'Prometheus' Heads Into Theaters On The Back Of Strong Reviews31 May 2012
'Prometheus' Heads Into Theaters On The Back Of Strong Reviews
As the 'don't-call-it-a-sequel' sequel to Ridley Scott's 'Alien' series, 'Prometheus' has to go down as one of the most anticipated sci-fi thriller films of recent years, meaning a mighty task for the legendary director to try and please hyperbolic fans. The story concerns a team of explorers heading to the far corners of earth to discover clues about the creation of mankind - we wonder if aliens have anything to do with it - discoveries which unfortunately come with a whole load of untold mayhem and, inevitably, death.
With the worldwide release of the film this week, before it opens in the US next, critics seem to have come down on the side of Scott, with the UK newspapers leading the praise. "It's something to gorge on hungrily all the same: majestic to look at in every way, and wild enough that many of the opening-night crowd - this viewer included - will be right back for seconds," roars the Daily Telegraph in approval, whilst The Guardian adds slightly more faint acclaim in saying "Ridley Scott has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate - but less interesting."
Empire Magazine aren't impressed at all, writing "Buffeted by a lack of suspense, threadbare characters, and a very poor script, the stunning visuals, gloopy madness, and sterling Fassbenderiness can't prevent Prometheus feeling like Alien's poor relation." However, theirs is one of the few real negative voices to be heard, and reviews aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes scores the film at an average 85 per cent.
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