Alien: Covenant (2017)

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The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.


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12 March 2018 | twhiteson
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| "I played panicky idiot #3....."
This was dumb.

The crew of the spaceship, Covenant, is transporting 2,000 colonists to a new solar system, but their journey is interrupted by a solar flash which damages the ship. While making repairs, they pick-up a signal from a previously uncharted planet. Upon locating it and determining it can support human life, the captain (Billy Crudup) makes a spur of the moment decision to chuck aside all the planning that was put into their expedition to make this new planet their colonial destination. He gets some slight push-back about this flippant decision from his second-in-command, "Daniels" (Katherine Waterston who looks eerily like her father), but that seems to be the only complaint.

So, the crew set down on this planet with no real plan, no protective gear, and just start winging it with, of course, disastrous results because this is an "Alien" movie.

The crew, especially the captain, appear to have the intelligence of turnips. They proceed to act like the Scooby-Do gang and/or the begging-to-be-victims characters from the "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween" franchises by constantly splitting-up. I groaned every time a character said: "I'll be right back" as he or she walks off alone. And, boy, are they panicky. It's as if they had no training for their jobs whatsoever. Who green-lit this expedition with these fools? (The rampant stupidity of these characters is downright insulting to the audience's intelligence.)

I don't know what's going on with poor Ridley Scott. For him to go forward with this stupid story with all its plot holes that require characters to repeatedly act like irrational fools is sad. The original "Alien" was such a smart movie with believable characters who were intelligent and professional. This is a pale imitation with a recycled plot twist from the original film except grossly embellished. Also, although Ms. Waterston is cute, her Daniels is no "Ellen Ripley."

Most of the other actors didn't resonate at all. Years from now, while they're trying to land new roles and are asked about their previous work they can respond: "Well, I played panicky idiot #3 on 'Alien: Covenant.'"

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Trivia

David's fondness for music from the Wagnerian opera Das Rheingold stands out because as of this movie, some parallels between the Alien franchise and The Ring of the Nibelung can be noticed: Like Alberich the dwarf, David forsakes love in order to forge the ultimate weapon. Alberich did it to steal and forge the Rheingold into the eponymous Ring, while David did it to use the secrets of Engineers to create the Xenomorphs. Like the Ring forged and cursed by Alberich, the Xenomorphs, David's ultimate creation, would bring nothing but death and ruin upon all those who sought to take them for their own and use them as the ultimate weapon. Even after David, like Alberich, is long out of the picture. Weyland/Yutani's obsessive and narrow minded pursuit of the Xenomorphs parallels the greedy pursuit by numerous characters in the Ring Cycle to obtain the Ring.


Quotes

Peter Weyland: How do you feel?
David: Alive.


Goofs

In this, and every other film in the Alien franchise, the creature grows from a homunculus within a human body cavity to full adult-size in a matter of hours with no explanation as to the source of the additional mass necessary for such rapid growth. Of course, if such a thing were easily explainable by human reasoning, then the organisms wouldn't be very "alien" would they.


Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is in a shade of dark blue-gray.


Alternate Versions

Chinese version was heavily edited to get an approval from film censor's office. Beside violent scenes, almost any scene with an Alien was cut/shortened so you can barely see the creatures. The kiss between David and Walter was removed as well.


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Take Me Home, Country Roads
Written by
John Denver, Taffy Nivert (as Taffy Danoff) and Bill Danoff

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