Vatican Criticizes “Prometheus” Movie

The Vatican’s official newspaper attacked Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” taking issue with the film’s premise about the origins of mankind and saying it is “a bad idea to defy the gods.” The film, which opened in Italy Sept. 14, stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron (pictured with Idris Elba) in a story about a team of explorers seeking to understand the origins of mankind on earth after discovering a series of clues left behind by ancient civilizations. The science fiction thriller, which I found tantalizing in concept but relatively weak in execution, has performed well in a relatively weak box office period in Italy: it is in second place behind Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper comedy “Magic Mike.” “Magic Mike” generated no complaints from the Vatican.

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