Rent Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Synopsis:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with 'Alien: Covenant', a new chapter in the groundbreaking Alien franchise. 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, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott
Voiced By:
Lorelei King
Writers:
Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Jack Paglen, Michael Green, John Logan, Dante Harper
Aka:
Alien: Paradise Lost
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Top 100 Films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/09/2017
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Phobos Featurette
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/09/2017
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • USCSS Covenant - Meet Walter, Phobos, The Last Supper
  • Sector 87 - Planet 4
  • Master Class: Ridley Scott
  • Director Commentary by Ridley Scott
  • Production Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/09/2017
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Director Commentary by Ridley Scott

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Reviews (21) of Alien: Covenant

Return To Form... - Alien: Covenant review by MG

Spoiler Alert
17/05/2017

"Prometheus" pretty much divided critics and audiences everywhere when it came out in 2012. It wasn't what many had expected and seemed to raise more questions than answers. For the record I think it's okay, a good slice of sci-fi that has wonderful visuals, some good ideas but essentially a grand B movie. Probably not what people were expecting though from Scott.

"Alien: Covenant" is more conventional in many ways, a simpler story to understand but one that has a few twists and turns of it's own. The idea of creation is very prominent but it is still sci-fi and sci-fi horror at that and here it delivers. Lots of gore, running, screaming, people sweating in panic and terror, subtle it ain't!

Yet for me it works, the cast are all generally good but this is Fassbender's film and he really delivers here. He's the Ripley of this Alien timeline if you like, it's his interactions with the aliens and engineers that bind everything together.

Will be very interesting to see how the story evolves in the inevitable sequel.

6 out of 8 members found this review helpful.

Going backwards - Alien: Covenant review by HM

Spoiler Alert
11/01/2018

What a disappointment; Prometheus hinted at an interesting story to come but it just ended up as an 'aliens are after you' chase movie. As with previous Aliens movies the surviving new character is bumped off before the start of the new script so the continuity is wrecked and the story stands alone. Added to which one would have thought the Earth expedition would comprise an intelligent crew, not this bunch of dimwits. A poor story, time to wrap this franchise up methinks.

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Flogging a dead Zenomorph - Alien: Covenant review by MW

Spoiler Alert
28/11/2017

The final nail in the alien coffin. The plot makes no sense whatsoever and insults the intelligence of anyone who watched the previous prequel (which is actually a better film). I'm not sure what Scott was hoping to achieve with this, but the whole thing feels like a second rate copy of the original. There's no suspense and when everyone's favourite Zenomorph does make an appearance, it's a huge disappointment (CGI is no substitute for a dark corridor). Michael Fassbender is in full scenery chewing mode and the rest of the cast are all caricatures and instantly forgettable. It's not terrible by any means, but it's just boring.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Alien: Covenant (aka Alien: Paradise Lost) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is a compromise for the franchise, trying to deliver both the philosophical examinations of alien life and the sci-fi slasher pic fans have come to expect from an Alien movie. It almost seems as though he’s trying to offer an apology for Prometheus, trying to rework his new trilogy to better service those who came for the Xenomorphs. You’ll get Xenomorphs with Covenant; a lot of them. But you’ll also get some more of that smart and thoughtful writing that Scott had previously established. No reason to go full-blown blockbuster stupid to please a broader audience.

The Starship Covenant is venturing into deep space, on a mission to a new planet to establish a new colony. It’s not exactly the most reliable of ships, however, when it encounters a storm and hinders the internal mechanics of the ship. Namely, the sleep pods for preserving light during long journeys malfunctions and one of them explodes into flames. The ship’s crew, awakened to address the situation, are not exactly eager to hop back in their pods to continue the journey. The prospect of colonizing a nearby planet that is unexplored but exhibits an environment suitable for human life seems very tempting. Nearly the entire crew votes to give it a look, but a few think it’s a bad idea. The most vocally against the decision is Daniels (Katherine Waterston), and that’s saying something for the widow of the recently deceased man in the pod. She’s seen enough sci-fi horror pictures to know there’s nothing good waiting for them on that mysterious planet.

Daniels accompanies a group down to the planet, aided by the ship’s android crew member, Walter (Michael Fassbender). You may recall that the previous film featured the android David, also played by Fassbender. The crew is surprised to find that the long-lost David is on this planet and he’s been busy. Having been inspired by those giant, pale aliens from Prometheus, he’s had a lot of time to think about life and all its little details and philosophies. Without giving too much away, let’s just say he’s become preoccupied with the new title of mad scientist.

The planetary mission comes with plenty of horror elements with Xenomorphs doing what they do best. The long-headed creatures manifest themselves in human bodies, burst from chest cavities, swipe with their tales, claw their enemies and munch on their flesh. These scenes are delightfully brutal in their presentation, made all the eerier from a creepy and haunting soundtrack. This includes a terrifying outbreak in a lab, a cave of facehuggers, a battle aboard a landing ship and a breakneck strategy of outwitting a Xenomorph in a ship interior.

But the best scenes are without question the ones that Fassbender shares with, well, himself. David has a wealth of knowledge to divulge on his many years of isolation and study, to which he imparts on Walter. Their android-to-android discussions are intelligent, philosophical and intriguing far more than the humans barking orders at each other. It’s surprising to see this level intelligence in writing for what essentially amounts to a series of action scenes with humans running and gunning aliens down spaceship corridors.

Covenant is as maddening, smart and disturbing as Prometheus, though more serviceable towards an audience that gets a little bored with the philosophical babble about creating new species among the stars. Not all the dots quite connect, as there isn’t much explanation why Xenomorph eggs would be produced when there is no queen to lay them. There’s even a telegraphed twist for those with a keen movie eye. Still, Ridley Scott proves he still has a handle on directing horror science fiction by delivering a unique film that adds a little more class to the Alien franchise, despite a return to the basics of what made it the more thrilling depiction by James Cameron.

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