Alien: Covenant follows the crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
There’s been a few jokes I’ve heard about this film that describe how it should have been retitled Alien: Fassbender vs Fassbender, which I’m not entirely surprised by as the majority of the weight of the film is carried either on his or Katherine Waterson’s Daniels (from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them fame). And they are probably the only two characters you will remember as the other passengers on the ship are nothing but faces, some of which we may or may not recognise in Danny McBride, Billy Cudrup, and a brief cameo from James Franco who does’t last more than a minute before being burnt to a crisp. Even then, their performances are hardly stellar and nothing is given to them that would make them hardly memorable.
Much unlike Noomi Rapace in Prometheus, who was at least a strong leading lady who could handle the weight of this overblown action flick while remaining somewhat memorable, Waterson hardly is given anything to chew on thus hardly making her engaging or thrilling in her performance.
From interviews I’ve read, director/producer Sir Ridley Scott plans to make at least three more Alien prequels after this outing in Covenant, disbanding what could’ve been an exception addition Neill Blomkamp’s addition for his own ideas. This either could turn out incredible good or bad as the problem now is, judging by what both Prometheus and Covenant were like, could become more convoluted and exhausting. If this is what Scott has planned for future instalments, I’m certainly not one that’s going to be looking forward to them (and often reminds me of what George Lucas did in messing up the Star Wars prequels).
I was expecting more chills and thrills from this new addition, and it certainly did live up to it in some aspects, but as a whole was quite lacklustre. I’m not one for horror films whatsoever and there were more times than not that I was just plain outright bored. The final half of the film in what was supposedly meant to be the be all and end all finale of the film felt rushed and as if they’d run out of time.
Although Covenant may hold less of the suspense seen in Prometheus, it reminds us more of the original film with it’s bloody intensity. The film itself didn’t give us any full answers, leaving us still with questions and open to another film, it can be somewhat enjoyable for many but may seem like a tediously glorified connecting slump of a film between Prometheus and the next film in the series.