The Alien story is well loved in our house. Everything about Ripley makes us happy and the Xenomorphs (aliens), even though they are the “bad guys”, we still love them as well. Foxy Husband and I are particularly tickled by the evolution and change of shape/size/color of the Xenomorphs.
Alien: Covenant was directed by Ridley Scott, who also happened to direct the first Alien film and Prometheus, before this one. Ridley Scott has directed a plethora of great films including Blade Runner (1982), Thema and Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), and the Martian (2014). It was written by the team of Jack Paglen, Michael Green, John Logan, and Dante Harper. Paglen is known for Transcendence (2014), Green for several episodes of Smalville (2001), Green Lantern (2011), and Logan (2017), Logan for Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Hugo (2011), and Skyfall (2012), and this is Harper’s first writing credit.
The movie stars Katherine Waterston (Daniels), Michael Fassbender (David/Walter), Danny McBride (Tennessee), Billy Crudup (Oram), Andrew Crawford (Neomorph) and Goran D. Kleut (Xenomorph). As you can see, there are quite a few more characters but it’d take forever to list them all.
This movie centers around a colonizing vessel (with 2,000 in hypersleep, on top of the captain and crew) that discovers a previously unknown planet that is issuing a distress signal. When a team is sent down to investigate, two people get infected via spores, it doesn’t take long for them to become hosts to the neomorphs. In an attempt to survive an attack, their ship gets destroyed. That is when the android David offers them a safe haven. Walter, the android with the crew (who is a spitting image of David) is wary of David and the planet they are on. I can’t say much more without giving anything away.
I loved this movie; the team, the androids, the aliens! I wasn’t expecting so much action to happen right away because I thought it’d be more of a slow build up like the first Alien film that Ridley Scott directed. The story was great and I really enjoyed Daniels. The beautiful theme of a strong female lead is great still great after so many years! I can’t wait to see it again, so I catch the things that I missed the first time! I thought it did a great job of bridging the gap between Prometheus and Alien.
I give Alien: Covenant a 9/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gives it 6.4/10.
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