Alien Covenant

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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.

alien-covenant-trailerAlien Covenant is the newest addition to the Alien franchise and the unofficial sequel to Prometheus.  As someone who actually really enjoys Prometheus minus a few things of course, I found this film somewhat disappointing.  Not to say that I didn’t enjoy it because there was plenty to get excited about.

The Good

  1. This movie looks AMAZING- Ridley Scott makes some beautiful looking films and this one is no different.  I would even argue that this is one of the best looking as it should be given the time, technology and how well 1979 original still holds up.
  2. This movie is very well acted.  The entire cast is great but the standouts to me are definitely Michael  Fassbender and believe it or not Danny McBride.
  3. The xenomorphs look incredible.
  4. The score is great as expected.
  5. People die and it’s pretty entertaining to watch

alien-covenant-trailer-breakdown14-700x300This is far from a perfect movie however.  There are some flaws that just kind of took me out of the film at certain parts.

The Bad

  1. There isn’t near the character development that Prometheus had.  The only character we get any kind of meaningful background on is Micheal Fassbender’s character.  A lot of people complained about the character development in Rogue One and Kong Skull Island but I think it’s a lot worse in this movie.
  2.  Every character dies in the cliche way that you would expect them to.  It’s always the unexpecting person in the shower or something of that nature.
  3.  The movie has what seems like an ending and then goes for another 15 minutes to wrap everything up.  It feels like this was just stitched onto the end.
  4. At it’s core this feels more like an AI movie until it makes that transition to an Alien film and it just feels like two different endings.

 

There’s is plenty to love and hate about Alien Covenant, overall I had a good time with it.

 

Grade: 7/10

 

*You may also have seen me in Chris Stuckmann video reviewing the film.  Chris is one of my main inspirations for starting to write reviews, so it was pretty cool getting to talk with him after my screening.  Without you guys I wouldn’t be able to go to screenings and have experiences like this.  Thank you so much for continuing support!

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