Logline: The crew of a colony ship discover an uncharted planet where they meet the synthetic David, from the doomed Prometheus expedition, who is harboring a secret.
Modern day moviegoers are constantly bombarded with remakes, sequels, and rehashes. Take Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as an example. As fun as it may be, The Force Awakens is nothing more than a rehash of Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). I had a blast watching The Force Awakens but one gets the sense that originality and creativity fall to the back burner in favor of satiating nostalgia. Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is not much different. It lacks originality but is a lot of fun to watch.
When I saw the trailer for the film, I was not particularly excited precisely because it looked like a rehash of Alien (1979). However, being a fan of the series, I flocked to the cinema to see the film. Having no expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. Scott is once again behind the camera having directed Alien and the first prequel Prometheus (2012). I was one of the people that actually liked Prometheus. It dared to do something different, was visually stunning, and raised some interesting existential questions. Most fans were left disappointed. Covenant, set ten years after Prometheus, gives fans exactly what they want though. Fusing elements from both Alien and Aliens (1986), Covenant feels much more like an Alien movie. The cast includes some great actors such as Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Billy Crudup. However, it is Fassbender who steals the show as synthetics David and Walter.
At 79 years old, Ridley Scott is a master behind the camera. The film is quite beautiful and provides a fairly satisfying origin story to the iconic xenomorph alien which first terrified audiences in 1979. Covenant is trimmed of all fat and is a fast paced ride that can be enjoyed with an open mind. It may be formulaic and uneven but it is a fun ride nonetheless.
Rating (out of ****): ***1/2