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
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