Ridley Scott returns once again to the Alien universe with Alien: Covenant. The movie that serves as a sequel to 2013’s Prometheus, but also as yet another prequel to the Alien franchise. Unfortunately, it is an unengaging, scarless, tedious mess.
The Covenant is a colony ship on its way to a remote planet across the other side of the galaxy. It carries — between colonists and embryos — around 3000 people, plus a small crew and one android named Walter. The android is a later model of David, the android featured in Prometheus and is once again portrayed by Michael Fassbender. When a neutrino shockwave damages the ship severely Walter is forced to awaken the crew earlier than planned to help repair the ship. Amongst the repairs they receive a signal from a planet not far away that seems habitable and safe. Maybe they missed this planet in their scans of the system? So they go in to investigate. Seven years away from the planet they were en-route to, or one only a week away that seems just as good? But it’s got bad things on it, bad things that will bite your face.
Covenants plot is… boring to say the least. Most of its problems don’t even come from it’s ever continuing and confusing plot-hole ridden direction of Prometheus’s story. Prometheus for all its problems had a strong cast and characters that were, if anything, at least fully formed. Noomi Rapace played a strong lead, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba brought gravitas and Guy Pearce as the young Peter Weyland was a strong butt-headed douche, but a strong character nonetheless. Covenants characters seem like second-tier characters from all the other Alien movies gathered up to form this cast.