“Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.”
Shelly’s sonnet Ozymandias finds itself used again to explain the complexities of man.
Or is that of machine?
Alien Covenant continues the franchises foray into the land of science and fiction, but does it lose the thrills and heavy symbolism of earlier iterations?
Or does it start to get its bite back…
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members of the colony ship ‘Covenant’ discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise.
The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
Opening on something similar to the folly of man, we join the Covenant on its journey across the universe to find a new home for mankind.
As is the case with all good sci-fi (well, the horrifying ones), the ship runs into trouble that soon sets it off on a course of terror.
The terror of course is in the development of the story (because ALIENS). It’s a good terror, no doubt; An air of uncertainty constantly hanging like a xenomorph tail from the rafters. But it finds itself treading rather carefully toward its bloody crescendo.
This could be due to the film and its predecessor (Prometheus) being the first to really fill in the blanks of the xenomorphs rise.
When the creepy starts to crawl in, it finds itself on the back of a bigger creature far more unsettling than that of an acid-filled penis-creature.
Fassbender astounds as the new synthetic Walter, while surrounded by an expert class of actors. Katherine Waterston continues her rise after her previous stint in Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, while other credible actors such as Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and more fill out the anxiety-ridden crew, fated for something…ALIEN.
Director and Creator Ridley Scott isn’t slowing down with the franchise, and Covenant expertly navigates the universe toward something more ridden with screams, like that of the original film.
It might just be time to get hugged in the face again.
While not without pacing issues and a need to settle in new characters, ALIEN COVENANT's build-up to a world we've been waiting for is terrifyingly exciting, and you'll be screaming like a xenomorph by the end of it.