Alien: Covenant brings in $4.2 million at Thursday box office

  • Alien: Covenant brings in $4.2 million at Thursday box office

Alien: Covenant brings in $4.2 million at Thursday box office

Apart from Fassbender's hammy "Oh, you thought you were sick of me after Assassin's Creed!". The first Alien movie's tagline was "In space, no one can hear you scream;" this one should have been "In movie six, everyone can see you redeem". Fassbender... are ethereal and surprising and beautifully acted, but the reality is, philosophical pondering is not what will put butts in the seats come the film's release.

Brief Plot Synopsis: "Hold my beer". And, these aren't just alternate takes we're talking about - it's entire scenes, some of which take place years before the rest of the movie. But in Alien: Covenant, McBride plays a highly competent pilot outfitted with a cowboy hat-an homage to the Slim Pickens character in Dr. Strangelove-and works alongside other crew members played by Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, and Jussie Smollett. And Michael Fassbender is no Rutger Hauer when it comes to playing unhinged robots. Fassbender was clearly the best thing about "Prometheus", and he again has the chewiest role in "Covenant". He starts by jettisoning the heavy-handed existential meanderings of "Prometheus" (farewell, script writer Damon Lindelof of "Lost" fame) and replaces them with all the good bits from the first two classics.

Ten years after the disappearance of the exploration ship Prometheus, a colonization ship called the Covenant is on its way to a new planet, carrying over 2,000 humans and a large collection of embryos. Ridley Scott has a disappointing "Alien" prequel / "Prometheus" sequel on 3D and IMAX screens, while a fourth "Wimpy Kid" movie (featuring an all-new cast) and yet another YA teen romance adaptation play elsewhere.

That's not entirely fair, in retrospect. The thing is, in Covenant we tie up pretty much every loose end, from the question of what fate befell the Engineers to what was responsible for the xenomorphs' final incarnation. That's before it shifts into the arena for a bloodbath everyone can see coming but the hapless alien-munchies space crew. However this comprises less than half of an already bloated two-hour movie. One could even argue galactically so. Their mission is to colonize a particular far-off planet.

Covenant's opening carries real weight and reveals a truth about Scott's franchise: It's the AI that serves as the connective tissue in the Alien films. You never care that much about any of the characters, because you never learn all that much about them (aside from the fact that they are all married to one another, which you know from a YouTube prologue and because the men shout "My wife!" over and over like a bad Borat sketch). Prometheus received its fair share of negative reviews, and considering Scott's track record, many have asked whether his best films are behind him.

Daniels, one of the higher-ranking members of the crew, says a goodbye to her father for her one transmission back to Earth, and in it, we get more info and footage here than in any of the others.

And as with any Scott creation, the production design is gorgeous, and the effects - especially those xeno...sorry "proto" morph-related - are top notch.

These politics are unfortunately a far cry from those in Scott's new addition to the franchise, Alien: Covenant.

Xenomorph spores also silently invade people's bodies, bodies which provide for an incubation period that can only end with these newborn monsters exploding out of the humans' chests, backs, and/or mouths.

Nearly immediately after being awakened, the captain intercepts a signal (well, actually, someone humming John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads") from a planet much closer than the target planet that seems habitable.