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YMMV: Prometheus
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: David and exactly how much emotion and free will he really has. Fan opinions seems to range from him being entirely emotionless and simply following Weyland's orders to being entirely sentient and deliberately seeking out loopholes in his programming. Sound familiar?
    • Did he infect Holloway because Holloway was the most convenient target, or because he was the human who had been the biggest jerk to David?
  • Applicability: This movie was designed for Wild Mass Guessing. One moment of Idiot Ball could mean an hour of theorizing behind why it is so.
  • Awesome Music: If there was ever a piece of music that perfectly represents the sheer awe and majesty of creation, then, "Life" is it. "Earth" could count as well.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The coda showing the birth of a "proto"-xenomorph, a scene created to connect the film to the greater Alien mythology. However, audiences new to the context of the film don't know what the point of this critter is, since it was never foreshadowed, and it has no impact on the narrative, characterization, or the central conflict of the film, and have therefore found the epilogue confusing and out of nowhere. Audiences who know about Alien will acknowledge the connection, but since the action for a potential sequel has now moved offworld (with Shaw and David traveling to the Engineer planet) and Prometheus takes place on a wholly different planet from Alien, the scene is a narrative dead-end.
  • Cliché Storm: But arguably, many of this movie's clichés are ones for which Alien was the Trope Maker / Trope Codifier, so they qualify as Call Backs.
  • Critical Dissonance: While certainly not perfect, this movie scored a respectable 73% ("Certified Fresh") critical rating on Rotten Tomatoesfar higher than Alien³, Alien: Resurrection or either of the two Alien vs. Predator movies—and its audience rating was almost as high. Still, to hear some longtime Alien fans talk about it, you'd think this film was a complete disgrace to the franchise with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Critical Research Failure: One of the scientists on the bridge of the ship claims that 3% atmospheric carbon dioxide will kill you. It won't.
    • Not the film itself, but in real life, a Moral Guardian ticket vendor tried to push away people from the film by claiming that Shaw self-performs an abortion. The procedure in the film was not an abortion but a c-section. If it were an abortion, the fetus would have been killed, which it clearly wasn't. Also, perhaps most importantly, it was an alien-squid-abomination that would no doubt have ripped its way out of her given a moment more.
  • Epileptic Trees: Oh where do we begin? However, one should have expected nothing less from the Trope Namer, Damon Lindelof.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • David pretty much steals the show.
    • Captain Janek is proving to be pretty popular among fans as well.
    • The Deacon, a proto-xenomorph that only shows up in the last scene.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: Many fans did not like this answer to the question raised by the Space Jockey.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Basketbike", for the sport David invented.
    • "Black goo", for, well, the black goo.
  • Freud Was Right: Where do we even start? Parent/child issues (both literal and metaphorical), pregnancy-based Body Horror, an android who may or may not have the hots for the protagonist, rape themes, all kinds of disgusting organic things being inserted in bodies. And of course, many, many things shaped like dicks.note 
  • Genius Bonus/Shown Their Work: One of David's scenes prior to the arrival of Prometheus at LV-223 shows him studying Schleicher's fable, an artificial story written in the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language in 1868 (and updated over the decades as our best guess as to the vocabulary of PIE evolved). David's (presumably virtual) instructor was an actual linguistics professor hired by Ridley Scott to create the Engineers' language and teach it to the actors.
  • Ho Yay:
    • The crewmen who have a running bet with each other throughout the movie, Ravel and Chance. While they are more likely just friends or at least on familiar terms with one another, the duo did have an awful lot of significant glances and nearly all of their screen time was with the other.
    • Also Millburn toward Fifield. He seems to be laughing at his comment early in the film in a way to gain his approval.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • While the movie is a visually and aesthetically amazing piece, the plot and behavior of the crew is a mess. Just look at the Idiot Ball section to get an idea. Honest Trailers described the crew like this:
    "A lazy captain, who leaves his crew to die. A stoner geologist, with state of the art computer maps, radio communication, mapping balls, and GPS, who still gets lost. An inconsistent biologist, who is afraid of a 2000 year old dead body, but falls in love with a clearly dangerous alien snake. And an idiot woman who can only run in straight lines."
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A major weakness of Prometheus is how similiar it is to Alien. In particular, Alien was revolutionary for having its protagonists be Space Truckers, but here, when the characters are scientists who should be highly motivated about the subject of their research, why are they still acting like Space Truckers?
  • Love It or Hate It: If you believe the internet, this movie is either a misunderstood masterpiece or a total disaster.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • One-Scene Wonder: A proto-xenomorph shows up only for the last minute of the film, and was a huge hit with the fanbase.
  • Paranoia Fuel: David can access the memories of the crew whilst they are in stasis. They've been in stasis for over two years. Furthermore entrusting your life to an amoral synthetic for that length of time is unnerving.
  • Special Effects Failure: In a film that is by and large astonishing to look at, Guy Pearce's terrible aged make-up really stands out, the result of prepping a design on the fly during a then-tighter schedule. One could explain it in-universe as side-effects of Weyland trying to extend his age, but it can still be jarring.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: It actually has some elements of this with Aliens. Where the movie Aliens uses the xenomorphs as metaphors for the pains of childbirth and parenthood, the aliens in Prometheus are used more as metaphors for hostile, overbearing parents.
  • Spiritual Licensee: The film can be viewed as an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.
  • Squick: A completely uncensored emergency c-section, anyone?
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Save for Guy Pearce's faulty makeup, even those with a negative opinion on the film can agree that it looks incredible, especially in 3D. Some examples include but not limited to would be the opening shots of the waterfall and the world, The Engineer's sacrifice, and the Starmap.

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