Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant (2017) movie poster

director Ridley Scott
viewed: 05/28/2017 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – New Mission, SF, CA

For my money, Alien: Covenant is entertaining enough. Michael Fassbender is by far the best thing in the film. But this Prometheus sequel by any other name is indeed a step toward explaining things that don’t really need explaining and building a world that was more interesting to just imagine.

Now, I liked Prometheus. Five years ago writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof were at the time criticized for opening up all these unanswered questions and ideas in that film. Director Ridley Scott seems to have come back with a mind to answer all of those questions, though only in part in this film. Rumors say he has two other Alien films in his hopper, awaiting future creation and release.

Visually polished, Alien: Covenant is nice-looking. But it’s got other holes in logic and issues of preordainment (is that a word?) Frankly, it’s frustrating to take more seriously and yet it refuses to just be a horror film. It really wants to think big thoughts.

I look at it this way: we’ll always have Alien. And we’ll even have Aliens. But we may never have anything that begins to have the vitality of those movies in our over-franchised movie world. No matter who makes them.

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