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.... More
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.Hide
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BY Tony Stamp Flicks Writer
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?... More
The best moments in Covenant are the ones involving Fassbender’s dual performance as David and his newer counterpart Walter. He’s great in both roles, and the scenes with the two synthetics alone are gripping, scary, and at times weirdly homoerotic.
In fact, the cast are uniformly great, using their varying degrees of screen time to build enjoyable characters, even when forced to lob around heavy-handed ideas about faith.
Plot details that were a bit woolly in Prometheus are clarified, but on the whole, Covenant is almost as disjointed that film. The weird pacing whips us off to the next thing before much of it can sink in.
It’s still thrilling to see Scott play with iconography like face-huggers again, and do it so effectively. He’s not afraid to let Alien Covenant descend into straight-up horror territory, with squirm-inducing moments and plenty of gore and slime.
The freaky stuff is so good you wish he would linger on it a bit longer, but in the end, nothing is lingered on. Covenant winds up being a fun digression in the Alien universe, but not much more.Hide
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BY Alissa-Warren superstar
BY jkhotter wannabe
I know they didn't want to call it Alien Minus 2 and Minus 1 but still the only SciFi film to justify naming itself after the ship was Event Horizon. Right? Right?Hide
BY Newt superstar
BY RealityCheck superstar
Not sure what I was expecting but it was pretty good. Like ‘2001:Space Odyssey’ (mostly cos of HAL), ‘Prometheus’ , ‘A.I.’ , ‘Blade Runner’ , ‘iRobot’, ‘Alien’ series, mixed and matched together. I liked the way it flowed, crazy enough it was kind of action packed, not massive in the action side or scary, it’s just Alien-esk. Strangely predictable if you know what to look for, but otherwise it’s above average Sci-fi thriller.
Genre : Sci-fi,... More thriller, action, horror, splatter
3/5 : Maybe just not my cuppa tea, cos I was brought up on the early ‘Alien’ franchise, but it was pretty good. Long film but hardly noticeable.Hide
BY adamatdramatrain superstar
But oh boy, PROMETHEUS was gorgeous to look at. The design, the aesthetic, the sheer cinematic gorgeousness on display was stunning.
The 3D thrilled. The acting was top notch. Visually, Ridley Scott... More served up such a sumptuous feast that, even if the script and characters left a bad taste in the mouth, the eyes left the cinema sated.
COVENANT is pretty much the same again. Whilst Scott tries to ramp up the horror at times, the claustrophobic, shadowy scares of his first ALIEN are far, far behind him. Like PROMETHEUS, this Alien incarnation just ain’t that scary. But it is a gorgeously machined, visually rewarding delight.
The script is tighter and the action moves at a fair clip, and you’ll never be bored. The acting’s great, despite some clunky-as dialogue. The FX superb. But, we still get dumb-ass people doing dumb-ass stuff that feels more suited to a cliché-ridden, B-grade horror flick.
Katherine Waterston is great as our 2017 Ripley. Michael Fassbender rocks as both androids, David and Walter. Heck even Danny McBride is surprisingly great in his space trucker role.
There are a few stabs at answering some of the questions raised in PROMETHEUS, but as with any attempt to answer the big questions of Life, The Universe and Everything in sci-fi horror genre movies, they’re about as satisfying as Obi-Wan explaining the nature of The Force to Luke.
Horror fans will be rewarded with the occasional moment of body horror. Sci-Fi philosophers will be happy with the odd nugget of Engineeer’s lore. Fassbender fans will be delighted with two Michael’s. Movie fans will relish the visuals, the design, the “making of” and “art of” Blu-ray extras and books to come.
So, relax and let your eyes relish another cinematic feast. Think of COVENANT like a high-mileage, chrome-plastered Harley - it ain’t perfect by a long shot, but boy oh boy does it look great, and what a blast while it lasts.Hide
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