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May 27, 2017

Movie Multiverse: Alien: Covenant

The film is about how for seven years, a space crew unite, with actors (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) are on the far side of the galaxy, in a massive space ship known as The Covenant. The space crew discover what they think is a planet of paradise. While they are there, they meet the android, David, played by Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Jobs); the only survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The members think this planet is safe, maybe life is here that connects to humanity, and they seem to fall head over heels for this planet. Suddenly the mysterious world turns dark, creepy, and dangerous when an alien life form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

Ridley Scott is once again in the directing chair, and this movie really is trying to please everyone. You get the action from Aliens, you get the sci-fi and horror from Alien, and for you smart folks, you get the thought provoking science of Prometheus

The horror in the movie is literally every horror cliché you’ve seen before. The Covenant, are literally the dumbest characters in a slasher movie you see, even though they are scientist. Such as, wandering off in the dark by yourself, trusting the man with the shifty eyes and blood smear on his hands, having sex when you know danger is around the corner, telling people you will be right back, let’s go off course, lets party, and more. Katherine Waterston as Dany is the only relatable character because she is the only one with common sense.

Also, I wish this movie would have been more creative. It is almost as if Ridley Scott was making a parody of his own past movie. Meaning, what we see in the film what we have seen in Alien and Aliens. The facehugger, the alien bursting through someone’s chest only now it’s another alien bursting out through someone’s spine, even Dany has the same hair style and tank top that Weaver had and wore in the first two films. Furthermore, if you are someone who is confused on the story of Prometheus, I think you will be even more confused by this.

The chemistry between Walter and David is the smartest aspect of the entire movie. I appreciate some of the biblical references, how the movie shines a light on those two characters, and surrounds the smarts from Prometheus around those characters.  I like the interaction between David and Walter, both played by Michael Fassbender. Walter is the upgraded version of David, and the two refer to each other as brothers. The two seem to have a bond, but they also seem to be divided.

Once Ridley Scott is done with the prequels, I would love to see Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) direct his version of Alien. Which he has stated would be a sequel, and bring back Weaver.

After seeing Prometheus and this, I’m still asking myself, “Now how in the world does this connect to the first Alien movie?” That question I’m still interested in. which is why I believe Alien Covenant earns a…

6 out of 10.

Nile Fortner
nilefortner@gmail.com

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