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Prometheus | 2012 | R | - 3.8.5

Prequel to the "Alien" franchise: After archeologists find 35,000-year-old cave drawings that depict an alien being and planets, a science vessel is launched into space and travels for two years before reaching what is believed to be the site of the alien civilization that was responsible for the origin of humanity on Earth. With Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Sean Harris. Directed by Ridley Scott. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman sits on a man's lap, caresses his face and they kiss, they lie back in bed and continue to kiss, and the woman removes the man's shirt (we see his bare chest and back and sex is implied; we see the woman later wrapped in sheets). A man kisses a woman on the head. A man and a woman hold hands.
 A man makes a sexual remark to a woman and she then invites him to her room (sex is implied). A man makes a joke about another man paying a woman for a lap dance. A man tells two other men, "Try not to bugger each other." A man and a woman have a conversation that implies that the woman is unable to conceive. A man sings, "Love the one you're with" in a couple of scenes.
 A woman is shown with a cloth wrap around her breasts and hips while in a stasis capsule (her bare shoulders and chest, abdomen and legs are seen). A woman wearing a cloth wrap around her breasts and hips is shown while doing push-ups and a portion of her lower buttocks, abdomen and legs are seen. A humanoid alien is shown wearing a wrap around its hips and its bare chest. Men and women wear skin-tight suits in several scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Two men are stranded in a structure on an alien planet, they are frightened when they are told that there is evidence of a life form near them, they explore their surroundings and find a snake-like creature that flares what looks like wings, bites one of the men on the hand and wraps its tail around his arm squeezing it until the arm breaks (we see the bone poke through his sleeve and he screams); the creature slithers up his sleeve, into his mask and lunges into his mouth killing him, and the other man is sprayed on the mask with acid and we see the plastic of the mask melt onto his face.
 A woman prepares herself for a surgical procedure: she injects herself a couple of times in the leg and the abdomen, a machine begins the procedure as we see something moving inside her stomach, it cuts across her abdomen with a laser (the woman screams and we see the flesh opening), and it uses a clamp to pull an alien creature out of her abdomen (covered with a sac and blood); the woman yanks on the umbilical cord, the creature thrashes as if it is dying (blood is splattered on the inside of the operating pod and the woman), the woman's abdominal wound is stapled closed (we see the staples again later) and she gets out of the pod leaving the creature behind, presumably to die.
 A man presumed dead and with acid burns on his face attacks several other men: he breaks one man's mask and we see blood on the man's face, and he beats up another man causing him to spit blood inside his mask and then the attacker shatters the mask; the attacker is shot at several times while he continues to attack and kill other men, and he is run over by a truck and sprayed by flamethrowers before he stops moving. A man is sprayed with flames from a flamethrower and we him engulfed and writhing as another woman watches and screams.
 A dead man is rolled over to reveal his broken mask and an alien creature shoots out of his mouth. An alien is attacked by another alien, and they struggle until one shoots a long tentacle into the other's mouth and it falls to the ground motionless. An alien thrashes on the ground, his abdomen opens and a slime-covered creature flops out; it stands up and we see its large jaws and sharp teeth. An alien attacks several people throwing them across a chamber and slamming them into stone walls (we see one man with a badly bruised face and he dies). A woman is grabbed by an alien and she yells.
 A space vessel crashes into another space vessel, one explodes and the other crashes to the ground while throwing flaming debris as two women run away; the vessel slowly falls over crushing a woman under it (we hear her screaming). A woman is thrown away from an entry hatch when a storm blows in (she is slammed into some metal rigging), a man and an android retrieve her and they all return to the ship unharmed. A space vessel flies through a storm and heavy turbulence before touching down on an alien planet (no one is injured).
 An alien drinks a cup of something that appears to be moving, the alien thrashes and moans, dark veins push out of its face and head, it begins to decay, its leg snaps in half at the knee and it falls into crashing water below where it continues to break apart; we see strands of its DNA floating in the water.
 We see images of large alien beings running through passageways and they appear to be running from something; one being falls on the ground and we see its remains in a pile on the ground, beheaded (we later see the severed head). Two women place a severed alien head (it looks fossilized) into a bag and take it back to their ship. A helmet is removed from an alien's severed head and a scientist injects the head with something that re-animates it; we see its eyes open and its mouth twitches until its head begins to break apart and it eventually explodes (we see goo splatter onto the inside of a containment field).
 A huge door opens revealing a chamber with many stone vessels inside and what look like worms wriggling on the ground. A vessel is opened and we see a container inside it and floating in black goo. A drop of liquid is placed in a man's drink and he later becomes ill. An elderly man's foot is shown with malformed toes. An alien is shown to have tentacles and a large mouth with many sharp teeth. We see an alien that appears humanoid with large eyes and gill-like slits on the neck. One alien looks like an octopus with tentacles. We see a huge pile of alien remains and we see large holes in their helmets as if they have been blown up.
 A woman is told that she is pregnant and she pleads for an android to "get it out of me." A man stumbles and appears to be very ill (he is sweating and pale and dark veins are pressing through his skin) and he becomes increasingly sick. A man's eyes are badly bloodshot, he looks into his eye in a mirror and we see something wriggling in it. An android slams a hypodermic needle into a woman's shoulder. An alien stands up from a stasis chamber and pulls out tubing that was plugged into him. An android is lifted into the air and his head is twisted and pulled off (we hear cracking) and the two pieces are thrown in opposite directions (we see the android later continuing to speak).
 A woman running from inside a chamber is thrown by a blast from a vessel gearing up, the ground under her breaks away and she jumps to safety. A woman hits a man and another woman in the head with a heavy object and they are knocked unconscious. A man punches a woman hard in the stomach (she recovers).
 A woman slams an android against a wall and threatens to cut whatever cord makes him run. A woman lowers an android's body by a rope to the ground and places its severed head in a bag.
 People are shown suiting up in protective gear before leaving a ship and exploring an alien planet. People are shown entering a structure on an alien planet and they seem nervous.
 A man and his young daughter talk about death and where we go after we die; the man tells the young girl, "Everyone dies." A woman says, "2 minutes without a suit and you're dead." A man tells an android "You're not a real boy," and makes several other disparaging remarks about it not being human or having feelings. A man asks a woman if she is a "robot." An android asks a woman how her father died, saying "Ebola?" A woman tells an elderly man, "You are going to die." A man asks, "Doesn't everyone want their parents dead?" A woman says, "There's only death here now." A man howls like a dog.
 A woman recovering from stasis vomits several times (we hear gagging and splattering and see goo splashing into a cup and onto a floor). An android touches a smudge of green goo on a wall and smells it.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 3 F-words, 3 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (savages, crazy, old man), 5 religious profanities, 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol from a bottle in a couple of scenes, a man drinks alcohol from a glass in a couple of scenes, a woman asks for a Vodka and drinks it when it is handed to her, a man drinks an alcoholic drink, and a drop of liquid is placed in a man's drink and he later becomes ill. People in a movie are shown smoking cigarettes, a man smokes something while on a space vessel and a man inhales deeply through his respirator and blows smoke out into his mask (another man asks him if that's tobacco and the man does not deny it).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Faith, alien civilizations, intergalactic travel, belief, androids, human soul, mysticism, risk, superstition, disappointment, survival instincts, the meaning of life, the origins of human life, natural order.

MESSAGE - The origins of humanity are murky.

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