MOVIE REVIEW #07: ALIEN COVENANT

Hello guys! Sorry I wasn’t able to post frequently as I used to. I have been caught up with work and other stuff so I tried to fill in the gaps by posting simple ones like my DID YOU KNOW? series of important and not-so-known facts. 🙂

 

I’m back with a new movie review so please go ahead and read if you’d like to give this film a shot (if you haven’t done yet).

 

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Produced by: David Giler × Walter Hill × Ridley Scott × Mark Huffam × Michael Schaefer
Screenplay by: John Logan × Dante Harper
Story by: Jack Paglen × Michael Green
Based on Characters by: Dan O’Bannon × Ronald Shusett
Starring: Michael Fassbender: David/Walter × Katherine Waterston: ‘Danny’ Daniels × Billy Crudup: Christopher Oram × Danny McBride: Tennessee ‘Tee’ Faris × Demián Bichir: Sergeant Lope
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release dates: May 4, 2017 (Leicester Square) × May 12, 2017 (United Kingdom) × May 19, 2017 (United States)
Running time: 122 minutes
Countries: United States × United Kingdom
Language: English
Budget: $97 million
Box office: $232 million

 

PLOT (Wiki)

In a prologue, business magnate Peter Weyland speaks with his newly-activated synthetic, who chooses the name “David” after looking at a replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David. Weyland tells David that one day they will search for mankind’s creator together. David launches into an ominous statement about his unlimited lifespan as compared to his creator’s limited one, foreshadowing a turn in the hierarchy of their relationship.

In 2104 the colonization ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet, Origae-6, with two thousand colonists and a thousand human embryos aboard. The ship is monitored by Walter, a newer synthetic physically resembling the earlier David model, albeit with some modifications. A stellar neutrino burst damages the ship, killing some of the colonists. Walter orders the ship’s computer to wake the crew from stasis, but the ship’s captain, Jake Branson, dies when his stasis pod malfunctions. While repairing the ship, the crew picks up a radio transmission from a nearby unknown planet, dubbed by Ricks as “planet number 4”. Against the objections of Daniels, Branson’s widow, now-Captain Oram decides to investigate.

As the Covenant remains in orbit, an expedition team descends to the planet’s surface without wearing any protective suits and tracks the transmission’s signal to a crashed alien ship. While on the surface, security team members Ledward and Hallett, Sergeant Lope’s husband, were inadvertently infected with alien spores. Karine, Oram’s wife, helps the rapidly sickening Ledward back to the lander, where Maggie Faris, wife of pilot Tennessee Faris, quarantines them both inside the med-bay. A small pale alien creature (Neomorph) bursts from Ledward’s back, killing him, then mauls Karine to death. Maggie attempts to shoot the creature, but accidentally triggers an explosion which kills her and destroys the lander. The Neomorph escapes to the planet’s surface while another such creature bursts from Hallett’s throat, killing him.

The Neomorphs attack the remaining crew members and kill Ankor. The crew managed to kill one before David, who survived the Prometheus mission, scares away the other and leads the crew to a city full of humanoid (Engineer) corpses. David tells them that upon his and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw’s arrival at the planet, their ship accidentally released a black liquid bio-weapon which killed the native population and that Shaw died when the ship crashed in the ensuing chaos.

After the crew members tell David of their mission, they attempt to radio the Covenant for help, but the surviving Neomorph infiltrates the city and finds security team member Rosenthal alone before decapitating her. David tries to communicate with the creature, but is horrified when Oram kills it. Under Oram’s gunpoint, David reveals that the aliens are a result of his experimenting with the black liquid as a catalyst to create a new species. He leads Oram to an incubation chamber and tricks him into being embraced by a facehugger which implants Oram with a Xenomorph which, some time later, erupts from Oram’s chest, killing him.

As the others search for Oram and Rosenthal, Walter, who has found Shaw’s dissected corpse, confronts David after realizing that David had deliberately depopulated the planet when he unleashed the black liquid upon the Engineers. David explains that he believes humans are a dying species and should not be allowed to colonize the galaxy. When Walter disagrees, David disables him and confronts Daniels, telling her he will do to her “exactly what he did” to Shaw. Walter reactivates himself and fights David, allowing Daniels to escape while Lope is attacked by a facehugger; security member Cole saves Lope, but the now mature Xenomorph attacks them and kills Cole. Tennessee arrives in another lander to extract Daniels, Lope, and the seemingly victorious Walter who in fact is David in disguise. They kill the Xenomorph before docking with the Covenant. However, Lope had been implanted with another Xenomorph embryo, which bursts from his chest and kills him before escaping into the ship, quickly maturing before killing crew members Ricks and his wife. Upworth David, still disguised as Walter, appears to help Tennessee and Daniels lure the creature into the Covenant’s terraforming bay and flush it into space.

The Covenant resumes its trip to Origae-6, and the surviving crew re-enters stasis. As Walter still in disguise, David helps puts Daniels under, and she realizes too late that he is actually David. A horrified Daniels is unable to escape her stasis pod as she falls asleep while David watches. Now in control of both the ship and its population, David regurgitates two facehugger embryos and places them in cold storage alongside the human embryos before exploring the cargo bay containing the colonists in stasis, ready to continue his experiments. He then poses as Walter to record a log explaining that all crew members except Daniels and Tennessee were killed by the neutrino blast at the beginning of the film and the ship is still on course for Origae-6 before signing off.

 

OWN REVIEW
I first thought it wouldn’t live up to the previous and original Alien movies but it did. I was able to easily follow the storyline though it’s far in the future. One heart-warming scene for me was when Danny has to tell Tee that his wife has died. He asked if he can speak to his wife before letting go of the line but Danny asked if he can go on a private line. If that was me, I would’ve known from the start that she’s dead already but Tee asked in a cool way ‘What’s up’, probably in denial of what’s about to unveil. When he was told that his wife has died, he cried and unknown to him he was being watched by his 2 comrades from a camera (which they immediately turned off when they saw that he’s already crying). Later on, he came back not as a grieving husband but as a fighting pilot.

The existence of the aliens was well explained and executed. The way a person can get infected was understandable since it’s high technology already, unlike the previous versions wherein a creature will cling into your face (they call it facehuggers) and probably put eggs into your body so the aliens can reproduce. In this film, if an egg gets cracked, a black, smoky alien spores will sink into your skin and get into your system which will eventually turn out to be a small alien that’ll get out of your body by killing you.

At one point in the movie, I doubted that the person who came back as Walter is the real Walter (I’ve seen a lot of movies already) but when he helped Daniels and Tee kill the alien who got into their ship, I thought it could be the real one. But then when they were put to sleep again (Daniels and Tee), Daniels had a chance to talk to Walter just when she’s lying inside the pod and asked him if he’ll help her build the cabin. When Walter didn’t respond, she realized that it wasn’t Walter but David. But it’s too late. He already activated the sleeping thingy and controlled the entire ship. He also brought a few specimens with him and stored it for future use. I didn’t want to think what’s gonna happen to Daniels and the other guy. It’s sad that they all died when I thought two real people have survived.

The ending is not what I wanted but it gives a very good opening for a possible next film or it could leave us hanging and just let us imagine what’s gonna happen to them. I’d definitely see the next movie if there’s one.

 

CHARACTERS

Michael Fassbender as David and Walter, who are synthetic androids; David is an earlier-made, prototype android, the first successfully conscious synthetic, who was formerly a crew member of the destroyed Prometheus, and Walter is a newer model who assists the crew aboard the Covenant.
Katherine Waterston as “Danny” Daniels, the chief of terraforming for the Covenant mission and the widow of the ship’s captain, Jacob Branson. She’s the third in command after Branson and Oram. Waterston said she was well aware of the comparisons that were going to be made between her and Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, but admitted that she tried not to think about it too much while filming for fear of being intimidated.
Billy Crudup as Christopher Oram, the Covenant’s first mate and Karine’s husband. Oram is a self-serious man of faith who believes their role on the Covenant is an act of destiny, and shares a “contentious” relationship with Daniels.
Danny McBride as Tennessee “Tee” Faris, the chief pilot of the Covenant and Maggie’s husband.
Demián Bichir as Sergeant Lope, the head of the security unit aboard the Covenant.
Carmen Ejogo as Karine Oram, the Covenant’s biogist and Christopher’s wife.
Amy Seimetz as Maggie Faris, the lander’s pilot and Tennessee’s wife.
Callie Hernandez as Upworth, the Covenant’s communication officer and Ricks’ wife; she also has paramedic training.
Jussie Smollett as Ricks, the Covenant’s navigator an Upworth’s husband.
Nathaniel Dean as Sergeant Hallett, a member of the security unit and Lope’s husband.
Alexander England as Ankor, a member of the security unit.
Benjamin Rigby as Ledward, a member of the security unit.
Tess Haubrich as Rosenthal, a member of the security unit whose partner is in cryosleep during the mission.
Uli Latukefu as Cole, a member of the security unit.

James Franco appears briefly as the deceased Jacob “Jake” Branson, the posthumous captain of the Covenant and husband of Daniels. Noomi Rapace reprises her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, the archaeologist who was formerly a crew member of the destroyed Prometheus, and Guy Pearce reprises his role as Peter Weyland, the trillionaire founder and CEO of Weyland Corporation (now the Weyland-Yutani Corporation) who died before the destruction of the Prometheus. Andrew Crawford portrays the role of a Neomorph, while Goran D. Kleut portrays the roles of both Neomorph (White Aliens) and Xenomorph (Black Alien). Lorelei King, who portrays the voice of the Covenant’s computer “Mother”, was a colleague of Helen Horton, the voice of the Nostromo’s “Mother” from 1979’s Alien.

 

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