Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

Ridley Scott (2017)

117min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In the latest instalment of the science-fiction franchise, director Ridley Scott follows the space-booted footprints he made in 2012's Prometheus, and arguably a little too closely. The colony ship Covenant is on a years-long voyage to a new inhabitable planet, but skipper Billy Crudup decides on a detour when radios pick up a faint signal of human singing. On landing, the search party discovers evidence of the Prometheus, a ship that went missing ten years earlier. In terms of story, it's familiar creationism and origins-of-man stuff, but bloodier and gorier than its predecessor or any earlier films in the series. The characters aren't especially fully-formed or memorable, with the exception of Danny McBride's redneck pilot, and the returning Michael Fassbender as the android David from Prometheus, and his supposedly technically more finessed 2.0 version, Walter. Long-time fans of the movies will quickly realise no particularly new ground is broken, and pivotal plot points won't surprise anyone. Scary as all hell, but the story's been told before.

Summary

A crew of colonists sent to populate an alien planet have their mission diverted by a mysterious signal. After landing on a nearby world, they discover what became of the ill-fated Prometheus mission. Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller, starring Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride.

Cast & Crew

David / Walter Michael Fassbender
Daniels Katherine Waterston
Christopher Oram Billy Crudup
Tennessee Danny McBride (2)
Karine Oram Carmen Ejogo
Lope Demian Bichir
Upworth Callie Hernandez
Faris Amy Seimetz
Peter Weyland Guy Pearce
Branson James Franco
Elizabeth Shaw Noomi Rapace
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing, brief nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 May 2017
Drama