Watch me; I'll do the fingering
Village Jam Factory - Saturday 13 May 2017, 10:40am
Running time: 122m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong science fiction themes and violence)
Release date: 11/05/17
Rating: 6.5/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3.5/5)
The Covenant, a spaceship with thousands of sleeping colonists aboard, is on its way to a new life on a new planet. But after a malfunction they end up landing on another planet that holds the secrets to what happened to the ill-fated mission of the Prometheus 10 years earlier.
Ridley Scott is back in the director's chair for the latest instalment of the popular Alien franchise. If you're looking for more flesh to the origin story you'll be pleased, but it doesn't move far from the established formula as characters are picked off one by one in increasingly grizzly ways. Michael Fassbender has two roles, reprising synthetic human David from Prometheus and playing Walter on the Covenant. Both performances are great (and the Fassbender-on-Fassbender kiss is worth a half star bonus on its own) but it's the special effects and scale of the visuals that dominate the experience.
When working with a familiar franchise there's a fine line between respecting the original content and delivering something new. If you've enjoyed the previous ones (even those forgettable last two with Sigourney) you're likely to enjoy this one... because you'll know exactly what's going to happen.