Another Saturday night means another movie night. I was still longing for a horror movie since the last few were a bust. When HBO said that they were going to be premiering this movie, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I mean it’s an Alien movie and Alien was one of the first horror movies that I fell in love with. Was this movie finally the movie that I was looking for? Keep reading to find out?
Alien: Covenant is the direct sequel to Prometheus. Before we get into the review for this movie, I want to say that I actually went to the movie theater to see Prometheus. That was basically when no one really knew if it was a prequel to Alien or if it wasn’t. After the movie, I was saying how this was definitely a prequel to Alien, when some fanatic came running up to me saying that it wasn’t and Ridley Scott said that it wasn’t, it was just a similar movie. I pointed out how Prometheus ended and that if you didn’t think it was a prequel then you must not know Alien. Movie man made his way angrily from me muttering how I didn’t know shit and well this is my time to gloat. Prometheus IS a prequel to Alien and this movie, Alien: Covenant proves it. So ha. Anyway, Covenant is a ship with a mission. The mission is to find Origae-6 and colonize it. This means that it’s not some random expedition, but that Covenant has not only a crew, but over 2,000 human’s aboard in cryostasis along with some embryos to kick start the colonization of Oriage-6. Walter, played by Michael Fassbender, is the ship’s AI who is controlling things while everyone is in cryostasis. When the ship encounters something destructive while trying to power up, the crew is forced to wake up and make repairs while losing their captain. Taking over as captain is Oram, played by Billy Crudup. After a quick repair mission, Tennessee, played by Danny McBride, finds some strange feedback coming from somewhere close by. Finding another planet that is closer than Oriage-6 and habitable, Oram decides the crew should check it out even though Daniels, played by Katherine Waterson, disagrees. Anyway, select members of the crew decide to land and go on an expedition of this new planet when they encounter David, also played by Michael Fassbender, the only survivor of Prometheus. David has been alone on this planet for 11 years and knows the ins and outs of the planet, but also has a sinister plan brewing. Will the crew of Covenant be able to stop him and get back to their original mission? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Hmm…this seems familiar…. I have to say that the beginning of this movie plays out a lot like Mass Effect: Andromeda. Everyone is in cryostasis hoping to find a new planet to colonize, something bad happens, and then the shit hits the fan. The similarity stops there, but anyone else notice this? Let me know in the comments section below.
I thought this movie was great. Even though the opening was a little slow, it was still a really great Alien movie. Last week I complained that there weren’t enough strong female roles in the horror movie genre, so kudos to Ridley Scott who always makes sure that the women in his movies are some bad-ass ladies who know how to get the job done. They aren’t screaming and terrified all the time and they don’t act over the top. Moving on though, I enjoyed how this movie basically gave a breakdown of what happened after the ending of Prometheus, since it did kind of end on a cliffhanger, and basically wrapped up that movie while making the story in this movie one that needs to be continued with another movie. This movie brought back the original Alien creatures that terrorized Sigourney Weaver for a bunch of movies and brought them to life in a new and pretty neat way. For me, even though some of the scenes were a little over the top and overly gratuitous with the gore and the one shower scene, the science fiction aspect of this movie had me at the edge of my seat. I also enjoyed that this was an actual horror movie. Finally!
The cast of this movie was just amazing. Michael Fassbender stole the show as he always does, but especially this time since he played two different parts. After the original David android is seen as too human, Walter is made to be less human and more mechanical meaning that these were two completely opposite roles that Michael Fassbender played to perfection. While the rest of the cast was basically expendable, the one other stand out role was Katherine Waterson. I though her portrayal of Daniels was amazing and she was definitely the right choice for this movie where she’s basically takes on the role of the new Sigourney Weaver. I say that not as an insult, but as praise. Anyway, these three characters are the ones to watch in this movie as they stand out and will determine the faith of everything moving forward.
Overall I give this movie a 3 out of 5.
Can I say it again how this movie is a direct sequel to Prometheus just in case random movie theater guy is reading? Even though he probably isn’t. Anyway, it was an enjoyable sequel to a great movie. Not saying that this movie isn’t great, but it just went a little over the top to say that “Hey, even though Alien is in the title, this is an ALIEN movie.” I mostly enjoyed more of the science fiction aspect of this movie, respected some of the horror aspects that weren’t cheap jump scares, but thought that it went overboard at times to prove that it was still an Alien movie. Anyway, if you’re a fan of the Alien movies, this one is not one to be missed. Just make sure to watch Prometheus first so that you aren’t completely lost.