Trailer Park- 'Alien: Covenant' hopes to take over the box office

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 20, 2017

"If you're a fan of this franchise, you've got to see it, but if this isn't your cup of tea, you've got to skip it", Murphy said.

But sometimes, that's just the way it is.

While the overriding theme of "Prometheus" was the hubris of humanity in the vast expanse of the universe, "Alien: Covenant" looks to expand on that theme by pounding on it with a hammer.

"I think if you look at the history of Alien films the track record of people making it out of the sleep pods is not that great", he tells the Sun with a laugh. That, I suppose, was the logic that spawned Alien: Covenant, another franchise film that buys into the current trend that every villain needs an empathetic origin story.

Ten years after the disappearance of the exploration ship Prometheus, a colonization ship called the Covenant is on its way to a new planet, carrying over 2,000 humans and a large collection of embryos.

"Alien: Covenant" is not without its issues.

The film works as a heart-pounding thriller, though it's a shame that it couldn't step just a little further away from the exact path of the earlier films.

While the first few "Alien" films were filled with a mix of tough and brassy characters, this one has too many milquetoast and tiresome crew members, who seem to do the dumb and deadly thing at every turn. There are a few moments where that's an uneasy dichotomy. Bursting with challenging ideas about the nature of genetic engineering, artificial intelligence and space colonization, the film is as much a high-minded think piece as it is an excuse to roll out horrifyingly claustrophobic carnage. Walter (Michael Fassbender), an upgraded version of the David android from the Prometheus, is keeping an eye on everything while the colonists and crew are in cryosleep.

"Covenant" is certain to be remembered for a powerhouse performance by Mr. Fassbender - well, two performances, actually: one as Walter, earnest and efficient, and the other as the poised, perfidious David. The film, directed by Ridley Scott based on a script from John Logan and Dante Harper, stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Demian Bichir, and Amy Seimetz. The theater was sold out, the audience was pumped, and by the end of it, I had a new role model in Sigourney Weaver's Ripley.

In fact, all of the crew members are interesting in their own ways. Covenant is goofy, scary, ballsy and thoroughly satisfying, and if that's not what you consider a "true Alien movie", your definition needs revision and reflection. It sounds a lot like the "Alien" we know.

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Oram speaks of the "majesty of creation" and "behold [ing] wonders" as we also see him and some others running around frantically on the planet's surface.

Bottom line: "Covenant" is a must-see for "Alien" aficionados, and casual viewers can keep up with some prompting but may find the myth-heavy passages confounding.

"I've got to say skip it", he responded.

So, rather than sift through the nearly 30 videos that 20th Century Fox has put out associated with the film, here are the essential videos to watch before you actually go and see Alien: Covenant.

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