Let me first start off by admitting that I am a fairly big Alien fan. The franchise is in my top three fandom list along with Back to the Future and Star Wars respectively. Admittedly the franchises better days are more than likely behind them, and I can honestly say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed an Alien movie since 1986’s Aliens. For some reason though I am still intrigued and drawn into this universe. I want to know more about where the aliens originated and who the so called engineers were. Ridley Scott set out to answer these questions beginning with 2012’s Prometheus and continued with this weeks Covenant release. I will discuss the first half of the movie in detail, but I will leave the second half spoiler free because I think it needs to be seen by the viewer.
Covenant starts off with a prologue with a relatively young Peter Weyland telling his synthetic creation David (the awesome Michael Fassbender) that they would one day search for mankinds creator together. This prophecy began with Prometheus and continues in this movie as the Covenant ship, with a crew of 15 and 2,000 colonists all in stasis, heads towards the remote planet Origae-6. Since the crew is in stasis for the 7 year voyage, the ship is monitored by a newer synthetic that looks exactly like David but goes by the name of Walter (also played by Fassbender). As you could probably guess, things don’t go as planned as a sudden neutrino burst damages the ship and forces Walter to wake the crew from stasis. Unfortunately the ships captain, Branson, dies when his pod becomes ingulffed in flames which puts the second in command, Oram in charge. While repairing the ship the crew intercepts a message (sound familiar?) which Oram decides to investigate despite Daniels (Branson’s wife and terraforming expert) objection. The message leads them to a completely different and unfamiliar planet. An expedition team is dispatched to the surface to track the intercepted message which eventually leads them to a familiar looking crashed engineer ship.
During the expedition, two crew members become infected with alien spores which eventually introduces us to a new type of alien, the Neomorph. The guy shaking uncontrollably in the trailer was a victim of said Neomorph. Similar looking to the classic Xenomorph but white in color, these aliens also prove to be just as good as killing as their cousins. As the crew attempts to fight off the Neomorphs David, the synthetic survivor from Prometheus, arrives to rescue the crew and leads them to safety. David tells the Coventant crew that he and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (again from Prometheus) crashed landed on the planet ten years earlier and Shaw died in the crash, but is David to be trusted? If you recall from Prometheus he was the catalyst that set off those tragic events.
The second half of the movie concentrates on David and the motivation behind his actions. What has he been doing for ten years while on this planet? Did Shaw really die in the crash? David and Walter have a couple of scenes where they interact and conversate with either other and it is done extremely well. There was one weird interaction between the two that I would have liked further explanation on but Fassbender steals the show once again.
Ridley Scott returns to his roots in this Alien movie. The story is somewhat predictable and you can see the twist at the end coming from a mile away but it was still very enjoyable. While not as suspenseful as the classic Alien movie, Covenant has several shining moments that any Alien fan will appreciate. For the gore fans out there you to will be satisfied as the blood comes in buckets in new and inventive ways. Several questions were answered while more were created. Scott is supposed to do two or three more films in this universe and I can’t wait to see what he has planned next.
3.5 out of 5
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