Alien: Covenant

3 stars

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride

Director: Ridley Scott

Synopsis: The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Review:

The sequel to ‘Prometheus’ (2012) and the 2nd prequel to ‘Alien’ (1979), Ridley Scott returns once more to the ‘Alien’ Saga with the 8th instalment in the series and arguably the best since James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ (1986). The film is visually stunning due to Scott’s cinematography and the use of colour gives it an eerie feel, going back to the first 3 films where the tone remained dark and terrifying. The back-to-basics formula works brilliantly and doesn’t complicate it unlike ‘Prometheus’ which felt more like a generic Sci-Fi film, than an ‘Alien’ film. David (Michael Fassbender) Returns from Prometheus, while another android named Walter, played again by Fassbender, accompanies the Crew of the Covenant ship. As a huge fan of the ‘Alien’ series, I was extremely pleased to see the original Jerry Goldsmith score return as well as the score from ‘Prometheus’. ‘Alien: covenant’ isn’t a perfect film though, as there isn’t much room for character development and the film felt rushed in the last act, I think it could’ve done with an extra 15-20 minutes as the ending results in an unsatisfying conclusion in my opinion. It also includes an obvious and cliched twist towards the end that we’ve seen countless times in other horror films. Overall, it was a very enjoyable film and I’ll see myself revisiting this instalment multiple times in the future.