review I’ve read cites the myriad of characters with unresolved story lines, a la Lost, which one of the “head guys” on Prometheus did.

    • Izzy says:

      The one criticism I keep hearing which REALLY annoys me is that there are unanswered questions… of course there are! If Ridley Scott hadn’t done that in Alien, well… we would know where the Space Jockey came from, and we wouldn’t have Prometheus now.

      But I would like to see someone other than Damon Lindelof write the sequel. His writing isn’t tight enough to handle complex plotting.

    • Addison says:

      David – Was built to look and ACT human so that HUMANS will be comfortable with a robot. David’s mission is also to find a “Cure for Weyland” (but we are not aware of this until the end).

      Hence David tries to emulate human behavior so that Humans will be comfortable with him. So he studies Elizabeth’s dreams, (files-I’m sure he studied everyone’s files) to find out what she knows about the “aliens”. This is how he was able to read their language and figure out how to open all the doors. He picked Lawrence of Arabia as someone to emulate. So he not only copied speech pattern and behavior but also dyed his hair to “LOOK” like Lawrence of Arabia. If you look at all the things David was doing, it’s actually brilliant. I thought it was cute and I was chuckling through David’s solitary time.

      I enjoyed the movie, It’s a piece of entertainment that was not My Most Favorite of All time. But it was good. I hate all the stupid complaints about Lost. Lost was a good show that was ruined by all the people that didn’t like what was going on. I liked the show just fine. It is my favorite of all time. I own all 6 seasons on Disk.

      Although not as scary as Alien/Aliens the movie was good on it’s own. Don’t know if a sequel should be made especially because of all of the complainers.

      Out of 5 stars I would say 3.5
      Michael was awesome. I love the part where the orientation was going on. Everyone is just lounging on the chairs and he is sitting straight as an arrow. Too Funny.

      • My husband kept calling David “Data.” I think he was being facetious.

      • Addison says:

        paranormalgirl, I don’t know if you are one of the fans that thinks Michael is good looking. If you are maybe your husband was trying to make you mad by calling him Data.

        Michael does a good job. Although David wanted to be human like, the technology did not allow him to be mistaken for human as in the later Alien/Aliens episodes. So he still looked wooden.

      • @addison: not a fan of Fassbender for anything other than his acting. Drew (husband) just thought that the David character was similar to the Data character in Star Trek: TNG.

    • starsh says:

      The reason david was dying his hair and reciting lines from lawrence of arabia was that he was trying to look like Lawrence – he even styled and combed his hair the same way and tried to talk the same. This was just lost on most viewers.

      • Addison says:

        It was lost on some viewers because they stayed away and didn’t read stuff like I did. So I actually watched Lawrence of Arabia a few weeks ago. (I know I’m a dork).

        The director could have done more so that the audience could see that David kept watching Lawrence of Arabia and David repeating. I think this happened once.

        Also there were too many character whose only purpose was to die. If there had been less characters maybe we would have cared when they died. So Yes I liked the movie but I agree with some in that the characters were not developed enough. I think it was because there were too many.

        But people go see it. It was fun enough.

  17. Danziger says:

    Visually stunning, but that’s it. This film really took me for an idiot.

  18. FAN says:

    i enjoyed watching it, fassbender and rapace were good. charlize was meh and lmg was so yummy to look at

  19. cupidtyrox says:

    The problem was obviously the script. Damon Lindelof is a talented writer but he tries to fit in too much storyline in a limited timeframe & he invariably fails. Season one of lost was great but then it became the biggest mess ever after season two. He did the same thing here

  20. TheOriginalKitten says:

    My friend just saw the midnight screening Fri AM and said he didn’t like it. He and I are usually on the same page as far as movies go so that’s a huge deterent for me 🙁
    However, just saw Beasts of The Southern Wild on Wednesday and that was FANTASTIC!

    • Eve says:

      Kitten, I answered your question (about Tahar Rahim) on that other thread about The Fassbender. And posted a link (to one of his recent pictures).

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Awesome, Eve! I’ll check it out right now.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        That pic is amazing, Eve. I just wanna run my fingers through his hair 🙂
        I will most definitely be checking out A Perdre La Raison 🙂

      • Eve says:


        You should check the whole series — he looks adorable in EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them.

        And we totally have that in common: I’d love to run my fingers through his hair too — it’s just so full, and thick, and black, an glossy…*sigh* Me wantee!

  21. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    I was very excited about this movie as I have a keen interest in topics/movies related to aliens. About the debate between science and faith. How human being came into existence. Is there really anybody else in this universe?…
    To be honest, this movie lacks a strong script. There were silly faults. Fassy was ok, not so thrilling. There was no need to kill Charlize Theron’s character. Uhh… There are many more stupid things in the movie.
    Totally disappointed. 🙁

    • Addison says:

      It was completely necessary to kill Theron’s character. This way she won’t be around to drool all over Michael if they decide to do a sequel.

  22. The Original Mia says:

    Read the script synopsis months ago and thought it was meh. Lost all interest in seeing the movie after reading it.

  23. Just U says:

    I avoided any and all promotion for this movie (to the point of leaving the room or walking away from friends who talked about it) and went to see it on opening day.

  24. Chicagogurl17 says:

    Most of the action is solo unbelievable. It was frustrating to have so many good actors without plausible action and a plot that isn’t hashed out. I really wanted better.

  25. renee says:

    I thought Tom Hardy was in this? but I guess that is this Logan Marshall Green?

  26. Just U says:

    Part 2… Silly phone! Anyway, taken at face value as just a movie it was ok. I liked it but its not a game changer. I re-watched Alien the following night and Aliens the night after and while they are good movies the storylines are not too brain taxing.
    As I said, for a popcorn, special effects movie it was good. But it asked a lot of big questions that no movie will be able to answer properly.
    Ambitious is the word I would use but average is the outcome.

  27. apsutter says:

    It was incredibly beautiful to look at but I didn’t think there was much substance to it. It seemed like they had about 20 different writers tweaking the screenplay because none of the characters were consistent or even compelling. There were far to many characters running around that ship to begin with as well. They would focus on a new person and then they would disappear with no explanation. Let’s just say that last weekend my boy toy and I went to a double feature of MIB3 and The Avengers and I was blown away but this weekend left me wanting more.

  28. Nan209 says:

    Fassbender awesome. Rapace respectable. No need for Theron or Pierce characters or storyline. I yawned a lot, scratched my head at the philosophy class I apparently paid to sit through, and wondered about the under developed characters. I was disappointed a the raggedness of the plot. I like a good plot over spectacle. Visually it was great but I didn’t spend $50 (IMAX 3D for 3) to just look at awesome cgi…I need a plot…a well thought out plot.

    It’s too bad. I was really, really looking forward to a smart Syfi flick…what I got was a 3rd rate philosophy class and some really unbelievable action ( after a c- section do you generally just sit right up and run around).

  29. ithar says:

    I saw it in IMAX 3D it was DISGUSTING! At one point i wanted to leave. I can’t believe i paid money to see that!!

    • E says:

      Same here. I was so frustrated that I paid money to see that thing.
      It was like a bad pilot for something that got cancelled! Nobody got to see what happened next and nobody cared! Too bad for me, I was there…

  30. v says:

    Beautiful images,intriguing premise but too many plot holes and poorly written characters that led to uneven performances(with the exception of Fassbender’s android).Still I enjoyed it(sci fi is my favorite genre) and I’d like to see a sequel with some answers and a well-constructed story.
    PS:what,no female engineers? pfff :p

  31. tooey says:

    I liked it a lot and I’ll go see it again with my hubby cuz he was out of town when I went to see it. But, you’re right, the story/script/characters were weak. Not horrifically so, but it’s not a story that really pulls you in and makes you care. The visuals were stunning, however, which is the direction film seems to be going. Cool 3D visuals, weak story and characters. And I didn’t get anything “bigger” out of the faith/science “debate”; it just didn’t exist for me in this story. Weak.

  32. tmnt says:

    Despite what anybody who was involved in the film says, it totally was a prequel.

    The movie had a pretty basic plot and some underdeveloped characters, all which is cleverly disguised with the pretty fantastic CGI.

    Every single person was underused, except Fassbender who I think was he best. Elba could’ve been better had he kept his native accent, Theron doesn’t have much to work with (and a total WTF scene between her and Elba about sex), and Rapace was meh. An obvious throwback to Sigourney’s Ripley but not nearly as intense, interesting or involved.

  33. A says:

    The script was not great. For the most part the characters were flat and didn’t have any dimensions. It’s interesting, the last three films I’ve seen have had issues with the script imo. Not a terrible film, not a great one.

  34. Cait says:

    My husband and I saw it last night and loved it! Yes, there were some loose ends but I liked that they didn’t wrap everything up into an implausible ending. Great visuals, acting was good with the exception of CT who seemed badly one-note

  35. Johanna says:

    I saw it yesterday in imax 3d & was disappointed. I then read this take on the movie & it did help answer some questions I had http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html#cutid1

    • Ally says:

      Hey, great link! I think it mostly reads like Lost fan ‘analysis’, though, giving undue weight and credibility to a disjointed, derivative narrative. (I’m fond of an early Lost spoof that showed the writers throwing darts at story elements to compose an episode.)

      Frankly, this part of the linked article was the most credible/amusing (and doubling down on the derivative thing):

      “As a closing point, let me draw your attention to a very different strand of symbolism that runs through Prometheus: the British science fiction show Doctor Who. In the 1970s episode ‘The Daemons’, an ancient mound is opened up, leading to an encounter with a gigantic being who proves to be an alien responsible for having guided mankind’s development, and who now views mankind as a failed experiment that must be destroyed. The Engineers are seen tootling on flutes, in exactly the same way that the second Doctor does. The Third Doctor had an companion whose name was Liz Shaw, the same name as the protagonist of Prometheus. As with anything else in the film, it could all be coincidental; but knowing Ridley Scott, it doesn’t seem very likely.”

  36. Cindy says:

    I liked it. I also thought David was hot in a creepy way. Rapace’s character was pretty badass when you consider everything she goes through physically and emotionally and how she ends up. There were just no kitties or little girls for her to rescue.

  37. M79 says:

    I absolutely loved Prometheus. Three of the best working actors today in one film, Ridley Scott’s masterful vision, inspiring themes of survival, feminine strength, and heroism, great visuals and effects, and a little philosophy mixed in. All the hallmarks of what makes the franchise great, plus a little more depth and complexity. And the hyperbaric machine scene was incredible. Fantastic film, it definitely surpassed my expectations – and it looked awesome in 3D.

    • Aiobhan says:

      I totally agree. This was not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination but it exceeded my expectations. It was visually spectacular and the cast was overall amazing. The main problem was the lazy and incoherent script. It occasionally ran into silliness towards the end without a satisfying payoff- especially after Elizabeth’s “surgery”. But it is over all it gets a 9/10 for me.

      But in terms of the performances everyone is stellar. You all know that Noomi is my girl crush so this comes as no surprise that she was one of the best parts of the film for me. Elizabeth was not supposed to be some kickass chick who can bust down doors with her tiny feet and scale large mountains with just a tooth pick and gauze. Even SW from Alien was not like that until the Aliens so I do not really understand what your expectations were for her character. She reacted quite bravely and intelligently given the situation that she was in and the limitations of the script. She was a scientist who more then likely spent most of her time studying in a library not doing pushups and cleaning guns. She was a scientist who was determined to find the truth about where we came from. She was determined, thoughtful, and intelligent until the proverbial shit hit the fan. She was still kick ass but in a different way. I loved her performance.

      Fassy was good but not worth the hype that everyone seems to be throwing at him. He did not “steal” the movie for me but was just as excellent as Noomi. They had the most interesting characters in the film imho.

      I will be going to see this film again soon and will be eagerly awaiting the sequel, which I expect to flesh out both characters more and have a more focused script. Hopefully they will fire Damon Damon and choose a more appropriate man than the douche who wrote Cowboys and Aliens.

      • Addison says:

        I will also be going to see this again.

        Yes Elizabeth’s surgery was a little much. Even with those extremely large staples after everything that she went through she would have split open. But her behavior was appropriate for her personality.

        I will see this again only because I love Michael. It’s probably why I like his character so much. I will also buy this when it comes out on Blu-ray because of Michael. I have myself a little Fassbender collection now. 🙂

        Does anyone know where David was hiding his ladder?

      • Aiobhan says:

        @Addison I will be getting the Prometheus dvd for both actors because I am a fan girl for both. I am buying Shame and Babycall in July. I think I have watched all of Michael’s performances either in the theater or on youtube. He was on this terrible show called Hex(?) Politically correct it is not but he was wonderful on it. I cannot wait for 12 years a Slave and the other film that he is doing with Ridley. Same for Noomi and Dead Man Down.

        You are right that the internal injuries would have had her knocked out as soon as she started suiting up- no matter how many times she shot up with the magic juice and pills. I just do not understand why people were expecting her to be like Ripley when Noomi said that while they are similar they are not the same. You can be book smart and a badass;I know I am. lol
        Elizabeth stuck to her convictions even when she was clearly horrified by what she found out. And instead of waiting to die or someone to come save her, she decides to go to find more answers- even if she could die in the process. She chose not to stay and wait to die but search for more answers. For that alone makes her a strong female worth more than just a “meh”. At least she deserves more than a meh in my book. After writing that I love Noomi and Elizabeth even more! Jeez, I am such a fan girl. lol

  38. hmm says:

    Tom Hardy was VERY convincing as an annoying American douche. I didn’t even recognize him!

    EDIT: So it wasn’t Tom Hardy?! Thank god!! That Logan Marshall Green guy is the douche then.

    • Cait says:

      Wasn’t Tom Hardy, was actually Logan Marshall Green, although they look creepy similar!

  39. hmm says:

    Fassy definitely stole the show!
    I swear that guy is always the coolest character in his films!

  40. hmm says:

    Part of me thinks that when Ridley said “Hey Fassy, we’re going to have a scene where you’re bleaching your roots because you want to look like Peter O’Toole in Laurence of Arabia,” Fassy thought, “Wow this is one big pile of crap.”

  41. Miss Silver says:

    Don’t wait for the DVD. It is fantastic on the big screen and in 3D. A visual delight! Noomi is great and Fassy steals the show. I might see it again on DVD because I was staring at Fassy too much when he was on the screen.

  42. LucyOriginal says:

    I liked to read all the opinions about the movie. I was going to see yesterday, but I still have a cold, so I will see it sometime this week when I feel better.

  43. Nicole says:

    I haven’t trusted Damon Lindlelof with anything since he ruined the last 2 seasons of Lost.

  44. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Damn it Ridley Scott. I´m not that into this whole Sci-fi thing neither that into the cast to spend 9 €(love me some Fassy but I´m a student), but I wanted this movie to kick ass simply to annoy the sh*t out of Christopher the Messia Nolan. So I guess I´m spending my money on TDKR, better to watch a nice parade of dong than disappointing female leads. Bale, Gordon-Levitt, Murphy, Oldman better make up for the horrid casting of Hathaway as Catwoman.

  45. dj says:

    I have been waiting forever for this film to come out. My husband even took off work so we could see it at an early time. That being said…so disappointed! It was a beautiful film on the surface (effects, cinematography, etc.). Unfortunately, it was not so much that there were no answers as the questions were not fully fleshed out! I love complex, thought provoking movies and Ridley Scott. I’m in the mental health profession so I get it. Not much plot to get though really. More like uncompleted thoughts. Weak.

  46. Ally says:

    I haven’t bothered to see anything in the theatres for months (and when I watched it on pay-per-view later, I didn’t regret it), but I was really excited about this.

    Actually I saw the trailer here (thanks, Fassy nutters!) and it really grabbed me. I was hungry for some 2001 A Space Odyssey-style awe-inspiring visuals, and we got them — about 15 minutes worth, so I don’t regret going. The visual effects were stupendous. You really couldn’t see the ‘seams’ (à la heinous Star Wars re-package).

    Still, it was all a mishmash. It’s exasperating when interesting plot points get raised then dropped, like how the cave artists would have known about the planets’ arrangement. The gore getting thrown at the screen at p0rn0graphic levels with the frequency of commercial breaks. Fassbender was the best of the actors by far, but really the character was Hal-Data-C3PO-O’Toole (the O’Toole part was fun, though I was hoping they’d weave in some Lawrence of Arabia wisdom about colonialism, tribalism and betrayal — nope). Then the old chestnut about fathers (Luke!) has to get thrown in the mix. Charlize walks around like a bimbo from a Dior ad. The lead lady has to have her privates exploded Seven-style. Argh. Oh and let’s not forget the staff-of-Google crew of expendables. The Independence Day ending. The Lost eye-rolling philosophizing dialogue. You get the drift. It’s screenwriting with a blender full of better movies.

    I couldn’t help thinking that having the crew be composed entirely of Fassy-style robots would have made more sense & been more interesting. The only reason not to do it was to have human flesh to tear apart onscreen. After the freakish real-life crimes of recent weeks, that is even less ‘entertaining’ than usual. Clearly, movies like this, even when directed by Ridley Scott, can’t handle philosophizing on creation anymore.

    I don’t know, the 15-year-old boys and video game players might enjoy it, but appealing to the mind and the higher senses it what makes a sci-fi movie great, memorable and a classic. Besides the visual effects (the spaceships, the space travel, the 3D galaxy map), the only inspired bit was ***spoiler!!!*** the characters’ shifting realization that they were facing two kinds of evil, one motivated by some unknowable wilful end, and the other by animal instinct. That was unexpected (though I didn’t see Alien vs. Predator, so who knows).

    Personally, I found Logan Marshall-Green’s character an unbearable flip-flop-wearing smug jerk, so was, um, less saddened by his departure. Also ***spoiler!*** after the one ship crashed into the centre of the other, wouldn’t Fassy’s head have rolled around a bit? I would have liked to see Noomi looking for it under a console.

    Well worth the $11, but not much more.

  47. CitizenErased says:

    I hated this film. The characters were one-dimensional, the plotting surrounding the various monsters/infection types confusing, and the visuals and spacey stuff were not enough to make up for the revolting gore. How could they make 3 good actors (Idris, Charlize and Fassy) so bloody boring? Why did the creator aliens *SPOILER* decide they hated humans? Do not waste your time, especially if you don’t like icky stuff.

  48. Renee says:

    Haven’t been to a movie in the theatre in a year and I didn’t walk away disappointed. I had confusion and questions as did my friends but we are okay with that. Over all I thought Prometheus was worth seeing.

  49. Carolyn says:

    I loved it. I did see it as a first date with a really nice guy and we held hands the whole time 🙂 More could have been done with character development. Kaiser did you really refer to Fassy as a dong-bot?? That’s hysterical.

  50. GoodCapon says:

    Does Noomi always have that fit, lean body? I haven’t seen any of her other movies (except for Sherlock Holmes but she was always covered there).

    As for the film… I liked it, some parts were a bit too much. I haven’t watched Alien though so I don’t know how Prometheus would’ve weighed against Scott’s other film.

  51. Peach Dancer says:

    Pretty predictable and boring. A bit of a waste for such great actors like Fassbender and Noomi (who I love)