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Studio:
     20th Century Fox (2 hr 2 min)
Plot:
     Colonists take a stop on their intergalactic voyage to an earth-like planet that is overrun by alien species.
Cast:
     Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Demian Bichir, Uli Latukefu, James Franco
Rating:
     R
Bottom Line:
     **1/2

Coverage:
by
Khaleel Herbert

Let’s get something straight here. Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” is not better than his 1979 classic, “Alien.” Most reboots can’t match their classic predecessors. With that being said, “Alien: Covenant,” wasn’t a complete disappointment.

After the opening credits, the Covenant spaceship is in midflight toward a new planet with many colonists and frozen human fetuses onboard in the year 2104.

A solar flare inflicts serious damage to the Covenant and the loss of ship’s captain Branson (James Franco). Some of the crew members are woken up by David (Michael Fassbender), a robot, from their sleeping pods. The crew includes Daniels (Katherine Waterston), Oram (Billy Crudup), Tennessee (Danny McBride), Karine (Carmen Ejogo), and Ledward (Benjamin Rigby).

While Tennessee goes into outer space to fix a sail on the Covenant, he gets an interfering signal in his space helmet. Oram, the new man-in-charge, listens to the sound and says it’s coming from a human. When he learns that the signal is coming from a distant planet, he halts on the seven-year journey to the Covenant’s original destination.

Daniels says it’s a bad idea and to turn back, but Oram shrugs it off. His plan goes awry when he discovers that the planet is infested with alien species that slowly pluck off the colonists one by one. Serves him right for not listening to a woman.

Is it wrong that I was rooting for the aliens throughout most of the movie? The aliens hold their forms from the original “Alien” film with CG animation, making them fiercer than ever. They even made the big black alien look cool when it lingers on the ship and plucks off colonists one by one (and two of them were making out with each other while taking a shower).

Waterston gave a great performance as the heroine, better than her role in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” She was fierce and put a good fight against the aliens, making her almost as good as Sigourney Weaver.

The problem with “Alien: Covenant” is that it has that trite haunted-house theme and tried to be like “Alien.” The colonists wander onto new territory and almost every member gets “aliened.” I could predict who was getting killed next in an instant. Plus there were scenes that mimicked “Alien” to a tee with the facehugger, an alien popping out of a guy’s chest, and Daniels wanting to lure the alien to kill it, lacking originality. The ending had an unexpected twist that I didn’t see coming, though.

“Alien: Covenant” didn’t bring anything new to the “Alien” table, but it wasn’t a complete fluke either. It had way more action and fun alien parts than the wannabe “Life.”

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