Movie Review #3765 ALIEN : COVENANT
Second in the Alien reboot series, following on from 2012's Prometheus which sought to provide a precursor to all the nasties.
This one takes its lead from the original 1979 Alien although is not really a remake as it does have a character all of its own; true to say though that the basic concept of alien gestation is still the same.
As usual our synthetic friends play a major role in the proceedings and there are a few twists and turns as we follow the intrepid explorers through the mire of alien encounter, which of course does have more than a few ups and downs.
No real stand out performances although Michael Fassbinder is suitably sinister in his synthetic role(s) and part of the charm of the originals was Sigourney Weaver's Ripley character, of which an equivalent isn't present in this outing. However we do have a small cameo turn from Aussie Guy 'Priscilla' Pearce at the entry as the nasty Mr Weyland which, whilst hardly a compensation, does set the scene nicely.
Overall not as impacting as the original as that one was a 'ne'er been done before' however nonetheless an entertaining little reboot that quite clearly sets in motion a chain of sequels that will no doubt culminate with lessons in boredom as so many sequels do. 7/10.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.