R | | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.
Ridley Scott suggested that an Engineer was sent to Earth to stop humanity's increasing aggression, but was crucified; the implication being that it was Jesus Christ. He felt though that this would be too obvious a religious allegory for the film.
Despite being set 30 years before the events of Alien, the technology available to the crew on board the Prometheus seems to be far more advanced than anything seen in the 1979 movie. However, the Prometheus is a state-of-the-art science vessel, whereas the Nostromo is simply a cargo towing vehicle that does not require as much high-technology (it would be like comparing a fishing trawler to a nuclear submarine). By the time of Alien, the Nostromo is clearly an old ship. It could well have been made even before the Prometheus was.
The opening credits take place throughout the Engineers' scene on Earth.
English, Scottish Gaelic
£6,234,812 (UK) (3 June 2012)
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