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Alien: Covenant (2017)

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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.

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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 Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Rated R for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$97,000,000 (estimated)

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$36,160,621 (USA) (19 May 2017)

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$73,975,898 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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Trivia

The original treatment for this movie, as revealed by director Ridley Scott in 2012, when the film was still in development, was to be a more faithful sequel to Prometheus (2012). Titled "Paradise Lost," it would have drifted even further from the "Alien" mythology, and focused almost exclusively on the backstory of the engineers, the origins of humanity, and how the engineers created humans and xenomorphs. The prequels would then conclude with a film that ties itself in to the original "Alien" movies. Ridley Scott pursued this idea because he felt that the "Alien" franchise lost its touch and was overdone and overexposed, and as such, wanted to try a different approach. However, due to the divided fan reactions of Prometheus (2012), Scott abandoned this direction and took a different approach instead, specifically to reintroduce the "Alien" mythos much sooner, with the classic Xenomorph. See more »

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The "gestation period" for the Xenomorphs changes from character to character. It takes anywhere from roughly 1 hour with the first "chest burster" to appear to mere minutes for subsequent others to gestate. There seems to be no "standard" length of time before they appear. Additionally, this contradicts all of the other films in the Alien franchise which this films "precedes" because it takes as long as a calendar day for Kane's alien implant to gestate.

David explained to Capt. Oram he bred them into hybrids, thus making them grow at different, and faster, rates.

Correction: The above correction actually creates another, larger, plot hole. This film precedes the original film in the franchise, Alien by 14 years. The Xenomorphs found in that film were apparently brought there inside the ship of the so-called "Space Jockey" a character not shown in Alien: Covenant. There would no way that David could have introduced his embryos to that vessel when the first film makes it clear that the ship they found had been there for many years..certainly longer than 14 or so. In short, the Xenomorphs that exist in this film cannot be the ones which exist in later films. See more »

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[first lines]
Peter Weyland: How do you feel?
David: Alive.
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How to keep destroying a franchise
11 May 2017 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

Amazingly enough, the director who's created some of the everlasting iconic cinema features (Alien, Blade Runner), which have set the standards of dozens of sci-fi movies to come, keeps destroying his franchise by spitting out one bad copy of the original after the other. If Prometheus was a flat, predictable sequel of the infinite Alien saga, Alien:Covenant is an irritating piece of works, managing to deliver a worse performance than its immediate predecessor. The usual stunning special effects from CGI don't compensate for the cockamamie plot, the less than impressive acting from a less than impressive cast (with the only exception of Fassbender). All the magic, all the mystery of the original franchise is lost in the midst of splashes of bloods (litres of it....), Jurassic Park monsters jumping all over the place, star-ships driven like fighter jets and so on. Is all this a concession to our times, the ti es of The Guardian Of The Galaxy, Avangers, etc? Maybe, probably...and they do have a public, so long live the box office and RIP good old Alien.


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