Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 124 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 15+. Cursing, implied sexual situations (kissing, but no nudity), sexual talk, and bunches of murder and bloodshed, including a Caesarean section-like procedure. As in other “Alien” films, the extraterrestrial violence has some strong rape imagery, with the aliens entering human bodies; while it’s not exploitatively graphic, it is scary.
‘Prometheus’ is no ‘Alien’ or ‘Aliens,’ lacking the iconic status of its predecessors in Ridley Scott’s story. But despite its plot-holes and abandoned threads, it is beautiful and scary—just not ultimately satisfying.
By Roxana Hadadi
In terms of forever-memorable horror scenes, 1979’s “Alien” had the grotesque, horrifyingly shocking chest-burster, and 1986’s “Aliens” has Sigourney Weaver’s heroine Ripley battling the alien queen in an exosuit cargo-loader, attacking the massive extraterrestrial to protect mankind. “Prometheus,” Ridley Scott’s return to the franchise, doesn’t have any scenes that are nearly so remarkable. A terrifying pregnancy comes close, but we’ve been here before, no?