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[BD Review] The Flaws And Glory Of ‘Prometheus’, For Those Who Have Seen The Film Only

You’ve already read Brad’s review and checked out David Harley’s thoughts on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the quasi-Alien prequel that’s now in theaters.

The film is proving to be a commercial hit, having made $21 million dollars on Friday alone. This means a lot of you have likely seen it and are ready to talk about specific events within it, along with what works in the film and what doesn’t. So here’s where my review comes in. It’s full of spoilers and even points out a lot of things that don’t work in the film, but ultimately is certainly favorable. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I’d recommend fixing that before you read this.

This may read like a bad review at this point, but I actually really like the movie. In fact, I almost love it. But an honest assessment of the film has to acknowledge its shortcomings if I’m going to expect you guys (or myself) to buy into any of this.

I would love a discussion with you guys about this and I obviously welcome all dissenting comments. So please head inside for the review and feel free to comment or yell or whatever. And, as always, make sure to write your own review as well!

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first and address some of the more prevalent criticisms of the film.

Prometheus isn’t perfect and a lot of that boils down to the script. I don’t feel as harshly towards it as some others do, but it’s problematic. Sean Harris’ Fifield returning as a head smashing zombie doesn’t really tie into the film’s thematic or narrative framework as far as I can tell. Idris Elba’s out-of-nowhere speech to Noomi Rapace’s character about the canisters being weapons is a clumsy bit of exposition that plays to the cheap seats (I wouldn’t be surprised if this scene was added late in the game to provide said exposition as well as explain his character’s sacrifice). Some of the film’s dialogue in general is on the nose. Seeing Guy Pearce pop up again under all that old age makeup (which bothered me less the second time around) diffuses the tension and noticeably splinters the momentum of the film’s third act. If you’re reading this you’ve seen the movie and already know Prometheus peaks at the C-Section scene. This is in part because that scene is an amazingly tough act to follow. But it’s also because the last few reels don’t know where to focus their attention and the film’s ideas get away from it.

This may read like a bad review at this point, but I actually really like the movie. In fact, I almost love it. But an honest assessment of the film has to acknowledge its shortcomings if I’m going to expect you guys (or myself) to buy into any of this. It’s sort of frustrating to feel yourself falling in love with a film only to be pushed away here and there until you have to settle on a platonic relationship with it instead of a romantic one – but that’s what I have with Prometheus. A platonic relationship between film and filmgoer. One that I value quite a bit.

Prometheus dares to dream, it just fails to to see all of its dreams through. I hate to be the guy who says, “at least it tries,” because many movies try and fail and just aren’t worth it. Prometheus fails in a lot of its undertakings but is still completely worth it and utterly works on an experiential level. Even the ideas it doesn’t see all the way through are engaging stuff to chew on after the film ends. I’m not sure if its Alien ancestry helps or hurts it, it might be what got you in the door but I know it was my biggest stumbling block in terms of embracing the film for what it actually is. Starting with that initial shot of the Engineer standing at the edge of the waterfall, staring at a ship that’s alien to even him and sipping the black goop that unravels his DNA (which cascades into the rushing water and creates… us) – you know that this not a pure Alien prequel. Thematically it almost feels more like a Star Trek film married to the tone and biology of the first few entries in the Alien franchise.

The design of the Engineer is shocking, and I can see how it might even be off-putting. This is not the creature you paid to see, instead it’s literally a god made flesh. And it’s also the human ideal. I don’t think the physique evokes Michelangelo’s David (or the Greek Gods) on accident. But I appreciate the film’s boldness to make it pretty much the first thing we see and like that it puts the creation dynamic in our heads right away. Since the bulk of the film is about the dynamic (and divide) between creator and creation and it’s not a bad way to get the ball rolling. It’s also not an accident that Fassbender’s android is named David to begin with. I think the Engineers embodying the human physical ideal (like Michelangelo’s David) comments on our society’s struggles to get approval from the Gods in the same way that Fassbender’s David is trying to get approval from us. Both Davids are facsimiles carved by creators (creators who obviously differ on the definition of “perfection”).

That theme, creator vs. creation (and vice versa), is carried out several ways in the film. Humanity wanting to know “God”. The Gods/Engineers wanting to wipe out humanity. The relationship between Vickers and her father Weyland, whom she’s still trying to impress even though he clearly favors his android creation (the film favors nurture over nature here, and she obviously got the wrong end of the stick in that department). David’s pursuit of human approval is negated by Holloway (who is not directly David’s maker but represents what David simultaneously disdains and desires to be. It’s also Holloway’s treatment of David that seals his fate, David could have “experimented” on at least 4 other members of the crew without consequence, he didn’t choose him by accident ). And finally we have humanity’s relationship with its own creation, the xenomorph (more or less). Shaw gets to have Holloway’s child, something she always wanted but never thought possible. Unfortunately, it turns out to be the first iteration of the face-hugger. While I can’t really disagree with the argument that this theme is hammered repeatedly on-the-nose, I would counter with a mild, “at least it’s thorough.” We don’t get that much dedication to ideas in today’s blockbusters and Prometheus is dedicated to ideas, even if it doesn’t always fully understand its own thoughts.

To that end, Prometheus is not an exploration of every possible result of that dynamic. Rather, it functions like any good argument would by using several different examples to make one very specific point. The case that the film makes? That the initial result of meeting your gods or idols (or knowing your parents – or getting the answer to anything) is disappointment. Sure, there’s room to rebound from that disappointment – to use the shock of what you’ve learned to build toward an even deeper understanding of what makes whatever you hold iconic tick. And I’d be willing to wager this is what the film’s sequels will set out to explore (should they happen). But if you’ve invested a significant amount of time or emotional energy projecting your desires onto something or someone that you don’t truly know – the reality of that object or person will always be a potentially dangerous let down. Ironically, this is actually pretty well exemplified by the experience of someone who came to this film looking for the perfect Alien film and saw Prometheus instead.

Another thematic strand I find equally interesting is the simple idea of perspective. What is evil? What is good? What deserves to live and what needs to be killed? The Engineers want to wipe out humanity completely, what do they see in us that they find so dangerous? Is it similar to what we see in the Xenomorph? After all – we created them yet the accepted plan of action in the rest of the Alien films is to destroy every last one of them. We act exactly the same towards the Xenomorphs as the Engineers act towards us. And even though the Engineers in Prometheus want to kill us, they’re not depicted as particularly evil. And Xenomorphs in the canon aren’t necessarily evil either. One of the points Prometheus makes is that there aren’t necessarily such things as “good” or “evil” – just the interests of any given species versus the interest of its opponents.

The last big component of Prometheus is faith. I’m not even slightly religious but the film spoke to me about the value of carrying faith – not necessarily in a deity, but in optimism and survival – in the face of irrefutable proof otherwise. In the film this is obviously illustrated by Shaw’s insistence on holding steadfast to her faith even though the “God” she found not only outright rejects her, but tries to kill her. But I think the significance of the message can be applied in meaningful ways across the board. We live in a tough, bleak world – and to believe in any kind of sustainable future or prolonged happiness is to have faith in the fact that things can get better (or even just avoid getting worse) despite all evidence being to the contrary. At the end, when Shaw asks David where her cross is, she’s not just reaffirming her religious faith – she’s restating her will to live even though she’s just been through an untenable series of events that would cause most of us to give up outright.

Do I wish the film had seen all these ideas through more thoroughly? Yes. And I can’t chastise people and say they “didn’t get it”, because it’s likely a lot of them got it but just didn’t like the movie. Fair enough. So all I can really do is point out what I liked about the film, and hope that some people are willing to forgive Prometheus for what it suggests, rather than what it explains.

Let’s also not forget that, experientially, the film is top notch. It’s a visually arresting and often gorgeous experience. The opening frames, the sandstorm encroaching on the Prometheus, the final crash of the Space Jockey’s crescent ship – it’s all marvelously executed. The sets are as intricate, ornate and expansive as any you’ll find on film. There are some great moments of dread and the film’s centerpiece – the caesarian – is one for the ages. In fact, I’d argue that the main fault of Prometheus is that it peaks too early and is never able to match that scene. The narrative splinters and becomes somewhat diffuse by the end of the 3rd act. The film loses its sense of urgency by cutting between two many strands of action, none of which are as compelling as Shaw fighting for her life in that medical unit.

That’s not to say the remaining minutes of the film are a wash, it simply settles out of that urgency into the cradle of its own ideas. Ideas that are more than worthwhile if you’re willing to engage them. Just because a lot of what the film has to say is rooted in well explored terrain doesn’t mean that further examination of those concepts is ill advised. After all, there are only so many core stories from which to draw. And every film draws on them to some extent. It just so happens that most of with far less visual and editorial currency than Prometheus.


*By the way, the film does not take place on LV-426. I know most of you got that but I’ve heard some people asking why the Space Jockey isn’t sitting in the chair at the end with a hole in his chest. That’s a different Space Jockey on a different planet.



  • I totally agree with this article; really nice piece. I was mesmerized by the film on many levels, but it’s the “bigger picture” rather than the visuals that really spoke to me. I love how bold it was in that respect, even if it wasn’t executed perfectly. I plan on seeing it multiple times on the big screen and it will surely gain a cult following a few years from now. One last quick thing, so many things I’ve read have been very negative to the last scene with the “xenomorph” birthing scene out of the Engineer, but I actually applauded it, and the new creature design.

    • I thought the new xenomorph was great, and thoug

      • chibbybip61

        Hi Shaun, remember there were 2 key things that happened….The old man’s daughter..robot or not..(Charlize) was staring repeatedly at the 3d artchitecture of the cave/ship…she then called david on a secure line….could this have been the FIRST indication that they KNEW what was perhaps slightly happening as DAVID DID KNOW…AND, remember that this took place AT LEAST 100 years or so BEFORE the ALIEN film…so from where the original SPACE JOCKEY ship came we do NOT know…they did go (in prometheus to Zeta II reticule..) as it is I believe the closest system to EARTH that has a sun and a found or a few found planets in the “habitable” zone…but this in NO WAY mean’s that the alien that got the NOSTROMO was from that area…remember if you will that the Space Jockey ship was so old it had fossilized and I don’t believe that happens in 100 years, as we see them at the very beginning of prometheus on earth about (my guess 650 million years ago) anyway this film CAUSED more questions for me than it answered….WAY WAY MORE…as (THANK GOD for RIPLEY, I believe he’s stated that too and his LOVE of working with the new technology in CGI/3D etc. has made him state outright that he thinks a 3rd film would be utterly appropriate where shaw and david DO Find the ENGINEERS but as Scott put it…what shaw think heaven might be, could be HELL, etc. so we’ll see…and for Blade Runner, they have already spoken of a tie in of sorts to the ALIEN worlds..etc. although the original took place in LA in 2016? They’re going to HAVE to change the time on that to about LA in 2070 or so…off world colonization..etc. anyway just a few thoughts and so many more brewing about but my fear? if scott doesn’t make it SOMEONE ELSE surely will and maybe introduce the beginnnings of the PREDATOR race, as they’re around the same area…OMG as scott puts it commerce..sad but true..which is why PREDATORS and PREDATOR the two without aliens or THREE without them are fairly good but could have been SUPERB with more funds….anyway such is life..make it cheap..ala Blair Witch and make a billion for the horrible life sucking studios…which is why EVERYONE should applaud DAVID LYNCH and his “POISON love letter to hollywood” that was perhaps one of his best works…Mull. Drive.

    • Thats what I get for trying to type on a phone, anyways, I thought the new xenomorph was great. There were some unexplainable design choices that did make sense to us, like “no tail?”. But it was still a great scene and the fresh look to the xeno is one of my favorite that I have seen. Very awesome

    • Jasonicus

      I liked it, too. But, I would like thoughts on what it was. Was it a first iteration of the xenomorph? Is that correct? Or just another xenomorph all together?

      • chibbybip61

        I would say it was an entirely different it looked like whatever the HUGE thing was..Shaw’s “baby” was MASSIVE, and maybe the Engineers had tons of types of “weapons of horrific” destruction…as the original Space Jockey ship, which the Nostromo finds about 100 years later, had the BAD, BAD boy on it – and the ship had crashed there so long ago, WAY WAY before the journey to LB474? OR WHEREVER THEY went in the Zeta II system…close to LB426 though….which the WEYLAND corporation knew about, and I’m guessing the Military, which at the time was/is a company if you read the backstory about the Nostromo crew, etc. fascinating read…we may know now HOW they knew 100 years later..ala..DAVID..etc.and shaw..and everything was being recorded and sent back….ergo..there ya go.

    • Jasonicus

      After reading an interview with Lindelof, I am thinking that it is a Queen. Maybe another type but a Queen.

    • Mike Fanning

      Face it boys: Prometheus is a lousy movie. The cesarian section scene is laughably bad. The actions of several key characters (namely David) are utterly inexplicable. Also,Dickson stated that the remarkable effects made for an “experience” that he seemed to be able to enjoy separately from the rest of the film. I can only be even more frustrated by great effects if they are part of a terrible movie (case-in-point being Cruise’s War of the Worlds). Great effects in these films is like spending $10,000 painting a Fiat. Also,
      Mr. Dickson (assuming he wants to continue writing) needs to learn to use the word “ironic” correctly. Tisk tisk.

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  • Very good article and well said. I love the connection you made between the characters initial dissapointment when they “found god” and ours when we found prometheus. All my friends and I sat in our chairs after the movie watching the credits like we always do, to support the VFX artists, Digital artists and the rest of the cast and crew; but we sat there silent. we had no idea how to feel or what to say about the movie. It was a great ride and was very compelling, yet its disconjointedness left somthing more to be wanted. You were right when you said that we came to see an alien movie, and ended up seeing Prometheus, which may be a platonic relationship at the moment, but feels like it could grow into a romantic one. I love this movie even for its shortcommings, because I love the theme and how it stuck to it, the visuals were stunning, and what they did with the xenomorph and the engineer were impressive. I want to love it simply because it deserves it, and tries really hard to give us somthing fresh yet familiar. The article was great, probably best review yet. 8-10 for sure.

  • I agree, Evan.

    I can understand why people are upset because I feel they expected a realistic take on the material. Something more like Alien and the mumblecore space trucker setup, unsensational set pieces featuring people afraid of a mysterious entity in dark corridors. I was expecting that too, and eagerly. When I got a huge, ugly, over the top mess of a film I was impressed by its brashness and balls. It was less like an early Scott film than like a Paul Verhooven sci-fi. I love Starship Troopers and Total Recall and felt strands of those in Prometheus. The movie felt like what somebody in the 80’s would do with today’s technology and studio budget. It had the mix of body-horror, out-of-place humor, “big ideas” and ambition that those types of movies would have. Like Ti West said once (paraphrasing), at least in the 80’s, everyone was trying to make a great movie and taking it seriously even if the results were laughable, even if it was the shittiest low-budget slasher movie. Prometheus is like that. It’s like the self-referential post-modern revolution of the 90’s never happened and it’s great in genuine ways and bad in really earnest ones, and I admire that kind of ambition. I thought it was a masterpiece and I was not disappointed.

    And like Evan said, if you knew nothing of Alien and brought none of the baggage with you to the theater, you would have to admit that as a spectacle, as an entertainment, just as an outright action movie it works really well and is pretty fucking impressive.

    • Aaron Emery

      ALIEN was “mumblecore”?

  • djblack1313

    i’ve been SO excited for this movie since it went into production but i thougth it was just ok. the script is what F’d this up. Millburn going up to play with/pet the vagina snake thing is unforgivably bad writing. it’s the equivalent of the final girl running down to the basement instead of running out the front door to safety. cringeworthy that part was. the Godzilla vs. Mothra fight at the end was cheesy as all hell. it belonged in something like THE THING “prequel”/remake (and i don’t mean that in a good way! LOL) not a movie from Ridley Scott. ALIEN connection or no ALIEN connection has nothing to do with why i didn’t love the movie. also the musical score was completely inappropriate for the movie throughout most of film. it destroyed any momentum in tension any particular scene had built up. they should have used ominous, foreboding music like they used in the trailer. not a man against the world & overcomes his struggles type hero music. lol. if they do make a sequel they better not go with Shaw’s fucking insane plan to fly to the SJ’s planet to “talk” to them. i don’t care how much she wants to know things, after everything she’d just gone through, her wanting tea and crumpets with the beings that clearly aren’t friendly is an insult. the acting from everyone, the visuals and the directing were all A+.

    • zaglewiz

      I being the man I am would have probably tried playing with the vagina looking thing as well….but then again I’m perverted in that nature. Plus if they do make a sequel then why wouldn’t you want Shaw to visit the Engineers home world to talk to them? That’s what they went to the planet in the first place. She went through alot of shit not to wanna go and face those bastards for answers. Hell I’d be mad to. However a Ripley she is not. I would honestly say Shaw was the only person in this movie that I rooted for to die.

      • djblack1313

        zaglewiz, LOL to the first part of your comment! 🙂
        but you ask why i wouldn’t want Shaw to visit their home world? look at what happened to the entire crew when they visited a planet with only 1 engineer! lol. sometimes one has to know when enough is enough. sure she has every right to be angry but to be angry and stupid (in her decision)? no. 🙂

        • zaglewiz

          Ya know I’m not denying your point at all 😀 its valid as valid could get. Anyone with common sense would pick up the pieces after something of that nature and go home with a shit eating grin. However the logic as to why she wants to know more is understandable as well….and makes for a sequel 😀 Stupid on her part? Fuck yes. Can you blame her? No. I’d want more answers to. Why didn’t they go through with the plan? Maybe the future Engineers aren’t as hostile and maybe that’s why they didn’t attack our world in the first place. I’m wanting more answers being that I love movies like this that makes me anticipate the sequel. But I can get where others want more and more they should get just in case we don’t get one. I mean this movie came in 2nd place this weekend 🙁 I hope and pray we get a sequel in the future cause I was left satisfied, and repeating myself yet again with wanting more, and will wait patiently if we get a confirmed date for the next one.

        • zaglewiz

          Plus I want to learn more about this pussy monster. I want to study its habits and hope to one day become a better lover.

  • djblack1313

    oh, i forgot, the xeno at the end felt added to appease die hard ALIEN fanboys. the design of it (and the UBER-giant early version face hugger) was horrible. the xeno in this looked like a dog like in ALIEN 3 but much worse and the UBER-face hugger…just WTF?! i could have dealt with the unnecessarily big size of it but once it showed it’s squid beak/teeth it ventured into cheesy creature double feature land. was there a specific reason why Scott felt he had to go so over the top with the size and design of the face hugger. it’s like he was so focused on trying to shock people/outdo ALIEN (especially with the c-section scene. Ridley has said himself that there’s a scene in PROMETHEUS that rivals the chestburster scene. tbh that yes, the c-section scene was intense but it felt tacked on and jarring) that any subtlety and true horror went out the window. i’m hoping when i watch it again (my friend wants me to go with him) i’ll enjoy it more. i DID like the movie enough to have ordered the “Prometheus: The Art of the Film” book. LOL.

    • zaglewiz

      I guess you didn’t see the “My Pet Alien” spinoff series they have in store. Its gonna be that Xenomorph vs the Evil Xenomorph we’ve all grown to love and adore. I mean lets be honest with each other. The ending product we got looked pretty friendly and was simply crying cause he couldn’t find anyone else to chill with. With a little TLC, the drugs that Shaw took after her operation “my wife had a C-Section and was bed ridden for days”, this newer Xenomorph we have will put up quite the fight….leading up to Alien.

  • Aaron Emery

    I would have to agree with you DJBLACK (I usually do, I kinda look forward to your opinion on things lol), the film was beautiful to look at and I cannot lie, it was highly entertaining. The biggest disappointment was obviously the script (with ALIEN you could pick apart the whole thing, it was FLAWLESS, but with this I felt like the more time I spent thinking about it, the more it fell apart). As far as a standalone film, PROMETHEUS introduced some great ideas but executed them poorly. Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron knocked it out of the park (of course), Theron’s Merideth Vickers was one of my favorite characters and I wish she had more to do, and Fassbender’s David was just fascinating. It’s a hard movie to review because while it was a disappointment, it’s still highly entertaining, and let’s face it, it deserves to be seen on the big screen (3D presentation was extraordinary and beautiful to watch). With the negative I would still highly recommend it. Oh and great write up Evan, as usual.

  • djblack1313

    thanx Aaron!! and i agree. Evan excellent write up/article as usual! 🙂

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  • flesheater24

    great review. My only concerns are therons character was un-needed, she seemed to be a filler to me. And a lot of questions felt unanswer such why did david want to poison charlie with the chest hugger, so that he could get elizabeths character prego with it??? But why? And charlie was a robot i get that and thats prob why elizabeth never got prego and thought it was her. But wouldn’t he of have told her. But other then that this film is fuckin awesome, disturbing and thought provoking, nice to see sci-fi still exists.

    • Jasonicus

      Charlie wasn’t a robot. That was never mentioned and he bled red.

    • EvanDickson

      David was always planning on testing that stuff out on someone on the ship. He figured he’d do that to Holloway because Holloway was such a dick to him.

  • turtlenipple

    Great review. I had 2 problems with this, the score and the dialogue. The dialogue is forgivable, it felt truly 80s because of it. Other than those gripes I truly loved this film and plan on seeing it atleast once more on the big screen. I LOVED discovering and being in that universe so much and I don’t know what they’d do, but I hope there’s a follow up..

  • turtlenipple

    I am a horrible phone typer.. but yeah, fantastic film w a lot of great things goin on.

  • Jasonicus

    This is one of the better reviews I have read and I agree with everything. I think a lot of the movie was left open for a reason, but most people like answers. I still have some questions, but I expect them to be answered in a sequel, if there is one.

  • zaglewiz

    I honestly enjoyed the hell out of this. If they’re gonna make one or two more it left enough questions unanswered for me to ponder on till the next one comes out. Other than that the visuals, story, etc really sold me. I can understand how this movie is gonna be 50/50 with some but other than that I had a blast.

  • Blood-Sicles

    I will go ahead and admit I’ve only seen the original Alien all the way through (best big-screen experience of my life). That being said, I absolutely loved Prometheus, flaws and all. Sure the script wasn’t solid (character development was pitiful- the emotional scenes almost came off as humorous), but everything else was done so damn well (visuals, suspense, atmosphere). I really enjoy the Alien films, and the creature designs didn’t offend me one damn bit. Nice to see they didn’t try to dumb the creatures down so the audience could connect the dots. I like that they took chances and made an epic prequel to a fairly simple (but well-executed) scifi flick while managing to keep the film just as mysterious as the first. One complaint I’ve been hearing was that not enough questions were answered, but I felt extremely satisfied- the narrative was wrapped up with just enough mystery left over to chew on. If they didn’t make another, I’d be content (although I’m pretty damn excited to see where they go next).

  • Do we know where the Queen Xenomorphs come from yet or not? I was kind of thinking that the Xeno we saw would be that.

    • Jasonicus

      That is actually one question my friend and I have. Where exactly does the egg laying Queen fit into this and when do they get to that point?

    • BornVillian

      This really got me thinking haha. Here in my theory (probably very flawed cause its been awhile since I’ve seen the old films.)

      The way i thought of it was like this, the events in this movie were an “isolated incident” in terms of the creation of a xenomorph. Just because this is the first Xenomorph introduced chronologically, it doesn’t mean its the first one ever created in the universe. The Engineers had been around for millions of years with the black goo (and had tons of it)and probably created life on other planets too. So its possible the start of the Queen started somewhere else in the past or future(Alien takes place 28 years after Prometheus and Aliens takes place 85 years after Pro’). Prometheus’ Xenomorph started from the black goo and was the result of “bursting” from an Engineer. It even had a different life cycle and its obvious the creatures looked different but we could tell they had the same DNA. Somewhere down the line this same process: black goo infects a life form, a face hugger type creature is “born” but this time it attaches itself to a life form with a tail & ovipositor to create a queen type alien we know. So going off of this it makes sense to me that the Queen was created on another planet that a Engineer(the one from Alien)visited and was on board the crashed ship the crew finds in Alien that is on planet LV-426. Which makes sense why there are eggs in the first place on the ship when they find it in Alien. The absence of the queen in Alien could be explained that they just didn’t find where it was hiding on the Engineer’s ship or it traveled off to the surface to find a new nesting ground. And if leaving, they find it where they eventually find it in Aliens. We don’t know how long a Xenomorph can live so its possible it just stayed in a hibernation like statues till it knew there were life forms nearby to lay more eggs and thus creating more Xenomorphs. Just like how the eggs survive for a long time and don’t activate till there is a sense of life around. So long theory short, I don’t think the Xenomorph in Prometheus can any way turn into a queen because of the way its life cycle is. It never had an egg form stage so a queen isn’t needed. This type of Xenomorph starts its life cycle(for better or worse) as an infected body fluid. But like I said there is probably life on many other planets with their own Xenomorph outbreaks with different results and life cycles. We’re just all so familiar with OUR Xenomorph life cycle since OUR Xenomorph have been the ones featured in all the movies. And they are always the same because all the Xenomorphs shown can be traced back to LV-426. With the discovery of a drastically different Xenomorph in Prometheus, it just shows us that ours are not the only ones that can exist. And of course it just brings up a ton more questions about the biology of the Xenomorphs =p *End Rant*

      • zaglewiz

        Good rant 😀 I couldn’t have said it better myself. For all we know the one birthed at the end was the friendly more family oriented version? It looked playful and friendly.

      • ghengis

        I came here looking for answers and you were dead on, sir! Thank you.

        Although I liked the movie I felt like it had it’s shortcomings also.

        1. They peaked too early with the C-Section scene.

        2. The ending was very anti-climatic. Call me shallow but the lack of having a REAL climax at the end left me wanting more and feeling like I was missing out on something.

        3. Characters made poor/unrealistic decisions. For example…the 2 guys who were lost on the ship and scared out of their minds and decide to hold up in the scariest, dirtiest, slimiest place on the ship? And then they suddenly come across that worm creature and want to touch it?!? Also when the Fifield zombie approaches the ship. The guys can obviously see the guy is not himself (being deformed and burnt to a crisp and all and returning from the dead) and they decide to open the hatch?! And then go up and talk to him?!?! And there are countless other examples.

        On a side note, there were a pile of engineer bodies in the ship that has their chests burst open. Does that mean their were already xenomorphs and the on ethat came out at the end wasnt the original? Kind of mad they didnt touch on that more.

        • daprtapr

          I really liked the movie and this review was spot on.
          To ghengis, I agree with your number 3 comment. We have a biologist and geologist fly like 3 billion (trillion?) miles for 2 years and get to a new planet only to freak out and haul ass outta there. Then they get lost, and, as you perfectly put it they “end up in the scariest, dirtiest, slimiest place on the ship. And then they suddenly come across that worm creature and want to touch it?” It’s kind of annoying when characters do dumb sh–. That kind of took me out of the film, a little.
          It seems there is a lot of good will towards the film, despite its flaws. People wanted the film to succeed, but it only got halfway there.
          One thing no one has mentioned is whether the Engineers wanted to kill us or change us into something else. The black goo Charlie ingested looked to me like it was mutating him into something else. He was killed before he finished evolving(?) Maybe the Engineers thought we (humans) have evolved as far as we can and they wanted to try a new life form. Or maybe I’m way off in my interpretation.
          Anyhoo, we can nitpick the movie to death, but overall I liked the fact that it did pose the big questions and didn’t always answer them. I don’t have to be spoon fed all the answers, like a lot of movie goers. There is nothing wrong with a little ambiguity and therefore things can be open to interpretation. And we can have great discussions like the ones we are having here.

  • iannmichael

    I agree with this review %100. I will add that the whole “I can’t have kids” scene was really painful and felt like only five minutes later did we find out that she was pregnant! I think if they would have thrown it in the film earlier, maybe in the beginning during the dream sequence it would have been a bit more effective. Great flick though!

  • I did enjoy it very much. Yup, def some rough patches, though.

    I thought he chose Charlie expressly because he knew there’d be a good chance he would have sex with Elizabeth…David prolly thought she’d make a good mother.

    Score was terrible in some parts, esp. terrible during the most awkward monologues, making them MORE awkward.

    I think it makes sense Elizabeth’s character goes off to find where they came from. She has not lost her faith and is still on her mission. She probably also feels she has nothing to lose…
    Fassbinder (sp?) was, wow, PERFECT. So, so, so, so perfect.

  • To those who are rallying against the xenomorph at the end of the film, I have to step back and say I really appreciated that scene. The way the Xenomorph came to be and the clue that was given in the full purtruding second set of jaws rather than a jaw-tongue showed the birth of the Queen which Ripley encountered in Aliens and whom laid the eggs in Alien.

    With that said, I would like that xenomorph to be the only xenomorph shown. Them film has a great deal of promise with Shaw and David’s trek into the Engineer’s planet. I don’t want that (which I believe could be an exceptionally thought provoking and philosophical film) concept turned into a generic horror concept.

  • Snoogans

    I do agree with a few criticisms, but I didn’t notice any flaws while watching the movie. I was so wowed by the visuals, so intrigued by the ideas, and so damned entertained by the whole thing that not one of the minor inconsistency distracted me. I was completely sucked into this universe and could only think of the film’s questions, after my viewing. I also found the ‘gruesome’ moments to be the most tense I’ve witnessed in a long time. Prometheus is simply one of the best films of 2012.

  • Stan86

    This is an alright review, but to be honest all the negative things being said about this movie is kind of annoying. This movie was awesome, and is the best Sci Fi movie i’ve seen in a long time, and just might be my favorite. Everything they did with this movie was exactly what I wanted it to be and more. They went in a different direction than anything else, and its something that needed to be done and had been missing from Sci Fi films. I’m very glad that Ridley Scott has decided to make Sci Fi movies again, and I hope that all the negative reviews and critics dont stop him from making a sequel to this movie, and to keep working on the follow up to Blade Runner.

  • VictorCrowley

    First off, I liked the movie.

    That said, I was a little disappointed with the way they left it. I had hoped this would be the movie that led directly into Alien. But, it seems we may have to wait through another movie (or two) before we get those answers. Having the story NOT take place on LV-426 and see so many elements that are drastically similar to things we see in Alien is another head-scratcher. Seeing the Space Jockey revive in the room that is a mirror image of the one we see in Alien’s derelict ship, with the same control panel, only to have the ‘xenomorph’ busting out of it’s chest right after said ship crash lands — only to realize that this ISN’T the same ship and the exact same situation we find in Alien, only a near step-by-step duplicate scenario, was pretty disheartening and tough to swallow. Are we to believe this exact same sequence of events happens again on LV-426 and leads to the story we find in Alien?

    Why did the Space Jockey/Engineer drink the ‘poison’ at the beginning of the movie and kill itself? I missed the meaning of that scene and how it ties into anything in the rest of the film.

    Is Bishop the only good-hearted android without a hidden agenda? Sure seems like it.

    I also found it a little disappointing that the origin of mankind and thus the origin of the xenos wasn’t more thought-provoking. Do humans and creatures who mirror humans anatomy-wise really have to be tied to everything that happened before Alien? For me, Prometheus is a fine example of how in reality as of 2012 mankind really still has no idea where it came from. It’s a hard pill for me to swallow that these ‘super-beings’ could have created us and we contributed to the creation of the xenomorphs. I had hoped that both the xenos and the Space Jockeys came from entities totally unrelated to us. Turns out, the Space Jockeys were originally on their way to Earth to destroy all of mankind. Humans and a giant facehugger stopped them…….

    I dunno. I know there’s only so much you can do with a movie. But, for years speculating on the origin of the xenomorphs fascinated me. I could actually picture a world far, far away with creatures and events in it that no human had ever seen. Now, to realize that a whole different exploration team and of course, the Weyland corporation were there before Ripley’s crew and were more or less responsible for the events we see in Alien is a bit of a letdown.

    Despite the things I have listed, I did enjoy the movie. But, I guess maybe my imagination surrounding Alien got a little too big for any new story to measure up to. Thinking about it, I’m not really sure what I was hoping to see.

    • hyoipear

      The Engineer/Space Jockey drank the black goo because, as David said, “Sometimes to create, we must first destroy.” It’s said in the movie that the Engineers created us. The severed strand of DNA in the water grew and formed something else, likely human DNA.

      Regarding Bishop vs. David 8, they are both androids, and so they cannot be “good-hearted”. That requires a soul, which neither of them have. They are results of their programming and environments, and capable of forming their own responses to things based on their experiences, but this does not mean they have actual emotions.

      As the movie doesn’t answer many of its own questions, I don’t really know if it’s safe to just assume that this is THE origin of all xenomorphs in the universe. Consider the mural inside the temple; it features a very familiar figure, the xenomorph as we know it. This just furthers the idea that the xenomorphs already exist elsewhere, and whoever put that mural in the temple has seen them.

      I enjoyed this movie for what it was, and I’ll end up buying it. I think it helped that I didn’t go in expecting THE Alien prequel, so script-issues and plotholes aside, I thought it was a nice experience.

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