2017. Directed by Ridley Scott.
By Brian Wallinger
In his next mega blockbuster sequel director Ridley Scott goes all in to create one of the more darker and glorifying entries into to the Alien series.
Taking place exactly ten years after Prometheus, a team of colonists are on a mission to look for a planet that is ideal to populate when they experience an unforeseen series of events, and the crew is left with the question of where to go next. The ship intercepts a signal from a mysterious, but habitable planet and decide to investigate.
The film, like Prometheus, holds off on the action prompting a much more intimate script of questioning our purpose and our existence as a race of beings. All things are connected and eventually destroyed because it is in our nature.
Michael Fassbender steals the show as David, who now has a complete focus on himself and maintains a very elusive and sinister agenda. Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Katherine Waterston all play their parts with conviction while the rest of the cast appears to be useless and killed off immediately by the second half of the film.
The effects of the xenomorph are a little dull at times however there are some equally horrifyingly, well placed scenes that balance it out. The film doesn't place the story directly on the spot of the map it wants us to believe it's on, however it is incredibly closer than the previous films. However, some parts of Covenant make you wonder if Prometheus was worth it or not, as many aspects of Alien: Covenant render the previous film almost pointless. The film was financed by four separate production companies at a ninety seven million budget accumulating thus far one hundred seventeen million at the box office.
After viewing this film, I admit I was a little let down until I tried to imagine putting myself in Ridley Scott's shoes. Where he's been in life, the tragic death of his brother Tony Scott, and his entire career up to now. He is a director well past his years, exhausted, and he's made every move in a monumentally driven career anyone would love to replicate even in the slightest, and this film, the sixth Alien installment is not for the fans as much as it is for Scott himself.
When you see Fassbender playing two roles and the interactions between them, I couldn't help but wonder what if that represents Ridley and his brother Tony? The themes of life and death, searching ourselves in vasts spaces of time only to find answers in objects around us or within us, somewhere in the depths of our souls. I think that this is much more personal. The film isn't all deeper meaning aesthetic, there are times in the final act that pay a razor sharp homage to the original film. I must say I'm beyond excited to see where Ridley Scott is going to take us, and only he can do it... Alien: Covenant may not be a perfect film at face value, but it is underneath the surface of unbalanced characters and within the true words and images where the magic is found, even if it is terrifying as it is as equally stunning.
Alien as a series has had it's ups and downs, maybe even more downs lately with the spin off Alien VS Predator series and under performing 90's sequels. Thankfully, we have its true puppet master to take it back where it belongs and Scott once again proves with sincere validation he's still one of the best in the game.