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Alien: Covenant

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Brandywine Productions, TSG Entertainment and Scott Free Productions present an R rated, 122 minute, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller directed by Ridley Scott and based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett with a theater release date of May 19, 2017.

 

The story opens with the creation of David (Michael Fassbender) by his so called God, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) but the question arises from David that if Peter created him who then created Peter? Where did man come from? Humans will eventually die but David never will!

On December 5, 2104 a crew of 15 with a ship full of 2000 colonists and hundreds of embryos are on course to arrive at their destined charted planet in 7 years and 4 months. Walter (Michael Fassbender) is in control of the ship, Covenant, as the entire crew and special cargo sleep within their pods. When a shock wave hits the ship Walter, a synthetic, has no choice but to wake up the crew or all will perish in space. Once the ship is back to normal with some unfortunate losses and all is running well under the observation of Captain Oram (Billy Crudup) the Covenant continues on its course for the targeted new planet where Daniels (Katherine Waterston) planned on building her cabin by the water with her husband Branson (James Franco) and help from Walter.

Suddenly the crew hears a message coming from a not too distant planet and decides to check it out. A smaller crew takes a shuttle through hurricane conditions to observe this uncharted planet and what they find are mountains, water, vegetation but no birds or animals. When they find the source of the message it ends up being a large ship and aboard it they find evidence that Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) was once there. She had disappeared about ten years ago. Two of the crew members are stricken with some type of illness that runs through their bodies and what happens next leads the remaining crew on the planet to fight for their lives. When a distress message is sent Tennessee (Danny McBride) tries to save whoever if any are left but what he finds is not anything he ever could have expected. So much for that cabin on the lake!

I tried not to say too much but to outline a bit of the storyline which there is so much of yet very little character development. We never really get the chance to know who these people are which means our hearts are not involved so much in what happens to them. The film is definitely a sequel to Prometheus and fills in some of the blanks of what was untold from that film and an obvious prequel to “Alien” or at least very close to it. The first hour is mainly a lot of set up not about the characters but more about the destination which of course they never make it to since they decided to live a little and check out some unknown possibly dangerous planet instead. The story has many reflections to the film “Alien” in terms of the crew, the creatures, the gore and at times the intensity which kind of left me wanting more. I’m a huge Alien franchise fan but nothing will ever beat the first two films in my opinion but this one is truly not the bottom of the barrel. The film will keep your attention from start to finish for sure with a great intense score, special effects and some different aspects of the birth of a new God and species you might say. Albeit I believe this film will do well because of the franchise but you do have to know the other film “Prometheus”.   You can also expect a few cliché and sometimes idiotic choices from the cast thanks to the writers and director although nice to see they are still socially accepting of all orientations in 2104. Yet in the end, it may not be absolutely worth the wait but it is worth a ticket at the box office for sure.

As for the cast you really do not get to know them that well except for Fassbender who really controls this entire movie plot. Waterston takes on the Ripley type character and actually does pretty well with it considering she doesn’t have that rough personality that Weaver did in the earlier films. Crudup is a bit of a softy and I wasn’t thrilled with his character as much but McBride surprised me by taking on a less comedic venture and more of a manly character. I can’t say anything bad about any of the other actors since they all played well together a few better than others but hands down pretty darn good.

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