Rapid Review: Alien Covenant

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I was actually quite hopeful about the latest Alien prequel as I heard reports that it was better than 2012’s Prometheus. However I forgot how low a bar that was. So while Covenant is indeed better than it’s predecessor it’s nowhere near as satisfying as it should be.

It starts promising with the Colony ship Covenant damaged during it’s voyage and it’s crew making the unwise decision to investigate a radio transmission from a nearby planet. The characters are thinly drawn but it goes along OK and there are some gory scenes when the aliens do make some appearances. However once David (Michael Fassbender) appears sprouting the creation/creator philosophy nonsense that was so prevalent in Prometheus the film goes downhill. Instead of intense action/horror scenes we have Michael Fassbender playing opposite himself as the two identical androids (the Covenant ship’s android Walter and the android from Prometheus David) which devolves into some weird Michael Fassbender fan fiction. Add in some really stupid decisions by certain characters and a final twist that the audience would have spotted a mile off and you get a lacklustre result. The GCI effects of the Xenomorph and some of the other creatures are also disappointing.

Rating 2.5/5 – a solid start descends into a less than stellar result

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2 responses to “Rapid Review: Alien Covenant

  1. I quite enjoyed this movie though I can’t compare it to the originals since I haven’t watched them yet. That is soon to change as this movie has me wanting more.

  2. Hi Lauren, interesting review. I think I’ve seen all ends of the spectrum when it comes to people’s thoughts on Covenant. For me it was better than I expected in some ways and like you said it was better than Prometheus, but it should have been much better. I thought the action and gore was solid and I liked Fassbender and McBride a lot, though there was a lot of weird and stupid stupid stuff that happened with the story and characters. And some revelations that took away from the mythology of the Alien seires, but overall not bad.

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