By: Hamza Shafique
Second act is when they are on the planet and things starts to reveal. Here we get our first interaction to a xenomorph with all the screams and blood blended with clichéd regular horror moments. This part has interesting cinematography, the planet is beautiful with vegetation, mountains, waterfalls etc. and there are even remains of the alien civilization as well but greyish blue tone of the visuals makes it really hard to register/enjoy any of it. Also, screenplay here gets out of control. It gets confusing and abstract. For a horror/slasher/action film I expect plot to be simple, suspenseful and engaging not complicated and philosophical. This part is also idiotic as well for example, there is literally a scene where Captain sees David talking to a creature who has just killed one of his crew member and yet follows him to his underground xenomorph nest without any doubt. Also when u spend so much on CGI and production to show a dead civilization then instead of showing two robots play flute and flirt with each other, it’s more important to spend a little more time on explaining what happened there (again I found out there was a whole scene explaining that, which did not make to the final cut and is now available on You Tube). I know the flute part is important to convey the message and thought behind why David is doing what he is doing but still it’s supposed to be a popcorn flick and not some documentary on origin of species on History channel. I wanted Alien Covenant to scare me and not to make me question the purpose of my existence.
|I wish film actually looked this crisp and bright on screen