In case you're wondering from the trailers alone, no, Alien: Covenant is not an action movie. It has gunplay and an explosion and ups the gore in comparison to prometheus but an action movie it is not. Alien: Covenant is an incredibly underwhelming movie. While there are worse movies in the franchise than this one, I expected better from the franchise's own father. I liked Prometheus, I really did. While I wouldn't go as far as call this movie bad let alone horrible, this movie wasn't really engaging. Instead of picking up from where the last movie left off, they instead say Noomi Rapace is dead, sorry about that. The script is a bit laughable at times as well. "I'll do the fingering", anyone? People cry about being widowed in the movie...and then immediately forget about it. Earn your paycheck, Franco. And special mention has to go to the CGI xenomorphs and neomorphs. While the rendering by itself isn't that bad, it's the movements that make it insulting to fans of the franchise due to how it moves about in a glitchy manner. Even Resurrection and the AvP movies had better effects than this one and the latter mostly has CGI that isn't exactly smooth. However, I'm not going to just crucify this movie and claim "You should hate it too". It still has a good movie in it somewhere and is the reason why it has 2.5 stars. first off, Michael Fassbender talking to himself. Need I say more? His dual role is by far the best thing in this entire movie especially when the "brothers" are in the same scene together. The visuals. Like Prometheus, the movie still has beautiful imagery with the DP being the true hero of those scenes. Give Katherine Waterston credit for her performance reminiscent of Ripley. While not action-packed, whenver there is action, it's actually not that bad especially when David and Walter fight each other. Ok, fine, it's not really that awesome but kudos to Fassbender for training to beat the crap out of Fassbender. They could've just had a stunt-double any time neither one's face was visible...but they didn't. The ending wasn't exactly unexpected but here's the thing...it's not meant to be a twist. We're meant to be suspicious and unsure. I'm only being vague since even making the smallest implication of what the twist is will be spoileriffic. Alien: Covenant isn't thrilling but in the end, I still think it's worth checking out.