Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: John Logan and Dante Harper
Premiered: 4/05/2017 (UK)
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. 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.
This movie is supposed to be the triumphant return to the Alien franchise and whether you agree with that depends on a few different factors. Personally, I thought that the movie was good, certainly better than Prometheus. It felt much more like the Alien movies of old. Tense, tight and while it doesn’t break new ground it is well made.
Xenomorphs make a their comeback as the ultimate killing machine and while I wish there was more scenes where they were involved, it was good to see them creating havok again.
There were some issues though generally related to moving the plot along but they still managed to jolt me out of my suspension of disbelief. For one thing, no suits when landing on a strange planet? While I can understand that you cannot fit everything into the movie, this just didn’t make sense to me. Please tweet at me if I missed something. Secondly, while the scene wasn’t quite as bad as in Prometheus with taking a helmet off to get killed, poking a random plant/animal thing without a mask is probably not the smartest thing.
The twists were somewhat obvious though that did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the film.
If you like sci-fi horror you’ll find something that you like in this film, just don’t look to closely at some of the plot devices used to move the narrative along.