Flash Movie Review: Alien: Covenant
IF a person wants to learn how to drive a car there is a set of rules and regulations that must be followed to get a license. These rules are needed otherwise there would be chaos on every street. I have noticed with the introduction of red light cameras (devices that take detailed photographs of cars that run stoplights and mail the driver a traffic ticket) there has been an increase in accidents. In the past if a driver drove up to an intersection and the light started to change from green to red, more times than not, they would continue on their way. Once the cameras became active I started seeing cars slamming on their brakes so they would not enter the intersection and get a ticket. However because of these quick sudden stops there was not enough lag time for the car behind to stop in time; so periodically I would see automobiles getting rear ended. Recently some of the intersections have had countdown timers installed next to the WALK/DO NOT WALK signs to help the drivers prepare for a complete stop. NOW before you think I am one to follow every rule by the letter, I have to tell you that is not always the case. I would not say I break rules, I prefer to say I modify them. At the grocery store I may go through the express checkout line with 1 or 2 more items than the posted limit. However I would never abuse it with a full shopping cart like I have seen other people do, pretending they did not know it was an express lane. Rules are needed in any industry from construction to agriculture. There are even rules when it comes to writing a story. I will say to interject the element of surprise one must have the breaking of a rule. In this science fiction horror thriller there were a few surprises in store for the crew and the viewer. ON a mission to populate a distant planet the crew of the colony ship Covenant were awaken early. A transmission was detected that surprised the crew members. This latest installment of the Alien franchise starred Michael Fassbender (Assassin’s Creed, The Light Between Oceans) as David/Walter, Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Daniels, Billy Crudup (Jackie, 20th Century Women) as Oram, Danny McBride (Your Highness, The Pineapple Express) as Tennessee and Demian Bichir (Lowriders, The Heat) as Lope. Visually this film caught my eye right away; I thought the sets were interesting. As for the actors Michael and Katherine were the standouts, especially Michael in his dual roles. My issue with this movie was the script. I do not think I am picky but there seemed to be a lack of believability. Not that I am a space explorer but common protocols regarding space travel were ignored in this story. In addition scenes were too predictable. It is safe to say we all know what happens when someone excuses themselves to go to the bathroom in a horror picture. Due to the script there was a lack of new things taking place for me. I found it odd; where the writers could have taken liberties was in the structure of the story line. Instead they chose to break the rules of reason in telling a story. Blood and violence was shown in multiple scenes.
2 ½ stars
Posted on May 22, 2017, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged 2 1/2 stars, billy crudup, danny mcbride, demian bichir, horror, katherine waterston, michael fassbender, science fiction, space, thriller. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.
I’ll eventually catch this film on DVD. I appreciate your review, and do feel that Hollywood often fails in the script department, and instead emphasizes film sets and special effects.
Agree so much; it seems the script gets second place to the effects and sets. Thank you for the comments.
Predictable and nothing new. I was personally disappointed with Covenant.
Thank you for telling us; I hope you did not pay full price.
Your review echos the views of others I have read. My husband and I are massive fans of Alien and Aliens (not 3 or 4) and actually really enjoyed Prometheus. We are, therefore, hoping to go and see this movie despite the mixed reviews because we are completists. It depends on cinema showing times on Friday though since we can’t take the kids with us.
Oh yea, don’t bring the kids. Since you plan on seeing it I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it.
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great review, love your site.
Thank you so much; I appreciate you stopping by to tell me.
I remembered to come back and tell you my thoughts having seen the movie. I confess that having read many lukewarm reviews in addition to your own, I was bracing myself for disappointment and had low expectations. Instead, I loved it. I could have watched it again immediately after having viewed it. My husband, who is an even bigger Aliens fan than I am, felt likewise.
I actually enjoyed it more than I enjoyed Prometheus and I think that may be because it didn’t try to be as philosophical and weighty as the former film did. I think what they had done was distilled down the elements that make the Aliens movies so great and produced almost a “greatest hits” movie. Now, that didn’t result in anything Oscar worthy but it did make for a movie that (for us at least) was engaging and entertaining and well-paced with some spectacular visuals and great set pieces.
I will say that the characterisation was threadbare expect for the characters played by Waterston and Fassbender. The other characters were throwaway and I found I cared not one jot if they lived or died. I am a big Fassbender fan generally but I thought in this he was a marvel. His performance was dexterous, with subtle, nuanced signals to the audience about what lurked beneath the surface. I thoroughly enjoyed it – and not just because I got to go to the cinema sans kids to see a grown up movie.
Well that is great to hear: I appreciate you coming back around to share your experience. I totally agree on Michael Fassbender; he was a marvel to watch.
“Not that I am a space explorer but common protocols regarding space travel were ignored in this story.”
Omg, I said the exact same thing to my husband! Why aren’t they wearing suits on an alien planet for protection before leaving the ship and exploring a planet they know nothing about?
What a riot; great minds think alike. Thanks so much for your comments.