A ship carrying a crew of explorers and mercenaries is traveling to a certain location to start a new habitat and possibly a colony for humans to find refuge from Earth on. Shortly after, the crew picks up a distress signal from an unknown planet. The story is much more cohesive, we get our old Aliens back along with some new ones, but we've lost most of the of the visual panache. Daniels (Katherine Waterston), the next in command, is not convinced.
The planet is haunting and attractive and, sure enough, within moments of touching down, the crew has unleashed the fury of those familiar chest-bursting aliens (dubbed Xenomorphs) that have been hunting humans on the big screen since 1979. The uninfected crew has no idea what's happening, but they know it's incredibly terrifying.
Fassbender told The National, in an interview published yesterday, that Covenant would be "scarier" than Prometheus, but not too "relentless".
Katherine Waterston as Daniels in "Alien: Covenant".
Ultimately, Crudup praises the detail that Scott "revels in" to create the totality of the fictional world of Alien: Covenant.
Here's a primer on "Covenant" (if you haven't seen "Prometheus", STOP READING NOW - major spoilers ahead). It was that fear that had made the first film so essential, even despite its comparatively simple premise.
Well, Ridley, I have news for you; it was better than this regurgitated round. It's unbelievable to watch. Waterston isn't at fault, but her character development is nearly non-existent, relying wholly on the hope that you'll associate her enough with Ripley to forgive the fact that she's written primarily as a foil for David. He then took a one way trip off of "Paradise" with embryotic tokens of his work in his synthetic tummy.
The best performance comes courtesy of Michael Fassbender. Moviegoers love Fassbender, yet it feels like he's not appreciated enough. There's nothing striking about this film that stuck in my memory like Noomi Rapace's alien extraction sequence in the 2012 film that this story follows.
Rogue transmissions, planets that seem too good to be true and a motley crew of space explorers?
It has been quite a few years since Prometheus hit the big screen. Some of the deaths are pretty brutal so there is lots and lots of blood during some of the alien fight scenes.
That film was a frustrating experience for fans of Alien, offering elaborate answers to unimportant plot points and engaging in a laboured philosophical dialogue about creators and their creations. It feels nearly like a trick-an attempt by Scott to reflect on mortality and hubris but sneak it past an audience by wrapping it in a familiar franchise package. While this might in many ways be more instantly recognizable as an Alien movie than Prometheus was, its themes clang against the delivery system so discordantly that it can be heard even in the vacuum of space.