Michael Fassbender

‘Alien: Covenant’ Review!

Alien: Covenant is another film in the Alien franchise that features everyone’s favorite Xenomorph, as well as acting as a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. Ridley Scott is back in the director’s chair – telling the story of the colony ship Covenant and the unfortunate fate of its crew. On their colony mission, they stop on what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. A planet better suited for their colony than the one they were originally bound for. However, it’s a very dark and dangerous world. After learning the fate of the planet’s previous inhibitors, the remaining crew members attempt a harrowing escape. It’s a fight for survival against the seemingly unstoppable Xenomorphs.

Full disclosure – I was not a fan of Prometheus. It was way too long, had terribly written characters, and nothing happens in it. However, I must admit that I enjoyed Alien: Covenant a lot more than its predecessor. It still feels like a companion-piece with Prometheus, lots of talking and heavy-handed themes of creation, but it also manages to feel like an actual Alien movie at the same time.

I’m not going to say this is perfect Alien movie, in fact it is far from it. What I will say is that Alien: Covenant is an upgrade from Prometheus able to deliver on gory thrills and chills, but unfortunately unable to establish a memorable crew or memorable scares.

The Covenant crew are extremely inter-changeable. At one point in the middle of the movie I was pulled out of the film because I had to count how many crew members had died so far. I had forgot about two of them. It happened again toward the end when down to the final few and I could have sworn there were more people still alive. Not only does show zero character development or attachment, it shows that there was no weight to their deaths. It just happened in a beautifully gory and disturbing fashion, then the plot just moves along.

There are some stand-outs though. Danny McBride‘s Tennessee character was the most human among the crew. Surprisingly, McBride was able to strike the perfect balance of showing a man struggling with the brutal death of his wife, the brutal death of his crewmates, and the tenacity to stay alive. Not an easy feat for an actor to pull off, and yet he does it beautifully. Michael Fassbender also manages to impress with his portrayal of both David and Walter, two synthetic androids built by Weyland Industries to help humans in their colony missions in space.

Overall, Alien: Covenant manages to feel like an Alien movie as well as a sequel to Prometheus, but does not quite meet the expectations set by being a part of the Alien franchise. The scary atmosphere and sense of dread that Alien is well known for is non-excitant I this film. There is also no real attachment to any of the characters. However, despite all these negativities, Alien Covenant manages to entertain with its gory kills and stunning visuals. Ridley Scott is very well known for creating beautiful films and Alien: Covenant is no exception.

I would say that despite not quite holding up to previous films in the Alien franchise, it is does give me enough to want to see the next movie – and I do recommend seeing it in theaters. If you are a fan of the Alien franchise you will like this movie.

Alien: Covenant is getting a score of 3.75/5

What do you think of Alien: Covenant? What is your favorite Alien movie in the franchise? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

Don’t forget to subscribe to this site for more reviews of your favorite movies and movie news, and to follow me on Twitter @reelmovienews.

Advertisements

‘Assassin’s Creed’ Breaks New Record With 125Ft Leap of Faith

If you have ever played any of the games from the long-running Assassin’s Creed franchise then you are no doubt familiar with all of the parkour and acrobatic stunts the characters do throughout in the various games.  Top among these maneuvers is the iconic leap of faith, which involves leaping off a very tall building and plunging safely into a bale of hay.

One thing that fans of the games have wondered about the upcoming  Assassin’s Creed movie, set to come out this December, is if we would get to witness the famous leap of faith jump – it looks like they got their answer! Check out the video below!

The featurette above, released by 20th Century Fox, shows Damien Walters, Michael Fassbender‘s stunt double, performing a leap of faith from a starting point of 125 feet in the air – in the process breaking a free fall that has not been beaten in nearly 35 years!

The film is directed by Justin Kurzel, the director of Mecbeth, and is starring both Fassbender and Marion Coillard.

Whether or not Assassin’s Creed is able to make big box office returns or not – it is clear we will get a plethora of awesome stunts to look forward to.

 

Assassin’s Creed Trailer and Poster are Here!!

Its finally here! The trailer for the movie based on the popular video franchise that had you believe man can drop into a bale of hay from a height of 50 feet and not break his back.

The two-minute trailer debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Wednesday night (serious…how does he get all these trailer releases on his show?) and sets up the plot and tone of the much anticipated video game movie.  Michael Fassbender plays the descendant of the film’s titular assassin, a man named Desmond who’s been captured by a shady organization with the goal of extracting his ancestors’ memories. The trailer shows a change back and forth between the present day and medieval Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.  Check Out the trailer below! I have to say, its pretty awesome!

(more…)

The New Lara Croft Has Been Cast!

After several months of speculation, MGM and Warner Bros. have finally found their new Tomb Raider! Unfortunately it is not Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley as I had previously speculated, however this new casting news is just as interesting.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander has been cast as the video-game icon, and will be joining director Roar Uthaug who has already been attached to the movie.

According to the report the new Tomb Raider will “tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure.” This seems to draw inspiration from the 2013 Tomb Raider game which focuses on a young Lara Croft and her first adventure. (more…)

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ releases its final trailer!

Everyone’s favorite mutants  are out in full force in the latest X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, however Apocalypse shows to be a pretty formidable foe. The X-Men are going to need all the help they can get!  And it looks like that help may just come from a the fan-favorite Canadian with adamantium claws. Check out the latest X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, featuring the first peek at Wolverine, below.  And this time, he finally has his metal claws.

There is a ton of new footage in the trailer, but if you are a die-hard Wolverine fan, your favorite part is going to be at the very end.

X-Men: Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer and stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, and Oscar Isaac as the world’s first mutant Apocalypse.  Returning to join these new mutants are James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Michael Fassbender as Magneto.

X-Men Apocalypse is set to be released this summer, May 27th

X-Men: Apocalypse Official Trailer

It’s gonna be on hell of a summer for the X-Men. The superhero team is tackling its the most formidable opponent yet, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac).

Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Apocalypse finds the core mutants, including Charles (James McAvoy), Erik (Michael Fassbender), and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), taking sides when the titular character reawakens and seeks world domination.

It has been confirmed that this trailer will be showing before the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film on December 18, 2015.  You can see the details here.

X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2015.