Alien: Covenant (15)

It’s 2109. En route to Origae-6 to start a new colony, the crew of USCSS Covenant, navigate through space in search of paradise. What they discover however, is more like hell.

After picking up frequencies from a remote planet the crew divert from their original course in search of a new planet to build their colony.

They land on the planet only to find it inhabited by a hostile alien life-form. Luckily for the crew David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, comes to their aid.

In true Sci-Fi horror fashion the team decide to split up in order to cover more ground. But this is just one in a list of bad decisions that will end in their demise.

After some of the team disturb the alien pods we first saw in Prometheus, all hell breaks loose. It’s only a matter of time before those extra-terrestrial terrors are bursting out of the crew like Push Pops.

The mysterious new world soon turns dark and dangerous, forcing the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is the brainchild of a mad scientist. It’s grandiose. However, it is an upgrade from Prometheus. But I mean that’s not too difficult, that movie was laughable. Alien: Covenant amps up the pressure but for all the action fails to deliver memorable performances.

The Covenant crew are particularly nondescript. There are 15; Alien had seven plus a cat. Danny McBride stands out the most but more because he’s playing a serious role for once. The most interesting dialogue we witness is between the two synthetics: newbie Walter and Prometheus leftover David. Michael Fassbender plays both roles with ease. He’s as intelligent as he is wicked.

By Ruth Walker

★★★☆☆

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