Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. To their dismay, it is actually a dark and dangerous world booby trapped by a rogue synthetic. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Covenant is the sequel to 2012’s sleeper hit Prometheus, which served as a prequel to the original 1980’s Alien films. Taking place before the the events in the original Alien trilogy, we follow an expedition team from the Weyland Corp, seeking a new planet to colonize. After a series of shaky decision-making from the ship’s newly appointed captain, the team finds themselves at odds with a race with whom they are unfamiliar (known as Xenomorphs). Equipped with classic tropes from the franchise, Covenant strays away by not solely focusing on a particular character.
Lasting a little over two hours, the pacing of the film moves rather quickly going from one moment to the next. Contrary to its predecessor, Covenant felt rather long and dragged out. Michael Fassbender reprises his role as the android David 8, as well as taking on a dual role with a later model named Walter. David’s role is pivotal as it is revealed he is the sole survivor of the Prometheus voyage. Unfortunately, his pretenses over how he survived are quite fictitious as he has another sinister agenda. He wants to use the ship’s colony to breed a race of Xenomorphs so that he may become the ultimate creator.
Alien: Covenant is a fun summer film filled with lots of action for anyone looking for pure, unadulterated horror. The film is literally a bloodbath with bodies dropping left and right. No one survives this flick, much like its franchise predecessors. However, this leads to my major gripe. Outside of Fassbender’s take on Walter and eventually David, none of the characters are memorable here. In fact, out of the twelve crew members, only about five of them have legit dialogue before meeting their doom. In previous Alien films, many of the supporting characters played integral parts in the plot and helped it move forward.
With the lack of character development, the writing suffers. Also, many plot points from the previous film either go ignored or barely touched on to fit the plot of this film. The visuals make up for these faults greatly, in my opinion, with stunning landscapes and fantastic Xenomorph designs throughout. The film also stays true to its source material with many elder easter eggs. Overall, if you’re looking for something fun to watch for two hours, I highly recommend it.