Thursday, September 14, 2017

Movie Review: Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant (2017) - Directed by Ridley Scott; Written by John Logan, Dante Harper; Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Amy Seimetz, James Franco.

By Kenny Howell

Ridley Scott takes the Alien franchise back to its horror roots, but unfortunately it is as boring as the other prequel he made for the series a few years back, Prometheus.

A little over ten years after that film, an expedition is headed to a new planet to set up shop. However, things go wrong with the ship, and a signal from a nearby planet is picked up. It is very Earth-like, so the captain, played by Billy Crudup, decide to try to settle there instead.

They get there and it is beautiful, seemingly the perfect place to carry on with their lives. But, guess what, aliens are there. H.R. Giger long headed aliens. They start as an almost mist that seeps into the bodies of the crew, then do the classic burst out of their body thing. Then they wreak havoc on the crew, ripping them to shreds.

It's all pretty much standard fare for this series, with long, boring sequences in between that could have easily been cut out of the over two hour running time. The movie works when the aliens are attacking, and not when two robots are talking to each other about playing an instrument, among other things. It is way too deliberate, and really brings things to a halt. Which is obviously not what you want with a horror film.

Rating: **

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