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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
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Phobos Featurette
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/09/2017
Run Time:
117 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
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
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Director Commentary by Ridley Scott

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Reviews (21) of Alien: Covenant

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

"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.

Dissappointing, trashy Space Opera! - Alien: Covenant review by CS

I'm not quite sure what the point was of making this film? Prometheus ended promising us a new series of adventures with the surviving girl becoming the new Ripley with her robotic sidekick, but sadly Covenant doesn't deliver anything like this at all. If anything it takes the story in a completely different direction, centring on the Android himself, rather than the rest of the cast, who are now there to simply become fodder for the monsters, like in every Star Trek episode where they always had extra crew who would get killed off, only in this the Android becomes our captain Kirk whilst everyone else (spoiler alert) is killed off! Right from the start, this didn't have the gravitas of earlier films in the series and none of the characters have any sense of depth to them. The acting was average, slightly hammy, but in part this was down to the script and poor direction. Characters doing the wrong thing every time to the point of silliness, that the whole thing simply became unbelievable! Would you really send almost the entire crew off to explore, ten split everyone up, take your helmets off on an alien planet, land in the middle of a swamp or generally behave so stupidly to the point of silliness? Once upon the planet, everything becomes very dark, with incredibly poor lighting, making it difficult to make out anything of the sets, scenes, monsters or anything at all really. It felt as though they decided to turn the lights down so you couldn't see how bad the sets actually were, rather than to create a brooding atmosphere! As for the Alien design, seen it all before, nothing new here and not particularly well done when you do see them either! I thought the editing was poor and bitty whilst the cinematography almost didn't exist, perhaps because the film relies far too much on CGI than good set design! I found this quite a bore to watch and incredibly predictable, I would say this is the worst in the franchise so far! Everyone talks about what a brilliant job Fassbender does, but I would question whether this is because the script and direction is so poor that he needed to up his game , otherwise we would have been left with a very poor waste of effort? I even predicted the ending which came as no surprise, leaving a gaping hole wide open for the next one in the franchise! It was ok to while away an evening, but not a patch on Prometheus or any of the others, an almost rushed exercise with very little thought or imagination, I thought!

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Better than Prometheus, but not as good as Alien or Aliens - Alien: Covenant review by William London

This movie follows the usual Alien story (nice humans take no precautions then become hosts and die), integrates nice touches from both Alien and Aliens (fans will love these), makes use of modern special effect unavailable 40 years ago, and adds an "Origin" part. It really should have called "Alien Reboot" or "Alien Origins". Despite that, the movie is filled with suspense, up to the last second. And the cast is good. However, this movie doesn't bring anything fundamentally new compared to "Alien vs Predator". It's a good evolution and therefore a worthy remake. Any fan of Alien should watch that movie, but I am not sure it will be worth watching a second time in the future.

1 out of 2 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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