Alien: Covenant

2017

Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

486
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 70%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 204173

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Michael Fassbender as David / Walter
James Franco as Branson
Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw
Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland
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Reviewed by gogoschka-1 7 / 10

Alien: Paradise Lost

It seems that in 'Alien: Covenant', Ridley Scott and his writers tried to use the best loved elements from previous Alien installments to appease those fans of the franchise who hated 'Prometheus' - but perhaps also to camouflage their intention to make a far meaner and less conventional blockbuster than what modern audiences (and studios) are willing to accept in this age of superheroes. It was my impression that what on the surface appears to be a very straight forward - and some might even say derivative - retread of familiar story beats is actually just a ploy to delve even deeper into the themes explored in 'Prometheus'. Because 'Alien: Covenant' not only continues to "dissect" the creator/creation/creature dynamic: it brings the android David's storyline to its perverse, if somewhat logical, conclusion.

Now if you hated 'Prometheus', or just dismissed it as a dumb movie where most characters are stupid and nothing is explained or makes sense, you won't find much to like in the less conventional story elements in 'Alien: Covenant', and you might as well stop reading this review now (btw, if you still have questions about 'Prometheus', you'll find a link to an article explaining everything by clicking on my username). But if you DID like it - or at least found its maliciously ironic religious subtext and musings on creation fascinating - you'll probably find some aspects of 'Alien: Covenant' highly enjoyable. As you might recall, the cycle of creation depicted in 'Prometheus' goes as follows: the Gods (aka "the Engineers") create mankind - mankind creates David - David in turn starts to experiment on his creators (the humans) in order to create something new.

The totally insane - and hilariously mean spirited - continuation/escalation of that cycle in 'Alien: Covenant' (beware: spoilers abound for the whole movie follow): David's ambition to make the jump from creation to creator has grown exponentially; it now entails nothing less than to exterminate the Gods, as well as experimenting on them - which makes him kind of hard to top in the mad scientist (or mad killer robot) department. By killing the Gods, he, the unworthy machine and "2nd class" creation conquers "Paradise/Heaven" and becomes the sole creator (humans are degraded to the status of lab-rats), thereby closing the cycle started in 'Prometheus'.

Admittedly, the film is uneven in terms of story and pacing - but I admire its ambition. 'Alien: Covenant' is a fascinating hybrid which somehow halfway through its running time turns from relatively straight sci-fi and very familiar Alien terrain into a brooding, Gothic horror film (at least for a while before it turns back into a more conventional sci-fi/action film). In the Gothic part of the film, the man-made monster/creature (David) has turned the table and assumed the role of Dr. Frankenstein to make creatures of his own design. These creatures - who appear to be the first actual Xenomorphs - reflect and reveal who/what David really is and how deceiving his human looks are. For although he inherited some very human traits from his creator (emotions, curiosity, ego, the urge to create - among others) he is still a machine adhering to a logic that is ultimately as alien (pun intended) to a human being as the Xenomorph itself - and as lethal. Which is why it makes complete sense that David is the "designer" of this perfect, machine-like organism (Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who created the original Alien, called it "biomechanoid" for a reason).

In 'Alien: Covenant', David is the humans' - and humanity's - ultimate adversary; in fact, for the purpose of the story told in the film, he is the Devil (he even quotes Satan's famous lines from John Milton's epic poem 'Paradise Lost'). Now if the Devil in this tale were to create life in HIS own image (his REAL image - for David was only given human features to make interaction with him more "comfortable" for the humans), surely, he would create demons: and isn't the Xenomorph the ultimate demon sprung straight from the darkest pits of Hell? That 'Alien: Covenant' is essentially a riff on Milton's 'Paradise Lost' was the most surprising aspect of the film for me. David's story-line follows Satan's (quite literal) ascent to Heaven (Paradise), where he kills the Gods and starts his own rule, thus turning it into Hell and ending the age of man (and for those of you who think I'm reaching a little here: the film's title was originally supposed to be 'Alien: Paradise Lost'). Now regardless whether you liked the film or not, you have to admit: that's not exactly the texture of a generic, conventional blockbuster, right?

At the end of the film, David is aboard the spaceship Covenant - which he has turned into a perverted version of Noah's Arch - and travels to a new world where he plans to start his new version of Genesis. He might even start a new religion: the Bible as written by a mad killer robot with a god complex (just think about how crazy demented - and completely wonderful - that sounds). Imagine the Lovecraftian nightmare he will create and what creatures will populate "his" version of Earth. I would love a sequel to 'Alien: Covenant' to take us there and finally fully descend into madness. It would be the logical next step: after the human protagonists visited an angry god in 'Prometheus' who wanted to destroy humanity, and then discover that Heaven is empty and the Gods are all dead in 'Alien: Covenant', they should next visit the Devil in his newly created Hell. My suggestion for a title: 'Alien: Genesis'.

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Reviewed by stamatron 1 / 10

Maybe Mr. Ridley Scott wanted us to be kind to him?

Maybe we weren't too kind about Prometeus, maybe this is the world our "kindness" created... Maybe it's all our fault... A punishment in a way?

I went to the cinema to see Prometheus with my roommate back in the day. We didn't speak much after it. Without even a word we went to our separate rooms. I just crashed on my bed and wasn't able to fall asleep. My friend passed to get some water and asked me why I wasn't sleeping.

"Man... I just can't unsee it... It's so bad... Why? Wtf!?" - I was rambling, not moving my eyes from the ceiling.

"It will be alright dude... just let it be... don't think about it..." - he replied.

I gave Prometheus 4 stars... But this... WHAT THE F IS THIS? IT HURTS ME :( IT HAS SO MANY HOLES I JUST DON'T DARE GOING INTO THAT... I CAN'T... This is the new low... Good visuals, painfully stupid story...

It's like an expired swiss cheese....

Reviewed by saramgia 1 / 10

Better than Prometheus?

This ties "Prometheus" with "Alien," is better than Prometheus (such a low bar), and not as good as "Aliens". The story's problem now is it's based on an impossibly emotional, ego-driven, narcissistic, melodramatic robot. The psychopathic android introduced in Prometheus continues to carry another senseless, random story without motivation or purpose. The writers are attempting badly to pick up the android as antagonist angle that worked well in "Alien" and by extension "Aliens." The android in "Alien" was working toward a programmed assignment, which resulted in his acting against the humans' best interests. With "Prometheus" and "Covenant," it's now personal, which does not work. A robot is acting like my psycho ex-boyfriend. Sheesh.

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