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Watch: Ridley Scott Makes A Case For Movie Of The Summer With The Full Trailer For 'Alien' Prequel 'Prometheus'

by Oliver Lyttelton
March 17, 2012 9:29 PM
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Christopher Nolan, the ball is in your court. In what's already been an atypically strong year for big commercial movies ("21 Jump Street," "The Cabin In The Woods," "The Hunger Games"), Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to sci-fi, "Prometheus," just made a very strong case for being, of everything, the big studio movie that we're counting the days for, with the full trailer debuting tonight, just after Scott unveiled it at WonderCon. And it blew our motherfucking socks off.

While the marketing has remained enigmatic so far, Fox do a solid job of setting up the basic narrative -- intrepid scientists head to a distant planet to investigate the origins of mankind, discover it's a trap, things go rapidly south from there -- and, while we worry that perhaps too much is given away here, we're sure there's plenty of surprises remaining. What we see is remiscent of the original "Alien" while also feeling like its own beast: exactly what we wanted to see. Oh, and if you had any doubts as to whether this did, in fact, tie into "Alien," you can put them to rest at about 1:37 in the trailer.

Do we remain cautious? Absolutely. It wouldn't be the first film with a killer trailer to disappoint with the finished product. But the tea leaves are good here, especially given the smart marketing surronding the film, also added to today with a new viral, following Guy Pearce's in-character TED speech from a few weeks ago, a brief commercial focusing on Michael Fassbender's character, the android David. You can watch that below, along with the trailer. "Prometheus" starts to roll out internationally on June 1st, before hitting U.S. shores on June 8th.

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  • April | March 19, 2012 3:48 PMReply

    I think I am more excited to see this than the Dark knight. I am more intrigued by it than any other film coming out this Summer. I am stoked! Also great cast. I am happy to see Logan Marshall Green in this he is a great actor glad he is making a big movie.

  • Nik Grape | March 19, 2012 2:11 PMReply

    The second Dark Knight trailer will probably blow this one away but I loved that Prometheus trailer. Very excited for this, I really hope it doesn't get too convoluted in its own philosophies. So far, so perfect.

  • pmt | March 18, 2012 10:33 PMReply

    Playlist , please stop overrating the mediocre, forced humor, and unoriginal " 21 Jump Street. " After seeing this movie, I forgot most of scenes. The only decent aspect of this movie was Johnny Depp.

  • Keithika | March 18, 2012 7:05 PMReply

    Here for Charlize. Not enough. Dark Knight Rises is more manticipated.

  • Kundan | March 18, 2012 6:30 PMReply


  • Kevin | March 18, 2012 10:41 AMReply

    "Big things have small beginnings" should have been the tagline for "Shame"

  • Alex | March 18, 2012 7:35 PM


  • cirkusfolk | March 18, 2012 10:13 AMReply

    My question is, who is the target audience? I mean I honestly can't see this opening at more than 30 mil. As far as summer blockbusters are concerned, that would be a bomb (see John Carter). Sure sci fi geeks and film fans will see it but what will be the draw for the general population?

  • cory everett | March 18, 2012 11:24 AM

    I was thinking the same thing. Even if this ends up living up to geek expectations, I'm not sure how much general audiences will be down for something dark that's not as prepackaged as they're accustomed to.

  • Gregor | March 18, 2012 5:28 AMReply

    See you later guys! Off to cryogenically freeze myself until August 9th.

  • hank | March 18, 2012 3:26 AMReply

    Holy shit. The first trailer had my interest, but now I must say that I can't remember the last time I was this excited for a big budget Hollywood summer spectacle. Dare I say it was Star Wars Episode 1? embarrassing in hindsight, but true. let's hope this one delivers.

  • Glass | March 18, 2012 3:18 AMReply

    Jesus fuck! Every hair on me is pointing straight out, and this is like the 10th time I've watched it. Dark Knight Rises and its lame exploding football field can exit stage left, personally. I'm sure both will be good, but this movie looks genuinely frightening to me.

  • Nolan | March 18, 2012 1:40 AMReply

    Much better than the trailer for "Dark Knight Rises."

  • Krij | March 18, 2012 1:10 AMReply

    Holy crap.

  • jon | March 18, 2012 1:04 AMReply

    I dont get how that image puts the alien tie in to rest? What am i missing there?

  • Gabe Toro | March 18, 2012 3:01 AM

    In the ceiling, there's an image of the xenomorph. However, it appears to be mutating...

  • StephenM | March 18, 2012 1:54 AM

    I think he means there definitely is an Alien tie-in, not that there isn't. I'm not exactly sure what that 1:37 image is, but they are pretty clearly investigating the ship the aliens are found in in the first movie, and you see the Space-Jockey a couple times. So yeah, I'm thinking the "perfect organism" aliens are somehow genetically engineered by humans or something, i.e. we create our own destruction.

    Oh, and to the others below: I can understand Noomi Rapace just fine. But I'm sure seeing her lips move will make things even easier.

  • jon | March 18, 2012 12:55 AMReply

    I'm sold.

  • KitCon | March 17, 2012 11:50 PMReply

    Absolutely in IMAX 3D!

  • a | March 17, 2012 11:24 PMReply

    Hmm. Lots of awesome spectacle, which is more than can be said for stuff like Battleship. I'm sure it'll make a billion dollars. But is this really the movie of the summer?

    And Turk, I understand Noomi just fine.

  • Lucy | March 17, 2012 11:23 PMReply

    So excited but I am didn't understand Noomi.

  • KC | March 18, 2012 9:02 AM

    Same here.

  • Edward Davis | March 17, 2012 10:04 PMReply

    Outstanding. Nolan, your move indeed.

  • Turk | March 17, 2012 9:56 PMReply

    It looks great but am I suppose to understand Noomi?

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