Alien: Covenant, the latest installment in the Alien franchise, sees director Ridley Scott mixing his original 1979 take on Alien with the philosophical musings of Prometheus. Is that a good thing? Not really.
The crew of the ship Covenant are on a colonization expedition to a faraway planet called Origae-6 when they receive a transmission from a nearby planet. On closer inspection, this one turns out to be perfect for colonization and so Covenant sets course for this new mysterious planet. But guess what? It doesn’t turn out to be quite as perfect as they thought it would be. Shocker, right?
I really don’t want to give too much away, but it’s as if Scott intended for Alien: Covenant to be the missing link that would tie the original Alien movies together with the lukewarm Prometheus and so he tries to mix horror, blood, violence and darkness with cuckoo philosophies. But it doesn’t work and ends up being a movie where a flute and a nasty biological weapon turn out to be of equal importance. If that sounds dumb, then that’s because it is. Kudos to Michael Fassbender though for taking on two roles. There is David, the robot we already know from Prometheus, and Walter, a newer model programmed to resemble man a little less.
Alien: Covenant is slightly better than Prometheus. But that’s about the gist of it.