Film Review: Alien: Covenant
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Ridley Scott returns to direct Alien: Covenant, his third film in the franchise and the sixth instalment overall. This gorgeous movie takes the series back to some of its horror roots, whilst continuing to expand on the story Scott began telling with Prometheus back in 2012. Set in the year 2104, the colonist ship Covenant is midway through its journey when an accident forces the crew out of hyper sleep. When what appears to be a distress message is intercepted, the crew decide to investigate a nearby, earth-like planet, much to the protest of second in command, Daniels (Katherine Waterston). Accompanied by the synthetic Walter (Michael Fassbender), the crew arrive on the strange world and slowly begin to uncover the dark mystery of what’s happened there. When a deadly infection spawns a new threat the crew begin an intense fight for survival as both their mission and lives are put in jeopardy. It’s worth mentioning right from the offset that the film is visually stunning. Ridley Scott’s talent for directing sci-fi can be seen throughout the movie, with some truly breathtaking shots. Everything looks authentic and true to the franchise, from the costume design to the Covenant itself. If nothing else, Covenant really is a lesson in the art of filmmaking, with Scott and cinematographer, Dariusz Wolski, really raising the bar.
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