Sunday, May 21, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ALIEN: COVENANT
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.
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Rated R for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity
Runtime: 2 hr. 2 min.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
Alien: Covenant is best described as Ridley Scott plays all the hits. On Prometheus, Scott tried for some headier sci-fi, even if the human decision weren’t, but fans complained about its lack of outright Alien connections. Publicly, Scott’s been on record as saying he’s heard these complaints and delivered Alien: Covenant. Fans of the series will find plenty of call back to the original film all the while Scott continues threads from Prometheus. The film itself looks beautiful, even if the scares never really come since the beats are so familiar. Katherine Waterston is primed to be the heroine in this entry but she’s never magnetic enough to completely captivate your attention. Michael Fassbender more than makes up for the slack while playing duel roles. Fassbender is clearly having a ball throughout and its audience benefit as he’s the most interesting thing on screen during the entire film. The supporting cast is made up of familiar faces but their clearly just cattle being lead to the slaughter with only Danny McBride leaving an actual impression. Alien: Covenant is a solid entry into the prequel series that sure to leave plenty of fans happy while others will complain about certain story decision.