FILM REVIEW – ‘ALIEN: COVENANT’ (2017)

May 19, 2017 marks the official worldwide theatrical release of Alien: Covenant, the sixth film in the Alien franchise and second in the new Alien Prequel franchise,. as well as the return to the director’s chair for legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott. Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the early press screening on May 10, 2017 courtesy of 20th Century Fox, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.

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(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

As stated, this is the second prequel to the Alien movie franchise, the first being 2012’s Prometheus. Star Michael Fassbender (of the new X-Men franchise) returns as a synthetic human, this time known as Walter (remember, Wayland Corp. likes to keep using the same faces for their synths so this makes sense). He stars alongside Katherine Waterston (of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Billy Crudup (of Watchmen) to bring us this next installment.

Right off the bat, I’m going to say they went just a little overboard with the sound effects. I promise you that my seat did not need to vibrate with every shot of the ship in space. Yes, we get it’s a massive ship moving through space, but enough with the “womp, womp, womp” sounds, guys. I had a four-alarm headache when this was over.

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(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Now, on to the rest of this movie.

I want to say that Danny McBride (of Your Highness) was surprisingly good as Tennessee. He was not his usual over-the-top funny self and it came across really well. Also, his was the only character that seemed to be able to take his emotional blows and not come completely apart. Every other character became as whiny as, well, me at the end of my last relationship. What was it my friend called me? A “whiny teenaged emo boy.” Or something like that. Completely useless, just like these characters seem to become. As a plot device, I’m going to say that it just doesn’t work. They would’ve had complete psychological exams in their vetting process in order to even be considered for a seven year, four month space mission of this magnitude. Their falling apart just doesn’t make sense, but I digress.

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(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

As to this being a second prequel, uh, yeah, not so much. It kind of takes some bits from the end of Prometheus and mashes it in here and there, but I’m still in the dark as to where they’re going with this. If this were a standalone movie, it would be fine, but it is supposed to be a part of the Alien movie franchise and I’m not feeling its connection. I’m going to wait to see of maybe they clean this up in the next prequel movie, and make more sense of everything, but otherwise, it’s a complete mess.

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(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

The Bottom Line:
Overall, Alien: Covenant is absolutely fine as a standalone sci-fi/horror film, but just doesn’t make a lot of sense as an Alien franchise film, as apart from some Xenomorphs, and a couple nods to earlier films, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The effects are nice, and the voices were crisp despite the sound effects shaking my chair. Some of the visuals were good, some not so much, and the storyline really needed to be cleaned up. An extra twenty minutes could’ve done so much to explain things better. Again, I’ll wait to reserve final judgement until the next one (which director Ridley Scott says there’s several more still to come) but for now, it just doesn’t quite measure up. – 6.5/10

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-Hannah Collins
Staff Writer: Nerd Nation Magazine
@NerdNationPress

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2 thoughts on “FILM REVIEW – ‘ALIEN: COVENANT’ (2017)

  1. Hi there! I’m pretty excited to try to see this film but it sounds to me like it’s been chopped up with so much pressure riding on it, a la Batman v Superman, though maybe not to that extent. Sigh… in a few years will we have to consistently purchase director’s cuts just to see the actual film as it was originally intended? Who knows. Also, I’m never buying a seat that vibrates. I’m sure I’d find it distracting and your review cemented that. Thanks for the quick read!

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    • (Editor Here:) Thank YOU for reading! Director’s Cuts are always the way to go, if you ask me. I didn’t think this was a bad film at all, and my own rating of it was a tad higher than Hannah’s, but I agree with all of her points. This could’ve done so well with just ab it more time and some better explanations as to what exactly is going on in this universe.

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