May 22 / 17
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
–Percy Bysshe Shelley
It’s been ten years after the events of Prometheus….the year is 2104, a colony ship, the Covenant, carrying 2,000 colonists plus a thousand embryos, are heading to Origae-6. The ship suffers some major mishaps, but they continue to stick with the mission. That changes when they pick up a signal from an unknown planet. Acting captain, Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup) decides to investigate, thinking that this planet could be better than Origae-6, but Daniels (Elizabeth Waterston), thinks that’s a bad idea. A group of people, including Oram, Daniels, and Walter, an upgraded synthetic android (Michael Fassbender) lead a group to explore the planet. Once they land, they find David, also played by Fassbender, the lone survivor of the doomed ship Prometheus and face unimaginable horror.
I don’t know where to begin, but I will say that Alien: Covenant is a true sci-fi horror film. Ridley Scott took his gloves off for this one. Remember, this a sequel to Prometheus and the one question we were asking is did Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) ever reach her destination to find the Engineer’s home? You get that answer in Alien: Covenant. We explore a bit more about the evolution of the infamous alien Xenomorph, which looks even more menacing, along with a new even deadlier creature. You want gore? Scott gives you just that. It really brings me back to 1979’s Alien. We’ve been on this ride before, but the film gives you a few twists. While Prometheus was a bit of a failure, this film isn’t.
The characters were pretty well written, including that of Daniels, but Waterston’s portrayal of the character is a far cry from Ripley. Like Ripley, she wants to blasts those parasites into space. Fassbender has double duty with androids Walter and David. He never fails to bring a character to life and he does it with ease.
After seeing all the Alien films, I’ve noticed a continuing theme. Creation and destruction…the consequences of that creation. In Alien: Covenant, not only you see the monster, but who the real monster is and I think it’s something of a subject for Scott. He still has a few more tricks up his sleeves and hopefully, we will come full circle
Alien Covenant: A
Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!
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