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Prometheus Trailer Breakdown
A shot-by-shot analysis of Ridley Scott's epic teaser trailer

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There are some questions to which man may never know the answer. Just what does The Colonel put on those sweet, sweet mini fillets? Who the hell is Mark Cavendish? And what in the name of Sam Hill is Ridley Scott’s Prometheus about?

Thankfully, after the release of the first teaser for Sir Ridley’s sci-fi extravaganza, we’re a little closer to knowing the answer to the latter question. A little closer. Because the secrets of Prometheus are up there with The Dark Knight Rises in the locked-down-and-guarded-by-dragons stakes. But it’s clear that, after months of rumour, obfuscation, the odd semi-confirmation and rebuttal, the movie does tie into the Alien franchise wot Sir Ridders started all those years ago. Stylistically alone, the trailer - with the piercing shrieks on the soundtrack, and the title slowly appearing across mysterious, brief images of people in peril - strongly evokes Alien’s famous teaser, while there are enough familiar sights in there to get Alien fans foaming at the mouth with speculation.

So here is our trailer breakdown, armed with - hopefully - enough knowledge to set you straight on one of the most exciting movies of 2012.

Spoiler warning: Included throughout are in-depth readings of major plot points.

WORDS CHRIS HEWITT
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Scott Free Logo

Over the Fox logo and the Scott Free insignia, we hear faint echoes of a garbled transmission. Then, suddenly, something that sounds like, "We were so wrong." Followed, ominously, by "I’m sorry." It sounds like the voice of Noomi Rapace who, as Elizabeth Shaw, leader of a scientific expedition to discover information about the birth of mankind, is our nominal Ripley this time around. But what was she wrong about? And why is she sorry? It’s certainly a grim note on which to start - it would seem that things are not going to end well for our heroes.
 

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21 OLD GUY REPLY
I think you may have just hit the nail on the head. I've done some screencaps for these on tumblr (check the Prometheus tag), it's so so interesting! More

Posted by BabsyBuck on Friday December 23, 2011, 16:56

22 Same but different
I have been comparing stills from the original 'Space Jockey' room in Alien with the brief shot in Prometheus. The overall look is pretty much the same Gigeresque style but there are subtle differences. In the original, the rib/bone like look to the walls is very apparent whilst in the new one it's more subtle. The 'chair' also has slight differences. So either Scott/Giger have redesigned it (which doesn't really make sense) or this is not the derelict from Alien. I'm more inclined to think the latter, which would tie in with Scott's comment that this isn't a prequel to Alien but rather a movie that has the Alien 'DNA'. I guess we'll find out next summer. More

Posted by zpider242 on Friday December 23, 2011, 14:40

23 The planet's air isn't breathable as Fassbender is an android
Surely as Michael Fassbender is an android he wouldnt need to wear his helmet anyway to breathe so the planet or tunnels being breathable isn't true as every other cast member has their helmet on while on the surface. Correct me if I'm wrong... More

Posted by stevolegendbauer on Friday December 23, 2011, 14:36

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The main mistake of this breakdown is that it assumes the teaser is in chronological order. More

Posted by Agent69 on Friday December 23, 2011, 14:30

25 Same but different
I have been comparing stills from the original 'Space Jockey' room in Alien with the brief shot in Prometheus. The overall look is pretty much the same Gigeresque style but there are subtle differences. In the original, the rib/bone like look to the walls is very apparent whilst in the new one it's more subtle. The 'chair' also has slight differences. So either Scott/Giger have redesigned it (which doesn't really make sense) or this is not the derelict from Alien. I'm more inclined to think the latter, which would tie in with Scott's comment that this isn't a prequel to Alien but rather a movie that has the Alien 'DNA'. I guess we'll find out next summer. More

Posted by zpider242 on Friday December 23, 2011, 14:23

26 Same but different
I have been comparing stills from the original 'Space Jockey' room in Alien with the brief shot in Prometheus. The overall look is pretty much the same Gigeresque style but there are subtle differences. In the original, the rib/bone like look to the walls is very apparent whilst in the new one it's more subtle. The 'chair' also has slight differences. So either Scott/Giger have redesigned it (which doesn't really make sense) or this is not the derelict from Alien. I'm more inclined to think the latter, which would tie in with Scott's comment that this isn't a prequel to Alien but rather a movie that has the Alien 'DNA'. I guess we'll find out next summer. More

Posted by zpider242 on Friday December 23, 2011, 13:56

27 Page 27
There's a hole and smoke pouring out the side of the ship, where at the end, the rolling donut does not have a hole. Either the explosion in the sky is later, or there might be more than one ship? More

Posted by Endricte on Friday December 23, 2011, 13:16

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Awesome breakdown; quite a brilliantly made and executed trailer. So much detail and unanswered questions per frame. More

Posted by KnightofZyryab on Friday December 23, 2011, 13:09

29
This breakdown makes me want to see this film even more desperately. I cannot wait for 2012! More

Posted by savethedreads on Friday December 23, 2011, 13:07

30 OLD GUY
Looks like the old guy is the same guy who gets injured/infected by acid/smoke. So her suffers, turns bad, attacks the crew, grows to a large size and then becomes the jockey and ends up with a hole in his chest. More

Posted by blindfold on Friday December 23, 2011, 13:06

31 Can't wait!
2012 is going to be a fantastic year for films with something for everyone; Expendables 2, Hobbit, TDKR, Prometheus, Avengers etc. More

Posted by mjscarface on Friday December 23, 2011, 12:59

32
Is the old guy in the suit/wheelchair Mr Weyland? Not seen Lance Henrikksen around for a while and you couldn't really make another Alien film without him.... could you? More

Posted by shitneck on Friday December 23, 2011, 12:52

33 Spoilt
What a line up for 2012. Scott returns to sci-fi. Jackson returns to middle earth. Fincher returns to the serial killer thriller. Nolan returns to Gotham. Abrams begins another entry to the captains log. Ritchie returns to 221B Baker Street. More

Posted by bnicholson50 on Friday December 23, 2011, 12:37

34 Changing
His teeth look very pointy... (re.Page 24) More

Posted by monkiipalm on Friday December 23, 2011, 12:21

35 Page 29
That humanoid is fascinating. Is he firing up that big gun. Too many questions. Cant wait for this. More

Posted by burtbondy on Friday December 23, 2011, 12:10

36 Good job
Totally missed the person in the Space Jockey shot. Thanks for pointing it out. One question: Where is Guy Pearce in all of this? More

Posted by Skillgannon on Friday December 23, 2011, 12:03

37 is that ... ?
page 26. that's Mila Jovovich. It's Alien vs. The Fifth Element! I KNEW IT !!!! *cough* More

Posted by xpialidoceous on Friday December 23, 2011, 11:56

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YES! Good work! Well worth all the nagging I've been doing... More

Posted by TheWitherall on Friday December 23, 2011, 11:48

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