Cert: 15 Runtime: 122 mins Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir and James Franco
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair
Prometheus was Ridley Scott’s triumphant return to Sci-Fi. Then the backlash happened pure hatred for such a loved franchise. For me I loved Prometheus, probably the most thematically layered Sci-Fi I have watched since Blade Runner. Don’t get me wrong it had some very stupid decisions and dialogue. Regardless I have probably watched it more than any other of the films, it’s a good popcorn movie. So what is Alien: Covenant about? Whilst sailing through space on a mission to a remote planet on the other side of the galaxy, the crew of the Covenant spaceship stumble upon a beautiful and seemingly undiscovered world.But the picturesque mountain range and lush green landscape is hiding an ugly threat. The team begin to unravel the mysterious secrets surrounding the planet and the bloodthirsty creatures that inhabit it.As the grotesque monsters close in, the Covenant crew are forced to muster up all their strength to ensure their next breath isn’t their last.
Ridley Scott delivers a visually arresting, very exciting and thoroughly engaging mash-up of Alien & Prometheus. Alien: Covenant’s real ace in the hole is Michael Fassbender! Returning not once, but twice as David, and his doppelganger upgrade, Walter. He excels in both roles, but it’s the former who gets right under your skin. Via Fassbender’s android Hannibal Lector spin, we get the perfect vessel to deliver Scott’s impressively bleak musings on the future of mankind. Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup & Danny McBride give strong, solid performances and do enough to register interest, but next to Fassbender’s powerhouse turn, its weak tea. Waterston for me personally was rather pointless until the second act. McBride did surprise me a lot here, guy can act! Scott relies too much on repeating dialogue, action and music cues from his 79 original. Rather than try and create something fresh. He executes everything with maximum efficiency and the set pieces come off more enthralling & attention grabbing than they’ve any right to be. But its crystal clear Scott’s heart is firmly with David & the big existential questions. Scott has answered many of Prometheus’s questions.With a pacy hybrid of bloody exploitation slice & dice action and hardcore life-the- universe-and-everything science-fiction philosophising that resonates loudly with the gloomy here and now. This is a Summer blockbuster with brains and a vision that, even at its most predictable and downbeat, never forgets to entertain.