11 Questions Answered By Ridley Scott's Prometheus Commentary

Scott solves some of the mysteries... Spoilers follow!

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    • Jareth64

      Oct 12th 2012, 11:54

      Great! Glad That's cleared that all up! The film's still c**p, though. 2/5.

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    • CaptainBennett

      Oct 12th 2012, 12:18

      Nice to have some things cleared up. I felt the film was mostly a muddled mess - no shortage of interesting ideas but lacking any sort of coherence. I'll probably give it another go, but I'm not that hopeful I'll change my opinion about the film.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Oct 12th 2012, 13:03

      Stop with the spoilers already!! I havnt seen it yet! :)

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    • Kellend11

      Oct 12th 2012, 14:08

      @RaveyDaveyGravy - 'Scott solves some of the mysteries... Spoilers follow' - the clue is in the subheading. Don't complain.

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 12th 2012, 14:10

      Can you do Donnie Darko next? That film does my head in.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Oct 12th 2012, 14:19

      Ha, not complaining, I skipped straight to the comments section. Its more a kick up my own jacksie t go and rend the bloody thing!

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    • Kellend11

      Oct 12th 2012, 14:37

      Hang on - was Guy Pearce in The King's Speech? Or is Ridley having a senior moment and thinking that Colin Firth was Guy Pearce in that film? I also thought Pearce was Australian (haven't heard his normal accent).

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    • ash333

      Oct 12th 2012, 15:58

      Why would an English actor with a pretty darn passable Baltimore accent see the need for his spaceship captain character to have a Southern drawl?

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    • andyswright

      Oct 12th 2012, 16:17

      The fact they feel the need to explain everything says it all: Why not make a film with a story people can enjoy, rather than a load of philosophical what if's that actually add up to nothing. Who cares if Vickers is Weyland's daughter? That's not a twist. It's information that carries precious little weight and adds nothing of dramatic value to what is occurring on screen. The film could be 5 hours long and still be pants.

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    • JoshEBevans

      Oct 12th 2012, 16:30

      What really annoys me about this article is you say things like 'well, this didn't make sense the first time but now we have all this info from the commentary, it's great!' - it should make sense FIRST TIME! If it doesn't, it's a failure. Which this film definitely DEFINITELY is!!!! Utter w**k.

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    • davebe

      Oct 12th 2012, 16:51

      These are plot hole cover ups. not 'answers'.

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Oct 12th 2012, 18:26

      That f*****g plot twist with Vickers was awful, saw it a mile away.

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    • Padla

      Oct 12th 2012, 21:27

      MASSIVE SPOILERS Such a frustrating film, even after the 2nd viewing it didn't deserve. The production design was largely fantastic in my opinion...although the space suits are a bit naff. Just can't understanding how this film making team would get characters and their reaction to scenarios so wrong!!? Why have Idris Elba and Rafe Spall doing c**p accents!? Why not spend about 10 minutes early establishing some sort of dynamic between the crew so we might care about them a tiny bit? But ultimately, by striving to me SO clever and philosophical...it wasn't anywhere near clever enough. Oh, so the xenomorphs just end up happening as a natural step in the hyper evolution...What a let down

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    • Padla

      Oct 12th 2012, 21:28

      typo-tastic, sorry!

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    • Senver

      Oct 12th 2012, 23:33

      The mere fact that TF say they are massive fans of a film they did not understand the first time around (and probably still don't) is ludicrous. More to the point, trying to get people to agree with you by saying listen to the commentary is even more stupid. A commentary should be to explain maybe anecdotes on set, or why a director did certain things, not to explain the effing plot. Why should people have to pay for a blu-ray or dvd to listen to a commentary to then make sense of a film. You simply cannot say that this film was not a massive disappointment.

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    • MikeyRix

      Oct 13th 2012, 13:44

      @Kellend Pearce was born in England to an English mother and New Zealander father. However, he has spent the majority of his life in Australia...so yeah, not seeing the angle Ridley Scott's coming from here...

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 14th 2012, 9:46

      I now think this should have been a TV series. With a build up on Earth (gathering the data, Shaws homelife), the background on Weyland, and more time spent on the characters. The 'answers' would have been drip-fed as the series went on. There is too much philosophical pondering to be crammed into 2 hours. In short, sh/t or get off the pot.

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    • TheDigitalZombi

      Oct 15th 2012, 11:39

      A joke isn't funny if you have to explain it. Prometheus was and still is a shambles, primarily because they were too busy trying to shoe-horn it into the Alien universe. One part of me wants to believe it was a genuine attempt at a quasi-prequel. The rest of me just thinks it was a lazy attempt to piggy back on an established mythology with no real idea of what the story was that they were actually trying to tell. The film is all middle.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Oct 15th 2012, 12:48

      What a load of horsesh!t - both this article and the movie! These comments don't answer any questions - just re-itterates what a terrible film this is! Point #8 - the part where the 'Map Man' gets friggin lost and the 'Scientist' starts talking to an alien species like a f*ckin kitten.............pretty much the point in the film when I gave up and stopped caring about what happens to any of these idiots! Worst film of the year and biggest disappointment by a mile!

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    • dex2010

      Oct 16th 2012, 17:49

      Wow Thank for all that! still a load of bollox! biggest let down ever!

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    • FBMDennis

      Oct 18th 2012, 12:14

      Best set of comments - ever! Thanks guys. Expectation not met, it shouldn't need 'explaining' by watching the commentary version of the blu-ray disc with the alternate beginning and ending! Or the two prequels! So sad to say... it's all about the money - how much can be screwed out of us.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Oct 19th 2012, 8:38

      Wow, Prometheus is really getting a kicking on here! Am I the only one who really REALLY enjoyed it? @Senver "You simply cannot say that this film was not a massive disappointment." - You can if you let the massive over hype die down before you watch it. I loved Prometheus, yes I know its has flaws, but I thought the story was strong, the acting really convincing and the spectacle stunning. I love that it left me with questions galore, good science fiction should. Great film massively over marketed and over hyped!

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    • OneHertz

      Nov 12th 2012, 4:28

      Did I read that right? There are sequels to this can o's**tte?? I thought this was the prequel to Alien et al. Does this mean there are parallel universes where something else happened? Holy JC, talk about beating a good thing to death.

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    • zarazek

      Nov 17th 2012, 19:28

      "...that because the brain is a muscle..." ermm... the brain is what?!

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    • MJTuc

      Jan 22nd 2013, 16:08

      Greetings from MJTuc First of all I loved Prometheus and in my opinion Ridley Scott is one of 3 directors that I classify as pure genius!! The suspense for Prometheus 2’s release is killing me with anticipation. The 11 Q/A posted above on this blog was nice but I already had a hunch on the answers and those particular questions and I was darn close; however, those weren't the primary concerns that I have. Unless I know 'EXACTLY' what David said to that Engineer; and remember these guys PLAY GOD; and as intelligent as these engineers are; I find it hard to believe he was insulted by someone simply trying to communicate but instead was faced with his brain carrying a simple fight or flight reaction; AND THEN got violent at David….at the translator, but most of all he has been taken by complete surprise and possibly panicking.. Remember; he was just woken up from a 2000 year hyper sleep and then confronted by races of their own creations knowing the that last time he knew humans we were complete religious barbarians and twisted time with the Gregorian calendar . Now in his face saying who knows what and I think he got the s**t scared out of him and acted accordingly. Think about it; as far as he knew, the new alien species that they were working on had escaped and could be still living (and they were) thriving to live, reproduce, breed, and populate. In the second movie,(Prometheus 2) if we find out they were planning to wipe us out, I hope Elizabeth Shaw and David Drop every single one of those canisters on their planet; and see how they like someone playing GOD with their life…

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    • rickstthomas

      Feb 4th 2013, 22:02

      ...no one asked about the first scene. The engineer is at a falls, where there's a giant spaceship hovering overhead then he takes this black soup which disintegrates his DNA in 10 seconds. WTF? I've seen this movie maybe 5 times but have not yet watched the BLU-RAY Directors narrative. I really wanted to watch it with sub-titles because you always miss some dialog and I use that with head phones? I watch most all interesting movies now with sub-titles turned on. There's a lot of bashing on this blog about the movie that I think is unjustified. Personally, I think the movie could have used another 6 weeks of planning to better flesh out the plot, characters, and back story. Other blogs also raised the problem of the distance stated at the lead-in to the movie, the time it took to get there and you wind up with a spacecraft traveling 20+ times the speed of light, 80 some years from now. What? My last complaint is Scott dodged the issue of a real language spoken by the Engineers. [e.g. Klingon, and Avatar]. They mumble in some kind of indistinct mumbo-jumbo.

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    • ajalvarez2

      Mar 25th 2013, 2:00

      I enjoyed the movie immensely although I must admit that I liked it better the second time around on Blu-Ray. I also must admit that on my first viewing I really was expecting (maybe because of the hype/marketing) more of an "Alien" type movie and therefore had some letdown. On my second viewing I didn't have those expectations and was able to more fully immerse myself in Prometheus for it's own sake...and enjoy it much more. I don't believe the basic plot of the movie was hard to follow or grasp at all. I do believe there are plenty of brain stimulating things for the viewer to work out on their own but frankly, I like a movie that challenges you to do some thinking. I still remember all the critical bashing of 'The Usual Suspects' as "too confusing". Now it is on a lot of lists on this site. I certainly haven't figured out every trail of thought from Prometheus (yet) but the director did a good job of making sure that I could still enjoy the main story even though I haven't figured out all the puzzles yet. This movie isn't over when the credits roll and for me it's the movie that just keeps on giving. Its also the perfect movie to sit around with friends over some beers and debate the night away.

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    • scottjohnson

      Apr 28th 2013, 19:50

      ajalvarez2 stated that the movie isn't over when the credits roll. True, but more importantly, the movie isn't finished at all. It was always planned as a multi-part story. Scott just wanted it to stand enough on it's own in case a sequel wasn't confirmed. But there is more coming. I think a lot of people are upset because they don't have all the answers, right now. They are upset because the director want's you to connect some of the dors. Did you get upset when the first LOTR movie ended? C'mon people. Expand your minds a little. Think, once in a while. This movie is not that hard to figure out.

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    • seth3esq

      Jan 7th 2014, 12:34

      wow, so many stretches to explain this movie. All it needs to be said is "had Prometheus been released back in 1979 there would never have been Alien" Tie-ins, Easter Eggs, denial of being a prequel ... whatever. The fact that nothing can stand on its own without an apologizer referencing "Alien" or "Blade Runner" speaks directly to the emptiness of the film ... but that's to be expected from the writer who bent "Lost" fans over a chair

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    • katherinefoss

      Mar 3rd 2014, 7:42

      I don't know why people are b****ing about the movie. Quite frankly, I was disappointed by the 'answers'...I already knew what was going on, and I'm surprised at how many people had difficulty understanding it! I found the film to be quite brilliant and thoroughly entertaining. I'm still entertained by it after some fourteen views of it! But I have a gut feeling that most of you are movie nerds who get irritated whenever something's not quite up to par with your vision of perfection that every movie 'must' portray. But normal people like me--ones who don't nitpick over details and can correctly evaluate plots--enjoyed the movie and cannot wait for Prometheus 2! Good job, Mr. Scott!!!

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