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05.19.2017

It's been five years since Ridley Scott returned to the ALIEN franchise with PROMETHEUS, a divisive entry in the series that explored the origin of The Engineers and, in turn, the biological weapon that led to the beginning of the infamous Xenomorph. Now, Scott has returned with a follow-on sequel with ALIEN: COVENANT, which again dives deeper into the origin and creation of the terrifying species that's haunted cinemas and pop culture since 1979, leading directly to the film that started it all. While many were mixed on PROMETHEUS and it's ambiguous narrative (along with some not-so-smart scientists), there are also those who loved what it brought to the table. Still, fans of the series wanted more of one thing for sure and that's the drooling, acid-blood monsters with shooting fangs, of which Ridley has gladly delivered in this latest entry, which brings along stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir and Billy Crudup along for the scary ride.

The reviews have been mostly positive, albeit still mixed to a point, which currently sits at a certified 77% on Rotten Tomatoes. My own 8/10 review was resoundingly positive, but with a few misgivings, saying it's "...a film that begs to be discussed in great detail as the ideas presented and history-changing nature of it are a fascinating look into the ALIEN franchise as a whole." Chris Bumbray didn't like it as much as me, saying in his 6/10 review, "It’s not a great ALIEN movie or even a really good one, but it’s not a disaster either."

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11:09PM on 05/28/2017

It was okay

I liked the first half, up until David showed up. I expected incredible but the 2ND half was just mediocre. It moved too fast and the characters never grew; they became more of an afterthought. The cgi creature affects were a let down as nothing ever felt real...the chest buster scene with the yoga alien was just awful. People hate on avp requiem but those effects put covenant's to shame. I didn't hate it...but it may be time for Ridley to pass the torch.
I liked the first half, up until David showed up. I expected incredible but the 2ND half was just mediocre. It moved too fast and the characters never grew; they became more of an afterthought. The cgi creature affects were a let down as nothing ever felt real...the chest buster scene with the yoga alien was just awful. People hate on avp requiem but those effects put covenant's to shame. I didn't hate it...but it may be time for Ridley to pass the torch.
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4:33AM on 05/25/2017
Kind of confused on where this one lands for me. Everything Fassbender did? Great. Sudden tone shift where it becomes an action movie and the character I haven't cared to think about for the past hour and a half becomes an action hero? No thanks. I liked this movie, and I liked Prometheus as well, but at times it felt like Ridley Scott was making two movies and mashed them together (which I also felt about Prometheus). Honestly, I would love to have seen the main characters in this movie be
Kind of confused on where this one lands for me. Everything Fassbender did? Great. Sudden tone shift where it becomes an action movie and the character I haven't cared to think about for the past hour and a half becomes an action hero? No thanks. I liked this movie, and I liked Prometheus as well, but at times it felt like Ridley Scott was making two movies and mashed them together (which I also felt about Prometheus). Honestly, I would love to have seen the main characters in this movie be David and Walter, rather than trying to force a connection to pretty flat human characters on us. I had a few issues with some of Ridley's directing choices, but overall it looked pretty great, and there were parts of it that I LOVED, but man...I'm so all over the place on this movie. I will say I'd welcome another addition to this franchise, but please, just have Fassbender play a major role in it. He was the best part of this film and it's predecessor.

Side note: before I watched it, my brother who had already seen it said "dude, James Franco is so good in this movie, he totally steals the show". I kept waiting for him to pop back in somehow or have a really excellent flashback. Well played.
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8:54PM on 05/24/2017
It was ok; not great, but passable. I enjoyed Prometheus much more, but Fassbender was better in this. Other than McBride, most of the rest of the cast was forgettable. My biggest gripe is how they just threw away Rapace's character and the whole mythos of the Engineers. I'm betting there was a different movie when this started and Fox did it's usual bullshit and said "needs less smart sci-fi and more Aliens".
It was ok; not great, but passable. I enjoyed Prometheus much more, but Fassbender was better in this. Other than McBride, most of the rest of the cast was forgettable. My biggest gripe is how they just threw away Rapace's character and the whole mythos of the Engineers. I'm betting there was a different movie when this started and Fox did it's usual bullshit and said "needs less smart sci-fi and more Aliens".
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1:37PM on 05/23/2017
Biggest pile of horseshit I've ever seen. Never, ever, ever give another penny to Ridley Scott, the man has gone senile and no one dares to confront him cause he's such a legend. There is not a single good thing in that movie. NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE. Who would have thought it was humanly possible to do so much worse than Prometheus... Sad.
Biggest pile of horseshit I've ever seen. Never, ever, ever give another penny to Ridley Scott, the man has gone senile and no one dares to confront him cause he's such a legend. There is not a single good thing in that movie. NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE. Who would have thought it was humanly possible to do so much worse than Prometheus... Sad.
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12:01PM on 05/22/2017

a solid addition to the franchise, but it has issues

PROS: Great visuals, costumes and sound with blood and gore galore and AMAZING performances by Michael Fassbender as Walter/David. He was the scariest thing in this movie. It also answered a lot of the questions from Prometheus.
CONS: No real character development, making it hard to care when these people died. The CGI was hit and miss and the story felt like it was trying a bit too hard to be both Prometheus and Aliens.
RATING: 6.5 OUT OF 10
PROS: Great visuals, costumes and sound with blood and gore galore and AMAZING performances by Michael Fassbender as Walter/David. He was the scariest thing in this movie. It also answered a lot of the questions from Prometheus.
CONS: No real character development, making it hard to care when these people died. The CGI was hit and miss and the story felt like it was trying a bit too hard to be both Prometheus and Aliens.
RATING: 6.5 OUT OF 10
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10:15PM on 05/21/2017

better than "Prometheus"

intense and gory and entertaining from beginning to end. Not just your typical turn your brain off summer blockbuster, it actually has something to say and it can be pretty thought provoking. All in all i had a blast with this, go see it now.
intense and gory and entertaining from beginning to end. Not just your typical turn your brain off summer blockbuster, it actually has something to say and it can be pretty thought provoking. All in all i had a blast with this, go see it now.
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6:11PM on 05/21/2017

Not sure

Definitely not as dumb as Prometheus. Lots of heart, style and story. I guess the lack of character development made me feel a bit blah. "we just lost 5 crew members" Really? Who just died. Guys with beard #2 or #3?
The rhythm of the story was a but off too.
I liked David/Walter, even if the acting felt a bit hammy sometimes.
CG alien was awful. Didn't like the design nor the lack of realism.
Definitely not as dumb as Prometheus. Lots of heart, style and story. I guess the lack of character development made me feel a bit blah. "we just lost 5 crew members" Really? Who just died. Guys with beard #2 or #3?
The rhythm of the story was a but off too.
I liked David/Walter, even if the acting felt a bit hammy sometimes.
CG alien was awful. Didn't like the design nor the lack of realism.
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6:15PM on 05/21/2017
And I lost a lot of concentration wondering "was that really James Franco? Did they really just kill off James Franco basically off-camera? Can't have been him. Did they really just do that?"
And I lost a lot of concentration wondering "was that really James Franco? Did they really just kill off James Franco basically off-camera? Can't have been him. Did they really just do that?"
11:22AM on 05/21/2017

Profound

Saw it last night and I'm seeing it again today. This is Ridley Scott's vision of intelligent design that pulls in so many references to religious myths. Everyone is so distracted by the stupid human characters to give credence to this big idea that Ridley is toying with. I find his take on our origins absolutely fascinating. Great creature design, beautiful sets, amazing visuals.
Saw it last night and I'm seeing it again today. This is Ridley Scott's vision of intelligent design that pulls in so many references to religious myths. Everyone is so distracted by the stupid human characters to give credence to this big idea that Ridley is toying with. I find his take on our origins absolutely fascinating. Great creature design, beautiful sets, amazing visuals.
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1:13PM on 05/21/2017
I completely agree. It seems that moviegoers don't want to think at all while seeing a film anymore. "It doesn't answer any questions." A little analysis can answer any question these movies pose. And as far as the characters being "stupid," who wouldn't be curious enough to investigate a human transmission in deep space? They have no idea what horrors wait for them. Just because we know doesn't mean they should. It's not stupidity; it's dramatic irony.
I completely agree. It seems that moviegoers don't want to think at all while seeing a film anymore. "It doesn't answer any questions." A little analysis can answer any question these movies pose. And as far as the characters being "stupid," who wouldn't be curious enough to investigate a human transmission in deep space? They have no idea what horrors wait for them. Just because we know doesn't mean they should. It's not stupidity; it's dramatic irony.
2:37PM on 05/21/2017
My beef was that it could have focused more on the topics you mention in the 2nd act, perhaps through exploration of the engineer city, rather than give us an hour of interpersonal drama between crew members.

Deciding to investigate the transmission wasn't one of the stupid decisions in my opinion.
My beef was that it could have focused more on the topics you mention in the 2nd act, perhaps through exploration of the engineer city, rather than give us an hour of interpersonal drama between crew members.

Deciding to investigate the transmission wasn't one of the stupid decisions in my opinion.
3:19AM on 05/22/2017
I will agree that whereas Prometheus claimed to be about big ideas, and was ultimately a pretty hollow shell, this movie at least made a worthy attempt to deliver on the promise. However, ultimately it comes down to the same thing as The Sixth Sense, you think the idea of WIllis being dead all alone is the most mind blowing idea you've ever heard of... until you learn that twenty other authors have already used literally the exact same idea in novels and short stories, many of them to much
I will agree that whereas Prometheus claimed to be about big ideas, and was ultimately a pretty hollow shell, this movie at least made a worthy attempt to deliver on the promise. However, ultimately it comes down to the same thing as The Sixth Sense, you think the idea of WIllis being dead all alone is the most mind blowing idea you've ever heard of... until you learn that twenty other authors have already used literally the exact same idea in novels and short stories, many of them to much better effect. Covenant's ideas, were reasonably well executed (although I agree with Grither that there are some stretches where it seems to forget all about its lofty ambitious and become much more worried about being a competent, but generic Alien film), but they're definitely far from original (even with all the religious allusions) and ultimately I didn't feel I got much out of the whole "alien creators as God" plot that I hadn't already gotten out of half a dozen other sources.
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9:43AM on 05/21/2017

Pretty Good

My only complaints about it was the scene between David and Walter when David is trying to teach walter how to play the flute. The dialog that was used in that scene felt intentional to make us laugh which took away the whole serious feel to the movie and had to start rebuilding again. My 2nd complaint is prolly for lack of character depth with some of the characters. But overall in my books I would say 8/10
My only complaints about it was the scene between David and Walter when David is trying to teach walter how to play the flute. The dialog that was used in that scene felt intentional to make us laugh which took away the whole serious feel to the movie and had to start rebuilding again. My 2nd complaint is prolly for lack of character depth with some of the characters. But overall in my books I would say 8/10
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9:41AM on 05/21/2017

Boring mess

Very boring. It should have been called Prometheus 2 instead of Alien Covenant. Stupid characters doing stupid things for no reason. They really drag out the first 3/4 of the movie and really rush though the last 1/4. The alien looked much better in the original Alien.
Very boring. It should have been called Prometheus 2 instead of Alien Covenant. Stupid characters doing stupid things for no reason. They really drag out the first 3/4 of the movie and really rush though the last 1/4. The alien looked much better in the original Alien.
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9:15PM on 05/21/2017
I just watched all the original Alien movies and the alien in the first movie looks terrible.
My kids were laughing at how bad it looked
It was obviously a man in a costume. Maybe in 1979, a man in a Party City costume was terrifying, but in the year 2017, it looks f****** ridiculous.
I just watched all the original Alien movies and the alien in the first movie looks terrible.
My kids were laughing at how bad it looked
It was obviously a man in a costume. Maybe in 1979, a man in a Party City costume was terrifying, but in the year 2017, it looks f****** ridiculous.
12:19AM on 05/22/2017
Jeff Knite, it still beats the spastic CGI aliens of Covenant. The more we see, the less terrifying it is.
Jeff Knite, it still beats the spastic CGI aliens of Covenant. The more we see, the less terrifying it is.
3:25AM on 05/22/2017
Jeff Knite, I re-watched the whole main series leading up to this and you're right, in the first film you can pretty obviously tell its a guy in a costume, albeit a pretty creep, well designed costume. Still, I agree with Frenchie, the CGI in this one was gosh-awful. Like if you can create a photo-realstic Iron Man and near photo-realistic dinosaurs then there's no reason we shouldn't be able to create a lot more convincing looking xenomorphs.
Jeff Knite, I re-watched the whole main series leading up to this and you're right, in the first film you can pretty obviously tell its a guy in a costume, albeit a pretty creep, well designed costume. Still, I agree with Frenchie, the CGI in this one was gosh-awful. Like if you can create a photo-realstic Iron Man and near photo-realistic dinosaurs then there's no reason we shouldn't be able to create a lot more convincing looking xenomorphs.
3:25AM on 05/22/2017
Jeff Knite, I re-watched the whole main series leading up to this and you're right, in the first film you can pretty obviously tell its a guy in a costume, albeit a pretty creep, well designed costume. Still, I agree with Frenchie, the CGI in this one was gosh-awful. Like if you can create a photo-realstic Iron Man and near photo-realistic dinosaurs then there's no reason we shouldn't be able to create a lot more convincing looking xenomorphs.
Jeff Knite, I re-watched the whole main series leading up to this and you're right, in the first film you can pretty obviously tell its a guy in a costume, albeit a pretty creep, well designed costume. Still, I agree with Frenchie, the CGI in this one was gosh-awful. Like if you can create a photo-realstic Iron Man and near photo-realistic dinosaurs then there's no reason we shouldn't be able to create a lot more convincing looking xenomorphs.
1:49PM on 05/23/2017
I don't understand why being able to tell it's a man in a costume is worse than being able to tell it's CGI. 10 years from now when everybody will have forgotten Covenant, the CG will look obsolete while the 50 year old costume will still look beautiful. I'd rather have a fiberglass and silicon Xenomorph than a non existent one added in dody CG.
I don't understand why being able to tell it's a man in a costume is worse than being able to tell it's CGI. 10 years from now when everybody will have forgotten Covenant, the CG will look obsolete while the 50 year old costume will still look beautiful. I'd rather have a fiberglass and silicon Xenomorph than a non existent one added in dody CG.
11:15PM on 05/20/2017

Bad

I went in with medium-to-low expectations and I still felt cheated. The film had many positives like an improved score, cinematography, set design, and performances. I really, REALLY dug the set design. I absolutely LOATHED the overabundance of CGI. About halfway I realized there would be no practical effects and I slumped down in my seat. The CGI wasn't half-convincing. In fact, it was worse than the CGI in Alien: Resurrection. The performances, though good, didn't make up for a shoddy
I went in with medium-to-low expectations and I still felt cheated. The film had many positives like an improved score, cinematography, set design, and performances. I really, REALLY dug the set design. I absolutely LOATHED the overabundance of CGI. About halfway I realized there would be no practical effects and I slumped down in my seat. The CGI wasn't half-convincing. In fact, it was worse than the CGI in Alien: Resurrection. The performances, though good, didn't make up for a shoddy script with tepid dialogue. The ending was fine, but the twist was insulting. The whole audience knew the score. Ridley needs to get off the pot.

I'm so relieved Denis Villeneuve is directing Blade Runner 2049 and not Ridley. If it all goes well, I say give Villeneuve a shot at directing an Alien movie. At least he can create nailbiting tension, something Alien: Covenant had very little of.
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8:56PM on 05/21/2017
I am prepared for more down votes after this next comment: fire the editor, Pietro Scalia. His choppy editing is not suitable for the Alien franchise. I hated it in Prometheus and I hated it in Covenant.
I am prepared for more down votes after this next comment: fire the editor, Pietro Scalia. His choppy editing is not suitable for the Alien franchise. I hated it in Prometheus and I hated it in Covenant.
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10:24PM on 05/20/2017
I liked the movie, I liked the pacing. It's the basic principle of the crew not having any type of basic protocol when it comes to the health and possible contaminants going in and out if planets that made it difficult to take seriously. Or as seriously as the tone of the movie suggested.
Other than that, I liked the allegorical nature of it.
I liked the movie, I liked the pacing. It's the basic principle of the crew not having any type of basic protocol when it comes to the health and possible contaminants going in and out if planets that made it difficult to take seriously. Or as seriously as the tone of the movie suggested.
Other than that, I liked the allegorical nature of it.
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8:37PM on 05/20/2017

Mediocre

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Cinematography and art direction/design was beautiful and top notch.

I enjoyed the first and third acts. But the 2nd act was just dull. There's an awesome ruined engineer city that begs to be explored, but instead we're treated to interpersonal drama between crew members.

The script suffers from the same problem that many of these kinds of modern films suffer from; unbelievable characters. If I had a multi-billion dollar company, I would not put these softy emotional
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Cinematography and art direction/design was beautiful and top notch.

I enjoyed the first and third acts. But the 2nd act was just dull. There's an awesome ruined engineer city that begs to be explored, but instead we're treated to interpersonal drama between crew members.

The script suffers from the same problem that many of these kinds of modern films suffer from; unbelievable characters. If I had a multi-billion dollar company, I would not put these softy emotional types in charge of it. It's very unlikely that these sorts would result in a successful mission. They all do really stupid things, like bring a shipmate on board after he pukes up black goo. Wouldn't a quarantine situation be pretty common sense here? And why would they allow married couples in the command crew, when it clearly presents procedural and policy complication that put the mission at risk. Sometimes it doesn't seem that the writer has much world experience beyond watching the previous Alien movies in their dorm room.

Questions

Wouldn't the giant Covenant patch on their own uniforms complete with Ark cherubim make the crew question what they were really sent for? If not, are they smart enough to be recruited for such a mission?

Why does a colony ship have access to military style automatic weapons?

What laid the alien eggs?

Who's in charge here exactly? Why is the captain such a sissy?

Did the Weylan Corporation deliberately send them on a coarse that would run into the John Denver signal? If so, how did they know the crew would respond to investigate, rather than just continue on?

It's definitely not better than Alien 1, 2, or 3. It's definitely better than AVP Reqium. I don't think it's better than Prometheus. It might not be better than Resurrection or AVP1.

I wouldn't pay full price to see it though. Maybe wait for a budget theater if you have one in your town. or a matinee at the very least.
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8:29PM on 05/20/2017

LOVED THE HELL OUT OF IT!

Can't wait to see where it goes next! Thank you, Mr. Scott!
Can't wait to see where it goes next! Thank you, Mr. Scott!
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5:24PM on 05/20/2017
i liked the movie for the most part but i HATE how it's now become "The Michael Fassbender/David The Android Show". David & Walter had more screen time than anyone or anything else (including the Xeno/Neos!). also the shower attack scene tagged on towards the end of the film was one of the most idiotic things i've ever seen. the couple decides to go screw in the shower immediately after their entire crew was just brutally killed! dumb. the ending i thought was terrible as well. oh and the
i liked the movie for the most part but i HATE how it's now become "The Michael Fassbender/David The Android Show". David & Walter had more screen time than anyone or anything else (including the Xeno/Neos!). also the shower attack scene tagged on towards the end of the film was one of the most idiotic things i've ever seen. the couple decides to go screw in the shower immediately after their entire crew was just brutally killed! dumb. the ending i thought was terrible as well. oh and the chestburster scene just didn't work IMO in this film. it didn't help that unlike in ALIEN this new chestburster Xeno had fully formed arms & legs. i don't know why they did that here.
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5:35PM on 05/20/2017
Scott probably would have given the chestburster arms and legs in the original if he could have. Besides, the chestburster in this film extended its limbs from a more compact position, which was supposed to be the case with the original creature.
Scott probably would have given the chestburster arms and legs in the original if he could have. Besides, the chestburster in this film extended its limbs from a more compact position, which was supposed to be the case with the original creature.
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3:05PM on 05/20/2017

A C plus

Loved the cinematogrophy and Fassbender. I thought the initial concepts and overall themes interesting. But yet again we have fairly intelligent characters making standard horror troupe stupid decisions. Don't get me started on how the captain should have reacted when he saw an alien and a character interacting. Overall same as Prometheus enjoyable but flawed.
Loved the cinematogrophy and Fassbender. I thought the initial concepts and overall themes interesting. But yet again we have fairly intelligent characters making standard horror troupe stupid decisions. Don't get me started on how the captain should have reacted when he saw an alien and a character interacting. Overall same as Prometheus enjoyable but flawed.
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3:44AM on 05/22/2017
Agree with everything you just said.
Agree with everything you just said.
2:35PM on 05/20/2017

It was fun.

I really liked it. This had just the right amount of echoes from Prometheus and the original film while still doing a few new things. Sure, the tension in the film could have been greater, but I liked how there was more focus on the action and the story behind the xenomorph genesis. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.
I really liked it. This had just the right amount of echoes from Prometheus and the original film while still doing a few new things. Sure, the tension in the film could have been greater, but I liked how there was more focus on the action and the story behind the xenomorph genesis. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.
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12:10PM on 05/20/2017

Wasn't that bad

Prometheus gets bitched about not answering any questions and not having aliens, but then this movie has a bunch of answers and aliens (close enough) and people hate it even more.
Prometheus gets bitched about not answering any questions and not having aliens, but then this movie has a bunch of answers and aliens (close enough) and people hate it even more.
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11:22AM on 05/20/2017
So, Alien: Covenant seen... here's my immediate mini review:

I liked it. I'm not sure where I'd rate it within the other films though... for me it's either bottom of the top, or top of the bottom.

Michael Fassbender is great in it (better in this than in Prometheus), but Katherine Waterson is no Ripley. Danny McBride's character was my fave in the film though.

I think it's got a good mix of Prometheus and (original) Alien, echoes of Aliens and Resurrection too (take that as a good or
So, Alien: Covenant seen... here's my immediate mini review:

I liked it. I'm not sure where I'd rate it within the other films though... for me it's either bottom of the top, or top of the bottom.

Michael Fassbender is great in it (better in this than in Prometheus), but Katherine Waterson is no Ripley. Danny McBride's character was my fave in the film though.

I think it's got a good mix of Prometheus and (original) Alien, echoes of Aliens and Resurrection too (take that as a good or bad thing depending on your viewpoint) but has its own thing going on too.

There's one bit/scene where I definitely think they should have gone with a practical effect over the CG route they went with. On the whole though, I thought it was visually impressive.

My biggest complaint would be, considering where Prometheus left off, this film doesn't answer (or even deal with) certain questions.

That aside, I enjoyed, and think it has its deserved place in the franchise.

It's better than Aliens V Predator - Requiem. That's all I asked of it 😎
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8:16AM on 05/20/2017

At This Point Ridley Scott Should Just Retire

Major disappointment. I don't think I've ever been more disinterested in a movie theater. What the hell happened? I thought they started out with a great premise. Colony ship that finds a mystery signal, goes to investigate, then shit goes down. There's a lot you can work with there, but somehow Scott managed to make every detail feel boring. I personally would have liked to seen some more connections and explanations for the aliens as the concept felt rushed. Scott also needs to finds
Major disappointment. I don't think I've ever been more disinterested in a movie theater. What the hell happened? I thought they started out with a great premise. Colony ship that finds a mystery signal, goes to investigate, then shit goes down. There's a lot you can work with there, but somehow Scott managed to make every detail feel boring. I personally would have liked to seen some more connections and explanations for the aliens as the concept felt rushed. Scott also needs to finds better character writers. I simply just didn't care about any character.

Stop being so lazy with the writing for these big budget Hollywood movies!
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3:14AM on 05/20/2017

Awful

Bad script, bad characters, stupid decisions that a trained crew would never make, terrible cgi that destroyed any terror to be had, hilariously homoerotic scene between Fassbender and himself. Somehow more boring than Prometheus
Bad script, bad characters, stupid decisions that a trained crew would never make, terrible cgi that destroyed any terror to be had, hilariously homoerotic scene between Fassbender and himself. Somehow more boring than Prometheus
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8:17AM on 05/20/2017
"I'll do the fingering" Who approved that??!?!
"I'll do the fingering" Who approved that??!?!
10:23AM on 05/20/2017
Also the shower scene straight out of a teen slasher film
Also the shower scene straight out of a teen slasher film
10:23AM on 05/20/2017
Also the shower scene straight out of a teen slasher film
Also the shower scene straight out of a teen slasher film
1:20AM on 05/20/2017
I didn't like it. I was left emotionless at first. The movie did not entertain me. Then I got mad when I thought about how every character in the entire movie is completely stupid and deserves to die. What a waste.
I didn't like it. I was left emotionless at first. The movie did not entertain me. Then I got mad when I thought about how every character in the entire movie is completely stupid and deserves to die. What a waste.
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1:13AM on 05/20/2017

the question I'm not sure they will ever answer now.....

Why would the engineers, who created us humans, want to kill us? The reason Shaw wanted to go looking for the Engineers......
Why would the engineers, who created us humans, want to kill us? The reason Shaw wanted to go looking for the Engineers......
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1:26AM on 05/20/2017
There was a deleted scene from Prometheus that contained dialogue between one of the engineers and David. Basically, it appears it came down to engineers thinking we were an inferior race/experiment that grew out of control and needed to be wiped out. Sort of like having a dog as a pet and waking up to find it and several other dogs in your house asking you the reason for their existence. Something like that.
There was a deleted scene from Prometheus that contained dialogue between one of the engineers and David. Basically, it appears it came down to engineers thinking we were an inferior race/experiment that grew out of control and needed to be wiped out. Sort of like having a dog as a pet and waking up to find it and several other dogs in your house asking you the reason for their existence. Something like that.
12:56AM on 05/20/2017

Very disappointing

I am actually one of the few who actually really enjoyed Prometheus even though it had it's flaws and was really hoping they would at least expand on the Engineers and the questions raised in that film. But no instead the studio decides to completely scrap that and just focus on the Xenomorphs was a poor choice in my opinion. The beginning was very awkward and slow and the cgi was quite bad. Also the twist was so easy to call and how many ALIEN movies are going to kill the ALIEN the same way!?
I am actually one of the few who actually really enjoyed Prometheus even though it had it's flaws and was really hoping they would at least expand on the Engineers and the questions raised in that film. But no instead the studio decides to completely scrap that and just focus on the Xenomorphs was a poor choice in my opinion. The beginning was very awkward and slow and the cgi was quite bad. Also the twist was so easy to call and how many ALIEN movies are going to kill the ALIEN the same way!? I did love Danny McBride and Michael Fassbender in this movie though and the cinematography was beautiful as always with a Ridley Scott film but there just seemed to be something missing from this movie. I would give this a 6.5/10 review.
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12:07AM on 05/20/2017
Very uneven. A middle section that is slow and overly artsy. Slow to start too. A great last section but a horrible ending
Very uneven. A middle section that is slow and overly artsy. Slow to start too. A great last section but a horrible ending
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11:02PM on 05/19/2017

Order of best

Alien, aliens, Prometheus, alien covenant, avp or alien 3, alien resurrection,avp requeim
Alien, aliens, Prometheus, alien covenant, avp or alien 3, alien resurrection,avp requeim
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9:25PM on 05/21/2017
Alien is by far not the best. Hardlt anything happens in the movie.
There's only one alien and he looks like a man in a costume.
Alien is by far not the best. Hardlt anything happens in the movie.
There's only one alien and he looks like a man in a costume.
3:35AM on 05/22/2017
Aliens, Alien, Alien: Covenant , Alien 3, Prometheus, Alien: Ressurection, AVP, AVP:Requiem
Aliens, Alien, Alien: Covenant , Alien 3, Prometheus, Alien: Ressurection, AVP, AVP:Requiem
9:39PM on 05/19/2017

7/10

Not as good as Prometheus. Enjoyed it but a little clunky
Not as good as Prometheus. Enjoyed it but a little clunky
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8:28PM on 05/19/2017

Amazing, worthy sequel (prequel?)

The only thing I'd complain about is a certain cameo that took me out of the movie considering Danny is also in the movie. I couldn't take it seriously because for a second my brain had an almost Pavlovian reaction and I thought I was watching a comedy. I automatically went into comedy mode. I kept betting Danny got him the part. Anyway if you've seen the movie message me. I've got a question Google can't answer.
The only thing I'd complain about is a certain cameo that took me out of the movie considering Danny is also in the movie. I couldn't take it seriously because for a second my brain had an almost Pavlovian reaction and I thought I was watching a comedy. I automatically went into comedy mode. I kept betting Danny got him the part. Anyway if you've seen the movie message me. I've got a question Google can't answer.
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12:26AM on 05/20/2017
James Franco, right??
James Franco, right??
4:52PM on 05/19/2017

I really enjoyed it.

It was a tad slow in the start, and some pacing issues. The characters felt like characters from an alien film. The neomorph was scary and tense. And the XENO was dope too. I'm hoping for a movie that will show a teen ribley and her parents and then a film that will lead right into alien. Sort of like rouge one did.
It was a tad slow in the start, and some pacing issues. The characters felt like characters from an alien film. The neomorph was scary and tense. And the XENO was dope too. I'm hoping for a movie that will show a teen ribley and her parents and then a film that will lead right into alien. Sort of like rouge one did.
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4:07PM on 05/19/2017

Android Covenant

Alien: Covenant is Prometheus meets Alien meets Alien Resurrection. Not the return to roots that I was hoping for. It was full of bland characters, spotty CGI, cringe worthy dialogue, and predictability. Had some great Alien scenes and added to the universe backstory but ultimately felt uninspired. 5 out of 10.
Alien: Covenant is Prometheus meets Alien meets Alien Resurrection. Not the return to roots that I was hoping for. It was full of bland characters, spotty CGI, cringe worthy dialogue, and predictability. Had some great Alien scenes and added to the universe backstory but ultimately felt uninspired. 5 out of 10.
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1:07PM on 05/19/2017

Positive

I'll start by saying Ridley Scott is NOT capable of making a bad movie. He is a consummate professional.
There are so many GREAT things about the film. But to judge the film fairly is to take the sum of its parts and consider it is part of a franchise. Taken as a whole all things considered it is a flawed film. What are the flaws? well there is so much predictability involved because of reusing so many plot elements from other films within the franchise. You can see the twists a mile
I'll start by saying Ridley Scott is NOT capable of making a bad movie. He is a consummate professional.
There are so many GREAT things about the film. But to judge the film fairly is to take the sum of its parts and consider it is part of a franchise. Taken as a whole all things considered it is a flawed film. What are the flaws? well there is so much predictability involved because of reusing so many plot elements from other films within the franchise. You can see the twists a mile away, so there's not so much surprise but rather dread fro what you are expecting. But is that a bad thing? Prometheus took bold chances with the material and story.
Alien Covenant is scary, the story does work. At times it is thrilling, but Ridley Scott never rushes through his material. He lets it fester like an infected wound. The movie is terrifically atmospheric and effective. The performances were excellent. All the aspects of film making are professionally rendered. The main issue is the story. Is this the story people want to see? It is about expectations. I liked the film very much. 4.5 stars.
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1:13PM on 05/19/2017
4.5 out of 5 stars, I mean. I really liked it. It was disturbing. Fassbender knocked it out of the park. Twice.
4.5 out of 5 stars, I mean. I really liked it. It was disturbing. Fassbender knocked it out of the park. Twice.
3:17AM on 05/20/2017
Ridley made Robin Hood and this... In fact he hasn't made a good movie since what... Gladiator?
Ridley made Robin Hood and this... In fact he hasn't made a good movie since what... Gladiator?
3:57AM on 05/22/2017
Iron_Chinchilla, I'm guessing you haven't seen The Counselor? Scott is plenty capable of making bad films. More often than not lately he's been directing "bad by comparison" films, movies like Robin Hood and Exodus: Gods and Kings that aren't outright bad, but pretty mediocre, and feel like a major step down, i.e. comparatively "bad" compared to what he was doing earlier in his career. I wouldn't call Covenant a bad movie but I do think it has some pretty major flaws (chief among those being
Iron_Chinchilla, I'm guessing you haven't seen The Counselor? Scott is plenty capable of making bad films. More often than not lately he's been directing "bad by comparison" films, movies like Robin Hood and Exodus: Gods and Kings that aren't outright bad, but pretty mediocre, and feel like a major step down, i.e. comparatively "bad" compared to what he was doing earlier in his career. I wouldn't call Covenant a bad movie but I do think it has some pretty major flaws (chief among those being really thin characters who constantly make unrealistically stupid decisions because the plot demands it). I would probably cut it a little more slack, but only a little, if it weren't part of the Aliens franchise.
11:47AM on 05/19/2017

Ending was Insultingly Predictable and Bad CGI

I liked Alien: Covenant but definitely did not love it. It had some glaring problems that really took it down to a level of mediocrity. For me, this started with distractingly poor CGI. I think less is more when the technology is not there. I would have preferred less creatures and more effective use of them with practical effects when the story dictatrd. The characters were also painfully undeveloped. The only thing given to the audience to make us care about them was that the ship was loaded
I liked Alien: Covenant but definitely did not love it. It had some glaring problems that really took it down to a level of mediocrity. For me, this started with distractingly poor CGI. I think less is more when the technology is not there. I would have preferred less creatures and more effective use of them with practical effects when the story dictatrd. The characters were also painfully undeveloped. The only thing given to the audience to make us care about them was that the ship was loaded with colonist couples and they all had loved ones. This was not enough and it took away from the suspense that should have occurred with many of these scenes. Last, the "plot twist" was ridiculously obvious. I had the entire ending pegged at roughly the half way point of the film and it was just so blatantly obvious. Were we supposed to not expect the switch? Really? Maybe a little identity verification or something would have been useful.
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2:47PM on 05/19/2017
Embarrassingly bad CGI. Like Alien 4 underwater bad CGI. It takes you right out of the movie. Turned it into a video game.
Embarrassingly bad CGI. Like Alien 4 underwater bad CGI. It takes you right out of the movie. Turned it into a video game.
10:37AM on 05/19/2017
I loved it, it expanded the universe, it gave us fun characters, Fassbender is always phenomenal. The Alien is more the goal in this movie than the constant focal point, but I thought it balanced nicely. Finally seeing a fully matured Alien race and getting a clearer picture of its origin was awesome. Characters felt like they made sense to me, even the ones you're not supposed to like. I had a great time, and I want to go again this weekend.
I loved it, it expanded the universe, it gave us fun characters, Fassbender is always phenomenal. The Alien is more the goal in this movie than the constant focal point, but I thought it balanced nicely. Finally seeing a fully matured Alien race and getting a clearer picture of its origin was awesome. Characters felt like they made sense to me, even the ones you're not supposed to like. I had a great time, and I want to go again this weekend.
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10:21AM on 05/19/2017

Disappointing

I didn't hate the film but I didn't love it either. I can agree and disagree with both of the reviews on the site and also with some of the comments from the other members. As a Ridley Scott film it has great camera work and editing and I loved how the score incorporated themes from Alien and Prometheus. The cast was decent but Waterston and McBride really stood out to me and Fassbender really stole the show. I did enjoy the increase in gore and horror compared to Prometheus. However, the
I didn't hate the film but I didn't love it either. I can agree and disagree with both of the reviews on the site and also with some of the comments from the other members. As a Ridley Scott film it has great camera work and editing and I loved how the score incorporated themes from Alien and Prometheus. The cast was decent but Waterston and McBride really stood out to me and Fassbender really stole the show. I did enjoy the increase in gore and horror compared to Prometheus. However, the characters in the story were so stupid. That was one of the primary complaints in Prometheus of the idiotic decisions made by certain characters for the story and here it felt even worse. It also felt like a retread of the prior film and while it answered some questions to an extent, it didn't really add much. Some of the story development was questionable and I felt detracted from the film's purpose. The Aliens weren't enough and I felt Scott didn't do enough to make them scary again. The scenes of them featured had no suspense or urgency (other than the shower scene which was great). All in all good film, not great but still disappointing considering the hype. I feel like if we do get a sequel, it will be almost the same exact thing as this and Prometheus.
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9:35AM on 05/19/2017
it was ok, nothing special and but not a train wreck. id give it 6.5 but the theater i went to played 27 minutes of trailers before the film started. it was ridiculous
it was ok, nothing special and but not a train wreck. id give it 6.5 but the theater i went to played 27 minutes of trailers before the film started. it was ridiculous
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9:29AM on 05/19/2017
More of a direct continuation of Prometheus than the trailers suggested, and I was totally okay with that since I think I enjoyed that film more than most here. That said, I appreciated the increased level of suspense and gore; the scenes leading up to and following the backburster were some of the most intense in the franchise. And both Fassbender and Waterston knocked it out of the park.
More of a direct continuation of Prometheus than the trailers suggested, and I was totally okay with that since I think I enjoyed that film more than most here. That said, I appreciated the increased level of suspense and gore; the scenes leading up to and following the backburster were some of the most intense in the franchise. And both Fassbender and Waterston knocked it out of the park.
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8:57AM on 05/19/2017

it is fine

i think they should named Prometheus 2, the movie is a continuation of the story.
They put the alien name just for fan service.
i think they should named Prometheus 2, the movie is a continuation of the story.
They put the alien name just for fan service.
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10:42AM on 05/19/2017
Some people were confused by just the name Prometheus, Alien: Prometheus would have been more appropriate. Because in truth, any sequel or prequel is in essence, fan service, even if the fan is Ridley Scott. I did have a blast though. Sorry you didn't enjoy it more.
Some people were confused by just the name Prometheus, Alien: Prometheus would have been more appropriate. Because in truth, any sequel or prequel is in essence, fan service, even if the fan is Ridley Scott. I did have a blast though. Sorry you didn't enjoy it more.
8:34AM on 05/19/2017

It was ok. (possible Spoiler)

I didn't like the way it resolved the end of Prometheus. It also suggested it would go that way for the next film. There was little in content to get behind the characters, but I would like to see some characters survive to other films.
I didn't like the way it resolved the end of Prometheus. It also suggested it would go that way for the next film. There was little in content to get behind the characters, but I would like to see some characters survive to other films.
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8:15AM on 05/19/2017

Ok

Scary? Yes.
Kinda twisted? Yes.
Good story and set up? Absolutely.

What can ruin that?
CGI
It took me 100% out of the movie. The action scenes at the end were silly and ridiculous. Completely different from the first half of the movie. It needed to take notes from James Cameron's Aliens. Good reveals of the alien(s), tension, not hyper speed, slap dash action moments.
In those moments it was severely disappointing.
Scary? Yes.
Kinda twisted? Yes.
Good story and set up? Absolutely.

What can ruin that?
CGI
It took me 100% out of the movie. The action scenes at the end were silly and ridiculous. Completely different from the first half of the movie. It needed to take notes from James Cameron's Aliens. Good reveals of the alien(s), tension, not hyper speed, slap dash action moments.
In those moments it was severely disappointing.
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9:57AM on 05/19/2017
I agree, the CGI was very distracting.
I agree, the CGI was very distracting.
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7:31AM on 05/19/2017

Twisted Beauty

I gotta tell you, this is a big budget and beautiful HORROR movie... Got it? A HORROR movie, don't compare it with ALIENS... this one is a different breed. For me... It was good, great action set pieces that made me hold my breath (one of the best), twisted, bloody, the story and the tone are sure made me squirm. Rather slow at the beginning, than it just slamed me over and over again. Katherine and Michael are great, for Danny... this is the kind of acting you never seen him doing before.
I gotta tell you, this is a big budget and beautiful HORROR movie... Got it? A HORROR movie, don't compare it with ALIENS... this one is a different breed. For me... It was good, great action set pieces that made me hold my breath (one of the best), twisted, bloody, the story and the tone are sure made me squirm. Rather slow at the beginning, than it just slamed me over and over again. Katherine and Michael are great, for Danny... this is the kind of acting you never seen him doing before. But I have to say this... You either gonna love it or hate it.
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6:53AM on 05/19/2017
It's Prometheus 2 until like the third act when it decides it wants to be an Alien movie. And I'm kinda OK with that. Like I understand them needing to get the Prometheus thing out of their system before they can really embrace the whole Alien thing. So sure. Why not?

Fassbender is great. The monster violence is good... It has a lot of good in it, but it's not like a sum of it's parts, you know? But I had fun. 7/10
It's Prometheus 2 until like the third act when it decides it wants to be an Alien movie. And I'm kinda OK with that. Like I understand them needing to get the Prometheus thing out of their system before they can really embrace the whole Alien thing. So sure. Why not?

Fassbender is great. The monster violence is good... It has a lot of good in it, but it's not like a sum of it's parts, you know? But I had fun. 7/10
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9:20PM on 05/19/2017
ah YEAH, that's what it's supposed to be, with it getting closer to Alien. Was much better then Prometheus, eveveryone asked for Aliens and Scott delivered, don't know what else you nerds want.
ah YEAH, that's what it's supposed to be, with it getting closer to Alien. Was much better then Prometheus, eveveryone asked for Aliens and Scott delivered, don't know what else you nerds want.
9:20PM on 05/19/2017
ah YEAH, that's what it's supposed to be, with it getting closer to Alien. Was much better then Prometheus, eveveryone asked for Aliens and Scott delivered, don't know what else you nerds want.
ah YEAH, that's what it's supposed to be, with it getting closer to Alien. Was much better then Prometheus, eveveryone asked for Aliens and Scott delivered, don't know what else you nerds want.
5:02AM on 05/19/2017
Was not scary or suspenseful at all! The xno grew up to full size within seconds, the chest bursting scene was a dud! The back bursting scene was pretty cool and the end was predictable that it was David not Walter. Mixed feelings as aliens and alien are two of my fav films. Will need to see this again was expectingg an alien film but this was Prometheus 2 more than it was an alien film.
Was not scary or suspenseful at all! The xno grew up to full size within seconds, the chest bursting scene was a dud! The back bursting scene was pretty cool and the end was predictable that it was David not Walter. Mixed feelings as aliens and alien are two of my fav films. Will need to see this again was expectingg an alien film but this was Prometheus 2 more than it was an alien film.
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3:53AM on 05/19/2017

I give it a 7

Not enough xeno action. The new was wicked. Davids contact with the xeno was interesting. But I have a question or two that ill ask later.
Not enough xeno action. The new was wicked. Davids contact with the xeno was interesting. But I have a question or two that ill ask later.
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3:27AM on 05/19/2017
Loved it. A cool merging of Alien, Prometheus and Aliens. Fassbender was brilliant and McBride somehow suited it perfectly. It may prove to be Alien 3 for some Prometheus fans though...
Loved it. A cool merging of Alien, Prometheus and Aliens. Fassbender was brilliant and McBride somehow suited it perfectly. It may prove to be Alien 3 for some Prometheus fans though...
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2:50AM on 05/19/2017

Pretty disappointed...

Not enough alien screen time IMHO... and not that much action, considering Scoot said there would be more than in Prometheus... I had the impression to watch Prometheus again but in a different way... And finally, as an Imax lover, the movie does not exploit all the potential of that format (unlike the very good GoTG 2)>
Oh, and the final twist was soon predictable...
Not enough alien screen time IMHO... and not that much action, considering Scoot said there would be more than in Prometheus... I had the impression to watch Prometheus again but in a different way... And finally, as an Imax lover, the movie does not exploit all the potential of that format (unlike the very good GoTG 2)>
Oh, and the final twist was soon predictable...
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2:34AM on 05/19/2017

That Shower Scene.. Damn!

Bloody as hell & exceptionally tense. I fuckin' loved it!

Enjoyed connecting the dots to "Prometheus". Kinda bummed @ the fates of a few characters.

Even tho I'll champion Blomkamp's "Aliens 2.5" until the day I die...after witnessing how "Covenant" ended, I'm interested to see just exactly how a part 3 (& possible 4) will link up to 1979's original "Alien".
Bloody as hell & exceptionally tense. I fuckin' loved it!

Enjoyed connecting the dots to "Prometheus". Kinda bummed @ the fates of a few characters.

Even tho I'll champion Blomkamp's "Aliens 2.5" until the day I die...after witnessing how "Covenant" ended, I'm interested to see just exactly how a part 3 (& possible 4) will link up to 1979's original "Alien".
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3:22AM on 05/20/2017
Really? That shower scene literally felt like a teen slasher film.
Really? That shower scene literally felt like a teen slasher film.
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