Alien Covenant, the newest horror/sci-fi film, was released on Friday, May 19, 2017 and is still in theatres. Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien Covenant is the sixth installment in the Alien series with a runtime of 120 minutes.
This suspenseful, science fiction movie portrays members of the colony ship Covenant, (played by Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup) bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. The travellers discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, the previous movie in the series.
Covenant is another disappointment in the Alien series.
According to the movie review site, Rotten Tomatoes, “There is absolutely no reason for this to exist other than to be an irritating mess like Prometheus.” Alien Covenant leaves the audience with questions that are never answered.
David Crow, from Den of Geek’s, described Covenant as “dull retread” of the original film and that the film is ““Instead of looking to the franchise’s future, it is hopelessly stuck in its past, reworking old tensions with a few new jumps and blood splatters that quizzically stay bloodless.”
Gary Susman, a critic for Moviephone, described Covenant as a “box office disappointment” with several “plot holes big enough to pilot the Covenant ship.” Covenant was unable to reach its estimated $40 million, only acquiring $36 million, paling in comparison to the previous Prometheus’s $51 million debut sales.
Overall the movie seemed to be an annoying, puzzling mess that could have benefitted from a lot more time in production and and story writing. I would recommend avoiding this movie unless you are a devoted fan to the Alien series.
2 out of 5 paws.