So I now take a look at Director Ridley Scott’s New Kane vs. Able against the Aliens film Alien: Covenant with 20th Century Fox with Scott Free/Brandywine Productions for 2017….
Alien from 1979 was his first venture into this universe of his Aliens that created a phenomenon originally with actress Sigourney Weaver. Then in 2012 he re-enters this world with Prometheus where Critics raved about it but afterwards fans started to see stiff reactions and acting when they should have reacted differently but a very unique idea spawned forth that humans were actually Evolved from Aliens.
Now in Alien: Covenant we see David (Fassbender) an android created by Peter Wayland (Pierce) as they discuss his creation almost as father and son but the relationship is certainly stiff as most scientists in films that create something almost human tend to think of them as something that can be controlled.
We are then taken out to space as we are introduced to a passenger and cargo ship called Covenant where over 2,000 passengers carrying embryos of every spiecies from earth are on their way to a paradise planet already mapped out to them. The ship is pretty much being looked after by Walter (Fassbender) another android and the ships computer when a nebula of storms is reported and an energy serge swipes through the ship disrupting the crew that lay in hyperspace tubes and killing a few in the process.
Daniels (Waterston) right off the bat looses her partner Branson (Franco) as he’s blown up in his hyper sleep tube. Oram (Crudup) tries to retain some order as captain and nearby the ships computer “Mother” finds a habitable Planet as they are fixing their ship and they hear a distress call with coordinates leading to this planet.
Once setting a course to check the planet out with warnings from Daniels and down on the planets surface, the crew begins getting attacked by what looks like a fast acting disease which basically produces baby Alien creatures that evolve rapidly and eat to evolve it seems… Not only that but the Android David from the previous film is their host on this planet and when it’s found out that David is in league with these creatures it’s not only a battle of Wit against humanity but also against the Aliens waiting for their leader… by using hosts…
I think that the acting in this film was definitely by far better than the acting that was done in Prometheus. But there was a moment where Daniels was dangling off of a craft I could definitely tell was a CGI background. The films Aliens were a little unique as they were somewhat translucent in evolvement but I seem to remember that they were bigger than they seemed here. Maybe they were just not fully grown that’s it….
I also think it helps that there weren’t that many actors involved I noticed only 26 which normally on a bigger film in a horror film from a mainstream franchise uses a hell of a lot more actors and actresses…. I miss the creature effects extremely though.
T think that a Michael Fassbender is the reason why I enjoy the film the most playing two different sides of a coin though David seems more laid back and human there’s a dark side to his nature that is quite narcissistic and being so feels he is above reproach which ultimately we see in the end…
Ultimately I Enjoyed this new addition to the Prometheus world in the Alien Franchise my favorite line being “eventually even monkeys learned to stand erect!”
I recommend this film to horror enthusiasts but often wonder if fandom gets in the way of enjoyment to this franchise and have they run its coarse?
Starring Michael Fassbender as David / Walter, Katherine Waterston as Daniels, Billy Crudup as Oram, Danny McBride as
Tennessee, Demián Bichir as Lope (as Demian Bichir), Carmen Ejogo as Karine, Jussie Smollett as Ricks, Callie Hernandez as Upworth, Amy Seimetz as Faris, Nathaniel Dean as Hallett, Alexander England as Ankor, Benjamin Rigby as
Ledward, Uli Latukefu as Cole, Tess Haubrich as Rosenthal, Lorelei King as
Voice of ‘Mother’ (voice), Goran D. Kleut as
Xenomorph / Neomorph, Andrew Crawford as Neomorph, Javier Botet as
Xenomorph (uncredited), Steve Doyle as
Engineer (uncredited), James Franco as
Branson (uncredited), Juke Hardy as Engineer (uncredited), Scott James as
Engineer (uncredited), Billy Mansell as
Engineer (uncredited), Guy Pearce as
Peter Weyland (uncredited), Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (uncredited), Benjamin Taylor as