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Directed and produced by Ridley Scott in 2016 as a sequel to Prometheus (2012), this SF horror drama follows the crew of a colony ship that lands on an uncharted planet and makes a terrifying discovery.
Although the special effects appear great, the scipt seems ill-contrived, predictable and flat with no twists nor turns.
What Sith101 says... but not reflected by the whopping $240M it earned in theatres!
Pretty much a wanna be Alien 1 movie that even uses the same music from the original the only problem is the characters are just a bunch of Star Trek Red shirts waiting to be killed you care nothing about them. Nothing was answered or continued from Prometheus. This movie makes Prometheus look better. Bad CGI. We get to see the continuation of the artificial person David not sure if he is just down right evil or misguided. In this movie he just seems down right evil. Pretty much you can tell what the outcome of the movie a mile away when they introduce another artificial person who wait looks like David but his name is Walter. This movie is just a lazy sequel to Prometheus that does nothing.
I enjoyed this movie all though I thought it was little B movish at times I enjoyed though.
I fell in love with "Alien" and "Aliens" with the kick ass Ripley character. Wasn't expecting this to be a great movie but it turned out to be a painfully slow bad movie. Why in the world did they assume it was safe for them to be on this planet without protective space helmets and gear? They didn't know what air contaminants there might be? The minute I saw who the mysterious man in the hood was I knew what would happen. It's sad that such a original premise has been reduced to awful sequels.
As someone who grew up with the "Alien" franchise, this has changed drastically with the previously installment with "Prometheus." This is more (or less) a retelling of what happened to the people they found in the previous installment, while trying to create such a convoluted plot that not even writers, producers or Scott himself could fix or make sense of!
Instead, they plan to explain what theoretically happened in the next installment. This movie is rather straight forward and the actors are pretty lifeless. Still, it deserves some props for it's attempt at a convoluted plot, it's better then most of the drivel out these days.
I wasn't a fan of the movie. I wouldn't even consider it a horror movie either. It was slow and quite boring of a plot (that did have potential).
Shame! Shame! Shame! on 80-year-old director, Ridley Scott for foisting this $97 million SyFy turd on us (his audience).
You know, this film has completely convinced me that Scott is nothing but a senile, old boob.
I had thought that Scott had scraped the absolute bottom of the barrel with Prometheus - But, no - Alien: Covenant actually manages to sink even lower into the manure than that.
The only surprises that this prized piece of junk had to offer to the viewer was to prove, over and over again, how really-really bad it was.
I can only hope that this utter garbage is the very last of the Alien sequels - But, I'm certain that there's still some more poop coming our way in the next few years.
And, finally - Speaking about actor (ha!), Michael Fassbender - Next to the likes of that airhead, Tom Cruise - I think he's the most despicable, no-talent, little creep of all.
This is the Alien prequel we needed. This finishes tying the story from Prometheus together to the main franchise. As a stand-alone movie, it's well made, insightful, and it has great special effects. And as always, Cumberpatch is incredible.
How did the Alien franchise go from scaring the shit out of us to boring us to death? I remember the first time I saw the first one, I was a kid. As an adult I still don't like horror movies but have come to like the franchise for the most part. But this crap is just so emo. Beautiful effects, terrible android who just won't stop emoting all over the place. Ugg.
“In space, no one can hear you laugh.” How was this different from the other Alien movies? Seems like they went through a lot of special effects and a new cast to do the same thing. Oram, (Billy Crudup) was a horrible captain. Kathleen Waterston (Daniels) can’t hold a candle to Sigourney Weaver. The aliens, same as before, vomit icky black stuff. Bad Science. Michael Fassbinder is like Jon Hamm with a British accent and a form fitting space suit. The aliens are like the walking dead without clothes that click instead of growl.
Along with “Prometheus,” this film scratches the bottom. While there are some nice landscapes shots and the ships are pretty neat, it really just tries to rehash the original “Alien” movie (which is one of my favorites and, IMO, the only good film Ridley Scott has made) sans the strong leads.
While this is no alien or aliens, this movie was definitely better than 3 and resurrection.
It seems most comments here should be under Prometheus and not covenant. Covenant just didn't live up to the rest, perhaps because so many people who worked on the others are no longer working. This film was so predictable with illogical characters who seem to freak out min by min. In addition the loss of a strong female lead really changed the story line. Save your time and rewatch the others
Prometheus is a film to own and watch several times. It sparked more conversations with friends than any other genre film I've watched in the last decade. Covenant is in no way an equal. The inherent problem is that this film is the middle of the story, so you are "set up" with Prometheus and then have to wait for the end of the story in Part 3 of this film arc. Listen to Scott's commentary track after you watch the film. You'll get a better sense of what he was trying to achieve. Now we all have to wait for the pay-off in the next film to ultimately judge the story.
I thought this movie should have been better, considering it's part of the Alien franchise. But there was some cool action in it.
“Prometheus 2012” was a 4 of 5 star watch for me and this one is nearly as good. Fassbender reprised as a “calculating” synthetic android in this sequel but without Rapace, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron. Mostly, agree with mr_chocolate’s comments but felt that the plot could have hinged on some accident or logical twist (how about doping by David?) rather than frequent foolish decisions that led to a sinister future of the colonization ship Covenant .
68% Rotten Tomatoes
4/4 Roger Ebert
Prometheus introduced several new concepts to the Alien franchise and is probably my least favourite, but this sequel makes a concerted effort to bridge with the earlier films that follow it. Unfortunately, a gestational period of an hour or so is not credible and the result of David's work/hubris seems to be branching off. I think we have to expect a sequel to this.
painfully slow and lots of careless, stupid mistakes by the characters. Couldn't finish it. Mr. Scott should be ashamed.
I liked it better than Prometheus. But I do highly recommend watching Prometheus first.
I watched this because I highly respect director Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender, but I really doubted that much new of substance could be added after the first two Aliens. I was right. After the first few shocking killings, the remainder were kinda' repetitive. The ending was almost a copy of the ending of "life." The "Life" with Jake Gyllenhaal, not the film about James Dean.
I though this film started out slowly and didn't live up to the promise of Prometheus. I was hoping for more backstory on the "Engineers".
I was impressed with this sequel to 2012 film, Prometheus, and prequel to the 1979 Alien classic. I did find that the difference between David and Walter was minimal and somewhat weak, however, did interestingly able to tie up the most of the questions asked in the previous film. The only one main question, unanswered, is of whom the Engineers are and their background.
It is another imaginative look at what can happen when humans create and depend upon, Artificial Intelligence.
The Special Features add some deleted and extended scenes.
I ranked this pretty high for the story and delivery, but falls short of being as scary and unique as the original Alien film.
This movie is awful. To think this movie was directed by same person as the original Alien masterpiece of horror and science fiction. The cast is completely forgettable. What's the point of this exercise in boredom? The special effects are lame. How many times are we going to see the creature come out of the chest? Ridley Scott is really shooting blanks in this flick.