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.
Welcome, all you Alien lovers. Let me introduce you to a film that masquerades as an extension of the Alien franchise but is inevitably more about a disgruntled AI employee and his quest for creation and annihilation. Wreaking havoc on the human race with a weapon of mass destruction: An Alien pathogen.
Don’t get me wrong, Alien: Covenant is decent but just not as satisfying as you’d expect. From Alien pathogens to Xenomorphs to ‘Chestbursters’ to ‘Facehuggers’, this film finally has what you’ve been waiting for…to a certain degree.
It answers the question you wanted to know, the origin of that nasty Xenomorph, you’ll even get to witness a couple of scenes where it makes an appearance. However, be ready to be left with even more questions when you watch ‘Alien: Covenant’.
It also has a theme reminiscent of Terminator, did they do this on purpose to pay homage to the 80’s classic or is this really the road they’re going to take? We’re left with the essence of the original ‘Alien’ film, but it’s more of a poetic battle between AI and humans than that remarkable horror that left us terrified of space and having SOUP. (Yes, I was young when I watched Alien, my young mind thought the soup was the cause of the ‘Chestburster’)
Nevertheless, we’re officially taken on a new journey (2 or 3 other movies are installed) with new crew and await their final death scenes since it takes place 10 years before Ripley enters the death trap aka commercial starship, Nostromo.
What’s interesting about this and what I think they should work towards is finally getting us to the point where Ripley enters the scene. Or better yet, can I please have some RIPLEY in my Aliens? I feel like it’s inevitable for all characters before Ripley to die, so what’s the point we get attached? It’s counterproductive, since we know their future…DEATH.
*This is why I purposely refused to use character names.
Watch this movie if you’re an Alien fan or if you want to scare your date into smothering you! 6/10