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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Critic Reviews for Alien: Covenant
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.
Audience Reviews for Alien: Covenant
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.
Ridley Scott lands in paradise with Alien: Covenant. Soaring in at 2 hours, Alien: Covenant manages to steer the ship in the right direction of mystery and intrigue, with a pinch of horror. Moving at a steady pace, the plot manages to explain more than it leaves unanswered; definitely a positive. It also leaves the want for more details. The violence is bloody and brutal while the CG meets the alien standard. The high use of the dark setting helps with the suspense. Michael Fassbender does the heavy lifting and is the "life" of the film. Katherine Waterston is the runner up in the performance department. Alien: Covenant is a little light on the horror, but soars with the sci-fi and mystery.
There is absolutely no reason for this to exist other than to be an irritating mess like Prometheus, since it doesn't even care to answer any of the numerous questions that it raised in that movie or to come up with anything remotely intelligent to justify the five years of waiting.
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