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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

May 19th, 2017
 

x"Alien Covenant"

38 years ago Ridley Scott created a nightmarishv world in “Alien.” "Alien Covenant" it’s more of the same, which issomewhat of a letdown to those hoping it might pave new ground. The franchise has gone through a number of permutations since, but “Alien: Covenant” is, if nothing else, a return to form for both Scott and the series: a hard-R horror movie, featuring ferocious, acid-dripping space crustaceans, a tough female lead and a bunch of dead-meat crew members This is the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction.

“Prometheus” floated a blasphemous alternate theory for the origin of mankind, tracing it back to a race of giant marble-skinned beings revealed to have created life on Earth, and who later cultivated a virus capable of wiping out all animals on the planet, including humans. The opening scene of “Alien: Covenant” reminds us how synthetics came to be: They were the creation of a human named Weyland (Guy Pearce), whose android “son” David (Fassbender) has been obsessed with the idea of creation ever since, experimenting with a toxic black liquid he discovered in “Prometheus.”

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

The Players: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup Danny McBride, and Demián Bichir
Directed by Ridley Scott
Screenplay by Dan O'Bannon (based on characters created by), Ronald Shusett
Released by Twentieth Century Fox


 

xComing June 6th 2017

"Wonder Woman"

 

 
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