Reviewed by: Greg Mueller

Greg's Score:
5.13

Plot/Story

3

Characters

4

Acting

8

Cinematography

8

Production Design

4

Soundtrack

7

Execution

4

Emotional Impact

3


Review:

Covenant is a huge step down from Prometheus in every way but one. The script is just awful and the CGI is somehow worse. The story is less confusing, but a lot less eventful and interesting. I don't feel like I know anything now that I didn't before watching Covenant. I give Covenant credit for having better acting (except Danny McBride who is terrible), but that's it. So much of the new information we do get directly contradicts what we know from Prometheus and the original four movies. Without spoiling the shear, wondrous stupidity, they are constantly changing how Xenomorphs and the other aliens work. Covenant's story is identical to most of the other Alien movies in that a team get caught on a planet with naughty aliens and have to escape. I was about to call the people scientists, but as with Prometheus, they don't act like scientists. At least with Prometheus they wore there helmets for a bit, but these bozos hop right off the space ship with zero protection or breathing apparatus and are constantly being total morons. The vetting process must have been incredibly lax. "So it says here you are a scientist." Yeah, I'm a food scientist; I mainly help engineer corn. "Cool, we're sending you into space. And you sir, it says you are a scientist too?" Well, I watched all of the Magic School Bus episodes and have a degree in physical education. "Close enough. To Space!" They have zero awareness and make the most reckless decisions. This certainly doesn't help the fact that none of them are particularly likable and have almost no characterization. About half of the crew is in some sort of romantic relationship with another crew member, but I could never tell who was paired with who until someone died. The ending is dumb and you can see it coming from a mile away. Unless you want to see all the Alien movies just to say you did, Covenant is an easy pass.