Run time: 120 MINS
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby
Synopsis: Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his ground-breaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Showing in: IMAX: 4DX ; Superscreen; DBOX; ViP; 2D
This film is from distinguished director Ridley Scott, who has given us two of the greatest sci-fi genre films – the neo-noir, dystopian thriller Blade Runner (1982) and Alien (1979) – where we learned the full horror of the tagline: ’In space, no one can hear you scream.’ Alien: Covenant is a follow-up to Scott’s semi-prequel film Prometheus (2012), taking the Alien franchise story back to its origins.
Familiar themes emerge in this heart-stopping, nail-biting, dark interstellar horror/thriller monster fest. Ridley Scott has been widely quoted in the media as saying: ‘I wanted to scare the shit out of people. That’s the job’
Alien Covenant certainly achieves this with a nerve jangling screenplay from John Logan and Dante Harper. Great locations, cinematography and terrific production design all help this sci-fi world to visually dominate the big screen.
A freak accident wakes the crew of the Covenant, a space-ship with a ‘cargo’ of 2,000 hyper-sleeping colonists being carried to a new planet. Among the crew is a next-generation synthetic person Walter (Michael Fassbender), who has been taking care of maintenance and drudge work. The captain had died in the accident, unable to escape his sleep pod, and his grief-stricken wife Daniels (Katherine Waterston) finds it easier to confide in Walter, the emotionally neutered android, than face the pity of her shipmates.
Drawn to a remote unknown planet, two of the crew members (Waterston and Billy Crudup) discover what they think to be a unique, uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor (with a treacherous British accent) of the doomed Prometheus expedition years before. However the exotic and mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival. The neomorph is the most hellish of monsters – viscous, sharp-toothed and with unbridled rage – tearing with equal ease through reinforced glass and human ribcages.
The film offers an outstanding double performance from Fassbender (ably backed by a strong ensemble), unforgettable Pompeii-like petrified corpses amid colossal ruins, a haunting score from Jed Kurzel and masterful, evocative sound design which helps to boost the terror level to maximum.
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