A prequel to the original Aliens movie, Covenant has action but misses the mark. I’m giving Covenant a C.
On board the Covenant, a group of married crew members, 2000 colonists and embryos set out to colonize a new planet. When something goes wrong, the crew members face disaster with the death of their captain and intercepting a mysterious message.
The crew finds a closer planet which appears to be better than the one they were heading to and after their captain’s death, they decide to check it out and see if the closer planet is better. And while the planet appears to be everything they could want, it’s hiding a secret—the survivor of the missing exploration vessel- Prometheus.
Daniels (played by Katherine Waterston) reminded me of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley from the original, right down to the haircut. She’s strong and feisty as she fights not only her teammates but the aliens. Michael Fassbender plays dual roles of androids, David and Walter and is both heroic and scary. The aliens are frighteningly fast and just as fiendish as before. From breaking through glass to jumping out of a body, they are gorific.
Sadly, the movie has plot holes so big you could drive a spaceship through and while it’s a prequel to the original Aliens movie, it doesn’t fit into the bigger picture. It really only ties to the previous movie, Prometheus. Fans will be disappointed because of the errors, although if you just want to watch a movie with action, this does fit that bill. However, I was easily able to figure out the surprise ending before it happened, I only needed to wait for Daniels to figure it out.
However, Covenant has shown me that I will never decide to go into a long space journey. They always end in disaster, especially when the spaceship has some malfunction. And then there’s the issue with artificial intelligence…after so many movies featuring robots with a mind of their own, I am hesitant to embrace the AI development. Don’t spend the money and wait for this to be on TV.
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