A decent science-fiction film that might spark the imagination and maybe a little philosophical debate. ...
It’s the best “Alien” movie in 30 years!
Is it worth $10? Yes
Admit it: We all despised “Prometheus” (2012), right? It was too long, too confusing, and didn’t seem to have much to do with the “Alien” franchise at all.
Thankfully, with “Alien: Covenant” director Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) has his act together: The action is exciting, the visuals are bold and impressive (see this in IMAX if you can), and the story has clarity that nicely anticipates future installments. This is how you make a good prequel.
As for the action, it’s tremendous. There are only so many ways we can watch aliens kill people, and sure, some of it we’ve seen before. But the first time the aliens attack is equal parts dramatic, nicely edited and “oh damn!” for the audience. I also don’t think we’ve gotten a kill of two lovers in the shower, and we certainly haven’t gotten anything like our heroine on top of a transport ship that’s taking off as she fights the Xenomorph. This sequence is daring and dazzling, and consistent with the franchise’s theme of strong female heroines who don’t need men to rescue them.
One word keeps coming to mind as I think about “Alien: Covenant,” and that’s “redemption.” The third and fourth “Alien” movies, as well as “Prometheus,” were disappointments (We do not speak of the “Alien vs. Predator” movies. Ever.). Now, finally, we have a worthy installment to the franchise, one that fans can faithfully hope will be built upon in exhilarating ways.
Did you know?
Ridley Scott is currently writing the script for the next “Alien” prequel, and said he expects to begin shooting it within 14 months.