Alien: Covenant offers scares aplenty but very little substance

Alien: Covenant offers scares aplenty but very little substance

Bad things begin to happen, and the crew is besieged by vicious xenomorphs, but are saved by another synthetic named David (Fassbender), the same David last seen with Elizabeth Shaw (an uncredited Noomi Rapace) at the end of Prometheus. Alien was a horrifying tale of extraterrestrial life and taught you that in space, no one can hear you scream. That didn't stop her from absolutely adoring making the film; specifically with the stuntwork.

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from "Alien: Covenant". Scott directed one of the best horror films of the '70s with his initial entry, while James Cameron used what Scott refined to craft an even better action flick with the sequel. This was never meant to be an action franchise, though, and there are some truly grotesque bits of horror at play, moments that rival the scares of the original trilogy - at least, until everything gets a bit too computer generated. Not, however, with sequels-there are only so many ways one can blow an indestructible creature out of an airlock, and Scott flushed his alien down the interstellar drainpipe during the Carter administration. Is Alien: Covenant the final installment in the Alien prequels? No.

Alien: Covenant has finally arrived in theaters and will offer audiences more insight into the untold origins of the Xenomorph's. Just as Prometheus shared its title with the ship its characters are on, so does Alien: Covenant.

Any other details would venture into spoiler territory, but suffice it to say that the planet is nowhere near as safe as they hoped. Bring them down to Earth so you can embrace the fear! Can everyone be trusted? But Covenant ultimately does a great job at resurrecting the best parts of its predecessors, while answering much of the speculation around how Prometheus connects to Alien.

In terms of performances, everyone is flawless.

Alien: Covenant takes moviegoers along for a ride with the Covenant crew as they embark on a journey to a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy where they discover what appears to be an uncharted paradise. Scott is still interested in asking some big questions, but he seems to forget we don't really have the time, nor the inclination, to ponder the mysteries of the universe while we're running for our lives. The first Exorcist film is fantastic because it feels possible and logical. From the trailer above, she looks to be the new Ripley, the role in the original films that earned Sigourney Weaver an Oscar nomination. She effortlessly displays both emotional acting as well as toughness in which every frame requires either emotion. The only element that elevates it is the relationship between two very similar characters, but the jousting between them turns tiresome after a while, too.

In the closing scene - after Daniels and Tennessee think they are safe with Walter - director Ridley Scott reveals that the droid now overseeing the Covenant's continuing journey to Origae-6 is the villainous David. Perhaps he is a huge, huge fan of the series?

Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes.

This is getting long, so I'll finish it off by saying that I enjoyed Alien: Resurrection when I was younger, but upon viewing it again a few years ago, I really realize how mediocre it is. Basically, it seems more fake.



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