July 12th – Alien: Covenant – 2017 – Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez with a brief guest appearance by James Franco. – Scifi/Horror/Thriller
Simple Overview: And we’re back with another Ridley Scott film today as I couldn’t help but watch the latest film in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant. This time we’re joining an entire colony(99% are in stasis and embryo form) but we mostly spend time as per usual with the crew of 15. We meet Walter(Portrayed by Fassbender) an AI identical to David yet less human in many ways. He awakens the crew after a storm in space causes some damage to the ship. As the crew awakens from cryosleep the captain is lost and a new captain steps forward to lead the Covenant to its destination. They are sent a message from a planet with a familiar tune that is suitable for human life that could decrease travel time by 7 years. They venture to the surface and that is where the real horror begins.
What Could Have Been Better: Without giving too much away I wanted more screen time for Shaw. She would have been an interesting part of this film but having David and the webs we weaved was enough. I also want to see more of the engineers, was there really only 1 city on the entire planet? (I assume the other cities were wiped out by David when he did his damage). I also felt a few of the actor’s performances were weak, but as a team, they carried this film.
What I loved: The fear I felt while watching this film. David as a villain gets better every time. I feel much of that has to do with Fassbender’s acting alongside great writing. The scene where we see into his solitude and his creations was a dark look into what solitude and anger can do to someone. The cast overall was great in this film, despite not knowing many of them they carried the film together and made it work cohesively. As always some cool tech that is a mixture of what w have now plus a bit of advancement. I enjoyed the Xenomorph interactions in this film more than previous films, they are smart and almost humanlike in some of their mannerisms but still the ultimate predator designed to destroy.
Final Thoughts: This film worked for me. I enjoyed it more than Prometheus and hope we keep making more films in this series. Fassbender is an artist and his work playing both Walter and David shows his skill off extremely well.
Rating: 4.7 Thumbs Up out of 5
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