Alien Covenant succeeds on pure craftsmanship alone, and emerges as a solid, if slightly predictable Sci-Fi horror.
Directed by Ridley Scott
The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
Alien covenant sure is stuck in a strange position. Its the sequel to ‘Prometheus’, which is a prequel to the original ‘Alien’ series. Yet it doesn’t follow the main protagonists of ‘Prometheus’, but rather in the footsteps left behind by those characters. Along with heavy teasing as a return to the series horror roots, does Covenant deliver? For the most part, yes.
Whether you were a fan of the existential questions posed from Prometheus, those themes are very much back and in the DNA of covenant. At the same time, this is a much more straightforward survival horror film. It is made all the more richer provided you are familiar with Prometheus. Apart from that, not much is added to the Alien mythology. The art direction is as phenomenal as it has ever been, and Ridley Scott drives the film forward with pure confidence in the proceedings. The horror is some of the best the series has to offer, and its a blast to experience in the theater. Every frame is dripping with visual beauty, and a treat to long time Alien fans.
Michael Fassbender is once again the real star of the film. If you loved his performance in Prometheus then this is a must watch. And he is given much more room here to stretch. Funnily enough, many of Blade Runner’s themes, particularly on artificial intelligence made their way into Covenant. I just wished Ridley Scott went deeper than just surface exploration. In the end, Alien Covenant feels small in scope. It hits all the right notes we want from an Alien film, but feels more like an appetizer than a full meal. But what an appetizer it is.
Must watch for : Fans of Sci-fi horror, Michael Fassbender