The latest chapter in the Alien franchise picks up the action where Prometheus left off and delivers even more explanation of the origin of Aliens. The question is, do we need to know so much about these monsters, or is less truly more?
Alien: Covenant is a peculiar blend of familiar scenes and new concepts. The plot is almost identical to the previous film, Prometheus: the crew of a colony ship in search of a new inhabitable planet veers off course and winds up on a different planet that seems perfect but turns out to be anything but. The crew sets out to explore and repeats the mistakes of their predecessors: venturing out into unknown terrain with no protective gear, putting their hands and faces where they don’t belong, risking multiple lives and entire ships in order to save just one person, not asking important questions, etc.
However, without these errors in judgement the plot wouldn’t be able to move forward to the one thing we really need in an Alien movie – the Alien in question. Here we get a thorough explanation of the origin of the Alien species and everyone will take away from it what they can. Personally, I was intrigued but also disappointed: to me the movie monsters work much better when they are shrouded in mystery.
The cast is headlined by Michael Fassbender who, as many believe, was the best thing about Prometheus. Here his role is expanded which allows him to deliver an even more nuanced and crucial performance which stands out among the other interchangeable characters. The main attraction is, of course, the Alien creature that you are able to observe in various stages of development.
Alien: Covenant is a must for those who are still curious about the Alien mythology, but could feel unnecessary for non-fans.