Prometheus – early reviews round-up

What's the word on Ridley Scott's first sci-fi film since Blade Runner - starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba?


It’s one of the most anticipated film releases of recent years and finally Ridley Scott’s Alien-inspired sci-fi blockbuster Prometheus is nearly upon us.


It appears there’s been a bit of embargo busting going on Stateside, so slightly ahead of schedule, early reviews (and tweets) are starting to hit the internet.

So what are the critics saying about Prometheus? Predictably most are saying it’s good, but not as good as Alien.  But don’t take our word for it, try reading this lot…

“Elaborately conceived from a visual standpoint, Ridley Scott’s first sci-fier in the three decades since Blade Runner remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own,” said Variety.  “Yet a key difference between this film and its predecessor is one of volume. Incongruously backed by an orchestral surge of a score, the film conspicuously lacks the long, drawn-out silences and sense of menace in close quarters that made Alien so elegantly unnerving. Prometheus is one chatty vessel, populated by stock wise-guy types who spout tired one-liners when they’re not either cynically debunking or earnestly defending belief in a superior power.”

Screen Daily said: “It has been three decades since Ridley Scott last dipped his directorial toe in science-fiction territory (with 1982’s Blade Runner), but with his fantasy epic Prometheus it is clear his striking sense of vision, drama and excitement fits perfectly with the genre and he has delivered a film that is already one of the most anticipated titles of the summer and should thrill, challenge and provoke audiences ready for his signature brand of intelligent and visceral film-making.”

“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,” said The Hollywood Reporter.

The Guardian gave the film three stars and said: “Ridley Scott has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate – but less interesting. In place of scariness there is wonderment; in place of tension there is hugely ambitious design; in place of unforgettable shocks there are reminders of the original’s unforgettable shocks… 

“It is a muddled, intricate, spectacular film, but more or less in control of all its craziness and very watchable. It lacks the central killer punch of Alien; it doesn’t have its satirical brilliance and its tough, rationalist attack on human agency and human guilt. But there’s a driving narrative impulse, and, however silly, a kind of idealism, a sense that it’s exciting to make contact with whatever’s out there.”

The Telegraph were more genorous, offering up four stars for Ridley Scott’s flick.  “There’s entirely too much to process in a first viewing of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus — some of it good, some of it great, almost all of it mental. How the movie fits together — both internally, and in sequence with the Alien series Scott launched in 1979 — are questions its core audience will come out fiercely debating: those who’ve managed to hold in their dinner, anyway.

“Scott may have set himself an impossible challenge here, both in satisfying commercial hopes and doing justice to the bigger questions he wants to address: for all the tentacular mayhem going on it it, the film can’t please everyone all the time. For the time being, with expectations ever so slightly lowered, 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 rooting around for seconds.”

Collider editor, Steven Weintraub tweeted: “#PROMETHEUS‬ is the type of big budget sci-fi that studios rarely make. Extremely well done. Don’t read reviews. Just go see it.”

Daily Telegraph chief film critic, Robbie Collin tweeted: “PROMETHEUS is, um, absolutely nuts. Not perfect by a stretch but there are ideas here you wouldn’t expect a studio to touch with a 10ft pole.”

Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm tweeted: “I’ve been given the go ahead. I can tell you I’ve seen Prometheus and I can confirm that it is awesome.”


Prometheus is on general release in the UK from Friday 1 June