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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14 May 2017 | RaoulGonzo
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| Maybe they should stop here, before tarnishing the original!
The alien movies over the years have mutated manifold from straight up horror to a full on war/action flick then to a mixed backstory starting in alien 3 which was interesting but a massive failure. Prometheus visually stunning as it was was let down by an awful script an dialog in particular.

Where do we come from? Why are we here? Themes from Prometheus continue in the very first 5 minutes before the credits have even rolled. It continues to beat you over the head with its backstory which, for me makes no sense whatsoever. Some of the dialog references other master horror works such as Frankenstein but does so in a way that it's up its own arse. Forgetting what alien actually was in the first place, a coincidence that was never about back story. Characters explain the plot in basil exposition speaking like no one ever would - speaking their thoughts at every opportunity - yes we get it, it treats the audience poorly.

What I did like was the scene shown much in the trailer, a character trapped in concealed room as something happens to her colleague. It was a longer scene that was tense and exciting and I oh so wish the rest of the movie could have come close. In a strange way alien covenant takes iconic moments from the franchise and tacks them on here but makes me wish I was watching alien or aliens instead. It's technically good as always Ridley Scott is a visionary filmmaker, but is unable to turn a weak script into a good film.

Alien:covenant gets locked up in its own self importance while forgetting why we loved alien in the first place. I really wanted to like it but came a way with a huge sense of disappointment.

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Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup both also starred in Glass Chin (2014).


Quotes

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


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In the original Alien film by Ridley Scott, the lifecycle of the alien from impregnation to full-sized alien appears to be at least 24 hours, and possibly even a couple of days. The facehugger spends several hours attached to its host, while embryo gestation seems to take several hours further, and subsequent growth of the chestburster to a full sized alien takes even further hours at least.

In Alien Covenant, Captain Oram is impregnated by a facehugger, and the embryo proceeds to burst from his chest and grow to a full size in less than an hour. Similarly, Lope is attacked by a facehugger which doesn't even have enough time to properly attach to his face before it is forcibly removed (injuring Lope in the process). Despite the facehugger being on Lope's face for merely a few seconds, it somehow had enough time to implant an embryo inside him, which seems to emerge roughly an hour or so later, and proceed to grow to full size within minutes of emergence.


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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Das Rheingold, Scene 4: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
Written by
Richard Wagner
Performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Jose Serebrier (as José Serebrier)
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q

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