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Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Ridley Scott Declines Chance at Director's Cut of Prometheus10/10/2012 3:44 PM EDT Fox gave Ridley Scott the opportunity to re-cut this year's sci-fi hit "Prometheus", according to DVD and Blu-ray producer Charles de Lauzirika while talking to Digital Spy."It was discussed quite a bit; the idea of an extended cut, but the theatrical cut is Ridley's director's cut. Fox very kindly offered him the opportunity to create a new cut of the film, and he said 'No, this is my cut,...More>>
Are Blade Runner and Prometheus in the Same Universe ?10/8/2012 3:41 PM EDT "Prometheus", the Ridley Scott prequel to the "Alien" saga, will be released this week on Blu-ray and DVD. There will be plenty of bonus material to view, including an Easter egg that has quite a few people talking. The 58 second featurette, titled "Merging Ridleyverses" talks about the possibility that was thrown around to merge the "Alien" and "Blade...More>>
Prometheus Sequel In the Works8/2/2012 9:27 AM EDT Even before Ridley Scott had made the last cut of "Prometheus" there was talk of a sequel to the yet unreleased movie. Some of those rumors may have even been coming from within 20th Century Fox themselves, but now The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that there will indeed be a follow up movie although we will have to wait until 2014 or 2015 before we get to see it. The report says that the studi...More>>
Prometheus Blu-ray Will Include 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes6/11/2012 2:43 PM EDT On October 9th, a DVD and Blu-ray edition of "Prometheus" will be released. The real news, however is that the release will include up to a half hour of deleted scenes from the film.Ridley Scott, who says that the film is "fundamentally the director's cut", will be appeasing fans by giving them the extra footage. He said, "there will be half an hour of stuff on the menu because people...More>>
Prometheus Fans Get Their Wish On MPAA Rating4/29/2012 11:35 AM EDT There is just a little over a month to go before Ridley Scott's new sci-fi blockbuster is released to a general audience. Prometheus, a so-called Alien prequel, is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer; but there has been concerned raised by many legions of loyal fans of the original 1979 movie as to its classification.There were calls of outcry from these fans not so long ago when ru...More>>
Ridley Scott Discusses Prometheus Run Time4/17/2012 9:50 AM EDT Ridley Scott sat down recently at a press conference in Paris and discussed his upcoming film, "Prometheus". While the MPAA is still debating the rating, Scott assures us that the rest of the film is up to him."The cut that you're gonna see in cinemas…it's always the director's cut, really… In this instance, you got a pretty good version here, pretty good cut. We're running at abo...More>>
Ridley Scott Discuss Prometheus3/29/2012 9:28 AM EDT One of the most anticipated films of the summer season has to be Ridley Scott's Prometheus, the film that see's Scott return to the universe of the 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien."(I've wanted to revisit the Alien Universe for) years! Years,years,years. He tells Empire in an exclusive interview, "I always wondered when they did [Aliens] 2,3 and 4 why they hadn't touched upon that, instead of...More>>
Ridley Scott To Direct Alien Prequel7/31/2009 2:22 PM EDT "Alien" will be getting a revival on the big screen thanks to Twentieth Century Fox. The film has been given the green light and will be directed by Ridley Scott. Jon Spaihts will be penning the script to the film, which will be a prequel. This will be the fifth film in the Alien franchise (not including Alien vs. Predator films).The 1979 original was about a crew on a commercial space ship th...More>>
In 1979, Director Ridley Scott gave the world one of the most iconic sci-fi horror movies we had ever seen — Alien — and with it a tagline as recognizable today as it was then: "In space, no one can hear you scream." Even today, those words have the ability to send a shiver down your spine. Alien and its not-so-great sequels left many unanswered questions.
Into this informational vacuum, Scott announced he was once again revisiting that universe in his new movie, Prometheus, set approximately 40 years before the original; the word prequel was subsequently splashed and bashed around a fair bit. It seems, though, to have been an unfairly crude paintbrush to take to the new film; Prometheus works well as a standalone movie, while at the same time those that have seen the original film will feel familiar with parts.
Starting on Earth with discoveries of cave paintings and other ancient images by two archaeologists, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green, Dark Blue), the movie moves briskly. Hidden within these ancient works of art, the pair believe they have found an all important clue to one of humanity's greatest questions. The clue, in the form of a "star map", a map so convincing that four years later an exploratory scientific research trip upon the ship Prometheus — sponsored, naturally, by the Weyland Corporation — takes the pair, as well as other scientists, to the constellation that has just been revealed or more precisely a moon within that constellation.
The plot centers mainly on five characters, Shaw and Holloway as mentioned, Prometheus pilot Janek (Idris Elba, Takers, Thor) , Prometheus captain Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman), and service android David (Michael Fassbender, Shame) — a camp-looking robot, who takes his looks from a young Peter O'Toole. There are others, at least 17 aboard the ship alone, but they may be understandably considered cannon fodder.
Of these, David and Shaw steal the show; everything seems to be linked to the android with the ability to think for himself and inquisitiveness to match. While many may liken Shaw to Ripley, you would be unwise to do so. Ripley was a woman playing in a man's world, whereas Shaw is very feminine, albeit vicious when pushed into a corner; she is one hell of a fighter, but a caring one.
One thing that will stand out more than anything else is the cinematography and special effects; they are quite out-of-this-world brilliant! Scott actually makes you feel like you are on another world surrounded by a vast desert of lunar rocks while at the same time making you feel quite lonely, vulnerable, and so small in the grand scheme. Special mention must be made of the 3D effects, all too often a failure for barely being there, but Prometheus has to be the best 3D I have seen in a movie to date; it certainly adds, in this case, to what you are actually watching on the screen.
So it appears all is good with it — but not all! I honestly think there could have been another 30–45 minutes to this movie. How much Scott had to cut I suppose we will not know unless a director's cut should hit sometime on Blu-Ray. Although the film clocks in at just over two hours, I felt that the last third was rushed, marginally robbing me of what could have been; the movie was building into a huge crescendo, then fell just a bit short. Do not get me wrong, though; this is a minor gripe.
The enormity of what Scott has brought to the big screen makes Prometheus his best movie since Gladiator; it is imaginative, thought-provoking, and asks a lot of questions without really needing to answer any. Will we speak of it in the same glowing rhetoric as his other Sci-Fi classics, Alien and Blade Runner, in 25 years' time? I would like to think so.