Ridley Scott returns to his Alien roots with another haunting visual grandeur. While, I did enjoy Prometheus more, nevertheless; Alien: Covenant is still a thrilling deep-space terror.
Yes, Alien: Covenant doesn’t take the franchise in any new directions… that’s the bummer. On the flipside, Covenant is a haunting thrill-ride waiting to be unleashed. Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and Prometheus) returns with blood. After divided fan criticism on his prequel (Prometheus), Scott decided to return more to his Alien roots and released his audience into a world of living hell. Covenant is a new chapter to the Alien franchise and stands-in as a sequel/prequel.
The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. Actor Michael Fassbender returns as the mysterious android, David and his brother-android, Walter. Fassbender is exceptional as ever, delivering a groundbreaking performance that holds the film steady. Actors Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz and Carmen Ejogo all join the Covenant crew this time around.
Some becoming alien meat and others surviving until the last frame. While, Covenant didn’t impress (numbers wise) at the box office, Scott is still planning on making two additional Alien sequel/prequels leading up to the very first film (1979). In the end, I enjoyed Prometheus more for its approach to the slow-building suspense and terror. At times, Covenant felt like a constant bloodbath that was never going to let up. In all, Covenant continued to deliver deep-space thrills with mysterious plot lines still left unanswered.
Alien: Covenant is rated R (Restricted). For sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity.