Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship 'Covenant' discovers what is thought to be an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world—which has a sole inhabitant: the 'synthetic', David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
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A Decent Enough Entry Into My All-time Favorite Franchise
I agree with just about everything VungTauMantis said. However, I feel like the scenes between the two synthetics as well as the general exploration of the creationism theme add enough to a fun enough romp in Scott's esteemed franchise.
There are a lot of dumb moments though, things that belong in C list movies from decades ago. However, what can I say? I'm a fan of the setting and in that Scott does not disappoint. Squeaks in for a 7.
A Massive Letdown
It's had to explain how I truly feel about this film. Alien: Covenant had some strong points. Production was beautiful. You get a really good looking world as well as some great looking shots of outer space and different looking space craft. Michael Fassbender is amazing once again as David, a survivor of Prometheus and as Walter, the synthetic for the Covenant. Katherine Waterston, as the Covenant's 2nd in command, Daniels gives you a new school Ripley that is likable and fun to root for.
Now the bad. After Fassbender and Waterston, you don't connect or really care with any of the other characters. They are simply Neomorph bait and that isn't a spoiler at all. Once the shit hits the fan, bodies start piling up at pretty quick pace. That was the issue with the secondary characters. There are just too many and none of them outside of the previously mentioned ones get any legitimate backstory. They are all cookie cutter types from many types of films before. Tennessee, the bad ass pilot. Oram, a man of faith who has zero business leading people and is basically the exact same character that Gorman was in Cameron's Aliens. Individuals making some of the DUMBEST decisions besides being chosen to assist in the colonization of a new planet. Plus the stupidest scene in the trailer. You will know what I mean when you see it. I hated it then, and I really hated it during Covenant because it reminded me of a scene you find on deleted scenes of Blu-Ray. Really, Sir Ridley?
I think a six is pretty generous. Alien: Covenant could have been a five. However, I'll stick with the rating I first thought of when I did the breakdown.