Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship 'Covenant' discovers what is thought to be an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world – which has its sole inhabitant the 'synthetic', David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
|Release Date||:||May 9, 2017|
|Genres||:||Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Scott Free Productions, Brandywine Productions, TSG Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Ridley Scott, Raymond Kirk, Merran Elliot, Melina Burns, Danielle Blake, Claire Frayn, Sarah Hood, Scott Lovelock, Matthew Webb, Greg Tynan|
|Writers||:||Jack Paglen, John Logan, Dante Harper, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Michael Green|
|Casts||:||Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, Uli Latukefu, Tess Haubrich, Lorelei King, Goran D. Kleut, Andrew Crawford, Guy Pearce, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Javier Botet, Benjamin Taylor|
|Plot Keywords||:||android, experiment, space travel, alien life-form, infection, egg, engineer, sequel, spaceship, space, alien, gore, outer space, robot, scientist, genocide, creation, acid, xenomorph, alien technology, genetic mutation|
In the first 20 minutes I was so happy with Covenant. It felt sharp, atmospheric, there are interesting character situations, emotive moments and infinitely better writing than we had in Prometheus. As it progresses, this feeling continues - thankfully, a solid sci-fi film that got it right.
Then Ridley starts to indulge in his convoluted ideas about creation and destruction. Its like switching from 1977 George Lucas to 1999 Lucas. You can almost hear Ridley at a writing meeting saying "this'll be cool, and this, and this, and then this" and the writer saying "uh, is this for the same film or later in the series?" "Yeah just cram it all in, make it happen".
You end up with three different films - a first act like a modern Alien which I loved, a middle act of Prometheus style philosophizing that feels like more Westworld, then a last act of two shoe-horned in action scenes homaging Aliens and Alien 3 respectively. Except there is no satisfaction at all, because the aliens are rushed, a bit silly, often awkwardly CGI looking, and not even convincing as threats because we don't care about any of it.
By the end I just have no idea what to think. I just think it would have worked much better if the ideas were done justice in their own film, rather than ham-fistedly trying to ram them into an Alien film to try and please fans and make box-office.