This was a film I could not wait to watch and when I watched it in the cinema I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with the film. Alien: Covenant was a film I long awaited for and I am a huge fan of the Alien franchise and universe but I can’t help but feel rather annoyed.
Alien: Covenant is set ten years after Prometheus (2012) and it features a colonising ship called the Covenant. They are on their way to an earth-like planet called origae-6 but along the way they come across an undiscovers planet which proves to be an suitable habitat for the colony ship passengers in hypersleep and embryos. This paradise is habited by a synthetic, David who was a survivor of the Prometheus. The world turns dark and dangerous as xenomorphs and neomorphs threaten the lives of the Covenant crew.
I was excited for the film having seen the teaser trailer and I thought it would really help answer many questions but once again, Ridley Scott being who he is answers a small amount of questions but opens the door to many questions. That is not what I’m disappointed about … what I’m really disappointed about was the plot. It felt very dry and just lacking excitement. The film does provide exposition on what happened to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus but the story line was just recycled and I could not enjoy the film as much. In addition the characters weren’t strong and it didn’t help with the narrative.
The xenomorph and neomorph were awesome and the best part of the film because the way they were designed was beautiful. The neomorph especially took the spotlight in the film and I felt there needed to be more of the neomorphs because they had a short lived presence in the film. Another thing I also liked about the film was the biblical references and it really solidified the meaning and theme the film was trying to get across:
The film poster embodies the painting in which the Xenomorphs are painted as the angels who are the victors while the engineers are seen as the rebellious angels when in actual fact the engineers are the heroes and the xenomorphs are the fallen ones.
The second point is when David (Michael Fassbender) kisses Walter (Michael Fassbender). David then attacks Walter and this is reminiscent to the kiss of Judas. This was when of the disciples kisses Jesus before he betrays him to the Romans.
I’m a big fan of biblical references and I liked the mentions to the Bible in Alien: Covenant but ultimately Alien: Covenant lacked a lot of story but the visuals and Biblical references were rather beautiful.