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Review: “Alien: Covenant”(2017)

In the year 2012 the film “Prometheus” was released in cinemas across the world & there was a lot of excitement among science fiction fans not only because the film was directed by Ridley Scott but because the film was a prequel to Ridley Scott’s classic movie “Alien”. Once the film was released however, the film in my opinion was the recipient of a lot of bandwagon hate. I think a lot of people were expecting an “Alien” film and once they got something different the reaction was to shit on the movie. Now, “Prometheus” is not a masterpiece nor a film without it’s flaws, however it’s an entertaining movie and a better film that a lot of people give it credit for.

Due to the backlash that the film received, Ridley Scott recently admitted that changes were made to the original plans of the “Prometheus” sequel. A lot of fans wanted more of an “Alien” movie, therefore this is the direction that Scott & the producers took with the sequel, so now here we are with “Alien: Covenant”.

I really wanted to love this movie but unfortunately, even though it’s not a terrible movie, it’s not great either. I’ll try to give as little as possible away but still beware of spoilers. The movie is about a crew on a spaceship called The Covenant who are on their way to a planet to colonize it but once they discover a planet that is much closer with better vital signs they decide to go there instead, this of course is a very bad fucking decision on their part. Once there, they discover that this is the planet where the old Prometheus crew disappear to 10 years prior and the fate of the remaining living characters from that movie are revealed.

One of the problems that I think this film has, is that is that it doesn’t have a clear identity, it’s neither a full-blown sequel to “Prometheus” nor a full-blown prequel to “Alien”, therefore those that want a “Prometheus” sequel will be disappointed and those wanting a full-blown “Alien” prequel will be disappointed as well. I think this is where Scott trying to please everyone went wrong. I might be in the minority but I would have been okay with getting a “Prometheus” sequel and having that story take place in an “Alien Universe” rather than having a mixture of both films in a single movie.

The pacing of this movie was also a problem for me. The film takes a long time to get going. After a series of events about half an hour in,  I thought the action was going to pick up but then it just goes back to being kinda slow and the action does not pick up until the third act of the movie. A lot of the things that fans have seen in the trailer or advertising of the film, are stuff from the last act of the movie.

The two actors that stand out in this ensemble movie to me were Michael Fassbender, who plays 2 roles in this movie. He plays the Android from “Prometheus” and also a newer model. He really does a good job in this movie and he was really able to capture the different personalities of both the characters he played. The other standout surprisingly was Danny McBride as Tennessee. He was good enough that it made me wish he was a part of a manlier and better crew of guys. Which leads me to the rest of the actors and characters in the movie. Honestly, I didn’t give a shit about these guys and the new girl that was supposed to be “The New Ripley” is completely and utterly forgettable. I don’t know her name and I don’t give enough of a fuck to find out.

“Alien: Covenant” as with all Ridley Scott science fiction films, have good cinematography and you always find something interesting on-screen when it comes to set designs and/or locations. The film is rated R and it featured some gruesome bloody deaths and I appreciated that. The film did get interesting towards the end but it made me wish a better film had come before it.

This is a better movie than those “Predator vs. Alien” debacles but I still prefer the original 4 “Alien” movies. I changed my mind regarding “Alien: Resurrection”. Over the years I came to like it more and more, so hopefully, maybe as time goes by, I get to like this movie better but as I sit here & write this review, I can’t help but think that it would’ve been cooler if Neill Blomkamp got to make his “Aliens” sequel featuring the Colonial Marines instead.

6/10

  • The Night Rider

    Man, ‘identity crisis’ is kind of what I was fearing for this movie. Maybe it’s time to finally fire up Alien: Isolation and wait for the four old movies on UHD, and call it quits.

    • Mucho Macho

      It was a screening and it was packed & as a friend of mine noticed, the cinema was made up of 98% guys and you could tell all of us were big “Alien” fans.

      Afterwards you could feel the collective reaction was kind of
      “Meh” or kind of hoping for something better.

    • POWERSBOOTHE77
      • Darren Knight

        Fucking great game played that to death as a kid

  • paul

    I heard David bombs the engineers and turns Shaw into a Xeno. Better not be true.

    • The Giggler

      I’m 75% sure he bombs the engineers, but I saw pictures of the guys being bombed and couldn’t tell if it’s a sub race of them (I recall some Prometheus lore…idk if it was scrapped sequel stuff or what). They looked more like Neanderthals mixed with Engineers mixed with Humans. I hope there’s more planets of Engineers though, David is just not fascinating enough for me. Yeah…I’m worried about Shaw and wish she was still the protag.

  • Jacob Phillips

    Cheers Macho. I might still go see it coz I aint been to the cinema in months. Also, I’d like to support R rated movies on the big screen.

    • The Night Rider

      I think I might check it out too.

    • Mucho Macho

      Go see it, It’s not an Anna Hathaway date movie.
      I was just hoping for something a bit better. Like I wrote , not terrible but not great. That’s just my opinion but you might enjoy it a lot more.
      Big science fiction movies are always worthy of being checked out on the big screen.
      The bigger the better
      (That’s what she said)

    • Barney Ross

      Yeah lets all watch it in cinema!!

  • AlTeo

    Nice review Mucho Macho
    Saw it yesterday and would give it a generous 7, pros outweigh the cons for me

    Yes, Ridley was trying to balance both Alien and Prometheus crowds but on my opinion at least he was trying to genuinely expand an actual mythology rather than Easter egging fans with blatant homages to previous superior entries. I eagerly await the next chapter, which I hope will tie in directly to the first Alien this time.

    Unlike you and Night though, Resurrection has not grown on me… I still kind of hate the film considering the superior first three entries from Ridley, Cameron and Fincher dared to be ambitious, whereas Resurrection felt like a cartoon..

    • Mucho Macho

      Thanx bro.
      I was torn between a 6 and a 7, that’s why to me numerical reviews are tough. But I went with 6 cause the first hour dragged a bit.I rather go with letters (A,B..) but I follow the protocol.😀👍

      The thing of a Prometheus sequel is it was supposed to answer questions left unanswered in the first one but this film had to build up towards an Alien movie and therefore those questions still remain unanswered. Besides I don’t think the Alien creatures are that worthy of an origin story, it’s not like “Planet of the fucking Apes” where Cesar has more personality..Lol

      About “Alien: Resurrection”, the film had Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, Michael Wincott & Brad Dourif & those sneaky bastards sometimes have a way of winning me over.

      I also hope the next Alien movie kicks more ass and we can just get right down to business now that they will be in full an Alien movie.

  • Anoyster

    Pretty much how I expected it to turn out in a somewhat unfortunate way. It’s still Alien and I’m a fanboy so I’ll catch it just so I can throw my buck in the pile in hopes of Scott finishing this prequel trilogy despite it not working out as well as we hoped it would.

  • The Giggler

    Still going to see it, but really lowering my expectations. I’m glad to hear about McBride though. Had a feeling he’d come through. Good review 👍

  • Lt_Cobretti

    Man, I’ve seen this twice now and I’m still not sure if I actually liked it or I just had really low expectations. Seeing as I liked Prometheus more after watching this, I think I’ll need to wait and see where they go with the third (and hopefully final) film before I make up my mind.

    On the note of the Ripley stand-in, I actually liked her and I hope they don’t do with her in the next one what they did with Shaw in this one.

  • Felton Raiman

    I must say I liked Alien Covenant better than Prometheus and Alien Resurrection. It wasn’t boring at all. It was nicely shot (apart from some shaky cam scenes). It was more action packed and wayyy more bloody than Prometheus. Interesting story. Scenes which took place on Covenant Ship reminded me somehow of the Original ALIEN scenes. There were some music cues similar to the ones made by Jerry Goldsmith. Not a bad movie but there isn’t really anything special about it. 7,5 out of 10 for me.

    • Mucho Macho

      To me it was a toss-up between 6 & a 7. I thought the movie was going to pick up a little bit after the first half hour but it just went back to being kind of slow. The third act is efficient but I kind of wish the rest of the movie was like that.
      Like I wrote, It’s not a terrible movie but not great in my opinion. I didn’t hate it but also just didn’t love it a great deal but if you enjoyed it that’s cool cause I get the feeling that this film ( just like “Prometheus” ) is going to be very polarizing.

  • ColonelBobi

    Hmm this didn’t look good to me from the trailers which is always a bad sign seeing as these days trailers spoil all the best parts of a movie. I’m pleased to hear Kenny Powers is watchable though. Adding him to an Alien movie was a surprising move.

    I too thought Prometheus was underrated and actually pretty decent. My wife hated it as she is a big Alien fan and was waiting the whole movie for a damn Xenomorph which didn’t happen. You just had to watch it as it’s own movie if that makes sense.

    I won’t be rushing to see this one.
    Well done with the review again Mucho.

    • Mucho Macho

      Gracias my friend

  • ManlyFannyPack

    Prometheus sucked – black goo silliness omfg.
    Now we have goo bombs from David and a lame looking cgi xeno.
    I would’ve preferred Alien 5 to this fan fiction movie crap

  • Barney Ross

    6/10 is a little low, you should have went with a 7

    It was never gonna beat Alien or Alien 2 and Alien 3 is pretty good. I even like Alien 4.

    This is obviously MUCH better than both shitty AVP’s and much better than Prometheus too.

    Lets all watch it in cinema and support R rated films…

    • Mucho Macho

      To me was a toss-up between 6 or 7 and I would have probably gone with 7 if it would have picked up a little bit sooner but your rating & mine are pretty close. So we’re in the same ballpark & that’s what matters😀👍

      • Barney Ross

        Yeah i always knew it would never reach the greatness of Alien or Alien 2, also i expected this to be on par with Alien 4 and better than both avp’s, looks like its about what i expected. About 6.5 / 7/10

        • Mucho Macho

          “Alien” & “Aliens” to meet at this point are the equivalent of Terminator 1 and 2 .
          No matter how many sequels that make afterwards, they just can’t touch the original 2.

          • Barney Ross

            Watched it, for me its better than both Alien vs Predator films and also better than Prometheus. Nothing can touch Alien 1 and 2 it will NEVER happen, i thought this would beat Alien 3 but it didnt, in fact Alien 3 is pretty good. I think its close to Alien 4. So yeah better than AVP, AVPR and Prometheus but inferior to Alien 1-3. About as good as Alien 4 maybe a bit weaker, still i’d give this a 7/10.

            Here’s how i rate the Alien films

            1-Alien 2 – 10/10
            2-Alien 1 – 10/10
            3-Alien 3 – 8/10
            4-Alien 4- 7.5/10
            5-Alien Covenant – 7/10
            6-Prometheus – 5.5/10
            6-Alien vs Predator 1 – 3/10
            7-Alien vs Predator 2 – 3/10

            I should probably give Avp a 0 but the story was not bad. Avpr had a shit story but had a good predator design / special effects

          • Mucho Macho

            So we pretty close then.
            Like I wrote, I’m in the minority but I liked Prometheus. And maybe I would have liked a full-blown sequel to that, however maybe in the future I will appreciate Covenant more like I came to like 3 & actually 4 a lot more.
            but I still feel feel like the first hour dragged a little bit and the film suffers a little bit from identity crisis.
            I like the last half-hour, I just wish that the movie that came before it was a little bit better.

          • Barney Ross

            I always thought Alien 4 was underrated. I think we pretty much have the same taste in movies in general.

            The first hour of Alien Covenant was boring i agree man i was losing faith and was wondering if it was worth the money i had paid to see it in cinema, but about mid way through, it was much better.

            Unlike most, i didnt expect much no matter how i was excited i tried to keep expectations down at all times. And i was rewarded. Indeed we have pretty much the same opinion on this. 6 or 7/10 is what one should expect…So 6.5/10

            So im honest as i can be, it nowhere near Alien 1 or 2 or even Alien 3, about on par with Alien 4 and superior to prometheus, avp1 and avp2…it might be different for some other people. So0me people just hate Alien 3 so they like this better and i understand.

            https://media.giphy.com/media/LrJghj0AZEjSg/giphy.gif

          • Mucho Macho

            Alien 3 had lot of problems in development. David Fincher was a first-time director & didnt have a lot of cloud. Sigourney Weaver was pretty adamant about not using guns in the movie so that presented a problem for them also after sets were built a lot of the script change weeks before principal photography began.

            In the end, even though not as great as the original 2, with time you gain some perspective and objectivity & Alien 3 is not a bad movie.
            Like we have talked in the past, a not so great movie back in the day is a masterpiece compared to a lot of the shit we get now.

          • Barney Ross

            Another thing, Alien 1-4 has way better actors, because 80’s and 90’s actors are WAY better than today’s actors we have to remember that. Also the script of Alien Covenant is inferior to ALien 1-4 script. Scott did a good job but the script failed him a bit.

          • Mucho Macho

            Then:

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            Now:
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      • Barney Ross

        I’ll let you know what i think when i see it (i didnt yet) its not out here in Canada yet
        http://i.imgur.com/0mKXcg1.gif

        • Mucho Macho

          Please do. I would love to read your take on it

  • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

    Dude I will watch this shit for free.Because I like you, but I know it’s gonna be a garbage.

  • Barney Ross

    Watched it, for me its better than both Alien vs Predqator films and also better than Prometheus. Nothing can touch Alien 1 and 2 it will NEVER happen, i thought this would beat Alien 3 but it didnt, in fact Alien 3 is pretty good. I think its close to Alien 4. So yeah better than AVP, AVPR and Prometheus but inferior to Alien 1-3. About as good as Alien 4 maybe a bit weaker, still i’d give this a 7/10.

    Here’s how i rate the Alien films

    1-Alien 2 – 10/10
    2-Alien 1 – 10/10
    3-Alien 3 – 8/10
    4-Alien 4- 7.5/10
    5-Alien Covenant – 7/10
    6-Prometheus – 5.5/10
    6-Alien vs Predator 1 – 3/10
    7-Alien vs Predator 2 – 3/10

    I should probably give Avp a 0 but the story was not bad. Avpr had a shit story but had a good predator design / special effects