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Movie Review: Alien – Covenant

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 40 years since Ripley kicked the shit out of a nasty Xenomorph and gave rise to the first true action movie Goddess. Now we have a (possible) new heroine in the feisty yet measured Daniels (Waterston) …. but can she re-ignite this enduring movie franchise?

First, the basic plot ….

The colony ship Covenant is bound for a distant planet on the other side of the galaxy. It carries on-board some 15 crew, 2000 humans and 1000 or so embryos. The slumbering vessel is overseen by the android Walter (Fassbender). During a routine re-charging (giant pieces of foil to harness energy, it was very cool), the ship encounters some space warp thing (it’s not really important) but the crew are awakened a few years too early.

The crew receives a mysterious transmission and egged on by his crew but under fire from his 2IC Daniels, Oram (Crudup) succumbs to peer group pressure and sets off to investigate the source of the mysterious message.

And as we all know, nothing good ever, ever, EVER comes from going off course in space to investigate a mysterious transmission. I mean COME ON!

There was a theatre wide collective face palm. Daniels just rolled her eyes on the screen. Okay maybe she didn’t do it outwardly but I bet she was on the inside.

So off they go towards certain death *big dramatic sigh*

Once they arrive on this strange new planet, they face not only the obligatory certain death but they also find another android, David (Fassbender) who can only be described as Walter’s slightly unhinged twin.

Annnnnnnnnnd we all know the rest of the story.

Although it was about 30 minutes too long, I really liked this movie. It had all the best bits of the Alien movies…..the morphing alien erupting out of people’s bodies with gut churning regularity, the dark, foreboding landscapes, the creepy angled shots and of course the kick arse chick who takes on that pesky alien single handedly.

Of course, there will never be another Ripley but Daniels is a worthy addition to the Alien universe. Let’s hope if they make another one, they let her go off!

4 stars 

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Director : Ridley Scott

Starring : Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean

Running Time :  122 minutes

Release Date :  In Cinemas Now

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Written by Sue Ellen

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