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Prometheus

By DAVID WEINER

December 17, 2012

"Most amazing of the year" doesn't necessary mean that it has to have a positive connotation, does it? Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender starred in one of the most anticipated follow-ups in movie history – Ridley Scott's heralded return to Alien territory after 30 years – and it turned out to be such a spectacular train wreck that the movie got people tweeting, arguing and scratching their heads all summer long. I personally put much of the blame on co-scribe Damon Lindelof of Lost fame for muddying the water with red-herrings, set-ups with lame or abandoned payoffs, far-fetched circumstances and unrealistic human reactions to wondrous situations. While the film's production design was superb, as was Fassbender's character and performance, Prometheus ultimately failed to overcome its flaws and meets excited fans' heightened expectations. It's amazing that this film got made with such an awful screenplay.

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