Release Date: May 19, 2017
Run Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
After Credit Scene: NO
IMAX Viewing: NO
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 7.5 out of 10
A Non Spoiler Review
A sequel to Alien: Prometheus, this is Ridley Scott’s continuation of the Alien story. The spaceship Covenant is on a colonizing mission toward a target planet carrying 2000+ passengers. Taking care of the ship, while the crew and passengers are in hibernation, is highly advanced android, Walter. During their journey the ship endures an unexpected incident and awakens the crew early. Do they continue their journey as planned or take a detour to a closer planet that may also support life?
What you need to know: If you haven’t seen Prometheus, you should. As the story develops you will want to understand what happened to the Prometheus and the fate of its’ crew as they is often referenced in the movie. And if you are expecting Danny McBride to be the comedic element to the film, guess again, he’s gone all drama on us.
What works: It is suspenseful and has the look and feel of an Alien movie. For those who like xenomorphs (the Aliens), then you’ll like this movie. It provides more explanation to Prometheus and the aliens we saw in that film. The performances of Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterson are excellent. There is good chemistry between the two, or should I say three? Fassbender plays the role of two characters in the film and his performance steals the show. What stood out most to me was the pace of this film. There is no scene that does not either develop a character or move the story along. The movie continues to build until the final act which I found refreshing as you don’t dive into subplots that either stall or draw out the story.
What doesn’t work: I felt some of the supporting cast performances were weak. Jussie Smollett is an actor in the film and I swear he was trying to channel the actor/singer Common. His tone and delivery was just like that of Common to the point it distracted me. Others that saw the movie with me didn’t notice it until I brought it up, but you be the judge. Lastly, this movie is predictable. You could see where this was going one scene ahead of itself and if you pay close attention, you may guess the end of the film before you get there.
Overall I really enjoyed the film, so much so that I saw it twice. There are some nice nods to past Alien films if you catch them. There are no after credit scenes so don’t bother to wait for them. Covenant is probably the third best Alien film to date, with Alien and Aliens being the two I enjoyed more.
Alien: Covenant was worth the price of admission and a soda. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 7.5.
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