Now I’m a fan of the Alien movies. I love the films and I’ve watched them many times. So myself and my wife watched the new film last night. I don’t know about you but I do tend to fall for movie trailers. I watch them and don’t always realise I’m getting the best bits in 30 seconds. The trailers for Alien Covenant do this as much as most movies but I was surprised that enough had been held back to leave a few surprises. What I mean by this is that the story was different than I expected. This is a good thing. The movie is an extension to the film Prometheus but the story starts by moving it in an unexpected direction. Vague I know, but I’m trying not to give any of it away and spoil it for you. However once the stories path is set, it becomes very obvious whats going to happen. From that point on your just traveling on the rails with no deviations or surprises. What saves it is the fact its a pretty good action film so you don’t really mind.
What you ultimately want from a horror is shock, dread, and dare I say it, horror. Alien Covenant does have shock on its side but practically zero horror. That being said so did Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and they’re ok.
The special effects and sound are as you’d expect. In fact very good, but these are just dressing. What you actually get is an interesting science fiction adventure with some shock in there but by no means a great Alien movie. So this is where we go back to the trailers. I was expecting a true Alien movie much like the first or second. We actually got something on par with Alien 3 before the director’s version. It has Aliens and is an ok movie but will never rank highly for me.