Five years ago Prometheus was released and directed by Ridley Scott. It is a prequel to the original Alien and likewise from its original creator. People were expecting something wonderful and awesome. But it was love by some, hated by others. I really enjoyed the film, I thought it was an intelligent and thought provoking take on the original. Yes, there were some issues with some of the characters making stupid errors. Not a perfect flick, but for the most part it was enjoyable.
Now this brings me to its continuation and also another prequel to Alien, Alien: Covenant. Hands-down if you didn’t like Prometheus, chances are you’re not going to like Covenant. It’s suffers from the same problems as Prometheus with its stupid scientists. However it still has that intellectual and interesting plot. Not your simple humans versus aliens storyline. There’s a deeper significance in the film. Truthfully, some people just don’t want that. They desire a straight out action sci-fi.
Don’t take me wrong, it doesn’t mean the action isn’t good. The issue is if you’re expecting a straight out action movie like Aliens. You’re going to be seriously disappointed it’s more of a sci-fi suspenseful/horror then and sci-fi action. Yes, I said suspenseful/horror because this movie is very gory and atmospheric. Essentially, it’s keeping with the tradition of the original Alien. Visually Covenant is a great looking picture. The different designs of the aliens are cool and the set pieces are wonderful. Ridley Scott and his team do a marvelous job with the all of the sets and visuals. In that respect there is so much going on that it may take multiple viewings to notice everything, including homages to the original film.
Precisely how you have visual homages to the original Alien the same is true for its music. If anything, it’s more an amalgam of Prometheus and Alien. Which is somewhat cool because you do get a sense that the world’s of Prometheus and Alien are starting to connect. Another big clue, it’s the film’s conclusion, it definitely leaves an opening for another sequel/prequel.
The cast performs an overall decent job. Most of the issues is with the script itself, not with the actors. This movie definitely belongs to Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston. Michael since Prometheus has done a cracking job of humanizing his character. While Catherine gives you that Ripley feel to her role. I would have definitely liked her to kick some more Alien ass though.
Even with its weak characters. Alien covenant is still a welcome entry to the alien franchise.
3 out 4 Hats