Alien: Covenant

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Rated Greg’s Top 5 Space Movies

  1. Interstellar
  2. Space Balls
  3. Alien
  4. Gravity
  5. Sunshine

If you’re familiar with the Alien franchise, nothing in this new installment is going to surprise you.  It’s about as predictable as the 2017 NBA Playoffs.  New space crew, same formula for suspense.   Don’t get me wrong, I like these films.  Obviously I REALLY like the original (see above), but I don’t really see the point if fans can see each plot shift coming from a mile away.

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One thing that does differentiate Covenant and 2012’s Prometheus a part from the versions of last century is Ridley Scott introducing the origins and mythology of the xenomorph to the viewers (these are prequels after all).  But honestly….. who gives a shit where these intrusive mouth breathers came from?

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That’s not the point of a monster movie.  Did people wonder why Jaws popped up all of a sudden?  Did the audience care about how the Tremors evolved?  No, you just want to see which one of these SOB’s is gonna defeat the beast and what cool line they’ll say before doing so.

This is actually the second film to come out this Spring inspired by 1979’s Alien and the inferior one at that.  I thought Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Life” was a lot more fun, which is surprising given Covenant’s eclectically fun cast.  Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston (Sam’s daughter), Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and the least insufferable son from Empire.  Grade: B-

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One comment

  1. Susan Leighton · May 26, 2017

    The reviews are so mixed on this film, Greg. I am going to wait to be happy or disappointed after I see it. I truly enjoyed Prometheus. The storyline about the engineers (ancient alien theory- The Annunaki) was fascinating.

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