Alien: Covenant Review
The Alien franchise has been one of extreme highs and lows. On the one hand, we have the amazing Alien and Aliens. On the other hand, we have the awful Alien vs. Predator, with all the rest of the titles lying somewhere in-between average-to-poor quality. So what's the verdict on Alien: Covenant?
I can safely say this installment is the third best entry in the franchise, and is a marked improvement over its predecessor film Prometheus. The story takes place 10 years after the events of Prometheus. A spaceship filled with colonists are on their way to settle a planet when their ship intercepts a message on a nearby habitable planet. The crew decide to touch down on this new planet to see if they can forego their longer journey. As one member of the crew wisely points out, this is a terrible idea because the team knows nothing about this planet, whereas the original destination has been researched and plotted for years. Of course, the crew finds themselves coming face to face with Xenomorphs and David, the antagonistic android from Prometheus. All hell breaks loose.
Some of the many problems I have with Prometheus are that the the film suffered from exploring too many questions without resolutions and becoming more about theological/existential concerns of identity and our creators. It was very much the tv show Lost but set within the confines of the world Ridley Scott envisioned with the first Alien. There was very little actual Xenomorph action (for those of you not in the know, a Xenomorph is the name of the title Alien creatures).
Ridley Scott heard the complaints and addressed them head in in Alien: Covenant, this film feels like a good blend of the concepts that Prometheus was trying to sell while incorporating more of the aesthetic of the prior films and adding more aliens. I found myself enjoying the ride. The film is not great, but the scope is grand and not seen in enough horror films these days. For that reason, I absolutely recommend it. I'd say the film gets a 7 out of 10.