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Space Shenanigans

Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Deepa Gahlot

Alien: Covenant
Director:
Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and others
Rating: * * *

If a master filmmaker like Ridley Scott retreads his own monster-in-space films, which, subsequently others have borrowed from (the recent 'Life' by Daniel Espinosa), he can still add a wallop to the seen-before material.

Scott’s 'Alien: Covenant' is not very different from his films like the original, trendsetting 'Alien' (1979) and this film's immediate prequel Prometheus (2012). There are only so many ways in which a vicious reptilian alien can suck the blood and life-force from a human and generate gross out terror for the audience.

The always dependable Michael Fassbender plays a double role, as David, the android who was in Prometheus, and his late-model ‘brother’ Walter (both created by Peter Weyland--Guy Pearce in a brief role), who is on board Spaceship Covenant, which is taking 2000 colonisers in sleep pods, to settle on a new outpost.

A sudden fire on board forces some of the occupants of the pods to emerge from their statis, woken up by the ship’s computer Muthur (pronounced Mother, of course).

The ship’s captain (James Franco) is killed in the fire and his second-in-command Oram (Billy Crudup) has to take over the ship with the shattered widow, Daniels (Katherine Waterston) as the first officer.

The rest of the crew are around just to provide fodder for the predatory Xenomorphs, unleashed at regular intervals. When the Covenant receives phantom messages from an uncharted planet, Oram decides to divert the ship there to explore and check if it is really habitable.

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