After originally distancing Prometheus from Alien, the latest instalment of Ridley Scott’s space-horror franchise, Alien: Covenant, connects the dots between the two and continues to expand the universe. Covenant is the second chapter in his prequel trilogy that attempts to establish the world of aliens, humans, androids and monsters. Although we’ve given you enough reasons to see the film in our review, we’ve compiled 7 distinct reasons why Alien: Covenant is a must-see on the big screen.
1. It’s a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to Alien
The first Alien film, also helmed by Ridley Scott, is widely considered as one of the greatest sci-fiction horror films of all time. Nearly 40 years later, Scott returned to the franchise with Prometheus in hopes of branching out and exploring undeveloped parts of the story. While Alien is set in 2122, Prometheus was set in 2103 and Alien: Covenant, ten years later, in 2113. While Covenant offers many revelations about the world of Alien, it embraces a lot of the mystery created in Prometheus and omits parts of the story to keep viewers in suspense (Ridley Scott cut approximately 20 minutes of footage). The biggest difference between the two prequels has to be the return of the razor-toothed Xenomorphs and the return to gore. Unlike Prometheus, it’s a film that offers a lot of horror-movie splatter. Read more about Prometheus’ secrets here.
2. Michael Fassbender as Walter and David
Michael Fassbender remains the best thing about the prequel series and the actor returns as both Walter and Prometheus’ David, two synthetics with very different objectives, in Covenant. Fassbender plays both roles perfectly and, although they look exactly the same, it is easy to differentiate the two different synthetics. While one baffles about evolution and perfection, the other projects loyalty and honesty. There are a number of great scenes where the two interact with one another (Michael Fassbender talking and explaining to Michael Fassbender).
3. The art of Alien: Covenant
Regardless of your thoughts on the movie itself, it’s hard to deny that Alien: Covenant isn’t one of the most beautiful movies you’ll see this year. Here is a small selection of artwork/concept designs created by Wayne Haag, Valentin Petrov, Gabriel Beauvais, Steve Burg, Emmanuel Shiu, and EV Shipard for the film:
4. Danny McBride
While many people expected Danny McBride to be nothing more than the comic relief in Alien: Covenant, he surprised many by delivering a solid performance of straight-faced macho pilot, Tennessee. In a room full of decent actors, McBride manages to make his presence felt and you can’t help but root for him.
5. It’s genuinely scary
Unlike the more recent Alien films, this one is actually scary. There are some truly haunting moments, with creepy architecture, Xenomorphs, chestbusters, facehuggers and the works. It’s a good blend of science fiction, horror and action. Expect a few frights.
6. It’s not a perfect film, but it really isn’t as bad as some say
Alien: Covenant currently holds a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes, a 6.8 on IMDB and 65% on Metacritic. That’s a relatively okay score for a film that seems to be getting a lot of heat for being “too predictable” and “full of tropes”. Covenant is a genre film created by the director who helped pioneer and create the tropes used in the film. When Prometheus was released, a lot of fans were upset and asking for it to be more like Alien. Now, with Alien: Covenant those same fans are crying that it isn’t as good as Prometheus.
7. It has one of the biggest reveals of the franchise
While I can’t give it away without spoiling the film, there is a big reveal in the film that changes everything we know about the franchise. It’s a shocker and will inspire you to rewatch all the movies again.