Alien: Covenant (2017)
Rating: 3 out of 5 - worth watching
Director: Ridley Scott. Rated: 15. 122 minutes.
A spaceship carrying 2,000 human colonists to a distant planet is jolted by an energy beam, disabling the vessel. As the crew repair it, a message is received from a much closer planet. As the planet appears more suited to settlement than the chosen destination, they decide to investigate. Once there, the crew is infected by a parasite that grows inside them before bursting out of the host human as a huge, murderous alien.
Review, by Jason Day
Director Ridley Scott released his non-Alien Alien (1979) prequel Prometheus in 2012 to a mixed critical reaction. The main problem being that was isn't all that original, despite the lavish marketing that created a tantalisingly mysterious feel to the film.
He's now back on the Alien bandwagon proper, reintroducing the terrifying 'xenomorph' of movie lore, one which audiences of the previous films will be all too familiar with.
Also back is his tight grip on the action - there are some scenes so brilliantly wound up, you'll be squirming in your seat.
Michael Fassbender leads a tip-top cast of characters actors with his amusingly sardonic, sociopathic android David.
There is still a lack of invention and freshness here. Some scenes are portrayed with a stamp of familiarity so firm that the film itself is a neat summary of the entire series up to this point.
For the uninitiated who want to avoid binge watching the whole franchise, check in and see this nerve-jangling collation.
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Cast & credits
Director: Ridley Scott. 122mins. Twentieth Century Fox/Brandywine/Scott Free/TSG. (15)
Producers: David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.
Writers: John Logan, Dante Harper.
Camera: Dariusz Kolski.
Music: Jed Kurzel.
Sets: Chris Seagers.
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bechir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean.
Pic: Twentieth Century Fox