Alien: Covenant Is One Big Thrill Ride

Ridley Scott gave fans a taste for what they all crave only to leave them wanting more

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When Prometheus came out in 2012, I did not know what to expect except that I was in for a unique experience. I’ve always been a fan of the science fiction genre, so naturally, I was drawn to it. More so, I was excited when I realized it was a prequel to Alien, one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time.

Moviegoers were split about the Alien prequel story line, but I was definitely satisfied. For five years, I waited for the sequel and now it’s finally here.

Alien Covenant is a brilliant yet flawed film. Nevertheless, an extremely satisfying experience.

In this latest installation, director Ridley Scott brought back the horror and thrills, which made the Alien series great with its griping suspense and tension. In this movie, there are plenty of scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath.

I must also give credit to the special effects team. In preparation for this film, I watched a lot of behind the scenes videos on YouTube and learned that they built some of the sets before going straight to computer-generated imagery.

That ended up being a great decision. This film looks fantastic and the practical effects make every shot look much more convincing. The actors in the movie also blew me away. Danny McBride, in particular, was a pleasant surprise. He is usually known for his comedic roles, and he proved that he has acting chops for film genres other than comedy.

To be fair, the story line was a little disappointing. (SPOILER ALERT)

In Prometheus, we are introduced to the “Engineers”. We learn that they are the ones who created humans as well as a deadly alien pathogen. At the end of Prometheus, we see Dr. Shaw and David head to the Engineer’s home planet. I speculated about where they may take this story and it was disappointing to see that it was completely abandoned, for the most part.

Ridley Scott devotes about five minutes of screen time to explain what happened after the events of Prometheus, with the only returning character being David. I’m not sure why that decision was made, but it may have had something to do with the reaction that audiences had to Prometheus. Ridley Scott most likely wanted to push the story in the direction of Alien rather than further explore the plot from Prometheus. However, the plot line that this movie primarily follows is pretty interesting. Although the movie seems to end in a way that seems further away from Alien than Prometheus, I know that Ridley Scott has at least two more films planned. So, we will have to wait and see how he ties it back into Alien.

Overall, Alien Covenant is a great film with fantastic characters and a creepy, intense atmosphere. The reactions might be similar to that of Prometheus, but most science fiction fans should be satisfied and excited for what Ridley Scott will do in the next installments.

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