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News   >   Explaining Prometheus – What’s This Movie About?
JUN 12

Explaining Prometheus – What’s This Movie About?

By: Doctor Ess
Steve  |  June 13, 2012 04:11 PM
WOW! What an analysis!
Roderick T. Long  |  June 15, 2012 02:45 PM
A "trilobite" is not "squid-like."
corturia  |  June 15, 2012 04:15 PM
intresting article, but for me i think you have over indulged in some areas, i do beleve david is the centre of the story, the nexus if you will, but i dont beleve he is the key to understanding it and like a giant jigsaw puzzle there are many pieces to be put into lace and NOT nececarily from THIS movie!

heres a small jot of what i think

there are 2 sets of engineers, i think the evidence of this is there difference in apperance and something that no one has picked up on yet, the ship at the begining is not the same as the engineers ship at the end! i beleve it is 2 factions of a single race perhaps engaged in a civil war, the dna compatability with humans is there to throw us off the scent

the black goo as well as being able to break down and mutate dna as we see in the begining,has been weaponsied by the agressive enginners we see on the planet, the ultimate purpose of it to create an alien type creature. the cobras resemble early form face huggers and attempt to latch on millburn and can only get his arm,there blood is acid and when they breach his suit they go for his face/mouth
fifeld when he mutates shows all the movement ability of a xeno by the way he moves and a mentioned the agression. then obviously the squid at the end, if it was a random mutation why was it equiped to impregnate via the familiar facehugger actions

a lot of people are trying to put a great dal of mystisism into the movie because of its inherant flaws which have been mentioned many times in other places, i belve that the clues are there of where this is heading when they do the sequels, and any judgment of this one single movie should be tempered as there is much much more to come
Ben Lane Hodson  |  June 15, 2012 05:43 PM
Roderick - yes, you are scientifically correct. But if you read the Art of Prometheus book, the official name of the creature that Shaw births is "Trilobite".

Corturia - fair point. I may have gone too far. I didn't see as many flaws as others. I was captivated by this film but at the same time, I can totally understand how others could hate it. It seems to divide people pretty evenly at least in the circles I hang out in. Bottom line, you are totally right, there are hints to where this is going and the next film will really make or break my analysis. Also, I find David the most interesting character in the entire film and the film spends an great deal of time on him so it stands to reason that he is key to the story.
Dave  |  June 18, 2012 11:50 AM
Prometheus was just like 'Alien' accept for different creatures, and WAAAAYYY better visuals. But what really bugs me is how did David know how to read their language and figure out how to operate the ships so quickly? Sure he had two uears to study the cave drawings, but i don't think there were clues to the Engineers language?!?
George  |  June 19, 2012 12:44 AM
David explains he has been studying ancient human languages and 'believes he can communicate with the Engineers.' It's covered in the first third of the film.

Interesting article, thanks. Though we all still wonder at the various liquids/creatues encountered by Prometheus and what it all means, it feels good to be wondering.
Kevin  |  June 19, 2012 12:56 AM
David could seemingly learn infinitely. If he was able to understand all the known languages on earth already he could probably decipher it. We were able decipher Maya Script although it took us forever. David is an android far better equipped for it.

I like Corturia's theory about the civil war. That could happen. I could see one faction creating humans and the other creating the xenomorphs or something. The pieces are there if that's where they choose to take the story.
Nick  |  June 25, 2012 04:53 PM
Excellent analysis, well done. Strange that some like me think this is an incredible film, brilliant, others hate it. I've seen it three times - loved the first time, was disappointed on the second, and on the third, happily disturbed (hence 3 reviews pasted below) I wonder if the haters are believers? You've done some great research and provided some very useful insights which I haven't seen elsewhere. Thanks for getting background from Damon and Ridley - that shows clearly where their minds were, and it's good to get that sort of clear confirmation.
Funny, in my analysis I seemed to have looked at David's quote about the desert from a completely different perspective, but we seem to have arrived at a similar conclusion. I like your finding the congruency with 'nothing' as spoken by Weyland and the idea of no man needs nothing.
If you're interested, here's my analysis:http://www.nickvanderleek.com/2012/06/prometheus-demystified-why-i-still.html
Nick  |  June 25, 2012 05:14 PM
Oh one thing I haven't seen addressed here which is a valid point I think, is that Janek provides an explanation that is worth considering. He felt the vials could be biological weapons, and that the planet was used as a sort of weapons depot, and the weapons 'turned on them'. This explanation also happens to support Corturia's theory (comment above) that the spaceships aren't similar at the start and end of the movie, so two factions could have been involved. It's possible the Engineers at the start were the 'good guys' or peaceful, life-supporting builders, and the other group were more militaristic. If you look at the manner in which the final Engineer behaved, he was very aggressive throughout, whereas the first Engineer appeared sensitive.
One question I have is the stuff the first Engineer drank - we assume he did so willingly, made a sacrifice, but what if he was poisoned? My impression was that he was surprised by what happened to him. Another final point - it's possible that the black liquid simply was a mutagen which changed into multiple possibilities, taking on some characters of the host, but being very efficient at killing the host in every instance. Interestingly the squid like creature took some time to dispose of the Engineer - a creature it was perhaps not perfectly designed/adapted to destroy until the xenomorph permutation, which is perhaps the ultimate predator. Perhaps this was simply the story of how that predator came into its existence.
corturia  |  June 28, 2012 07:06 PM
just an update on this a few extended still scenes have started to emerge now on a few sites, one of them is a picture of the engineer at the start of the movie before he drinks the goo, there is another ELDER engineer with him dressed in sort of religious fatigues smoke and mirrors from mr scott anyone? pics on link if anyone not seen

RB  |  November 10, 2012 03:15 PM
I think i'm with Nick here on some points. He may have been poisoned from an opposing coop. I dont remember it saying where the opening shots were supposed to be. Possibly another planet at the civil wars beginning. The question I have is: if the engineer was poisoned what does that make us? A mistake? Never
meant to be created? The only remnant of the questionably peaceful opening shot "engineer"? That would easily be why the engineer David discovers wants to finish the task of killing us off.
Adrian Stunt  |  January 20, 2017 11:00 PM
I have to admit that from a supetficial level, I was intrigued about how 'Prometheus' connected to 'Alien'.
Ripley suspects that the beacon 'message/s.o.s' is a warning (left by Shaw) ; that Nostromo finds a CRASHED alien ship; 100 years have passed and no one knows of it because no one on the Prometheus left alive returns to earth and it was a secret mission. That would have worked were it not for the fact that the last Engineer was discovered by the Nostromo crew still in his pilot chair, apparently having been exploded from within , presumably by a Xenomorph.
However, these minor details pale to insignificance when I read the astounding analyses on the web. Yes, I had a vague feeling of Messianic cum determinism/ free will, but wow! But my eyes were opened by the reviews. The themes and details. Thank you. Only pawltry thing I have to add is that T.E.Shaw was the real name of T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia).
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