Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

Directed by Ridley Scott and the follow-up to 2012's sci-fi thriller Prometheus. Stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and Danny McBride.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

2017Rating: MA15+, Strong science fiction themes and violence122 minsUSA
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Alien: Covenant / Reviews

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Ridley Scott makes it clear from Alien Covenant’s first scene, a dialogue between Michael Fassbender’s ‘synthetic’ David and his creator Peter Weyland, that it will continue Prometheus’ theme of gods and monsters. Scott revisiting a franchise he started 40 years ago to subvert its history is fascinating, but is it what viewers want from an Alien movie?

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Village Voice

Village Voice

Alien: Covenant seethes with self-importance yet is never boring or portentous. It can't come close to matching the greatness of the first two films in the series, but at least Scott seems to understand that these movies thrive on ambition.

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Total Film

Total Film

Exactly the film all but the most ardent apologists wanted from 2012's Prometheus.

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Time Out

Time Out

For reasons too spoilery to give away, Fassbender is electric, giving a spectacularly skin-crawling performance.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The film is very capably made, with forceful, potent performances from Waterston and Fassbender. That franchise title is, however, looking increasingly wrong. It is a bit familiar.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

If there are to be two more, let us pray they bring back Ripley. The series needs soul, not just bodies.

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Stuff

Stuff

We've seen it all before, and better, without the punishingly long interludes for Scott to bore us to tears with his dissertations on the monster's purpose and whakapapa.

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Newsroom

Newsroom

Mixes both the good and the bad as it tries to unspool its terror-among-the-toetoe story.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Alien: Covenant lays on the gore and ratchets up the shocks to eye-popping extremes.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

An upgrade from Prometheus, Alien: Covenant amps up the thrills but doesn't deliver a memorable crew member or the full-on onslaught of the series at its height.

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Collider

Collider

Whether you want a Prometheus sequel or an Alien movie, you want a movie that feels cohesive, and there's no denying Covenant is a structurally challenged film that feels more like two movies slapped together in the name of audience appeal.

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