The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, risky world.
When a crew of colonists discover an uncharted planet seemingly ideal for settlement, hope soon turns to horror as the habitat's hidden terrors reveal themselves in "Alien: Covenant", a creepy continuation of the extraterrestrial franchise.
Scott seemed determined to get back to the heart of what had made Alien a success more than 30 years earlier, but in the process seemed so determined to create a mythology, previously only hinted at, that numerous elements that had made the first two films so enjoyable were lost.
Following a tragedy that forces Oram to take command, the crew detects a distress call from an uncharted planet and decides to change course to investigate.
McBride plays the ship's pilot, Tennessee, and without spoiling anything, Tennesse really doesn't get many scenes in the actual movie that don't involve jeopardy. I remember standing outside and staring at the footprints. The uninfected crew has no idea what's happening, but they know it's incredibly terrifying. There are a lot of other crew members, but they don't make an impression the way the crew of the Nostromo or the squad of Marines aboard the Sulaco did. Movies, Scott claimed that he chose to use CGI for the Xenomorphs in order to allow for a greater range of motion.
Like the "Star Wars" saga, the "Alien" franchise is something of a chronological Rubik's Cube, in that the movies coming out now predate the movies from the 1970s and 1980s on the fictional timeline.
In 2015, up-and-coming Sci-Fi legend Neill Blomkamp - best known for is work on District 9, Chappie and Elysium - released concept art for the proposed film on his Instagram. The film is buffet of dumb decisions topped with some humor sprinkled on top. Her Daniels, a terraformer who just wanted a cabin by a lake on a faraway planet, is widowed right away. Towards the end, Daniels has her "badass" moment. One is a predecessor to Covenant and the other is what Covenant's story is supposedly leading up to.
In terms of performances, Michael Fassbender is excellent despite being given some questionable and odd material to work with.
The first third or so of the film is slow-brewing and ripe with tension - features which gave Alien the sheer sense of horror it possessed. Such sonic waves would be expected if this was "Guardians of the Galaxy", but this is the "Alien" universe - no place for sunny '70s singer-songwriters.
Most of the film, then, is set on this planet, a desolate, Earth-like place that's probably quite colorful when it's not being photographed in steel-gray tones. What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in blood. Not even the aliens can follow that act. It feels nearly like a trick-an attempt by Scott to reflect on mortality and hubris but sneak it past an audience by wrapping it in a familiar franchise package. Fans of the franchise will find it more enjoyable than most, but that doesn't stop Covenant from being a slightly missed opportunity to bring the franchise back to prominence.