It’s been a while but I’m back with another review. Ridley Scott returns to the franchise he started in 1979 with Alien. This film is the second prequel and follow up to Prometheus (2012). You don’t have to watch any of the other installments to enjoy this. It’s a heart-pumping adrenaline ride of scares and tension building. Alien Covenant makes it’s own line in the sand when it comes to sci-fi thrillers.
The story picks up with a colony ship landing on a remote planet in hopes of finding a new home. However, the locals aren’t all that welcoming. Things soon go array and the crew find themselves being hunted by an unknown predator. There’s a lot of call backs to the original Alien with some of the kills and the cinematography is amazing. The planet they’re on definitely is a fatal attraction. It’s beautiful and deadly.
This film is rated R for good reason. Lots of blood, gore, and carnage to go around, but nothing over the top. Sound effects play a huge role in films like and they managed to create an atmosphere that bleeds suspense. The cool thing about Alien Covenant is that you don’t know whose gonna live or die. It seems totally random, which is a welcome change of pace. No one has any more chances than the next person in escaping the wrath of the alien killing machines called Xenomorphs.
In addition to a new crew of victims, there are other alien prototypes introduced. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s very interesting. The origin of the aliens still remain a mystery. You learn that they come from black goo but not where or who created it. This movie definitely raises more questions than it answers. Yet it still manages to scare the hell out of me. I’d recommend you go check it out. Alien Covenant gets a solid 7.5 out of 10.