Ridley Scott, the ultimate parasite, cannibalizing his own creation, contaminating the spectators with that lethal virus otherwise known as Hollywood cinema. Covenant, a triumph of nihilism, the nihilism of corporate spectacle. A regurgitation of themes, tropes and topoi. An endless cycle of death. The master & servant dialectic reaches the omega point until the next, violent, resurrection. The show must go on.
You know, I'm thinking 3.5 stars to be honest. I really quite liked the movie. Was there anything surprising within the story or narrative structure? Not really, but it's an 'Alien' movie and it works extremely well within the limits of the franchise. I read on IMDB that Ridley had an earlier idea of the film focusing on the Engineers and their creations of humans/Aliens... now that would have been interesting....
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.