Prometheus: The Film Vs. The Original Script

I’ve seen Prometheus twice and it’s a beautiful but intellectually empty film. The Ridley Scott Alien prequel is a weird and unsatisfying mix of SciFi and teen slasher movie. There are scientists exploring an alien planet, but they’re as stupid as co-eds in a haunted summer cabin. The story is also a hodgepodge of ideas and entities, leading nowhere rewarding. Which is a shame, because it’s a beautiful film with fascinating ideas buried underneath.

I’ve actually spent a lot of time wondering what Prometheus could have been, which is why I was very interested to find the original script online.

Alien Engineers

Prometheus went through a lot of rewrites and the lead Charlize Theron had scheduling conflicts and had to switch into a supporting role. The script, I thought, felt like it had been rewritten by committee, and badly. And, IMHO, the original script Jon Spaiths is much better.

The script explains a lot that the film leaves out and ultimately makes a lot more sense. In the film, and this is a spoiler I suppose, it’s not exactly clear what the engineers were doing on earth, but that’s more clearly said and explained in the script. There are also fewer unnecessary characters (like the last fellow revealed in the film) and the ending makes a lot more sense.

The film Prometheus remains worth watching, it’s really quite beautiful, especially the opening scene. They should, however, have stuck with the original script.

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2012-11-13 17:37:39

Totally agree with the review. Ridley Scott peaked when he made Blade Runner. Then it was all downhill.

This movie try to be as grand and as thought provoking as 2001: Space Odyssey. But 2001 was actually made by people who actually knew science, and knew how to make intriguing movies. This one is just pure pseudoscientific nonsense, not to mention the obvious plot holes. One of the screenwriters is the guy who ruined LOST. So, not surprised.

The movie is visually stunning though, and it seems like the only talent Ridley Scott has. But that too is because here he’s ripping off imagery from Dark City, Stargate, and countless other movies.

By the way, Michael Fassbender is fast becoming one of the best actors there is. He never seems to give a bad performance, like John Cusack, but much better than Cusack.

2012-11-16 09:49:26

Well about the plot,the given reason for starting this journey does not seems to be very credible.
And I started having serious doubts about the science in the film when they removed their helmets in the alien world and when they started examining the alien head without any protective gear (not even a good old face mask). I mean do you even conduct a autopsy (on a human)with out a one? o.O
With those above mentioned “precautions”, it is wonder that only two got infected (unintentionally that is).

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