Alien: Covenant is the sequel to Prometheus and the sixth overall movie in the Alien series.
It’s now 2109 and the crew of the Covenant are transporting 2,000 colonists to paradise planet Origae-6 in order to start a new life.
After suffering a flight tragedy from a solar flare that kills their captain, pilot Tennessee (played by Danny McBride) picks up a random transmission — that is deciphered as John Denver’s Country Roads — that alerts them to the presence of a nearer planet that has better conditions to support life.
The crew, including the most advanced synthetic human Walter (played by Michael Fassbender), take the easy option and set down on the untested planet.
There is breathable air. There is wheat. Only terra-forming officer Daniels (played by Katherine Waterston) notices there are no bird or animal noises.
While on the new planet they meet David (also played by Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
But even as Covenant moves into territory already covered by Director Ridley Scott’s other Alien movies, Scott creates powerful, striking imagery from a doomed necropolis filled with blackened, statue-like bodies to David’s years-old laboratory cave, filled with creepy specimens and reams of drawings.
Michael Fassbender is the true star in Aliens:Covenant and the moments that involve Fassbender’s two synthetic characters (Walter and David) are some of the best scenes in the entire movie.
Both characters are skilfully differentiated by Fassbender, particularly in the scenes where David and Walter argue over the meaning of existence and when David teaches Walter to play the flute.
But there is darker side to David. Aliens:Covenant finishes with a twist that sets the scene for the next movie in the series and leaves viewers wanting to know what happens next.
Words by Peter Lamont
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Details: Aliens Covenant | now playing in cinemas everywhere | 123 minutes