After an emergency crew repairs their spacecraft during a mission, they receive a mysterious signal from a nearby planet. A musical melody can be deciphered. The ships commanders have a discussion and a conflicted decision is made to visit the planet and investigate the source.
Upon their arrival they discover a terrain that is much like earth, with forests and rivers. The crew embark on an on-foot exploration and follow tracks of fallen trees. Soon enough, two members get sick and pale. They begin vomiting and convulsing. A panic begins, and hideous aliens burst out of them attacking anyone in sight. This places critical risk not only on the emergency crew, but also the thousands of human embryos they have stored in their ship (for intentions of growing a population on a different planet). But a known android is able to assist the crew and provide them refuge in a large temple. There they get to learn about the source of the terrifying aliens and the stunning history behind the planet.
This is the follow up to 2012’s Prometheus and the eight movie involving the same Alien creature. Unsurprisingly, the elements are recycled. Once again, a group of experts are hunted down as they explore ominous chambers or spaces. Eeriness pervades the unknown surroundings. Grotesque events occur usually beginning with supporting characters who are thinly written . Scenery is grandeur and some images are apocalyptic. All aspects though repeated, still maintain an effective experience.
There are some valuable new ideas. One in particular is how the android character of David is built upon. He has more vitality, pride, and depravity. It’s given another hypnotic performance by Michael Fassbender. It’s a variant on the character of David as it develops from the sinister turning points in Prometheus.
Violence would be the films weakness. More aggressive, the amount of grisly sequences and imagery could have been moderated and the movie would benefit. Performances (led by Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, and Danny Mcbride), however are sound and the characters look distressed when required. Special effects are first rate and some action sequences will be remembered. Directed by Ridley Scott, and from a screenplay by John Logan and Dante Harper, Alien: Covenant does not have the same wonder and magnificence of Prometheus, but it’s an intense horror film with some imagination.