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Plot: The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape. Runtime: 122 mins Release Date: 19 May 2017
The Best Alien Film! Thank you, Ridley! (by hilaryswank2011)
First of all, you have to see Prometheus 2012 beforehand. David's plot line is pretty confusing audiences with Walter's one. Audiences can not say which one is David or Walter. This is the biggest issue of this film positively and negatively. In the 21st. century, the good is weaker than evil like in this film. The story starts when the new captain takes initiative to distract the planed course of colonial voyage. They are forced to go to unknown planet where evil David and his creatures are waiting for the victims. Daniels is our generation's Ripley. She is also doomed to the <more>
tragedy after she defeats aliens. Bishop-like Walter is gone, there is the worst and most intelligent android David. This is a typical character of successful people who deceive others for their own cause not for social justice. Alien embodies inner corporate politics of today. You can see Covenant as your company, then you can more clearly understand core thought behind this story. It is not about outer space or ancient era. This franchise was originally created from "Planet of the Vampires" 1965 which directed by father of Italian Horror film, Mario Bava. Creatures are different but its plots and the space shuttle are resembled. Mario Bava's contribution and influence are huge on this Hollywood horror franchises.
A Difficult transition made to look easy. (by mark-338-155607)
When an Alien prequel was mentioned all those years ago I don't think anyone expected it to look like Prometheus. We all expected romping aliens as per the original HR Giger design throughout with Face-huggers flying through the air. What we were given was an unexpected story, a VERY different alien and a Space Jockey which did not live up to the expectations of the original 1970's film. Prometheus, was very much a dull affair desperately trying to tell a story which just wasn't there. Or so I thought...Alien Covenant is a wonderful sequel to Prometheus which expertly starts to <more>
explain and bridge the gap to the original Alien. The first act is well paced, very relaxing after the initial encounter with a space storm , getting us used to the crew and laying the ground work for where the film was to go, in many ways this did mirror the original Alien - which I believe to be a very clever idea, as this makes us think of the original while still holding on to the story of Prometheus and hoping for a better future. As you will see, the main theme throughout is how this film links to not only the prequels but also to the original Alien movie.During the trailer we see a scene in the shower with two of the cast I was very worried at this, as it reminded me of Creepozoids! Gratuitous breast shot etc , and my fears of a bad scene were alleviated early on. The ship is a colonisation ship, full of 1,000's of humans in stasis, and 100's of human embryos. We then learn the crew are also married or in a relationship with each other - which would make sense, when colonising a world it would obviously be a one way trip and for mental and social ability it would make sense. So in short, the shower scene would be understandable.When a prequel comes along, the most difficult transition is to make the equipment look older than the 'what we thought was modern' back in the 1970's, this is where many prequels fall short. Alien Covenant had the same issue, an although there is some modern looking equipment/technology etc, Ridley Scott had the foresight to use the sounds from the original Alien and Aliens to compensate for the more modern looking set. This also worked to yet again link this film to the original Alien.The crew initially became infected by the alien virus though the ear and noise cavities, by a very similar organism to that of Prometheus. What about the Face-hugger? You will find out! Although there is a new way for the Alien to be born, the first is violently ejected from the back of a crew member - you may have seen the trailer - at this point one of the crew are covered in a spray of blood, I would presume they were not aware of this just like the original Alien movie, Ridley taking a dark approach to method acting. The second is violently vomited up. Very different ways of emerging and very different to Prometheus, however this is expertly explained, which goes to show there was a lot of thought given to the story and also to link from Prometheus through to the original Alien.We do see a chest burster and a face-hugger, yet again this is very well considered in the film which again provides a great link from Prometheus to Alien.The first aliens we see yes there are two! are reminiscent of the one from Prometheus, a far cry from the menacing Alien that Giger thrust upon us in the 1970's, but thankfully this is yet again explained very well, and David he has survived has continued Weyland's mission to become the human is just wasn't made to be. Through modification and gene splicing David, has created the first face-hugger in an egg, resulting in the terrifying alien we all have come to love and fear at the same time.Towards the end, we all know David is David and not Walter, but there is compelling evidence that it really is David, as he helps to kill off the one true genetically modified alien. As Daniels goes in to hyper sleep, we sense the concern about Walter, but why would it not be him? He helped her kill of the alien and protect everyone. Only as the hyper sleep pod closes, Daniels gets a glimpse of David behind Walters' eyes, and there is nothing Daniels can do but go to sleep.David regurgitates 2 alien embryos which are promptly put in to stasis, ready for the waking colonists in 7 years time.The attention to original sound effects and the original alien for linking purposes is outstanding, and this deserves far more credit that it has actually received. It does prove how much of a forward thinking visionary Ridley really is.The cinematography is outstanding and Katherine Waterston, provides a Ripley style character, to yet again easy our transition in to the next prequel.
Yet again an attempt at a sci-fi/horror film that tries to inject intelligence into the genre and promote intellectual discourse and introspection is wasted on the teeming masses that only want to be spoon fed one liners, hollow virally marketed cash grabs Yes I'm pointing a finger squarely at all of Disney's plot less, soulless, woefully tired attempts at Marvel, Star Wars, and even their own animated features , and CGI cookie cutter drivel for children.Did I enjoy this film? That should be obvious. I enjoyed Prometheus as well. Why would I enjoy films that are "slaughtering <more>
the legacy of the original" as so many reviewers are spouting in so many inarticulate ways? Perhaps it's because poetry, classic literature, and philosophy are interesting subjects to me. Perhaps it's because I don't let myself drown in the nostalgia puddle that keeps Michael Bay employed. Alien: Covenant, much like Prometheus is a film for a mind that enjoys being engaged. If you want to be awed by gorgeous cinematography, deep and thoughtful writing that requires you to have some understanding of the classics, or at bare minimum creates the urge in you to explore the referenced materials, then you may be the audience for this film. Scott and company are trying to give a deeper meaning to his beloved classic. This alone is laudable in a time where studios are dumbing down material to please a general public with below average intelligence and even smaller attention spans. If you hated the film and just want the sweet member berries to soothe your soul and dull your mind there is always the next Star Wars to look forward to. I will be waiting for this films sequel and enjoying the time spent questioning what other brilliant connections lie in wait. That is if the studio will back another film that only gets talked down on by viewers it was not made for in a culture that looks down on intellectual material. Please return to the original, rinse and repeat. Don't go see this film, you will leave angry that the pleasure center in your brain wasn't lit up, for all the brightness that it can give the world. For the rest of you that want to be engaged, please go judge for yourself as I'm sure a thousand venomous reviews are not going to sway you from independent thought. Be your own judge. Like it or dislike it by its merits and not your expectations.As for the haters that are pouring on one star reviews I have two simple questions: What did you want? Do you personally have the capacity to do better? I'll just let you think on that.
There's more than what emerges on the surface (by t-viktor212)
Alien: Covenant suffers from the ambiguous legacy left behind by Prometheus. Whereas the internet opinion discarded Prometheus and its lack of xenomorphs, Covenant minimised the bonds with its previous chapter in favor of more connections with the original Alien film from 1979. This lead to further shared and undeserved criticism: while Prometheus was too far from Alien, Covenant apparently is too close to it, and lacks of explanations as for some crucial questions raised in Prometheus.My personal view is in favor of both this movie and Prometheus. Covenant brought new cards to the table, <more>
despite what the common belief is.Let's talk about the connections with Prometheus first. There is not much explanation given about the big question from Prometheus, which was the reason that led the Engineers to decide to destroy mankind. At least not openly. I realised after some thoughts that many of those questions people want an answer to were indirectly answered through some small hints. As for quality, I personally think both Covenant and Prometheus are pretty much on the same level, with maybe Covenant being slightly more appreciated by me personally. David, the android from Prometheus, as we already knew, is back. His character has been further developed partly at the expense of the new Fassbender character, Walter and deepened. A theme that was developed in Covenant is that of creation and creationism. The film finally explores an interesting concept not very developed in previous alien films: just like the Engineers would be the creators of humans, humans created androids. This concpet will be further developed through the origins of the Xenomorphs.The origins of Xenomoprhs are finally unveiled, and the truth is much different from what one might have thought. While Xenomorphs appear for about 20 minutes of the film, there is much insight given to their genesis, something that I didn't expect. There are numerous subtle connections with Alien and even with Aliens, starting from the aliens text at the beginning, which in this film is identical to the 1979 film underlining how Covenant is closer to Alien than to Prometheus . What I further enjoyed in the film was the very classical sci-fi tone of the first half hour. Many scenes in that portion of the movie had a strong 2001 vibe to them, with the effects and photography of a modern film. The movie then moved to a more modern approach, all the way to the ending. The horror side of Covenant wasn't as frightening as the original film. In defense for the film, when they reach the 6th film featuring a Xenomorph, it is quite hard to bring some. fresh frightening concepts, hence I personally won't complain about that. This is so far also the most bloody film in the franchise, and that is certain. The crew of the USCSS Covenant was far more enjoyable than that of the Prometheus, especially in the characters of Daniels, Walter and Tennessee. They're not Ripley, but they were enough unarrogant so to allow me to root for them unlike most of the Prometheus crew members, except for the three pilots, Shaw and David . The outcome of the film is, obviously open, so to leave space for a third film, which can bring some final answers to some questions raised. Despite that, I think the two hours I spent watching Alien: Civenant were definitely well payed back.
Caught me off guard by just how good it was (by jtindahouse)
I only recently got around to seeing 'Prometheus' and quite enjoyed it, without really loving it. Though for me to get any enjoyment out of a sci-fi film my least favourite genre is rare. So the fact that I had an enormously good time with 'Alien: Covenant' says a lot. This film was a lot of fun from start to finish.Firstly, the action really steps it up this time around. It is plentiful and brilliantly directed by Ridley Scott. The film moves at a break-neck speed and you've barely settled down from one action sequence before the next one is commencing. Also the aliens <more>
look absolutely terrific in this film, as does every CGI feature for that matter.Secondly, the characters are once again masterfully written. Michael Fassbender as 'David/Walter' is nothing short of captivating. The performances he gives as these characters deserve more recognition than I believe they will get. He's undoubtedly the stand-out, but there is not a weak link in the chain in this film.Finally, the overall plot line is quite brilliant. Less convoluted and confusing than 'Prometheus' I didn't find it overly confusing, but I'm told some did , yet equally if not more so smart and intriguing. I love that this film has enough layers to it where not everything is always as it seems. In an action/horror movie those kind of elements can sometimes be put on the back burner, but not here.I would have to say I enjoyed this movie more than I expected to. It took me quite off guard with just how affecting it was able to be. The two hour run time absolutely flies by and the credits are rolling before you know it. Whether you're a fan of the series or not, make sure you get out and see this film. You won't be disappointed.
Alien: Covenant, bigger and badder than Prometheus (by badstudiosduncan)
I for one am a HUGE fan of the Alien franchise, and this movie is now one of my favorite movies. Though it may be somewhat predictable and familiar, I say that is a good thing as Prometheus seemed to stray too far from the other movies. Speaking of Prometheus, Alien: Covenant does an astounding job of tying into Prometheus and continuing the story of Shaw and David. The acting in this movie is spot-on, and I didn't find any of the characters to be annoying, or as stupid as the Prometheus crew. There is a twist I won't spoil it that has a lot of fans angry with Ridley Scott, but I <more>
don't mind it, and actually think it takes the story in a good direction. Moving on, the aliens in this movie are awesome, and look amazing. Critics have been stating that the CG on the aliens is spotty, but I didn't have ant problems with it. The design of the new creatures was unnerving, and kept me on my toes throughout the whole movie. The blood and gore of this film was just the perfect amount, and it always looked realistic and terrifying. Audio design for Covenant was incredible, from the soundtrack that feels like a callback to Alien and Aliens, to the completely unnerving, spine chilling sounds of the aliens and the eerie vibe to the sets. Overall, I had an amazing time seeing Alien: Covenant, and would highly recommend it to any Alien fan.
I really don't understand why people complain about this movie. "Where's the plot?! Where's originality!" People complain that the movie has no climate of the older "Alien". But what does it mean? Let's be honest. Every Alien movie repeat the same story: bunch of people idiots mostly need to fight xenomorph, they're dying and that is all, no deeper meaning. They were just action movie Finch's part was quite different, but point of killing Alien was the same . Ridley Scott presents new story between "Prometheus" and first <more>
"Alien" and he's doing really good job! Movie is dark, brutal and beautiful, there is no accidental shots Dariusz Wolski . Yeah, we've seen many thing before, but in "Covenant" they are breathtaking. I enjoyed the movie and enjoyed how story from "Prometheus" was pushed. I hope that unfair reviews wont stop Mr. Scott from doing another "Alien" movie.
A return to form for the Alien franchise (by ryanskywalker-87402)
This is what Alien fans wanted Prometheus to be and I mean that in a great way. Alien: Covenant puts the franchise on track for some great future films, Scott's vision is felt in every scene, and it is wonderful, albeit horrific, for the poor unfortunate souls who exist within it.This is truly an Alien film that appropriately tethers itself to what ground work was laid in Prometheus. It's got Ridley Scott visual style all over it, as it should, and its score, by Jed Kurzel, is beautiful and haunting in what feelings it elicits. From the moment I saw the classic Alien title stylings <more>
accompanied by that aforementioned score, I had a feeling this would be a good one.As the story unfolds and what is truly going on is discovered or, more accurately, revealed to the ill-fated crew of the Covenant, it began to evoke Frankenstein Shelley herself actually gets name dropped , but even more so, The Island of Dr. Moreau. As things become clearer, things become only all the more difficult for the colonization crew. The story here is incredibly well put together and is twistedly clear on just what is going on come the third act.The crew itself is well cast with there not being a single weak link in the bunch. A quick cameo from James Franco was nice and Danny McBride takes a wonderful dramatic turn as an actor. He does get to be the source of a couple of well placed, but not out of place jokes that provide some wonderful bits of humor, but his acting definitely impressed me especially when things get truly tense toward the end. Billy Crudup and Demian Bichir, Watchmen and The Hateful Eight alum respectively, are excellent in their supplementary roles. The unsurprising star here and spiritual successor to Ellen Ripley is Katherine Waterston. I began to plot out her character's path throughout the film simply given how the crew itself worked, however, the great thing about this film in terms of being a horror/thriller was that it was difficult to see who was next a lot of the time and it wasn't afraid to kill off multiple characters at one time. As the audience, I had a pretty good idea of who would remain come the end, but getting there wasn't as easily foreseeable. Michael Fassbender as the androids David and Walter was fun to watch and his journey in the film is spectacularThis film is a great example as one with layers that one could choose to examine for deeper meaning or overlook in favor of taking its surface as a great popcorn horror/thriller flick. Given the interactions that Fassbender's character has, multiple meanings for the title beyond that of the ship itself emerge. I'm being purposefully vague as not to spoil anything, but the underlying philosophies and a small study of a covenant between creator and creation does exist. I myself can only take it so far as I've only seen the film once, but I wouldn't be surprised to find even more on a future viewing.And I will certainly revisit this one. Alien: Covenant delivered for me in a big way. It had action, suspense, was gross as hell, and while there wasn't a great deal of "horror," the story it told was wonderfully self-contained such that a newcomer to the franchise could watch it alongside a veteran and understand what was going on. That being said, you'll appreciate a great deal more if you're a fan. This is a big bridge for the franchise as, one can gather from the trailers alone, the true Xenomorph comes to form in this film. I'm not sure what route the franchise takes next, but I am very optimistic.Also, I couldn't help, but come up with an, admittedly lengthy, alternate title while watching: Alien: An Origin of Species. It could have easily been something akin to this and been very much appropriate.
"Alien: Covenant" may lack the creativity of the last film and the freshness of the original, but it excels in action and terror. (by dave-mcclain)
Fans of the "Fast & Furious" and "Star Wars" franchises know that the release dates of those movies don't follow the same chronological order as the events portrayed and there are short films and features in between but those timelines have nothing on the "Alien" franchise. It all started simply enough: "Alien", a relatively low budget sci-fi horror flick released in 1979, thrilled, scared and shocked Movie Fans, while adding to the cultural consciousness the indelible image of a vicious, reptilian-like creature busting out of the chest of its <more>
human host, while also making Sigourney Weaver a household name as she played the iconic alien fighter Ellen Ripley in four of the movies. A new feature film from the "Alien" universe appeared every 5-7 years not counting the "Alien vs. Predator" movies , leading up to 2017's "Alien: Covenant" R, 2:02 , which, in some ways, returns the franchise to its storied roots.After the "Alien" sequels, "Aliens", "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" each of the four with a different director , original helmer Ridley Scott returned to the franchise for a prequel series. 2012's "Prometheus" began exploring the question of how the Aliens originated. That was an excellent film, but was more "2001: A Space Odyssey" than "Aliens", for example, and it did a great job of setting up the films to come. From 2012-2017, ten ! short films came out to fill gaps in the Alien story, with two of them leading straight into "Alien: Covenant". A small amount of footage from those two films known collectively as "Alien: Covenant – Prologue" are used in the 2017 feature and in its theatrical trailers. In the "Alien" universe, this film is a sequel to "Prometheus" and leads fans closer to the events of the original film. In "Star Wars" terms, it's the equivalent of "Episode II - Attack of the Clones", but better.Taking place ten years after the events in "Prometheus", this film follows a colony ship, called the Covenant, heading toward the other side of the galaxy. On board are 2,000 colonists in a deep stasis, 1,000 human embryos, a dozen crew members and a synthetic android named Walter Michael Fassbender , an advanced version of the synthetic known as David in the previous film. On their way to a planet called Origae-6, the ship is hit by shockwave, causing significant damage and leading Walter to awaken the crew. In the process, the captain James Franco dies and first officer Christopher Oram Billy Crudup assumes command of the Covenant. As the crew is coming to terms with what has happened and working to repair the ship, they receive a radio transmission that appears to be human in origin. The planet that is the source of the transmission appears to be an even more hospitable spot for their new colony, so rather than wait another seven years to arrive at Origae-6, Oram decides to check it out.As the Covenant, piloted by the cowboy hat-wearing Tennessee Danny McBride orbits this new planet, most of the crew takes a lander down to the planet's surface. The expedition consists of acting captain Oram, his wife, biologist Karen Oram Carmen Ejogo , a terraforming expert named Daniels Katherine Waterston , security head Sergeant Lope Demián Bichir , members of his team and a couple others. While exploring the area around their landing site and beginning to evaluate the planet for possible human habitation, their discoveries range from odd to shocking to deadly. There are signs of human cultivation of what appears to be wheat, but at the same time there are no signs of animals or birds. The expedition finds the crashed ship Prometheus, along with the fully functioning David, who says that Elizabeth Shaw the sole human survivor of the doomed ship repaired the injuries he sustained on that earlier mission. Something else that the crew of the Covenant finds are alien spores which, if they enter a human host, result in the birth of vicious creatures which are very new to the unfortunate souls of the Covenant – and will also be somewhat new to Movie Fans. Thus begins a desperate struggle for survival."Alien: Covenant" is a worthy and exciting addition to the "Alien" franchise. Making this set of deep space travelers colonists who all have significant others on the ship raises the emotional stakes for the characters and for the audience. The interactions between the twin synthetic androids from different generations makes for a fascinating subplot, partly because of the acting prowess of Fassbender, who, along with the rest of the cast contribute to a talented ensemble who all deliver excellent performances. The story effectively builds on "Prometheus" and towards "Alien" with a flare that ups the franchise ante on horror and gore, while the wicked twists wonderfully tease a sequel. This film, however, can't really be said to be very "original". Besides the intended connections to "Prometheus" and the "Alien" movies, it's also a bit of 2016's "Passengers" meets 1991's "Terminator 2". "Alien: Covenant" may lack the creativity of the last film and the freshness of the original, but it excels in action and terror. "A-"