Download: Alien: Covenant — ‘impressive sets and effects’
Directed by Ridley Scott, 2017
20th Century Fox
“Don’t go there!” It’s the ur-cry of the horror flick. In Alien: Covenant, you wail it as soon as the starship Covenant, alerted by a mysterious signal to a more promising destination for its cargo of colonists, changes course to check it out.
Then, once the crew has made planet fall, you’re repeating it again and again, as the hapless astronauts blunder their way to the franchise’s signature demises (rent from within, chomped from without).
That you care enough to do so is a tribute to Ridley Scott’s long-honed expertise with this stuff (he directed the original Alien in 1979, as well as the most recent, Prometheus, in 2012). Impressive sets and effects help too, as do fine performances, notably from Michael Fassbender as a messianic android (and twin) straight out of uncanny valley.