In 2104, almost eleven years after the disastrous expedition to the distant moon, LV-223, in Prometheus (2012), the deep-space colonisation vessel, USCSS Covenant, is on course for the remote planet, Origae-6, with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission entices the crew to a nearby habitable planet which resembles Earth. As a result, the unsuspecting crewmembers of the Covenant will have to cope with biological foes beyond human comprehension. Now, what started as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation in uncharted space. Is there an escape from the treacherous, mysterious planet?Written by
The Xenomorph's design in the movie was based on that of the "Big Chap" specimen from Alien, though it seems to take after its redesign from the video game Alien: Isolation (2014) as it has hinged legs and slightly longer limbs to better justify its lightning mobility. It also lacks biomechanical features, a deliberate move by the design team to represent its status as a not-quite-perfected prototype. See more »
During the opening act, the Covenant is damaged by a shockwave after Mother detects a "neutrino storm". Nutrinos are nearly massless particles which so rarely interact with other material that they commonly pass though the entire Earth without ever causing a reaction. They could not damage the ship as portrayed in the film. However, the ship wasn't damaged by a neutrino storm at all, but by (as the crew puts it) a "highly charged shockwave from a stellar ignition" (e.g. a supernova) and/or a "spontaneous stellar flare". A neutrino burst is merely something that occurs during a stellar ignition event but is not the cause of the event or any resulting shockwaves from it. See more »
The 20th Century Fox logo is in a shade of dark blue-gray. See more »
Chinese version was heavily edited to get an approval from film censor's office. Beside violent scenes, almost any scene with an Alien was cut/shortened so you can barely see the creatures. The kiss between David and Walter was removed as well. See more »
Still waiting for answers, but mostly left with more questions
Alien: Covenant was a good quintessential Alien movie. If you were looking for answers and an explanation of what happened after Prometheus; only expect, beyond the obvious, a few vague ones. Without revealing any major plot points, if you have watched the Prologues released by Fox, I can say that not much more than what have already been seen there is shown. The brief "add on" to the prologue, stitched into the movie as a flash back, does explain (sorta) exactly what happened after Shaw and David arrived at the Engineer Home World, but only in a very vaguely and briefly, leaving a lot unanswered. Including what happened to Shaw. There is a few tidbits that make it clear she was there, and vague explanation (sorta) of what may have became of her.
I was hoping to leave the theater saying I get it, it all makes sense, and I think you do kinda get that, but not really. Many more questions are left then answers given. Like Chinese food; really good and you eat a lot but, your still hungry and still not fully satisfied when you leave the restaurant. A bit disappointing especially with a run time just over 2 hours. They packed in a lot of what Alien is known for, but it got a bit too esoteric and even a bit boring at times.
We do get to start seeing how the Covenant mission is getting closer in the Alien Cannon time frame to the Nostromo encounter. Also, little tidbits that any fan of the original Alien will pick up on and appreciate. Absolutely go see this movie, but expect to be left hungry and wanting more. 7/10
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