Ridley Scott Evolves 'Alien' with 'Covenant'

Ridley Scott Evolves 'Alien' with 'Covenant'

Apart from Fassbender's hammy "Oh, you thought you were sick of me after Assassin's Creed!". Homer: I'm just waiting for my kid.

Brief Plot Synopsis: "Hold my beer". When we meet the Covenant crew, it's in the middle of chaos and we're expected to just automatically feel something for the death of a crew member we never got to meet, let alone know. While performing repairs, they receive a mysterious transmission from a seemingly lifeless planet.

Director Ridley Scott and Katherine Waterston, who plays Daniels, in Alien: Covenant.

Michael Fassbender does an interesting job playing too different synthetic, manufactured humans, though the robot-flat portrayals add two more unemotional characters to the mix.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A fun terror ride that extends the life of the Alien franchise. Fassbender was clearly the best thing about "Prometheus", and he again has the chewiest role in "Covenant". Like some of the alien offspring, "Covenant" is a hybrid: part gory "Alien"-style scare-fest, part chilly "Prometheus" existentialism".

The sixth (or eighth, if you count the Alien vs. Predator films) installment of the Alien franchise is a direct sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to the original 1979 Alien; this is the second of Ridley Scott's ongoing effort to fill in the years between the two films, which promises at least two more movies before we get to Sigourney Weaver.

That's not entirely fair, in retrospect.

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With Prometheus, audiences were turned off by the movie's bleak, pretentiousness as Scott and crew pondered the meaning of life.

Amandla Stenberg is on lockdown in "Everything, Every Thing". Things don't go well on the new planet, because (spoiler alert!) there are some pretty scary aliens hanging out there. I knew Ripley wasn't going to make an appearance since this was a prequel (and Mr. Scott, I can't even begin to tell you how I feel about prequels). Their follow-ups varied in quality and ambition (and yes, Aliens is a masterpiece in its own right), but none addressed where their nightmare beasts came from, or who the long-dead, inhuman "space jockey" seen briefly in Alien was. The first two movies were the best (and arguably only good) movies in the series, so that should help, shouldn't it? One could even argue galactically so.

Flash forward to another interstellar craft, the Covenant; it's on a colonizing mission, headed for a remote planet with most onboard in hypersleep for the long voyage. And you're giving him a tour around the spaceship: 'Yeah, this is where we do this, and this is where this happens.' It was nuts. When David hands Walter a wind instrument to put in his mouth and says, "I'll handle the fingering", the snickering in the theatre will likely drown out the androids' duet: It's the title theme from Prometheus, a weirdly meta. touch.

And as with any Scott creation, the production design is gorgeous, and the effects - especially those xeno...sorry "proto" morph-related - are top notch. Prometheus and now Alien: Covenant are more like if someone made a humanizing biopic about the specific change in atmospheric pressure that led to the tropical depression that eventually caused "The Storm" in The Perfect Storm. Of course, the standout is Michael Fassbender, who has the ability to portray "the uncanny valley", behaving in ways that are just "off" enough to convince us that he's not a real human.

"The irrelevance of humans, aliens killing us and AI taking over is a big subject in this".

After a fight with the xenomorph on the ship where Ridley Scott gets to do his variation on the power-lifter battle from Aliens by having Daniels crush the xenomorph with a crane claw, all seems well with the ship returning to the Covenant.

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