The sixth in the Alien series and the second instalment in the Alien prequel series—the first being the 2012 release, Prometheus—the Ridley Scott-directed Alien: Covenant is written by John Logan and Dante Harper. This is the third of the Alien franchise directed by Ridley Scott.
Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender as Walter, Katherine Waterson as Daniels, Billy Crudup as Christopher Oram, Danny McBride as Tennessee and Demain Bichir as Sergeant Lope.
In Prometheus, David (Fassbender) was a survivor of a doomed expedition. The Covenant expedition begins in 2104 on an expedition to locate a planet conducive for humans to live in. The massive space ship, Covenant, carries a cargo of 2,000 colonists and crew, along with Walter (again played by Fassbender) a synthetic android which resembles David. En route, they intercept a strange signal which prompts the Captain to change course and head for the source. On landing in one of their cruise vehicles, they find that the habitat is masterminded by David after the Prometheus had crashed there earlier. But, there has been sinister developments which include the forced infection of the planet’s inhabitants called Engineers, with a deadly virus and development of alien creatures through mutant experiments. The crew of Covenant soon finds it to be a dark and dangerous world where the original David and monstrous creatures inhabit.
One by one, the alien creatures and a prevalent virus decimate the crew of the Covenant, including the destruction of their landing vehicle, forcing a second evacuation team from the mother ship to come to their rescue. Violent deaths, scary alien creatures and sensational outboard space fights with eerie creatures are some of the technical highlights of this film.
Technically, you cannot compare the Covenant with other space odyssey films like Star Wars, but the aliens that abound are more believable than those with typical human forms with hands, legs and head.
Katherine Waterson does a good Daniels and, although Alien fans will tend to compare with Sigourney Weaver of an earlier franchise, she passes muster. The battle of wits, brotherhood and camaraderie between an older David of Prometheus and the younger iteration Walter of Covenant, is effectively portrayed. At the end, one keeps wondering what Walter (or is it David?) is up to… the question hangs… is there another Alien in the assembly line? But, Michael Fassbender is the anchor/shoulder on which Covenant firmly rests.
The story of Alien: Covenant is quite straightforward and uncomplicated and even if you have not seen the earlier episodes or followed the historical facts, this is a complete film in itself.
Film: Alien: Covenant
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Danny McBride