This post is about a movie being spoiled, so it stands to reason that if you haven’t seen Prometheus yet, you probably shouldn’t read on.
Recently a Seattle moviegoer, identified as Jorge, thought the was going to hand over his ticket, find a nice, comfortable seat, and watch Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Before he even got to concessions, however, Jorge received and unwelcome spoiler.
According to the Stranger, the ticket taker at the Regal Cinemas Thorton Place Stadium 14 theater (a theater I went to last night, incidentally) informed the patron that, “I have to warn you, halfway through the movie, the main female character will perform a self-induced abortion.”
Jorge asked around the theater and discovered a number of others in the audience had the same experience. He complained to the manager, and though the theater official claims that there was no political agenda on the part of the employee, Jorge “can’t explain why else the employee would reveal a key development of an R-rated movie’s plot.”
After encountering inaction from the immediate theater supervisors, Jorge ran his complaint up the flagpole, only to encounter more. The theater manager says company policy bars him from speaking about the incident, and Regal Entertainment Group sent Jorge no explanation or acknowledgement, and a pair of tickets which he subsequently returned.
Politics aside—this is neither the time nor the forum, unless you want to get into the intricacies of intergalactic trade restrictions like in the new Star Wars films—wasn’t the incident in question a cesarean-section, not an actual abortion? Isn’t that what Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) says to that crazy surgery tube thing when she’s trying to get that squirmy alien invader? And doesn’t it live?
Whatever your stance on abortion, most movie fans probably agree that spoiling the most horrifying scene in a movie that is supposed to be a sci-fi horror film like this is a bit over the line.