Alien: Covenant (2017) – Film Review

Alien Covenant (2017) Uitgelichte Afbeelding

Ridley Scott is back with a new Alien-film after the mixed reactions of 2012’s Prometheus. The film is called Alien: Covenant and is the second prequel to the Alien-franchise, which started with Prometheus.


Alien: Covenant takes place ten years after the events of Prometheus. The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.


Ridley Scott (Alien & The Martian) is able to answer some of the questions people had after seeing Prometheus. We also get a glimpse at the mysterieus origin of the Xenomorph. Scott also continues the existential questions that were asked in the first prequel. Discussions about the origin of life and creation are being held. It’s very clear that the humans, especially Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland, are interested in finding out about the origin of life.

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Still from Alien: Covenant (2017). Source: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

On the contrary to Michael Fassbender’s David who only wants to find out how it feels to be a creator, instead of a creation. Thanks to the fact that existential questions are being asked, the movie is not only thrilling to see, but also very thought provocative. Sadly – Alien: Covenant is not a perfect film. It has a lot of problems. The film is quite the mess. This is because of the use of multiple genres. Besides that most of the characters are also very forgettable. They’re only there to be used as horror-material. Dummies for the Xenomorphs to kill.

The most striking part about Alien Covenant is the performance by Michael Fassbender (Shame). Besides playing David, he also plays another synthetic robot – called Walter. They may look similar, but their character arcs and motives are very different. Making the performance from Michael Fassbender very unique. And even though most of the other characters are forgettable, the acting is still very good. You will feel the emotions they’re feeling throughout the film. Making you sometimes as happy, frustrated or scared as the characters are on screen.

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Still from Alien: Covenant (2017). Source: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The monsters in this Alien-film exit the human body once again, in a horrifying, masterfully and memorable way. This time the Xenomorphs are made from digital effects, and even though they look alright, they’re not as scary as they were in the original Alien-film. Alien: Covenant has a lot, and I do mean a lot, of problems. But the positives outweigh the negatives just by a little bit. Making it a movie all Alien-fans should first watch, before they form an opinion on it.

Bekijk hier de officiële trailer van Alien: Covenant (2017).
Sebastiaan Khouw
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