This film takes place about a decade after the last Alien film, “Prometheus.” It is directed by Ridley Scott and anchored by an excellent performance by Micheal Fassbender, who plays the android (David) from “Prometheus” as well as the newest edition of the android (Walter). (David and Walter have very different philosophies and values, which is one reason this film is better than the usual sci-fi horror movie.)
“Covenant” is a colony ship, carrying about 2000 colonists and embryos to a new planet which has been extensively researched to be suitable for human life. The passengers and crew are all married couples. The colonists and most of the crew are in “hyper-sleep” so they don’t age during the long journey. Unfortunately, a freak situation causes an accident in some of the “hyper-sleep” units, and the Captain – who was in “hyper-sleep” at the time – is killed, leaving behind his widow, Daniels (Katherine Waterson). The new Captain, Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup), doesn’t inspire much confidence in the crew, especially Daniels. The motivation for the colonists and crew members to undertake such an odyssey isn’t elaborated, although Daniels and her now-deceased husband had wanted to “build a cabin by a lake.”
After the accident, Captain Oram decides to change the mission and land on a different planet, which also seems to be compatible with human life. This seems to be a good option to him since the crew won’t have to go into “hyper-sleep” again, although Daniels officially protests this decision. Shortly after they land on the new planet, however, all hell breaks loose! (The aliens make a shark seem like a friendly household pet!) Also present on this planet is David, the one survivor from the “Prometheus.” David meets Walter from the “Covenant” and their complex relationship is the most interesting part of the film, as well as giving Fassbender the opportunity to show off his acting chops.
The movie has terrific sets and special effects, so it must be seen on the BS. It also alludes to interesting themes, such as ‘is there a God’, the meaning of life, evolution, and what makes evil, among others. I didn’t like it as much as the original two Aliens with Sigourney Weaver, but it’s better than the other ones and worth seeing if you’re a fan of the franchise.