"The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape."
The film stars Michael Fassbender as David / Walter, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett plus other actor victims.
With that said, we all know how wonderfully received Prometheus was when Scott hit us up with that film. It was the first of a few planned prequels, with Covenant taking place 10 years after events of Prometheus.
The film starts out with a great story of a colony ship hurtling through space towards a new planet where humanity can start a new life. It's all great and such, but then the crew receives a signal that was laced with a John Denver song. Teased, they trace the signal's source, to what looks like the perfect planet for humanity.
But the situation begs the question, why go to this newly discovered planet when their original target destination was scientifically vetted as the perfect place.
But noooo, they decide to go check out this planet as their new destination for humanity.
And then there's the "but..."
But after landing and disregarding standard biomedical protocols, well, you see where this is going. And then they encounter "it," the main, acid drooling alien and other things related to the previor film.
Despite the new settings in this prequel with new characters, direction and motivations... this film pretty much is yet again the telling of the exact same tale.
Innocent humans make silly decisions, end up in the path of the alien, and almost all of them die, screaming, writhing, oozing out of body parts and cute little baby aliens that go scittering away across the scene.
Basically, my watching partner loved the first half of the film then bailed on the second half, because it was literally, the same deal as the last few Alien movies.
But it was still fun to engage in this franchise. Not to mention, I am totally wondering what Disney will do with it once they fully take the reigns of all inventory of Fox films, like this one.
Oh, but to see The Avengers face off with Alien! Right? LOL.
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A footnote: Sometimes folks seem to credit Scott with the franchise, but...
Ridley Scott directed the first Alien (1979) film, but it was created and written by Dan O'Bannon with the help of Ronald Shusett. Bannon shopped the screenplay out to Fox. The director's chair had several possibilities until Ridley Scott showed up.
James Cameron came along and really knocked it out of the park with the sequel, Aliens (1986).
Alien 3 (1992) was directed by David Fincher and Alien Resurrection (1997) was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon.
So I'm a bit tired of all the fanfare of folks saying it's Scott's franchise, when all he did was resurrect the name, in film, and then has been boring the living shit out of people with his stale ideas.
Fox owns the... Oops... I mean Disney now owns the franchise! Which makes the Alien queen a Disney princess!!! Right?
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