Alien Covenant (2017)
Review By Bluebird
Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror movie directed by Ridley Scott and written by John Logan and Dante Harper. The story begins with the creation of David (Michael Fassbender) by his creator or ‘father’ back when he was younger. His father was obsessed with the question of finding out where humans came from and how they evolved.
The ‘Covenant’ was a colonisation vessel with a newer version of David named Walter (also played by Michael Fassbender), who is forced to wake some of the ships emergency crew from cryo when there’s a fault with the ship. I’m not sure if the actor who plays Walter is American, but his accent sounds awful. James Franco made a tiny cameo as the guy who gets burnt alive in his cryo pod, extra crispy. It was also nice to see his buddy Danny McBride take on the role of Tennessee, the comedy relief of the movie.
The crew pick up a rouge transmission of a woman singing a John Denver song Take me home. They track the source of the transmission and decide to investigate the planet after discovering that it may be a prime candidate for their people to settle on. Of course, there’s only one crew member with a brain and who believes it’s a bad idea to investigate a random planet nobody’s ever seen before, and thus appears our movies main protagonist Daniels (Katherine Waterston) and of course captain Oram (Billy Crudup) ignores her.
As soon as they land on the planet the alien mystery dust from Prometheus begins to infect the crew members, making them very sick and eventually a cute little surprise pops out! They also discover the same ship from Prometheus that doctor Shaw and David escaped on and they soon regret their decision to land on this planet.
I’ve heard people say that you don’t need to watch Prometheus before watching this movie, but if you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to watch it before watching Alien: Covenant. It will make a lot more sense since it’s set 10 years after the events of Prometheus and is a sequel to that movie. I enjoyed Prometheus, although it didn’t have any Xeno’s it was still an enjoyable Alien movie. Because this is a sequel, it feels like a separate movie from the original Alien movies. It is fascinating to see how our beloved Xeno’s were created and the story is enjoyable to watch. I did find some of the scenes with David and Walter to be a little boring and drag on too long. I think they should have cut those out and given the aliens more screen time.
It’s no surprise that the acting in this movie is great, considering its part of such a huge franchise I think they would have chosen the actors very carefully, and it shows. The cinematography is also beautiful; the planet is beautiful, they did a great job at making it seem realistic.
One thing I dislike about this movie, which I’m sure a lot of Alien fans would agree with is the amount of CGI used on the aliens; I loved the practical effects used in the older movies, it made the aliens seem more realistic. No matter how good the CGI looks, it’s still obvious that it’s fake, and that makes it a lot less effective. People who didn’t enjoy Prometheus may be a little disappointed in this movie. I’ve heard from a lot of hardcore Alien fans say there wasn’t enough Xeno in this movie. This movie is about the creation of the species, so it’s not a typical Alien movie.
I watched this movie twice before writing this review, and while watching for the second time, I realised that there were a few little things that I missed the first time. I always give a movie a second chance, so If you didn’t enjoy this one much the first time, give it another shot! All up this was a good movie, It is a great sequel to Prometheus, but of course, it doesn’t compare to the original movies for quality. It is still an enjoyable movie to watch and I recommend it to all horror fans.