Prometheus: Film Review
12:00 AM PDT 5/30/2012 by Todd McCarthy
The Bottom Line
A visually stunning return to science-fiction by Ridley Scott caters too much to audience expectations when more imaginative boldness would have taken it further.
June 8 (20th Century Fox)
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce
Although Ridley Scott’s 3D visual feast is no classic, the oozing alien tentacles hit all the right sci-fi horror notes.
Be careful what you wish for, especially if it involves figuring out who invented humankind. That's the warning at the heart of Prometheus, a visual feast of a 3D sci-fi movie that has trouble combining its high-minded notions about the origins of the species and its Alien -based obligation to deliver oozy gross-out moments. Ridley Scott's third venture into science-fiction, after Alien in 1979 and Blade Runner in 1982, won't become a genre benchmark like those classics despite its equivalent seriousness and ambition, but it does supply enough visual spectacle, tense action and sticky, slithery monster attacks to hit the spot with thrill-seeking audiences worldwide.
In this scene from the film, actor Logan Marshall-Green stands on the bridge of the spaceship Prometheus.