Verdict: Better than its predecessors, this sequel features a great performance from Michael Fassbender.
Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant is the sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus, making it the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, which began 38 years ago! The third in the film series to be directed by Scott, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir.
First up, let's talk about how a few of its concepts are eerily similar to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (2012). Here's what's common between the two movies: the main concept is that in the distant future, a spaceship (full of embryos) is off to a far-off galaxy so humans can find an inhabitable planet where they will set up a colony; the planet sends a transmission that is human in nature; there is an accident that affects the mothership; this docking ship is host to another spaceship named Lander. Both Landers (from both movies) are designed similarly and land in the same manner too. There is another strong similarity but we won't mention that right now as that would be giving out spoilers.
That forms the base of the film. Once these explorers land (Waterston, Crudup, etc.) they have no idea what awaits them. The planet is beautiful, complete with serene hills and waterfalls, but things get ugly soon with an alien spore that infects two of the crew members. God bless their souls and our stomachs, as the aliens are 'given birth' and simply tear themselves out of the humans' bodies. That's the gory part. It's the creepiness of the aliens that makes the film a horror. Speaking of creepiness, watch out for the face huggers!
Here's the deal – Michael Fassbender plays a double role. Yes, he plays two robots called David and Walter, impersonating both characters well enough for us to be able to distinguish the two. The others put in sufficient performances as well, from the duty-driven Crudup to the brave and determined Waterston. The visuals and effects are on point, although we wish certain scenes would be blurred out. The film score is not bad at all – it's spacey when it needs to be spacey, and eerie when it has to be so.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch it for Michael Fassbender's captivating performance. And also if you have the stomach for such gory stuff. Fans of the previous installments will certainly not be disappointed.