Alien: Covenant (2017)
Critic Consensus: Alien: Covenant delivers another satisfying round of close-quarters deep-space terror, even if it doesn't take the saga in any new directions.
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Yet again a crew sniffs after a mysterious ping and sticks their nose in a deadly larva pod. Are our astronauts learning? God no. And if the audience expected a different plot, we're not learning, either.
As redesigns go, Alien: Covenant is not ambitious, but it's roaringly, repulsively effective.
This may not be a movie that reinvents the wheel. But it's one that knows how to make it roll.
It's an Alien movie for our times, one in which mankind isn't just under the thumb of an oppressive corporation but sowing the seeds of its own destruction on a more sweeping scale.
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Although it may be more interesting to devotees of the franchise, "Alien: Covenant" seemed plodding and manufactured. It was a mere vehicle, designed for the sole purpose of getting the franchise from here to there. Not entertaining, but it does have an undeniably sharp look.
Watching this I had the feeling that Ridley Scott is long since passed tired of the Alien xenomorph as a figure of horror, so what we get here is something else. What scares him then? Not that there's something horrible out there but, simply put, that we created it. Fassbender is economic as the future of Dr. Frankenstein, and the rest of the cast little more than cardboard cut-out caricatures meant to do little more than break whatever rules they've been given ... which gets them killed (spoiler alert)(oh wait, no, cause that's what EVERY submoronic horror does). Ho-hum.
It's sad to see that 100 years or so in the future all the technological advancements in the world can't do anything about human stupidity. What does Covenant do right? Well, it presents a harrowing character study in David and approaches themes of creation in beautiful fashion. The cinematography is breathtaking as we explore the twisted mind of a chillingly well composed and acted (Thanks Fassbender) villain. Furthermore a lot of the world and lore is just genuinely fascinating. Unfortunately the film fails tremendously as a horror suspense thriller. Without an ounce of common sense or remote degree of competence the cast dies left and right. What's worse is that there's no weight of loss because they're all terribly forgettable. Even Daniels just seems to be another poor imitation of the iconic Ellen Ripley. Covenant paints an interesting world, a villain with presence, has boasting visuals and commendable action set pieces but as it foolishly stumbles about from one sequence of slaughter to another you just don't really care.
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