Alien: Covenant (spoilers in tags)
Posted: Posted May 17th, 2017
Edited May 17th, 2017 by Moonray
Is ok, but let's be clear this is a Prometheus sequel that doubles as an Alien prequel rather than an Alien prequel that doubles as a Prometheus sequel.
By which I mean as a movie it is a lot more like Prometheus than Alien.
I think it was described as a "thinking man's horror movie" but there's practically no horror in this thing and it doesn't ever get you thinking (although it does try, they just don't ever really get into it). The topics I suspect you're supposed consider aren't particularly original ideas nor are they executed particularly well:
The main themes seem to be "robots are equals/better than us" and creation. The creation themes are fairly dull, David just sorta seems to be making aliens because he can. I mean they set this creation theme up right from the start of the movie, but it's just sorta "so what". Why is he suddenly so interested in that in this movie?
The other is robot rights/equality/they're better than us. Whatever you want to call it, it's a big theme in the movie that for me falls flat because basically all the characters treat both David and Walter as they treat each other. It's only when David acts evil that people start being a dick to him. They do briefly mention other lore stuff like how they've made synths more machine like because humans found it disconcerting but eh, without seeing humans being dicks to robots this theme doesn't work.
Also they should stop doing these damn CGI Aliens, they look godawful at times. Sometimes it looks ok, but those are probably times where it's actually a practical effect like a prop or costume rather than CGI.
Guess you Americans got a couple more days before it is out? So I'll have to wait before I really talk spoilers?
Big spoiler avoid until you have watched it (you have been warned):
My brother and my dad both claimed that they didn't really know David was pretending to be Walter... But it was so obvious to me. David reaching for the knife, the way he looks back before rejoining the group, the way he acts during a few scenes afterward, the fact his skin didn't auto-heal like Walter... I feel like it was something the film wanted you to look back on and go "oh yea" but it seemed too obvious to me.
Oh and also:
It sets up for a sequel, that isn't Alien, so yea... I think I'll pass on the next one.
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