Alien: Covenant

alien covenantA sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant picks up 10 years later following the crew of the Covenant, a ship intended to transfer a colony of people to a new home planet. An accident during their voyage prompts the crew to have to be awakened followed by a possible distress call on a different planet that could be habitable.

Once they arrive on the planet, the alien part of the storyline plays itself out. To great effect I might add, it was a compelling followup to its predecessor and answered a number of questions I had that I thought were shortfalls. It made me wonder if the second film was always the intention or merely a response and an opportunity. Either way, the film feels like a very worthy entry into the canon of Alien films, it’s especially better than the 4th one. In fact, let’s just not mention that one again, ever.

Ridley Scott is back directing with his familiar, yet always surprising style firmly in place; the ending is particularly satisfying. His subtleties are one of the things I love best; how he shows things without all the detail being revealed heightens tension in a much more terrifying way than when you’re hit over the head with it. He plays a lot to the imagination and he does it well along with a beautiful, dark aesthetic.

Michael Fassbender is back as well in dual android roles as David and Walter. The effects scenes in this film are spectacular with some of the scenes of Fassbender interacting with himself as the most impressively executed. He’s also phenomenal in the role(s) he plays, he never breaks his delivery and his attention to detail is truly meticulous; pay attention to his arms. The rest of the lineup is comprised of a very talented group of actors and includes: Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, and Jussie Smollett.

If you’re a fan of the franchise, don’t miss it!

reviewed by Sean McKnight