Monday, August 28, 2017
MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Alien: Covenant (2017)
Science Fiction/Horror Thriller
May 19, 2017
DVD Release Date:
August 15, 2017
2 hrs 2 minutes
John Logan & Dante Harper
Brandywine Productions, Scott Free Productions
20th Century Fox
Ridley Scott returns to the univers 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.
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby
Note: This review contains spoilers
Humans are a dying species. That’s it. That’s the movie.
In all honesty, I didn’t really like its predecessor, Prometheus, and it seemed like Alien: Covenant was riding on its coat tails. What I did enjoy, was how the story connected between the two. Eleven years after the plot of Prometheus a new ship, Covenant, set out simply to meet the same antagonist, the same aliens, and the same bloody end. But wait, there’s more. David, the android from the previous film, returned as an extra antagonist and interrupted the Covenant crew’s colonization mission.
The crew of the Covenant spacecraft was all too willing to meet their end and repeat the same mistakes of previous characters who have met the same parasitic aliens. The crew was completely inattentive and unwitting in their exploration and colonization of another habitable planet. Their terrain and exploration included a vast unknown where anyone or anything, intellectual or homicidal can come after them. Did they ever question why or how the ship Prometheus “disappeared”? It certainly didn’t look that way. Were you looking for a plot twist? A stellar neutrino burst helped the Covenant crew stop their journey and stop onto on the planet where Prometheus crash landed. It seemed simple enough but subsequently, David was able to use the Covenant and its resources to then expand the alien species.
In Alien: Covenant, the aliens look sleeker but the entire story was a forward step backward. It looks cool but didn’t really offer any thoughtful insight other than David was an android capable of human emotion, became the homicidal antagonist since Prometheus, and you can’t keep the aliens down for long.