Prometheus. WonderCon. Blah Blah Blah. Trailer. Squirrel.

So, as everyone knows by now, a new trailer for Prometheus is zipping around the internet, and everyone everywhere is reported as being, “full of joy.”

The film, which is directed by Ridley Scott, written by LOST creator Damon Lindelof (and Jon Spaihts – co-writer of last year’s The Darkest Hour), and starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce, is coming at you like a certain thumbing of the nose at Oscar-bait films.

As if unable to contain their irritation any longer at the fact that certain directors can make movies about boring subjects, and seem to get nominated for awards even before anyone knows anything about the film, except that at some point certain older actors sit around and have tea – here comes the reply.

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner (Psstt… don’t mention G.I. Jane, White Squall, the completely bazonkers Hannibal, or the last four in a row that starred Russell Crowe). Check.

Creator of LOST. Check.

Trailer includes gratuitous use of – dun dun – dramatic sound as per Tension Building meeting notes, and looks really creepy, but doesn’t give any idea of what’s going on in the film. Check.

Shazam, a sci-fi movie that people love and buy the T-shirt for, long before it’s even been released.

Ok. It’s not like I don’t actually like Ridley Scott, and a fairly high percentage of his films, but things are going a little goofy with this film, and the massive explosion of this trailer/clip/whatever that has rocketed onto the scene.

Check it out, but try to stay calm.



Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.


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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.