5 good things Alien: Covenant should keep from Prometheus

  • 5 good things Alien: Covenant should keep from Prometheus

5 good things Alien: Covenant should keep from Prometheus

There are no reviews out yet for the film and it should make under $10 million this weekend. Let's get it out of the way now then: Alien: Covenant, with its four story and screenplay credits, does not have one of those. Yes, it can be confusing.

With the Alien franchise on the verge of turning 40, it's time to reassess how it has succeeded over the years.

Ten years after the disappearance of the exploration ship Prometheus, a colonization ship called the Covenant is on its way to a new planet, carrying over 2,000 humans and a large collection of embryos. Still, watching Fassbender play opposite himself is fascinating enough to recommend the movie, though it falls far short of the great original "Alien" that caused nightmares nearly 40 years ago. Like Alien: Covenant, Prometheus centered on a crew aboard a spaceship, who have the misfortune of slowly learning a malevolent force is along for the ride. While past films have kept them in the shadows, building the tension by focusing on the victims as they haplessly scramble to survive, "Alien: Covenant" brings the beasts into the light, showing off their formidable speed and power in the face of brutal firefights. It went on to make $403.4 million worldwide - the highest grossing by far of the eight-film franchise (including both "Alien vs. Predator" movies). Movies like this live on big moments - think of Weaver showing up in that yellow P-5000 work loader outfit in "Aliens", or that first iconic chest-burster scene in "Alien" - but "Covenant" feels decidedly moment-free. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. As for me, you couldn't pay me to sit through it again. Expect more gruesome sequences of alien creatures hunting down a ship full of people. The pilots are Tennessee (Danny McBride) and Faris (Amy Seimetz) with head of security being Sgt. Lope (Demián Bichir) assisted by Sgt. Hallett (Nathaniel Dean). Who are some of the cast members starring in Alien: Covenant?

Michael Fassbender does an interesting job playing too different synthetic, manufactured humans, though the robot-flat portrayals add two more unemotional characters to the mix. Much of the spiritual questions about creation are wrapped up in Fassbender's character, who questions his provenance and if he himself can create. His other character is aboard Covenant, and they look a lot alike. The long gap between 2012's Prometheus and Covenant may be to blame. The two hour and two minute action film is rated R for violence, language, sex and nudity.

Final Thoughts: It's summer, it's an Alien movie, it's Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender. In comparison, IMDB reports Prometheus' Metascore as a 65. It never does anything new - it's a remix of the Alien movies with "Prometheus" thrown in - but it's still fun to watch.