Alien: Covenant (2017)
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: John Logan, Dante Harper
Rating: R Running Time: 2 hr 2 min.
I’m starting to think of Ridley Scott as less of a master filmmaker these days, and more like a crazy old grandpa regaling us with tales of former glory. If you were hoping (as you likely did with Prometheus) for a return to xenomorph glory, Alien: Covenant is not going to satisfy. That spaceship sailed after Cameron’s Aliens.
That’s not to say Ridley Scott is a bad film maker, but I do wonder about his storytelling instincts these days. Perhaps if he stuck to proven material adapted by talented screenwriters, and not meddle, we’d get more films like, The Martian. I’d be very okay with that.
Alien: Covenant isn’t an awful film, but it is dull and doesn’t make a lot of sense. I found myself checking the boxes as the film plodded through the inevitable. Distress call, check. Infection, check. Monsters, check. There are some elements in this that will provide answers your to origin questions, but they’re not all that revelatory, and they don’t connect well with the “Ripley” events we all know and love. The story’s discussions of godhood and creation also don’t add any meaningful depth, and in one instance, were actually hilarious (unintentionally).
As for the new characters in this film, I can’t remember a single name except for, Tennessee (Danny McBride – the cowboy hat helped). They’re just not that important or interesting. As written they’re simply destined to be xenomorph chew toys, and react in the most illogical fashion in order to contrive the plot forward. Each character in this film was designed to remind you of your favorites from the only two great alien films available, and none of these new kids are worth caring about.
If you’re somehow still a fan of this series, you may get some enjoyment out of this film. It looks good (as all Ridley Scott films do) and answers some questions, but you probably won’t find it scary.
Best Moment: << spoiler >>
Tennessee is trying to take off in a shuttle, and (hold on, let me look up her name, ah, there it is), Daniels (Katherine Watertson) is doing battle with a xenomorph. This action scene works really well, and was way more satisfying than the actual finale.