Get ready to run. Ridley Scott, Director, creator of the Alien set of films that have defined generations of Scifi buffs and created a cinematic character legend returns to the series with Alien: Covenant.
The sequel to Prometheus (2012) and the second installment within the Alien timeline. The prologue starts out with Alien fans being introduced to a newly activated synthetic called David conversing with his creator Weyland, musing over the creation of mankind.
It’s not too long before we move on from that and into the action as the crew of a colony ship, which is bound for planet Origae-6 with around two thousand colonists on board, overseen by another synthetic that resembles David; Walter, find themselves making an unscheduled pit stop.
While en route, their ship, the Covenant, is hit by a fatally damaging neutrino burst. While Walter determines the damage to the ship’s computer, called Mother, there is a human radio transmission detected from an unknown nearby planet.
Here lies the premise of the film as the crew descend to the alien territory, finding that it has been somewhat colonised already by humans and cultivated, yet there is not one person insight.
The planet, infact appears to be isolated with no life… but not all is what it seems.
As things go a bit awry on this mystery planet, the crew retreat back to the covenant, unknowingly with a Neomorph in tow.
Alien: Covenant is the sequel that fans of the franchise have been waiting for. And for those that are heavily invested in the series and know their Alien films, they will notice (as I did) similarities to the original Alien (1979) movie.
Filmed in New Zealand, taking in the breathtaking scenery, Alien Covenant is a dark and moody film with its signature Scifi premise.
Covenant does reference back to the 2012’s Prometheus, so for those that have not seen that film, or any Alien film before, may not get the full gist of the entire story – but in saying that Covenant is an easy stand alone that newcomers will not get lost within and can enjoy it for what it is.
Alien: Covenant is gritty, graphic and raw, something that the first Alien film was for it’s time and will have you on the edge of your seat. One of the best and must see films in the saga.
Running Time: 123 MIN
Genre: Action, SciFi
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Demián Bichir
Production Studio: 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions
Distributor: 20th Century Fox</p