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2012 Summer Blockbuster Preview: 'Prometheus'

Ridley Scott guaranteed to transport, unsettle us

Prometheus (June 8)

The cast of this sci-fi epic (Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace) ranges in the mid-to-low 30s age-wise, but that matters not when the director is the great Ridley Scott (74), who 30 years ago launched the modern era of dystopian science fiction with his classic Blade Runner.

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This time around, Scott’s tale presents a team of deep space explorers following a course outlined in a newly discovered, but ancient, star map. What they expect to find is nothing less than an explanation for human existence. Scott has always combined awe-inspiring imagery with complex themes in his films, and this one should be no exception.

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