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Scientists Tear Down The Sci-Fi Movies Of 2012

Prometheus

Now that 2012 is coming to a close, we can all appreciate the good and bad of the year’s science fiction crop. From the poor plotting of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus to Len Wiseman’s inept remake of Total Recall, audiences and genre fans were painfully annoyed with some of Hollywood’s 2012 offerings. And just as a good movie will make audiences willing to suspend some disbelief or forgive the odd plot hole, in the bad movies they stand out that much more.

The people at Popular Science have put together a list of the year’s most egregious scientific mistakes in movies. Although there are some glaring errors, please keep in mind that ultimately these are all movies. Just imagine how exciting Prometheus would be if it were a depiction of a 100% accurate scientific and archaeological exploration. It wouldn’t be as exhilarating as what we got in Ridley Scott’s movie. But Hollywood theatrics are no excuse for some of these boneheaded mistakes:

We witness some of ‘the most irresponsible, inept archaeologists ever to don spacesuits, take off their helmets just minutes after leaving the spacecraft. Advanced atmospheric sensors or not, this is a terrible idea. What if there’s an unknown, undetectable, and highly toxic compound in the air? Or a virulent strain of life? No matter: Soon enough the movie’s characters are touching creepy-looking aliens (and, of course, dying horrible deaths).

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Michelangelo’s The Creation Of Adam Gets A Prometheus Makeover

One of the most polarizing science fiction movies of 2012, Prometheus will continue to alienate or please audiences for years to come. The film was Ridley Scott’s return to the science fiction genre, and the Alien franchise, but it left many audiences lukewarm that it couldn’t live up to expectations. Still, it added a lot of intriguing concepts to the world of Alien, and if nothing else it’s given fans some more ideas to mull over. Case in point: a new artist’s rendition of the film’s Engineers, depicting the mysterious creators as gods in “Prometheus and God.”

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Read The Pre-Lindelof Prometheus Script, From When It Was Still Called Alien: Engineers

The fan conversation about Prometheus seemed to get a second wind after the home video release of the film last month. Some are still calling it brilliant. Some are still convinced it’s an abomination cluttered with gaping logic holes. And many seem to fall into the same camp I do: admiring what the film was trying to do, but bewildered by the characters doing one stupid, illogical thing after another. There’s no question that these problems should have been addressed in the script stage, by both director Ridley Scott and by Damon Lindelof (Lost), whose draft was used for the final film, and who shared screenwriter credit with Jon Spaihts. Now an earlier draft of the movie that became Prometheus has popped up online, giving us an intriguing look at a different path the film could have taken.

The script appeared on Prometheus Movie over the weekend, and has since been confirmed as genuine by screenwriter Jon Spaihts via Twitter. If you’re interested, we recommend you check it out quickly, because there’s no telling when/if Fox’s lawyers will begin trying to scour all copies of it off the internet. If it’s already gone by the time you read this, fear not: we’ll have our own look at the screenplay posting later this week.

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Prometheus’s Unused Chest-Bursting Concept Art

With the release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus now readily available on Blu-ray/DVD, hours and hours of bonus features that will answer questions surrounding the film can now be seen. One of the more fascinating revelations appeared in the early stages of the script’s development. Before Damon Lindelof came aboard, screenwriter Jon Spaiths’ script featured an alien chest-bursting scene like the iconic scene from Scott’s 1979 film Alien. As the NSFW image depicted below, there was even concept art available to illustrate the gruesomeness:

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Ridley Scott Hints At Prometheus and Blade Runner Sequels

In spite of being greeted with very mixed reaction from critics and fans, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus took in a moderate $126 million domestically and just over $400 million worldwide. The film was clearly designed with a sequel in mind, and now Scott is dropping some hints about what the sequel film will look like if Twentieth Century Fox gives him the green light.

In an interview, Scott talks about the final moments of Prometheus and how that will lead into the next film with the sole survivors of the mission, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the severed head of the android David (Michael Fassbender). The British director also talks about the new planet the pair will reach when as the sequel opens.

Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe. You’ve got a person [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] with a head in a bag [ Michael Fassbender’s David] that functions and has an IQ of 350. It can explain to her how to put the head back on the body and she’s gonna think about that long and hard because, once the head is back on his body, he’s dangerous.” Scott added, “They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place. Who are the Engineers?”

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Prometheus Blu-Ray Producer Dismisses Possible Blade Runner Connection

Last week the interwebs caught fire after somebody spotted an Easter egg on the Prometheus Blu-ray/DVD release that appeared to — just possibly — tied the world of Ridley Scott’s latest SF flick into the world of Blade Runner. The item in question is a memo written by “Peter Weyland” where he discusses his mentor, an unnamed chap who worked to create “genetic abominations” and who sounds an awful lot like Blade Runner’s Eldon Tyrell. The connection isn’t that far fetched, obviously, since both films were directed by Ridley Scott, and he is supposedly working on another Blade Runner film. Could this Easter egg be Scott’s way of hinting that he’s going to bring the Blade Runner into the Alien mythology the same way he did with Prometheus?

In a word: no. You Blade Runner fans out there can stop hyperventilating and put away the pitchforks, because the Weyland memo is purely and simply a wink at the fans. That was confirmed by Prometheus Blu-ray producer Charles de Lauzirika, who also worked on the excellent Alien Anthology releases. Speaking to Movies.com, de Lauzirika said the mysterious Weyland memo is just a case of him “having fun and being cutesy.” You can read his full comments on the subject below.