Science-fiction film Alien: Covenant serves as a sequel to Prometheus, prequel to Alien, and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. In 2104, the colonisation ship Covenant is bound for Origae-6, with thousands of humans and human embryos in a state of cryo-sleep. When the crew pick up a radio transmission from a distant planet, they go to investigate. On the planet, however, various forms of Xenomorph live there, and begin to pick off the crew members. However, the cause of these creatures existing in the first place is more shocking than they could have imagined.
- Visually, this is an overall spectacular film. The production design brings great vision and detail to the various ships, while the various forms of Xenomorph are brilliant pieces of CGI, who the cast interact with to near perfection. The film also features breathtaking shots of stunning landscapes.
- Michael Fassbender gives a phenomenal performance. Well, two actually. Both of the performances he gives are very multilayered, nuanced turns, which give both Walter and David a non-human quality, while also highlighting their understandings of what it means to be human. It is through lovely little nuances that Fassbender manages to make the two characters similar yet different. Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and Billy Crudup give very good support, being very engaging to watch, and having well realised rapports with each other.
- There are some very good aspects of the screenplay. The most notable one is a plot twist, which comes around two-thirds into the film, and is escalated to a greater level in the final minutes. It all adds to the film, escalating the tension of the film. The film also comments in a subtle, yet clever way on how we are too reliant on technology, and how that really could backfire on us in the end.
- While there are no outright bad performances, the majority of the film’s fair sized ensemble cast are simply not memorable, either because they are noticeably underused as part of the narrative, or because they are playing one-sided characters.
- Due to the fact that this follows the same basic formula as all of the other films in the franchise, this film has a number of scenes which are very formulaic, and as a result are predictable, robbing them of tension. Some of the earlier action scenes are also made far less enjoyable or engaging by the unnecessary use of shaky cam.
- While there are the most unique themes about technology in this film than there is in the entire franchise, other themes do not get the focus or development that they really would benefit from, such as genocide and religion.