Welcome To The Review!
Welcome back to another review from LL! It’s good to be putting up another post for all of you. This week, we head back to a sci-fi/thriller franchise that has been going for many decades. Let’s take a trip back to Ridley Scott’s world of Alien, in its latest instalment ‘Alien Covenant.’ Again, I will say, if you have not seen it and intend to, then I suggest you tread lightly as there will be spoilers here!
And without further ado, let’s begin.
Same Story, More Intensity
What makes this story just as good as its predecessors? Well for a starters, we have a much deeper understanding when it comes to philosophy. What do I mean by this? The biggest point is having David and Walter (fun tip for you, these names were used as tributes to the producers David Giler and Walter Hill) in this story. Walter’s purpose was to ensure the crews survival as it was part of his duty as a syntho drone. David, however, being the previous imperfect model, was a polar opposite. He wanted to use the humans as experiments for his creation. The Xenomorphs!
Here is a perfect teaser that’ll help us predict what would happen in this film. Take a look at this shot, vast open space, a completely white painted room, with a massive landscape view, with a piano to one side. Just from this, I can see that this is David consciousness (at the time) being empty. He is newly created, understanding the world as it is, but he follows his human creator. However, looking out of that window, we can see David is something more. A new world, in which he could see and control, but is held back from. A quote that stuck with me, from the entire film, was from this scene being “Allow me, then, a moment to consider, you seek your creator, I am looking at mine. I will serve you, yet you are human. You will die, I will not.” in which follows silence. Who is really in control here?
Couples Love…Uhh I Mean Death
If that first scene didn’t get you wondering, then maybe the rest of the film would. We are introduced to a new crew, heading towards Origae-6 to recolonise. Firstly, what, in the name of all that’s holy, did we do!! 2106, and we are off into space, because we either screwed up with Earth, or something happened to force us to leave, for this mission. Moving on; it is easy to realise that every member of the the crew are all part of a couple or other. What does this mean? Well a lot of loss and mourning. Less than 20/25 minutes in, and a crew member already dies. It’s to be expected but at the same time come on!!
From here, we watch curiosity overcome the human crew. A scrambled transmission grabs their attention, and pulls them off course, in which they think everything will be perfectly fine. NO! As the saying goes: curiosity killed the cat, and by god did it KILL. Just from a slight hint of contact, from the powder, we watch as it unravels, infecting (and in- time killing) two members, Ledward and Hallett. And here’s where it all starts, as we watch terror inflict the crew members, and blood starts being spilled. Member after member start dying, not just from the aliens, but from David as well.
Another scene that hit home with me, is here (insert arrow pointing above). We experience what it means to be a god. David destroys this world with his creation, and watches as innocent blood pours onto the surface of his new world. Just watching David explain his story shows his innocence, but after his true intentions are discovered, we realise how much of a monster this syntho has become. And to silence the man who discovered his dark secrets (Oram), he tricks him into becoming face-hugged and of course killed.
Revel In My CREATION
And what do we know about David, in the last film! He was with Elizabeth Shaw, on the Prometheus ship, in which Shaw died and he lived. Huh, is this deja vu? Humans die and he lives (maybe its just me). But David wants to free Walter’s mind, let him see what it’s like to really be free, to have all of creation and be a god. Of course Walter doesn’t see it that way, as he is programmed to be more robotic and follow orders. Therefore, David’s lessons and intentions are wasted, as they end up fighting one another. David fights for the death of the crew and Walter fights for their survival.
In the end, we watch as the remaining crew escape, with Walter, and they continue their charted course to recolonise space. In the end, some did survive the tragedy, but not all ends well. Walter is not the one who comes back, and keeps the remaining crew alive, it’s David. Why? Well, to try and “create” again, but this time it will be his perfect masterpiece.
Overall I thought this sequel (to the prequel) was really gripping, as I believe that David and Walter having control made the plot a lot thicker as it added depth. As per usual, the film stuck to its roots with genre, cinematography and sound as well as a strong (but not overpowering cast) but I wonder how this can be topped? Will the crew arrive at Origae-6 and become victim to David’s creation, or do we watch his entire plan blow up in his face. It’s definitely something to look forward to.
Well that wraps up this review, what did you think of the film? Did you enjoy Scott’s gripping thriller? Or is the franchise getting a little bit too repetitive? Leave your thoughts below whether they be critical or not.