Run time: 122 mins
Starting with Prometheus, Ridley Scott was itching to tell the events leading up to his original star beast, Alien.
What Prometheus lacked was teeth. Covenant then, is Scott delivering on the gory details: faces are hugged, spines are burst, and xenomorphs wreak terror on naive space explorers.
A space storm causes a bunch of colonists led by a Ripley-like Katherine Waterston to veer off course and pick a nearby world to make settlement. Bad idea. The planet is inhabited by a malevolent android (played with glee by Michael Fassbender), who’s Frankenstein-tinkering with a DNA altering substance has birthed all kinds of the late HR Giger inspired, monster creations.
In the second part of a prequel trilogy, and thanks to George Lucas and Peter Jackson, we know how well those turn out! Scott remains bent on squeezing all suspense, mystery and terror out of a franchise which has fuelled our nightmares since 1979. The beauty of Alien was the mystery surrounding the creature, and its aggressive and host body-invading method of reproduction. It terrifies and fascinates still. If you ever wanted to witness a nasty ET head-butt its way out from the inside of someone’s back, come along. (research Jack Whiting) Bring your own sick-bag.