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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    You Can't Please Everyone

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    VandyPrice
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    As a human male who wasn't born until 1987, the year after James Cameron's seven-year-later sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece debuted, I was never overly inclined to invest much of my adolescence in Xenomophs or the lore of the talented Ms. Ripley. As someone who would unknowingly be lumped in with the millennial generation I didn't grow up with a fondness for those original films and thus they never became a critical part of the cultural landscape for me until much later in life. It might even be difficult for viewers with older tastes and dated perspectives to understand how such a film as restrained and measured as Alien might play for today's ADD audiences, but despite the fact I didn't end up seeing Scott's original film until a college screenwriting class doesn't mean I didn't understand the how and why of its effectiveness. Still, because of the life experiences that shaped who I was up until the point when I saw Prometheus in the summer of 2012 I didn't mind that it felt completely different from what Scott had established as his Alien universe in the past. Like with music and most things in life if something works and people crave more of it the artist must find a way to strike a balance between what has come before while also reinventing themselves so as not to repeat the same old shtick over and over again. While many complained about Prometheus for being too heady and not so reliant on thrills or action Scott, along with screenwriters John Logan and Dante Harper, have seemingly course corrected for the sake of the fans with Alien: Covenant as the film more or less meshes what Prometheus started and what fans seemingly wanted in a new Alien movie. That isn't to say it all melds seamlessly or that Covenant is all the better for attempting to strike such a balance, but rather that it wants to have its cake and eat it too. As an individual who has no vested interest in continuing the Alien franchise as it once was, but who really dug Prometheus, I was slightly disappointed the more philosophical aspects of the film were traded in for more formulaic action beats and scares, but while Covenant may be a safer movie than Prometheus as well as a less effective film than Alien it is still very much an entertaining one that does enough good to earn its place among the ranks of a series that seems to be more well regarded out of nostalgia and a couple strong entries than a consistent quality in the films overall.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Great Package for an OK Film

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    I didn't love Alien: Covenant by any stretch, but I'm a hopeless collector who usually likes to pick up the big blockbusters on blu-ray, especially if they come with fancy exclusive packaging. And Steelbooks are some of my favorite cases, with unique imagery and sleek design (and this is no exception). As for the film itself, although I liked it a bit more on a rewatch, I think Ridley Scott is misguided (and frankly, a bit arrogant) in his attempts to explore ideas of Creation through the Alien franchise. He's convoluted the Alien story beyond recognition, removed the mystery of the Xenomorph, and he's basically spit in the face of years of fandom and canon. He could've easily started a new sci-fi franchise instead (and nearly did with Prometheus, with its tangential connection to Alien). However, Covenant, despite having head-scratching moments and idiotic characters we care nothing about, still manages to offer some thrills and gorgeous visuals. Will I be rewatching it often? No. Did I enjoy the commentary, getting inside Scott's head? Somewhat, yes. And I'm happy to include it in my complete Alien collection, as splintered as that franchise may be.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    ok sequel

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    You ever ask where the Aliens came from? This movie will answer it. Excellent direction by the genies Ridley Scott, which he never fails in delivering a visual movie. If only the script was a lot better. I am not saying it is a bad script, but it should have been better. We find out what happened to Elizabeth Shaw and David from the last movie, "Prometheous". Ten years past from that movie and a new group of adventurers go into space to colonize a planet, only to be on a rescue mission receiving signal from another planet. Sounds familiar? Special effects are great, as of the action. If only the script would have dealt with the characters more, instead of killer them off too early in the movie. Still worth seeing. It does answer quite a number of questions we all been asking since the original "Alien" movie. Which is considered still the best out of all alien movies.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Poor script, first class production.

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    First off Scott is not a writer and it shows in all the movies he has made. This movie is no exception, and that hits this movies story issues right on the head, because apparently Scott is the guiding hand behind the screenplay. The original truly has an out of this world conception with imagery that is straight of of someones nightmares. But this story is nothing more then a predictable and boring rehash of every sic-fi cliche there is, right down to the mad scientist creating life. The movie should really be called DAVID, because the only thing AlIEN about it is that they are still milking the original H.R. Giger design. The 4k disc has excellent image and sound, if you are a sic-fi fan you will get a kick out of this first class production to bad the screenplay is below B-grade standards.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay movie, great picture and sound

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    The latest installment in the _Alien_ franchise has somewhat lost its way. It lacks focus on any particular “hero” character (like Elizabeth Shaw in _Prometheus_, and Ripley in the original films), and, unlike _Prometheus_, this movie does not really offer the viewer any big ideas to think about. Michael Fassbender is great in his dual roles, and the special effects and atmosphere in the movie are awesome, but the story is sorely lacking. As for the home video transfer, the picture and the sound of the movie on blu ray are excellent. It also comes with a DVD and digital copy, although I haven’t watched them yet since generally only watch the blu rays. The rewatch value of this particular film overall, however, is honestly not that high for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not able to recapture former glory

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    Anon
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    Alien Covenant doesn't function fully as an Alien prequel or Prometheus sequel. The many great questions that arose from Prometheus remain largely unanswered through this film. The vast majority of its characters are underdeveloped and flat. The film is visually striking with beautiful contrasts of pitch black and bright whites. The overall aesthetic of the film is brilliant and there are a number of scenes that border on capturing the fear once generated by xenomorphs of old. Save for one predictable twist at the end, the film's narrative is a bit flat and underwhelming. A must own for Alien diehards. An easy rental or stream for those with a more casual interest. The steel book itself is excellent.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok sci fi horror.

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    Went to see this with high hopes of Ridley Scott redeeming himself from the last chapter of this series, and came away thinking, meh. Not bad but far from Alien or Aliens. It is so close, but delivers a bunch of forgettable characters and no real reason for why the “villain” is doing what he’s doing. Sure “science” and wanting to create mixed with...revenge? Because he’s made to be less than humans...right. Just lame reasons. Still, once the creature arrives it’s menacing and there are cool moments. Trouble is I didn’t care who was in danger. Whatever. Rating should be 2 and a half but I had to round up I guess.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meeehhhh

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    CountZer0
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    Mediocre movie. What a crime. Ridley, what happened? Prometheus was hot garbage except for the beautiful cinematography and Fassbenders performance. But Covenant commited the far worse crime of mediocrity. One highlight was the score. Really dug that. I liked that we got to see a xeno fighting people on open ground, that was cool. Fassbender as david was once again pretty compelling, yet his turn as the nearly identical android walter was awful. The rest of the characters are annoying and forgettable (except for mcbride, he's rad). I'm a sucker for these movies though and I'd still recommend it if you are a fan of the series, but it's getting difficult.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice Steelbook... How Hum Movie

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    Gummislayer1969
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    I'll be brief. I love the fact that pretty much Best Buy sells the lion's share of newly released movies. Sometimes pricey... Sometimes not. This particular one was moderate. The movie: while NOT Michael Fassbender's greatest work, was VERY watchable, but felt kinda dialed in. STRICTLY by the numbers. Nothing TOO eventful, nothing TOTALLY mediocre. But, that's probably the problem: Aliens hasn't REALLY seen an event since the queen ripped Bishop in two!!! (remember THAT scene?!?!??) Anyhoo... A great addition to your library of blu rays, but nothing spectacular. A good buy, but try to get some money off, if possible.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    incredibly average movie, good looking steelbook

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    I had high hopes for Alien Covenant, as I was one of few people that actually enjoyed the world building that was done in Prometheus. Having said that, the decisions made by almost every single character in this movie is absolutely shocking. I get that its a sci-fi movie, but at least give the characters some reasonable choices to make. They basically all deserved what happened to them. The action was decent, but just couldn't get past the decisions made. The follow-up for Prometheus should have been a more direct sequel including Noomi Rapace reprising her role as Shaw. Steelbook does look quite nice on a higher note.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I expected better!

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    You would think the originator of this series could bring something more profound to the big screen. Early on the ending was quite predictable, due in no small part to the stupidity of the crew of the spaceship Covenant. You don't send 2000+ civilians into space and expect any rational outcome with a crew that consists of married couples who can't understand the importance of wearing protection when investigating a strange planet that pops out of nowhere. The reasons I gave it 3 stars are that the graphics are good and it is a continuation of Prometheus; which had far better actors.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Watchable Movie Despite Bad Plot

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    DMD2018
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    Alien Covenant is simply stupid couples vs. Xenomorphs! Lots of cliché things seem to happen to the crew of the Covenant (like one crew member accidentally destroying a ship while shooting at an alien on the loose)! There's even a shower scene with the creature killing a guy (played by Jussie Smollett) in front of a woman before being killed offscreen! Not my favorite movie in the Alien franchise, but maybe a little above Alien:Resurrection.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyed it but was also disappointed

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    I love the Alien movies and when I heard Ridley Scott was making this one I was super excited. Of course that was until all the reviews came out. I decided to wait for the Blu ray to be on sale before buying it. I think because I got it on a cheap price I enjoyed the film better. There are a million reviews for this movie out there if you want more detail. But my two cents is, if you are a fan of the franchise then get this but make sure is for a good sale price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An okay but flawed film

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    I'm a big fan of this franchise overall and I do include Prometheus to be one of the better fims. So naturally I was highly excited to see the next chapter in that particular story. Unfortunately I was somewhat let down. Covenant chooses to follow a more traditional horror story than the previous film did, abandoning a lot of what made it work. I don't regret seeing it and do appreciate a lot about it, but it feels like it's missing an entire in between storyline on screen.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Hits all the right beats for an Aliens film

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    This was a film that I missed theatrically, so I was pleased to be able to enjoy it in a Best Buy Steelbook exclusive edition. The movie moves the plot along roughly ten years from he ending of Prometheus, with a fresh set of colonists facing a new and unknown threat on an unexplored planet. While it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, it manages to give the viewer what they expect from an Alien film, along with new hints about the Xenomorph's evolution.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    rises above its flaws, mostly

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    As a way to allow Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender to continue to explore the rich inner world of the servant android David, COVENANT is an interesting experiment. As a remix of the original ALIEN film, it's lacking. Fans of modern film acting, and of the franchise, will be rewarded in their viewing, though, I think.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Another Alien Movie.. Yippie

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    Here we go, what is this part 5? 6? They are all the same. Couple people go to a planet and are picked off one by one by aliens, but this time Michael Fassbender is in it and he's bad. Whoopdie do. I would have preferred Prometheus Part II, but we get this instead. Good acting throughout by everyone. For those that think James Franco is in this, he's really not. He's got a lame flashback sequence. That's it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    nothing spectacular, but entertaining

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    This film goes more into the history/evolution of the Alien creatures, not so much a shooting spree like others in the series. That being said, the film still has plenty of action to keep you engaged, as well as those "why are these people so stupid" moments (the writers should know better by now) but overall I think fans will enjoy it. If you collect the series you should add this one to your collection as well.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointment

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    The script of this movie tries to link back to the original 1979 movie, but there is still no inspiration after I finish the movie - so it is still a hangover after all. The reasoning and scientific logic are irrational and there is no magic component either, so the entire plot becomes confusing. The acting is good but cannot save the movie. There is nothing new from all other alien movies already.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Prior to Alien

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    The story line seems to line up just before the ship is found in the original Alien movie but after Prometheus. The movie will stand alone if you had not seen the others and the CGI is pretty good. I found the movie average comparing it to the others in the series. I am going to recommend it if you have seen the others in the series to fill in missing parts of the series.

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