REVIEW: Alien: Covenant
Thefanboyseo.com offers a review for the film Alien: Covenant starring Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Michael Fassbender; directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett. Opens May 10 in the Philippines from 20th Century Fox Philippines.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
ALIEN: COVENANT PROS
- This Ridley Scott film wants to give what fans want while at the same time try to provide something fresh. It kinda worked to some extent and you gotta love the pay off at the end.
- The visuals are amazing in this film once again. Alien worlds, gothic architecture, the actual xenomorphs and even the ship that carries our heroes, “The Covenant” all look great.
- I have to applaud Michael Fassbender’s effort here in Alien: Covenant. He plays new synth character Walter and the returning bad machine David. Fassbender’s Walter is naive yet secure with his thoughts and actions while David gets off as shady and cunning. That final scene too will make you appreciate Fassbender as an actor.
- Loved the creepiness that the scenery had evoked. Definitely better than what Prometheus had to offer a few years back.
- You’ll love all the scenes involving the xenomorph and expedition team. It also gives us a better idea of how they work and operate, now with an updated POV as it crawls through corridors and hallways. Definitely ties in neatly with the #AlienDay Utero VR experience.
- Synthetic David doing what he does in this film deserves it’s merits; bra-fucking-vo.
- Danny McBride being a likable character is something that I never thought I would write down in the blog, this review alone. But yeah, Danny McBride’s character is likeable. Bonus points too because he brought in James Franco.
- That twist ending.
- The new designs for the proto-xenos and the iconic xenomorphs.
ALIEN: COVENANT CONS
– Alien: Covenant is anchored on Prometheus. Both the good and bad. And while you can do without that in the first act, by the time the second and third act roll in, you’re already scratching your head and trying to remember the plot of Prometheus.
- Sorry to spoil but it still does not ACTUALLY connect the prequels with the first “Alien” movie. There may be hints but it does not truly answer the questions we’ve all been asking.
- There’s a part that’s very predictable in the film and I had estimated that Scott wouldn’t take the road but apparently he does. And I felt mad that he did. Or I totally wished him and the writing team had gone with a different way to that thing which I do not want to spoil. It’s a big sayang for me. It could have had the potential to be a big Inception moment. Wala, squandered opportunity.
- I’m pissed that it felt like they want Katherine Waterston’s Daniels to be the badass for this film but its not working for me; and that’s me saying it without the Sigourney bias. Sure she and the Xenomorph had this cool fight and all but that doesn’t really hit the spot for me as a viewer.
- What is it with these fools and breaking quarantine protocol? Does this only grow worse or what?
- David doing what he does is a con because its heartbreaking.
- They had James Franco and he’s relegated to a cameo? Why? Also sucks that they didn’t do this anywhere in the movie.
Alien: Covenant Verdict
With a new resolve and a bigger budget, I think Alien: Covenant could have been better. Yes it has surpassed Prometheus but sticking to the formula made the movie feel rehashed. And “rehashed” is something that the Alien franchise has been known for (in a good way). Could have been better, didn’t have the “bitin” factor but its still one helluva popcorn muncher.
SCORE: 8/10 (Sakto lang)
Alien: Covenant now showing from 20th Century Fox Philippines via Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines.