Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

(2017)

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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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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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Stunning to look at but not a classic.


It feels odd reviewing this a week or so after seeing it. Must say it doesn't resonate long term but it was thrilling at the time, I'm pretty sure I came out satisfied. I love that they made a half-hearted attempt at creating characters that we might actually give a damn about when they are inevitably killed off. A salute to the face huggers and chest bursters of the beginning of this franchise was rewarding. Fassbender times two, I mean that's why I went to see it ("I'll do the fingering"... More that was 'smirk' classic and the audience laughed it was cute) the other reason was to explain 'Prometheus' because that was badly needed and they tried there too. Even though you could see that ending it was still shocking. If you're an Alien film you'd have to see this Right?Hide


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BY jkhotter wannabe

Possibly the biggest disappointment of 2017, but I feel so sure I'm wrong about this film. When I saw it I was bored. BORED? In an Alien film? NO WAY. I don't want to write a full review until I watch it again. I must be wrong, right? It took me 7 times to watch Blade Runner before I thought it was a masterpiece, the other 6 times I was bored. I don't think I could stomach Alien: Covenant seven more times but once more I can do. Can anyone tell me why the naming of the prequels only... More being named after the spaceship the crew are on? This is just lazy or am I missing the deeper meaning? Shouldn't Alien have been called Alien Nostromo???? Aliens have been called Aliens: USS Sulaco.
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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

If Ridley Scott is smart, and he is, he will hold Michael Fassbender close and cast him for however many sequels he plans on doing for the Alien prequel series. He is phenomenal as David who is a terrifying character, perhaps even more than the array of creatures seen in Alien: Covenant. The movie suffers a bit from trying to please fandom. It feels like a checklist is being ticked off as the movie progresses, instead of an organic story with some direction - Liam Maguren's critique of the... More film is accurate. All things aside, Ridley Scott achieves what he said he wanted to from the film, during all the press junkets, and that's to scare audiences. It does, with Fassbender surprisingly shouldering the creepy factor throughout.Hide


BY RealityCheck superstar

Alien Covenant
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


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The Press Reviews

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

  • 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. Full Review

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

  • 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. Full Review

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

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

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