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Alien: Covenant

Opening Date
10 May 2017
M18 Violence and Gore
122 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Sci-Fi, Thriller
Ridley Scott
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in the groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
By Freddy  11 May 2017
‘Alien: Covenant’ is a thrilling and good-looking sci-fi horror that makes a worthy addition to the ‘Alien’ franchise.
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This sequel for ‘Prometheus’ has been marketed to return to the space-horror roots of the original 1979 film. It does not disappoint in that aspect. It is able to marry the visual grandeur of ‘Prometheus’ while having a stronger root in the ‘Alien’ franchise. It has a clean slate of cast safe for Michael Fassbender, whose portrayal of the android David was considered as one of the highlights of ‘Prometheus’. He portrays a different android this time, Walter, who accompanies the crew of Covenant. He also reprises his role as David towards the end of the film.

Despite being a direct sequel to ‘Prometheus’, it is not completely necessary to watch it to enjoy this film. Without spoiling the plot, let’s just say that there are multiple allusions to the tragedy of the Prometheus crew, which directly impacts the events in this film. Those who have watched ‘Prometheus’ will definitely be able to appreciate ‘Alien: Covenant’ better, but it gives you enough information to process this film on its own.

The overall plot of the film is quite predictable. If you are expecting a science fiction thriller in which aliens go around killing the main cast in various graphic, bloody affairs, that is definitely a large part of what you get in this film. That being said, just like its predecessor, ‘Alien: Covenant’ also pays attention to the mythology of the xenomorphs. There are also some shocking reveals towards the end as the film picks up its pace towards the climax.

While those parts of the film are fascinating, it gives little room for any character development. Frankly, it is challenging to care for any of them, including the supposed lead Daniels (Katherine Waterston). Granted, this is not due to the lack of the actors’ capabilities, who are doing their best with the thinly-written characters. The strongest acting again goes to Michael Fassbender in his dual role as Walter and David. Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup) and Tennessee (Danny McBride) also stand out, although only because most other characters are forgettable.

‘Alien: Covenant’ continues to have impressive visuals under the direction of Ridley Scott and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, who handled ‘Prometheus’ as well. Despite setting most of the film in a very earth-like planet, the set pieces make the place look unfamiliar and otherworldly.

Overall, ‘Alien: Covenant’ is a thrilling and good-looking sci-fi horror that makes a worthy addition to the ‘Alien’ franchise. It is able to inject the right amount of mythology into its typical plot. It is unfortunate that it lacks character development and heart, and the most humane character is not even human.
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