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Prometheus

Release Date: 
06/08/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: R
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10

Get your face hugged by slick sci-fi action

Photo: Kerry Brown / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
The Pitch: After making a huge archaeological discovery, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) embarks on a mission with her boyfriend (Logan Marshall-Green), an android (Michael Fassbender), a Weyland Corporation bigwig (Charlize Theron) and various crew members to find man’s earliest ancestors. All hell breaks loose.

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
What It Really Is: An Alien prequel with a serious case of existentialism. Prometheus tackles those weighty questions you wrote bullshit papers about in high school English, yet still manages to be a creepy, entertaining sci-fi movie. You won’t be dazzled by the 3D, but this has a great cast (Lisbeth Salander! Stringer Bell!) and plenty to offer in the crazy cool spaceship and extraterrestrial horror departments. Also yes, it definitely is an Alien prequel. Despite the weird reluctance of everyone involved to call it a prequel, Prometheus is very much a part of the franchise. The pacing and structure is eerily similar to Alien, and a scene at the end featuring Shaw is about as direct a reference as they come. (Don’t even get us started on the bonus final shot.)

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
So Is Shaw Ripley 1.0? Not necessarily. We couldn’t see Shaw screaming, “Get away from her, you bitch!” at the Alien Queen, but she does follow Ripley’s journey in Alien from smart, sorta quiet space cruiser to determined survivor. Plus, there’s a sequence when she’s running around in white underwear and a bra with sweaty short hair. Just saying.

Summer ‘12 Trend Alert: Bitchy Charlize Theron.

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: Prometheus? Yes, please-eus!” --Maxim.com

Who’s It For: Fans of the Alien franchise; people who lie awake at night wondering why we’re here, goddammit

Photo: Kerry Brown / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Studio: 20th Century Fox