Alien Covenant (R-13) 2017

Prequel Number 2 :-p There's another "prequel" in the offing.  It's called Alien Awakening and they say it still contains three or more of the characters from this film.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.- WWW
Release date: May 19, 2017 (USA)
Director: Ridley Scott
Film series: Alien
Music composed by: Jed Kurzel
Screenplay: John Logan, D.W. Harper



Argh.  We were able to walk out of "Life", but we weren't able to do so with this movie.  Why?  Because the start of the movie was quite interesting.  We knew it was a "prequel" to the Sigourney Weaver "classics" et cetera, and a sequel to Prometheus, but we never watched those "classics" and Prometheus because we know they all are "survival of the fittest" kind of movies. 

So how did we end up watching this Ridley Scott film? We were late for the one we were supposed to watch.

Good thing we were four, or else, everything is just so gross and eeky in that "habitable" planet.

The comfort is that the actors are very good in internalizing their roles.  There may be inconsistencies here and there, but they were all immersed in their roles and of course, Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold and the debate whether Shelley or Lord Byron wrote the poem David 8 keeps quoting.

Rhetorics are rhetorics.  In the grand scheme of things of the inexplicable pretzel of the time and space continuum, plus parallel universes and alternate presents, we would not know the answer until we crossedover or something or in some beliefs, if the level of your humanity or being godlike has risen.  Something like that.

Would I recommend it? Hmmm...

If only for the actors, yes. 

For the story? No way. Well, it's really up to you...if you're thrilled to see all those creatures erupting or being born from humans in a gross kind of way, go ahead...if you love stories where only the bravest survive, go ahead...if you love stories where everyone in a certain planet gets annihilated before the humans arrive, go ahead...etc.  After all, Peter Howell did say that this movie is worth screaming about and he does have the right to say all those things.  

Anyways, for you not to expect much, like lesser casualties perhaps, please remember that like Rogue One that goes before an episode of Star Wars and after an episode of the intergalactic series, this story is a sequel and a prequel rolled into one.  If you haven't met these characters "before", they are probably goners in the future, unless somehow they alter it somehow, by leaps and bounds.  :-p

CAST:

Michael Fassbender as David 8/Walter, two synthetic androids  created by WeylandYutani, among many, one is nurtured and one is full of pride.  Which is which.  ;-p
Katherine Waterston as Daniels "Dany" Branson, terraforming expert, the shares the top bill 
Billy Crudup as Christopher Oram, a person with New Age beliefs, a man of faith, he believes in destiny
Carmen Ejogo as Dr. Karine Oram, Chris' wife, a biologist
James Franco as Jacob "Jake" Branson, Dany's husband
Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, archaelogist aboard the Prometheus
Guy Pearce as Dr. Peter Weyland, the creator of the synthetic androids, and the big boss
Danny McBride as Tennessee, chief pilot of the Covenant
Amy Seimetz as Maggie Faris, Tennessee's wife, the lander pilot
Callie Hernandez as Upworth, the medic 
Demián Bichir as Sgt. Lope
and others who all did their jobs well, including those who used to live in the "that" planet


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