Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and written by John Logan and Dante Harper, with a story by Michael Green and Jack Paglen. The film is a sequel to Prometheus (2012), the second installment in the Alien prequel series and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, as well as the third directed by Scott.

As of August 1, 2012, Fox was pursuing a sequel with Scott, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender involved, and was talking to new writers in case Lindelof did not return. In December 2012, Lindelof ultimately chose not to work on the project. Early on Scott stated that the film would feature no xenomorphs, “The beast is done. Cooked.” However Scott would make later statements that were contradictory, stating what is planned and confirming the xenomorphs’ presence in the film. but ultimately the movie does not include the creatures, instead featuring the similar neomorphs and protomorphs.

This is definitely better than Prometheus! It’s not very suspenseful though, and I found that part disappointing. There are also some feminist nods with the 2nd-in-command male seeming awkward, scared, and slightly incapable while the female 3rd-in-command is just immediately confident, has a plan, always knows what to do, bosses people around at-will, etc. They go out of their way to feature women in “stronger” roles, and I feel that takes awayThis is definitely better than Prometheus! It’s not very suspenseful though, and I found that part disappointing. There are also some feminist nods with the 2nd-in-command male seeming awkward, scared, and slightly incapable while the female 3rd-in-command is just immediately confident, has a plan, always knows what to do, bosses people around at-will, etc. They go out of their way to feature women in “stronger” roles, and I feel that takes away slightly from the story — we lose the sense of humanity and fear from the first two Alien movies with Ripley. On that note, the female co-lead (or whatever her role is) is not very believable. I found the ending to be anti-climactic (just ask yourself why an alien all of a sudden attacks something mechanical versus a human being). To me, this felt like half a movie in that the movie really takes shape around Fassbender’s David character. There’s a great twist at the end that feels like it should lead to a more satisfying movie, but that’s the end. You never feel like the two main survivors are in danger. While this is visually stimulating and attempts to fill holes, I’m left asking why their solution for the mythology of the xenomorph is so simple. Even when it’s explained, it doesn’t seem that horrifying — the music is happy which left me feeling very confused. There’s gore, but there’s really no emotional significance or true fear with everything that happens — you can see it coming a mile away. The pacing is different than Prometheus, and there’s a lot more action, but I found myself only being slightly less bored. There are still holes in the movie. The ending feels rushed. What else can I say? I don’t think it’s worth seeing in theaters unless you’re desperate for a movie to watch.… Expand

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Title:Alien: Covenant
Release:2017-05-09
Runtime:123 min.
Genre:Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction
Stars:Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo
Overview:Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

 

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