Prometheus is a film to own and watch several times. It sparked more conversations with friends than any other genre film I've watched in the last decade. Covenant is in no way an equal. The inherent problem is that this film is the middle of the story, so you are "set up" with Prometheus and then have to wait for the end of the story in Part 3 of this film arc. Listen to Scott's commentary track after you watch the film. You'll get a better sense of what he was trying to achieve. Now we all have to wait for the pay-off in the next film to ultimately judge the story.
I thought this movie should have been better, considering it's part of the Alien franchise. But there was some cool action in it.
“Prometheus 2012” was a 4 of 5 star watch for me and this one is nearly as good. Fassbender reprised as a “calculating” synthetic android in this sequel but without Rapace, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron. Mostly, agree with mr_chocolate’s comments but felt that the plot could have hinged on some accident or logical twist (how about doping by David?) rather than frequent foolish decisions that led to a sinister future of the colonization ship Covenant .
68% Rotten Tomatoes
4/4 Roger Ebert
Prometheus introduced several new concepts to the Alien franchise and is probably my least favourite, but this sequel makes a concerted effort to bridge with the earlier films that follow it. Unfortunately, a gestational period of an hour or so is not credible and the result of David's work/hubris seems to be branching off. I think we have to expect a sequel to this.
I liked it better than Prometheus. But I do highly recommend watching Prometheus first.
I watched this because I highly respect director Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender, but I really doubted that much new of substance could be added after the first two Aliens. I was right. After the first few shocking killings, the remainder were kinda' repetitive. The ending was almost a copy of the ending of "life." The "Life" with Jake Gyllenhaal, not the film about James Dean.
I though this film started out slowly and didn't live up to the promise of Prometheus. I was hoping for more backstory on the "Engineers".
I was impressed with this sequel to 2012 film, Prometheus, and prequel to the 1979 Alien classic. I did find that the difference between David and Walter was minimal and somewhat weak, however, did interestingly able to tie up the most of the questions asked in the previous film. The only one main question, unanswered, is of whom the Engineers are and their background.
It is another imaginative look at what can happen when humans create and depend upon, Artificial Intelligence.
The Special Features add some deleted and extended scenes.
I ranked this pretty high for the story and delivery, but falls short of being as scary and unique as the original Alien film.
This movie is awful. To think this movie was directed by same person as the original Alien masterpiece of horror and science fiction. The cast is completely forgettable. What's the point of this exercise in boredom? The special effects are lame. How many times are we going to see the creature come out of the chest? Ridley Scott is really shooting blanks in this flick.
*mild spoilers* You know the expression: "greater than the sums of its parts"? Well, this is the opposite. Fantastic direction, actors and a lot of cool ideas... But it all falls apart in the third act. I don't want to give away too much but Dr. Shaw not being in it is so annoying. Didn't they learn anything from Alien 3 where characters from the previous film were just gone... Dr. Shaw was an interesting character from Prometheus on a mission to understand why the Engineers wanted humanity destroyed. That's the movie I wanted to see. I really like a lot of the characters and ideas in it but it was like the ideas were on post-it notes and just crammed into a script that wasn't polished. What they did with Shaw's character and smart character suddenly getting really, really, really stupid just caused this film to fall flat. Everyone knows what's going on at the end, except the characters on screen. Supposedly brilliant scientists and engineers should not be dumber than every single audience member.
The worst! A stupid story with zero logic has only one purpose: to give screen time to hideous little alien creatures that are immune to bullets. None of the atmosphere of the original classic.
Gory,creepy with a twist. If you've seen the other alien movies you can guess how it'll end.
Originally I wasn't sold on this idea - especially when they are changing the whole cast all over again. But I agree it is WAY better than Prometheus and they do a good job of tying the movie into the overall storyline.
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There are a couple things that really didn't make sense to me though. Somehow David (the android...and why is ALWAYS the ANDROID?) managed to create an entirely new method of release for the alien impregnation. He also seems to be doing this without a Queen which was always a big part of the Alien biological cycle. Also, so if he basically infected the ENTIRE planet with these spore created aliens then they seemed to all leave him alone for 10 years and not be present in crazy numbers on the surface. Some logic gaps but in general you could ignore them and just enjoy the movie
This is what could be called pornographic horror. I was disgusted to see (even a simulation of) a man being killed and his body taken over by a hideous creature. It wasn't lovely to watch -- the creature entered through an ear (shades of Star Trek, Wrath of Khan), quickly grew to maturity and broke out through the man's back like a bomb, destroying him. It's hard for me to come to grips with the millions of dollars that must have been spent on this 100% trash. Totally disgusting.
Spoiler!! Why would the Engineers create something that will kill themselves? And why are the results so random? This whole pseudo-sci-fi is way beyond believable or logical. Disappointing.
I've never seen the Alien series, but this was a great Sci-Fi movie. I watched Prometheus, which was also a fantastic Sci-Fi movie! I also recommend watching Prometheus first to understand this sequel. There were still some unanswered questions that I had to look up online. After watching this, I'm going to definitely check out the first Alien movie.
The most frightening of this series since the first Alien. It appears to be a blend of the Alien franchise and Prometheus, but all I remember from Prometheus is being fascinated with Noomi Rapace's face and accent. Fassbender was amazing: between the subtle change in makeup and his apparent ability to mold his face at will, there were times I wondered if he used a double. I have not been a fan of his earlier work. Some very interesting changes. This installment choose to drop the "helpless pet" (cat, little girl, dog, android) to be protected and to leave out Weaver. The alien creature is very inconsistent, and no one bothers to explain the changes or even comment on them. If so many people weren't waiting for this copy, I'd watch it again. There are some interesting goofs I'd like to recheck. The action is pretty quick, so I'd like to have a chance to see some of it again. I caught the mixed-race couples, the gay couple, and I am wondering what I missed. Also the off-hand comment about "second generation embryos" (what?) I'd like to see if there is more information about that that I missed.
This movie is the newest movie in the Alien series and was produced in 2017. It follows a colony ship called covenant to a remote planet that seems like paradise. They encounter the Alien and have to fight for survival. This movie would be a great movie if not for one fatal flaw, the CGI. Even watching the trailers that showed the alien, I knew that this movie was going to be hard to watch because of the terrible CGI. The alien looked incredibly fake and because of this the movie was not scary at all and was barely even thrilling. If you are a fan of the series then this movie might be ok for you, if you can focus on anything but the CGI. If bad CGI is something that bugs you as much as it does me then this movie is not watchable. 2/5 Stars.
- @sweaterz of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Yet another addition to the franchise, with bigger budget, more gut and gore, mediocre acting, & even worse screen-writing. Remind me how great the original ones (Alien, Aliens) were..... They just don't make them like they used to these days. Skip it.