Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival. – 20th Century Fox
I’m a little late on this review but better late than never, I guess. I’ve always enjoyed the Alien films and I quite liked Prometheus. Prometheus was also one of the first films I reviewed on this blog so it is quite fitting that I review Alien Covenant.
Alien Covenant was written and directed but Ridley Scott just like Prometheus. The film brings back David (Michael Fassbender) but adds a new crew and mission. The new crew includes Dany aka “The New Ripley” (Katherine Waterston), Tennessee (Danny McBride), Walter a much nicer David (Michael Fassbender) and Captain Oram (Billy Crudup) and they are looking to find a new home. I have no complaints with the cast really. Fassbender was great at playing two roles. I found myself rooting for New Ripley, just like the original. Danny McBride was the best for me though. Who knew that guy could do something other than comic relief. Don’t get me wrong Danny McBride is hilarious but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got some more serious stuff now. My only complaint is a minor spoiler, so skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to know. James Franco was barely in the movie, he wasn’t really shown in the promotional stuff but it was still a let down.
The movie itself looks very good visually and the effects are solid. The Xenomorphs look especially slimey and terrifying. The space ship was cool. All the tech looked cool and realistic in that universe. The planet they went to looked pretty good, had a whole ancient Greece kinda vibe. Overall the movie had a good aesthetic just like Prometheus.
Prometheus left the viewers with many questions. Luckily Alien Covenant answered many of them and added to the mythology of the universe. Of course Covenant created its own questions, the sequel needs to have a purpose. The easiest way to describe this movie is if Prometheus and Alien had a baby. This movie is certainly a sequel to Prometheus but it is certainly a prequel to Alien. The movie has the aesthetic of Prometheus but the feel of an Alien film.
I found the plot to be rather interesting but I also liked Prometheus. I enjoy the whole backstory of the Xenomorphs and the Engineers and we got more in this movie. The movie isn’t perfect though. Some of the characters fall flat but that’s a common horror problem, some are just there to die. Alien Covenant is full of classic horror tropes, like separating the group or having sex in a dangerous situation but if they didn’t do that there wouldn’t be as much gore. This movie is super gorey and graphic. Alien Covenant isn’t for the squeamish and an Alien movie should be like that.
Overall I enjoyed the film. If your a fan of any of the other films in the series you’ll enjoy this one whether it is for the plot or the Xenomorph gore. It is not the best in the franchise but it is definitely not the worst.
I give an Alien Covenant a 7 out of 10, would watch again.
“One wrong note eventually ruins the entire symphony.”
Oh yeah, they released some prologue stuff you don’t have to watch it to enjoy the movie but it doesn’t hurt. Check it out below.