Alien: Covenant – Film Review

I am a big fan of the Alien franchise and I personally liked Prometheus (I know many didn’t) so I had massively high hopes for Alien: Covenant. Sadly, it isn’t the resounding success I hoped for. It has many great moments but also many predictable and stupid ones so I left feeling a little disappointed.

It’s ten years after the events of Prometheus and the crew of the colony ship Covenant have woken up from stasis more than seven years early due to a fault. While fixing the issue, Tennessee (Danny McBride) receives a rogue transmission that seems to be human from a nearby planet. It looks as hospitable as their destination, and much closer, so Captain Oram (Billy Crudup) decides to hear there instead, something Daniels (Katherine Waterston) doesn’t agree with. Turns out she’s right and the planet isn’t the uncharted paradise they thought it would be.

There’s so much I want to say but I would go deep into spoiler territory and I don’t want to do that. The film really takes a while to get going as there are so many characters to be introduced – most importantly their android Walter (Michael Fassbender) – but once they reach the planet, discover the aliens and black dust, an old ship from Prometheus and David (also Fassbender), all hell breaks loose.

The first sequence with an alien was fantastic – scary, gory and intense – and it gave me such high hopes for the rest but nothing really matches it. A lot of the deaths are predictable and downright silly (Crudup, I’m looking at you) so the scares just aren’t there. I also didn’t love the obviously CG appearance of the earlier aliens and so was distracted by their look when I should have been focusing on what they were doing.

Luckily, there is a new, scarier adversary in David, who has gone full-on psycho since Prometheus and his storyline is the saviour of the movie. If it was just people getting popped off by aliens, I would have been so bored so David is a welcome development. Fassbender seems to relish the role and totally steals the show, especially in scenes he shares with his doppelganger Walter.

The cast are never fully developed so you don’t care who dies. However, I did like Daniels a lot – she was strong but vulnerable and really gets to kick ass and come into her own at the end. She will please fans of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley because they are very similar – which will do nothing to stop rumours she will be Ripley’s mum.

I was feeling really let down by the midway point but the last 30-45 minutes brought it back. It’s awesome and definitely as good as the first alien sequence. The last section really redeemed it. It was entertaining, thrilling and gory – exactly what it should be.

In cinemas Friday 12th May 

Comments

  1. I liked the first Prometheus too so Im excited to check this one out.

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