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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Scott thought it was "too on the nose" to challenge religion with creationism à la alien Engineer and evidently chickened out. The best SF demands vision and backbone, something sorely lacking in these wasted prequels. "Prometheus" could be forgiven, had Shaw and David engaged the Engineers in a fierce ideological battle, uncovering terrifying truths about our existence. Instead, we got this bag of flaming crap.
This movie is definitely a deadly assalt on couple-normative society (in the occident?). Heterosexial couple is killed brutally, homosexial couple is also killed brutally, interracial couple is of course killed brutally, whoever has a partner is killed and new creatures thrive on their bodies. Originally slasher movie has an element like that but this sublimely grotesque myth for 21st century is at its peak, Hooray!
In which the DNA of several movies—a literal sequel to Prometheus, a spiritual sequel to Blade Runner, a Planet of Dr. Moreau, a run-and-gun splatter-fest—mix into a half-formed mutant that bursts from Ridley Scott's chest. It trips on its own mythology, which is a pity, because ALIEN needs no explanation: it was always most potent a long cold stare into the unknown. But I'll watch hard sci-fi with nice sets any day.
Despite its masterful special effects, Ridley Scott needs to trust his audience and keep reinventing instead of defaulting to a repetitive and predictable B-horror film. He got lost in puzzling the pieces of Prometheus and Alien that it just ends up being less significant.
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.