Entertainment Hive 2017

Alien: Covenant

Review by Honey B

Director:  Ridley Scott Vocal Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kathrine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Amy Seimetz, Guy Pearce Plot: Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. Verdict: The second instalment of the Alien origins movie hits the big screen with a hell of a lot more bloodshed, but there’s still plenty of talk and back-story. Prometheus (2012) worked hard to establish the beginnings of this storytelling arc and was a bit slow. Alien: Covenant also takes a few breaths to set the space travel mood. The Covenant is a space craft carrying 2000 new inter-planetary settlers to a new home in space called Origae- 6. This is the planet where they will create a new colony. While the ship’s crew sleeps, cyborg Walter (Michael Fassbender) controls all of the ship’s daily operations. Walter is the latest version of the robot David who we were introduced to in Prometheus. The Covenant encounters a technical issue and Walter must awaken the crew. While fixing the craft the crew hear what seems to be a transmission from a mysterious and alluringly habitable planet. Acting captain (Billy Crudup) decides checking out this new, habitable planet would be much better than travelling years to reach Origae-6. But his second-in-command, Daniels (Katherine Waterston) officially disagrees. Needless to say Daniels is correct, if something looks too good it usually is. It’s not long before the exploratory group starts to also believe this planet is not what it seems. This is when the action starts to kick in as the creepy atmosphere gets the audiences pulses racing – aliens can’t be too far away. Sure enough the many of the crew meet gruesome ends, but what was quite annoying was the seemingly inept actions of these supposedly highly trained astronauts and voyagers. They just fell to pieces at the slightest hiccup. Saving the misguided crew is David – the original cyborg who was on the Prometheus mission – who explains what happened to his mission with doctor Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace). Waterston gives her character an intelligent bent and a much-needed feistiness and shows some great emotion. Fassbender is absolutely mesmerising as both synthetics David and Walter with his unwavering blue eyes and charm.  The beauty of Fassbender’s portrayal is his duplicity – do we trust a synthetic? In acting terms, this is Fassbender’s movie and he outshines everyone with his superb acting instincts. Of course there are the aliens, and these creatures are truly scary – much more so than in the original 1979 film. These creatures have changed considerably, some are human-like, others are very fast and some remind of the one that Ripley so courageously fought. This second instalment certainly provides several nods to the original movie and leaves viewers on tenterhooks ready for the next instalment.  (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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