Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world – whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
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David is one of my favourite villains in film for the longest time (I love the androids of the Alien series - i.e. David and Bishop) but the movie is just too predictable, very entertaining but predictable. Did I mention I love David?
Many things to say here, good and bad. On the plus side, it's a Ridley Scott film, so gorgeous to look at, beautifully directed, great entertainment, and a certainly far better entry than Prometheus. On the down side, the plot is too unnecessarily complicated and stuffy: there's too many different themes, different aspects, that the integrity of the film loses itself sometimes.
Enjoyable, with masterful visuals (at least at times) and only the occasional moment with gawdy-looking CGI. There were great performances from the key players, a haunting score, and potential galore stemming from David's uniquely theatrical genocide. It was all brewing dark and heavy like the film's own plasma storm... so why did it end up being so predictable? Squandered potential, though beautiful to behold.
Almost 80 years old, Ridley Scott is not going to let age or ego get in his way. The original ALIEN cannot be bettered, so Scott figured why try. If COVENANT feels like a rehash of the first film and the best parts of PROMETHEUS, the master obviously listened. A delirious Shakespearean middle act and wry ending neutralizes the caustic B-horror (shower scene) and a weak heroine. What remains is supreme confidence.
Watched this at the theater last week as a special sneak preview showing before opening day. It does pick up where PROMETHEUS left off as it introduces some new aliens & the side effects the crew has, though I'd wish there could been a little more thrills & chills during the film but it does have its good moments indeed. McBride does a fine job taking departure from his comedic roles, on the other hand.
I could make so many jokes about the double Fassbender and that flute, but I won't. I'll just say that one was already enough for me to want to watch it, but if I knew there was two, I would have gone to the premiere.
The "Lost World: Jurassic Park" of the "Alien" franchise: an ill-advised, perilous expedition to an island (re: planet) that might not be the island viewers were hoping for - Ridley Scott similarly dials up the bleak, rain-soaked atmosphere and rollercoaster setpieces at the expense of the thought-provoking ideas and character beats that give the viewer a reason to care. Michael Fassbender has rarely been better.
Covenant is not perfect, but damn it, it was all I wanted it to be! It's visually stunning and, most important, it closes loose ends from "Prometheus", expands the Alien mythology even further and successfully paves the way for future instalments while still leaving us much closer to the 1978 film. Fassbender and Waterston were incredible in this sci-fi adventure that has fire power and brains. Congrats Sir Ridley!