Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby
Genre: Horror Sci-Fi Thriller
Country of Origin: USA-UK 2017 mins.
Released by 20th Century Fox
Ambitious, stylish, pacy, spot on cinematography, great score, terrific effects, edge-of-the-seat thrills, attention grabbing, blood and gore but have we been there before? If that comes to mind, probably fans won't be too bothered, they'll be dining out on a new alien gore fright fest.
The crew of the Covenant set off in 2104 for Origae-6 with 2000 colonists to set up a new world paradise but an incident means they change course for another planet that seems ideal, but there are no birds, no animals, nothing. Is this Paradise or hell ? A new alien's on the hunt, a relentless, bloody onslaught begins, and survival's top of the list.
Visually captivating with an eye catching opening that offers a hint of what's to come - A white room, a grand piano, a panoramic view and David (Michael Fassbinder), the 'synthetic' who'll live for ever and his creator Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) talk of creation.
Michael Fassbinder nails it twice as the 'synthetic' David, survivor of the Prometheus expedition and Walter, a more friendly 'synthetic' who's part of the crew. This time round the crew are a bit wafer thin. Daniels (Katherine Waterston) has her concerns and Oram's (Billy Crudup) fearful that religion will affect his role as leader but Tennessee (Dany McBruide), the space cowboy with the hat rides it out.
A stylish, saliva and gore, action horror sequel to Prometheus which delivers the expected build-up but that nagging, I've been there before remains, and 'Alien' and Sigorney Weaver's shadow lingers.