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    "There has been a few updates when you were away", a line from the movie which summed up just how I felt about it. Without much expectations I waltzed right into the cinema getting a lot more than I thought. As an Alien fan it was rejuvenating to see the franchise jump into more stable grounds. Of course some elements of Alien Covenant were a bit cringe inducing but I felt they were masked by a lot of the film's aesthetics. In fact a lot of Alien Covenant's gothic textures and vivid wild forestry was something of an eye pleaser. It was a dark and beautiful film that utilized what it had to its maximum potential. Ridley had also done a great job in bringing in some abstract themes with regards to creation. The Genesis style concept still had some flaws but it did operate well with some of the questions I had asked since Prometheus. 

    I found that the beginning of Alien Covenant was its most powerful and pivotal moment throughtout the film. As an audience member unfamiliar with Alien, this scene probably served as a powerful hook. What I am referring to of course is the scene between Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce) and David (played by Michael Fassbender) that occured just after the early credits. The scene goes into a neat social commentary where Peter talks to David about where we come from as creations in which David rebukes his creator's philosophy in a very subtle manner. This was a powerful scene as it cements what Scott intended to do with his story telling as he introduces a new antagonist in the form of David.
    The film is faltered however with the scenes proceeding after David and Peter's chat. So a crew of space colonialists awake during an alarm set off by debris that had hit the ship. The captain had been confined in his cryo-tube as it bursts into flames when the main character, Daniels (played by Katherine Waterson); watches as her husband whom is the captain is consumed by the fire. A change in leadership occurs where the new leader, Chris Oram (played by Billy Crudup); exchanges dialogue with his wife Karine Oram (played by Carmen Ejogo). Chris explains how he was shafted for the captain position due to him being religious. A distress beacon makes it to the colonial ship and the rest can pretty much be self explanatory.

    As Daniels' husband died you instanstly see a dynamic set off. The speed of this dynamic came much too quickly and felt very synthetic. It was hard to be convinced that Daniels was a very authentic character due to how contrived her development was. This also was the case for Chris as his character seemed to fall victim to the stereotype of being the irrational Christian which is starting to feel like a personal thing between Scott and religion. The distress beacon also seemed to force the plot in place as it seemed like something that any crew of space colonialists would logically avoid.

    Although the film lacked a lot in terms of its story and pacing it sure made up most of it with its visuals. The gothic feel and emptiness littered throughout Covenant was perhaps one of the film's crowning moments. Some of the shots of New Zealand's environment really shines out as being something foreign and unearthly. What was also very compelling was the dark yet vibrant architecture which belonged to the Engineer race. This alluring and very mystic component really united the original Lovecraftian feel with the rest of the movie making it very captivating as a viewer.

    I am split upon how I felt about the creature designs. On the one hand I found that the original Xenomorph was very terrorizing in its appearance while on the other hand I was not a big fan of the Neomorph. The Xenomorph looked like a full blown skeletal insectoid mixed with a lot of characteristics from earlier Xenomorphs in other Alien films. The Neomorph looked a bit rushed albeit still scary within its own merrits. Of course it is a nice addition but something about the white just does not resonate well with me. The Neomorph could have been better off without having so much flesh along with a darker coloration but that's my own perspective on the matter; all I can admit though is that something felt like it was missing.
    In conclusion, I found that Alien Covenant was a decent film. In comparison to other Alien films I felt as if Covenant was fulfilling a purpose by creating a legacy for itself. Many of the mature themes are a nice change of pace which really drags Alien out of its action genre. The characters and plot are drawn out and sometimes the decisions are blatantly vapid but it could be forgiven. Thankfully, the movie had amazing visuals and great creature effects which made me happy to see again on the big screen. I truly am happy to see this franchise back on its feet again with Alien Covenant taking its second step after Prometheus. Regardless, the film needs a lot more in order to hold its weight among the best like Aliens and Alien. For that reason, I have to give it a 6, just because it was slightly above average but average nontheless. I am still holding out hope for the next Alien film though!
    Rating 6/10
  2. Windebieste

    Much like the central theme of the poem, Ozymandias, by Percy Shelly, ALIEN: Covenant is Ridley Scott’s uncompromising take on the ‘decline of Empires’; except this time the fragile ‘Empires’ Scott is targeting are the expectations and pretensions fans of this series have been carrying for almost 40 years.  This is a brutal movie.  Fast, layered and gorgeous.  It’s the work of a Master movie maker at the absolute height of his artistic ability.  Despite all this, not everyone is going to like it, that’s for sure.

    ALIEN – Covenant is an excellent follow up and companion piece to Scott’s 2012 PROMETHEUS, a somewhat muddled effort that had some difficulty identifying its target audience.  Being too intelligent for the Saturday night popcorn crowd and yet too stupid for a more savvy audience, it was laden with equal doses of pretense, philosophy and questionable characters and it satisfied very few in the middle ground audience.  ALIEN: Covenant contributes a great deal to make the earlier movie a more acceptable opener for what promises to be a long running series.  A more appropriate moniker for the older 2012 movie would be ‘ALIEN: Prelude’ as PROMETHEUS more adequately serves as a prologue of sorts for the greater, more cohesive components of ALIEN Covenant.
    There are some elements to this movie fans are definitely not going to like.  I found them to be refreshing and welcome and the film was only weakest when familiar Alien iconography was introduced in the final Act levering a very familiar set of ‘ALIEN’ tropes to dominate the closing half hour.  There’s a couple of scenes in this movie that will conflict with many Fan’s ‘head canon’, notions and speculations that were never official or concrete in the first place and sat comfortably with fans for decades are now thrust aside for what I like to call ‘The New Canon’.  Remember though, this is an ‘ALIEN’movie.  Nice people don’t always receive justice and certain sections of fans are treated no less lightly.  This is a series where ‘fair is for children’ and there is a lot of content not appropriate for the young or anyone of a conservative fannish disposition on offer here.

    Amidst all the chaos and shooting ugly things in the face, this is a layered and richly detailed experience littered with symbolism and philosophical content sitting ever so slightly below the surface, tucked away at an almost subliminal level.  Scott isn’t just making an ‘ALIEN’ movie here, he’s liberally coating it with ideas and themes he wants to throw at the big screen.  He’s cramming them into the background to satiate the closing years of his long movie making career with ideas he needs to express as a filmmaker.  My twisted paraphrasing of David 8 quoting the husband of Mary Shelley, the author of ‘Frankenstein – or The New Prometheus’, at the top of the page is but a single example of this.

    ​Rewatchability is going to be essential for those seeking everything this movie has to offer.  At the heart of the movie is the birth of the Alien we all know as well as Creation being a core theme we’ll visit and revisit constantly throughout the Covenant’s fateful interrupted journey to Origae-6.  We find out who – or rather ‘what’ – created the Alien and along this bloodied path we experience the origin of the eponymous creature itself.  We’ll also witness other forms of hostile parasitism very closely related to the otherworldly monster.  Not least of all the nastiness we are also exposed during the running time of this movie is a horrendous act of genocide.
    This isn’t a movie for the squeamish and ALIEN: Covenant is the welcome big budget antithesis of lighter, brighter space adventures like Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy.  There’s more meat here both in terms of viscera and philosophical content than any Marvel Comics Universe movie has to offer.  Audiences expecting light hearted entertainment are advised to look elsewhere.  If anything, ALIEN: Covenant is more along the lines of Star Trek’s deep space exploration; but a very nasty episode, at that.  Think of everyone aboard this vessel wearing red shirts and you got the idea pretty straight.
    Amidst all the blood letting and unwholesome things crawling out of living, palpitating human hosts is the hapless crew of the Covenant itself.  Their  mission of populating other worlds with 2000 hopeful colonists rapidly descends into a bubbling pit of disaster and horror, seething under the mutating properties of the black goo accelerant introduced in the earlier PROMETHEUS.

    ​All of the major cast members deliver terrific performances.  The very nature of their relationships with each other lends an additional level of weighty discomfort as loved ones are lost in a gruesome nightmare fitting of an ‘ALIEN’ movie. This is a well balanced ensemble of actors and we get to know each of their characters adequately – just barely, but adequately – prior to the body count tally rapidly rises.

    This is a rich, refreshing and solid entry set in a Universe where 38 year old mysteries are solved.  It demonstrates why facsimiles of human intelligence shouldn’t ever be handed over any power or responsibility.  It’s no wonder corporate entity, Weyland Yutani, are seeking the Alien for their bioweapons department – it turns out the Alien is a creation of one of their own creations.  In this regard, Weyland Yutani kind of have the rights to it.  It would appear they’ve always owned it from the outset.  Creatures look terrific and are welcome in variety as well as numbers.

    Normally, I’m not too interested in posting movie reviews on this site, but ALIEN: Covenant is going to be the source for so much more merchandise in the form of toys, action figures and collectibles over the coming months and years – and they do interest me a lot. There’s going to be a ton of good fun things based on this movie coming out, that’s for sure.  It’s just natural to have a review of this latest movie present here, somewhere.

    I enjoyed ALIEN Covenant a lot.  Not only is it a ruthless roller coaster vehicle of destruction bombarding the viewer with a fresh take on familiar forms of cinematic nastiness but Scott has also delivered an iconoclastic piece of cinema that will forcefully change your perception of some pivotal notions this series has been laden with – nay, overburdened with – for decades.

    Is it perfection?  No; but if that’s what you’re seeking, you’re not Human.

    Rating 8/10
  3. Propane Predator

    What more is there to say when we look at Alien Covenant. Given the disaster that we as Alien fans have went through during the late 90's to late 2000's, Covenant would seem like a godsend. As I sat there through the cinemas I kind of realized how stale of a film it was and broke away from that early sentiment. It was nice to see the Xenomorph on the screen again after my expectations in 2012 when we were given Prometheus but that isn't enough to cut it for me. Scott's recent entry suffered from pacing, a commonly pointed out flaw regarding Alien films, but within the poor pacing were scenes either drawn out for a long period or hastily put together. Some of the characters remained static, linear, bland and just downright simple that it was hard to get picked up in the traction. Outside of this remains the creatures which I had found to be the cornerstone component of the overall film. 

    First things first, the pacing of Alien Covenant could have gone a bit better. Now I understand that some of us managed to see the special pre-released clips (especially the last dinner scene which created an exposition for the characters) but for some of us who had missed them the film had a void because of it. The first character death, Jacob Branson, was the captain of the Covenant colonial ship and was killed off so fast he may as well have been Hicks and Newt in Alien 3. 
    If that doesn't make matters worse, another character that we don't know fuck all about ends up taking over the Covenant through a chain of command. We then begin to get a brief description of the newly anointed captain who is a Christian that believes that the events transpiring are an act of destiny. Yes as if having faith and believing in destiny would make someone completely and utterly jeopardize lives with no rationalization involved. This character that went by the name Chris Oram is an example of poor pacing, if done right we could have known more as to why he felt this way but the film simply crutched on him being religious as the root of the behavior. When the Covenant approaches an unknown planet after recieving a distress signal, he immediately begins pondering ideas and then begins to make plans to investigate and settle on the planet! After the main character, Daniels tries to talk some sense into Oram the ship ends up being practically there. The crew is then dispatched upon the planet and when the gruesome antagonists show up the cast starts dropping like flies. Near the end of the film, the iconic Xenomorph shows up and then the whole thing turns into a mess where synth fights synth and spaceship fights Alien. 
    And as anyone could admit, the characters in Alien Covenant just didn't make it up the par to be considered that memorable. Please don't get me wrong over here, they were fleshed out, just not in a way that had enough muscle. They were too predictable, meek and very clumsy from the beginning of the film to the end of it. I swear, you could consider it foreshadowing as you know through personality that some of the characters are intended for fodder but only after they've had enough time to flaunt a cliche trope social statement. Now that I mention it, the majority of the characters felt shoehorned in just for the sole purpose of them being a statement. For the most part, these statements are trying to reappeal to the old aspect of Alien (The 1979 movie) in that it is trying to make a comment on social politics. This very era that we now live in has provided Alien Covenant a rich source to make many types of social commentary and I can't tell whether the abundancy of it is upsetting me or that it is just merely contrived from the get-go. Several examples: Oram not being able to be captain because he's a Christian, Fassbender (David) is an AI that is recognizing his existence as a slave and a few others that some others may find exclusive to themselves but does not change the my perspective that Covenant used its characters for statements rather than advancing the story. This made them despensible and deplorable, not a single line was spoken that made characters extend out from their box. The saving grace was from Fassbender who would obviously steal the show and demonstrated some groundbreaking precedents for future synthetics to employ in both the expanded universe and canonical one as well. But as for the other characters, they will most likely be lesser known ones within the franchise for now.
    Let's ground ourselves in some positivity: it was nice to see Old Chap back on the screen. With CGI effects we got the chance to really see the Alien move and boy was it horrifying. The concept and design was executed perfectly and Ridley did not lie when he said that the Dragons will reappear in the film. With a design almost reminiscent to the Alien Resurrection and Alien 3 Xenomorph we finally get to see what we as fans have been anticipating for when we were given Prometheus. The gripe I had with Old Chap however is that its Chestburster stage never remained consistent with the other films as it was not potrayed as a worm but a smaller adult stage Xenomorph. No big deal as I would assume that it was intended to look that way earlier but due to restraints in capabilities back then, it just never happened. Old Chap looked as if it ran like a cheetah which was a refreshing thing to see as it now lets us establish how Xenomorphs move like. Probably nice to see it implemented in a future AvP or Aliens game. Moving on from Old Chap, we were introduced to the Neomorph which was an out there design along with being faithful to the original concept done during the development of Prometheus. The Neomorph infected hosts via spores that were released from peculiar small pods left by David, the rogue Synthetic from Prometheus. After he released the viles of Black Goo AKA Xeno Virus onto the Engineer homeworld, much of the living things mutated and I assume that's where these pods came from. The Neomorph was an interesting addition as it reminded me of the Deacon from Prometheus. Both the Deacon and Neomorph are Aliens far from being modified into the biological weapon we recognize as Old Chap from the first Alien movie. This attention given to make sure the Neomorph didn't outstep its boundaries by appearing as a superior species of Xenomorph made me appreciate its design further more. In a way, the design takes a hit to glorify the original Xenomorph which was not something we would see with the Dog Xenomorph, the Newborn or the Predalien, I'll even throw the Queen in there because evidently James was the first to go beyond and introduce a Xenomorph that made the preceding one look inferior. By maintaining Old Chap as the star creature of the film I felt a little nostalgic making me enjoy the moments it was on the screen.
    I would have to be really impressed by the Xenomorph creature effects to ignore the innate flaws found since the film begins though. Having characters that lack development feels kind of empty and will leave a void making the overall film monotonous. At the same time, characters who have their development rushed would also extinguish the quality of the film. The pacing of the film depended on the poorly fleshed out characters to do something drastic to establish a progression in the plot. This made me feel like I was watching something mechanical rather than something fluid and that the movie could have benefited with a lot less of deus machina moments. The Alien was neat and all but it ended up becoming the only reason why I spent money which I could only imagine how the casuals may have felt. Alien Covenant is better than some of the other entries within the Alien universe but it didn't feel so much as superior to them as much as equal to them. I am going to have to split this film right between and give it a 5/10 as it was not horrible just not what I expected.
    Rating 5/10
  4. Overview

    Alien Covenant Collective Rating

    63% or 6.3/10

    -Aesthetics and Visuals
    -Creature Designs

    -Philosophical Concepts

    Cons :
    -Poorly written moments

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