Review | Alien: Covenant

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A colony ship decides to ditch their original destination and scout a planet that is sending a distress signal. Turns out to be a bad idea.

Review 2017 by Flytrap

Alien: Covenant

Written by:John Logan, Dante Harper (screenplay) / Jack Paglen, Michael Green (story)

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Michael Fassbender, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir
Full cast and crew here

Rated R 122 Mins
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When the crew of a colony ship are awakened prematurely by damage to their ship (this never goes well), they hear a distress signal and decide to investigate. The planet looks nice…well, aside from the things that want to rip them apart.

This is a very good looking movie with good performances and outstanding special effects. OK, got that out of the way.

However, the pacing of this movie isn’t what I was looking for in an Alien movie. There are long, long, tedious patches of exposition and mansplainin’ explication from the damn androids, slightly broken up by intense action, some of it idiotic. I guess the discovery was supposed to be the heart of this film, but I was not impressed.

When I go to see a Alien film I want less droning conversations and more shooting. There was some of this in this one, but the momentum never got fully engaged. And I hated the ending.

I cannot recommend this one, but if you must see it, go to a matinee and save some bucks. There are no post-credit scenes, so don’t drag out the pain, just go.

 

Flytrap rating: 4/10

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