5 reasons why “Alien: Covenant” is a really, really, really, ridiculously bad movie

As a lifetime lover of science fiction and the “Alien” franchise in particular, I went to watch this one full of expectations, and with the loving adoration that old time friends and lovers deserve.

In short: for me, it was a terrible disappointment. And, as it happens when a love story ends, I was left to process the grief dealing with my own feelings of misplaced trust, violation, and lost sense of identity.

So I thought, “well let’s try to make it into a learning opportunity, at least”. And I figured that hidden inside this catastrophic disaster (yes, I think it’s that bad) there is something good. It’s such a bad movie that can serve as an example and case study on “how not to tell a story”.

Let’s start then with my own personal 5 reasons why this is such a terrible movie. And, of course, before we go on – there will be loads of spoilers. So don’t read unless that’s exactly what you want.

1 – Really, really, really ridiculously lazy writing.

The bad news started from the very beginning. The “Covenant” is a colony ship, headed to a distant planet etc etc. Then a neutrino storm strikes, and seriously damages the ship. People die, it’s the classic call to adventure.

Wait, what? This rubbed against me in the wrong way, and in more than one sense. First, because “Passengers” begins basically in the same exact way. Not a great start already.

And then… neutrinos? I did my research and I found out that neutrinos are “ghostly particles that barely interact with the world at all. Look at your hand—there are about a trillion neutrinos from the Sun passing through it every second”.

See this pony? It’s full of neutrinos.

And also “since neutrinos interact so rarely with matter (ie you) you would need an awful lot of them to have any significant effect. A supernova conveniently emits about 99% of its energy as neutrinos. So if you were standing quite close to a supernova when it went off then there could possibly be enough interactions to harm you”.

Which is really, really unlikely to happen “by chance”, given how big distances are in space travel.

Ok, let’s forgive and forget. It’s a movie after all. What happens then? Suddenly a new  planet appears on the map, and since it’s broadcasting “Country Roads” (I am not joking), they all decide to go and check it.

Wait, what? (again)

It’s called “space”… well, because it’s big, and mostly empty. And in that vast emptiness, an object like a planet doesn’t just “appear”. Right now, without leaving Earth, we are mapping planets as far as 40 light years from us. Which means, a spaceship like the “Covenant” should have been informed about the existence of such a big space object at least YEARS in advance.

This is what an exploding star probably looks like. If you are close to one as it happens, I guess you would notice.

And this was just in the beginning of the film, barely 10 minutes in the story, while still setting the scene.

I know these reflections may sound really nerdy specific, and many people watch a movie just to sit back and relax. Ok, fine.

But it’s a science fiction movie, guys. And such a gross lack of respect for science means that the writing hasn’t taken in consideration basic facts, and background research hasn’t been done.

If I am able to google (and understand) a few facts about neutrinos, everybody can.

In short, the writers didn’t do their homework. And this is not promising at all, because ultimately it reveals lack of respect for the audience’s intelligence (“these guys will buy anything, they just want to see the monster. Did we have asteroids already? Give them a radioactive storm, or something like that”), or at the very least a very hasty writing process. Either way, not great ways to start a relationship.

The “Covenant” in orbit. They cannot get closer to the surface because of the terrible storms. Except later, they do it (and no consequences).

One could object: hey, but what if the planet had been concealed by some greater technology, and activated only when the “Covenant” was close enough?

Very well, but if that’s the case, why not mention it in the movie?

One of the basic principles of storytelling through images is “show, don’t tell”.

If you want something to be part of your story, show it, and it will be there. Having to rely on fan support and their theories is the last line of defense of a very lazy writer, who sits on the glory of past successes. Not good. 

There are more examples like these. I will just move on by saying that once the “suspension of disbelief” (the implicit contract between a narrator and their audience, based on trust) is gone, it’s very hard to get back. I was literally kicked out from the story a couple of times, in the first half an hour of screen time. After which, I just couldn’t wait for it to end.

The Engineers mastered space travel, but lived in Pompeii. Is it their home planet? Or just an outpost? Frankly, since nobody in the movie cares, neither do I.

2 – no epic scale, no mystery, no party (and no continuity too).

I watched the first “Alien” on my parents’ old black-and-white tv, at home, in the early 80s. I was so scared I couldn’t watch it again for several years.

And I loved James Cameron’s “Aliens” to the bits: we had an old videotape of the movie taken directly from the tv broadcast, with commercial breaks and all, and with my brother we used to watch it again and again, learning all the lines by heart. Two, three times in a day.

“Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?” “No. Have you?”

This is how amazing and unforgettable were the first movies of the series. Very different movies, but they both cemented the franchise in the imagination of film and sci-fi lovers worldwide.

In “Covenant” there is nothing of that. Ridley Scott admitted in interviews that he wanted to go back to making a monster movie, because fans didn’t receive well the innovative character of “Prometheus” and instead, wanted more of that.

That a 80 years old director, with Scott’s experience and charisma, decides to bow to whatever rant people put on the internet, is weird already.

What is worse is that, in doing it, he apparently lost sight of all the great features that made the saga great in the first place.

The unforgettable sense of wonder of the giant navigator in the first “Alien”, which left the Nostromo crew with more questions than answers (plus, one killer space parasite) is missing here.

And the magic and wonder summoned by Prometheus (which I found flawed but ambitious and awe-inspiring)… nope, not here either.

“Where will I go next… Let’s see, what is this, Pompeii?”

In one sudden, drastic move Covenant wipes out the entire Engineer race (or at least a city), because… because David is angry at them, I guess? Or mad? Or bored? What a waste of an incredible narrative potential.

“Oh no! It’s one single blond guy in one of OUR OWN spaceships! Surely we have absolutely no defense against him! We are all doomed! RUN!”

Also, the brief sequence showing the Engineer civilisation is just so underwhelming.

Here is an alien species that is capable of interstellar travel and, you know, CREATED US (= Gods) and… they live like ancient Romans, have no way to detect a hostile ship approaching, and no defense against their own biologic weapon.

Really, is that all?

“Wendy, I am home!”

3 – where are the monsters?

Well, it’s an Alien movie. At least it must be scary as hell. It must be good as a horror picture, right? RIGHT?


Because no monster is so scary when in plain sight. The word monster comes from the Latin “monere“, “to warn”. That’s where fear comes from. What is really scary about the Alien is not his looks, but his presence. The fact that we are aware it is there, and maybe it’s hunting us. 

The original creature was made of seafood and butcher’s cuts, and still it was able to evoke authentic fear and repulsion.

Scott seems to have discarded a lot of continuity elements from the series – where is the Queen that laid the eggs? Ah no, now David does it. And the incubation time is drasticly accelerated… I don’t really want to start nit-picking, but this contributes to make the story feel confusing and incoherent.

In “Covenant”, obsessed by the need to explain how the embryos were formed, the creatures born, etc Scott gives us all the biology but takes away the magic. Which means, all we are left with is a dangerous animal.

Yeah, very dangerous, but “if it bleeds, we can kill it“.

(nothing, just a random quote from “Predator”, because THAT’S HOW YOU MAKE A GREAT MOVIE)

Or at least we could kill it, if only the characters were able to shoot straight.

Which tragically leads to the following point.

4 – the characters. From the ultimate badasses to the ultimate suckers.

There is a reason why after more than 30 years, fans can tell by heart the names of the Nostromo crew, or the colonial marines serving on the USS Sulaco.


Ripley, Dallas, Parker in “Alien”: they were presented to us as brave, hardworking people who were doing their  job. They were resourceful and competent. They made mistakes, but only when the circumstances pressed them too hard or the odds became too high against them.

I mean, look at when Dallas dies:

He is in those damned tunnels because there is a job to do, but “I wanna get the hell out of here” he says, seconds before disappearing.

The alien gets literally a fraction of a second of screen time, and still it’s creepy as hell. Shit, it’s still scaring me NOW as I watch it.

And even that pales in comparison with the colonial marines of “Aliens”. Look at how they took decisions:

Of course, it helped that in “Alien” were starring actors of the caliber of John Hurt, Ian Holm and Sigourney Weaver; and that in “Aliens” Al Matthews (the drill sergeant) was a real Vietnam veteran who suffered from post traumatic disorder, so his reactions to gunfire were authentic.

But even in episodes considered “minor” in the series (Alien cube, or Prometheus) – the characters are not that bad. The inmates on Fury are shown in their realistic (if not relatable) society, and some of the crew on the Prometheus show endearing qualities (well, at least so do Charlize Theron’s character and the captain, played by Idris Elba: certainly not the stupidest biologist in the galaxy).

“Hello, cutey! Will we be friends?” Short answer, NO.

In “Covenant”, the investment in each specific character is… what? Nothing.  

The protagonist is clearly David (the android played by Michael Fassbender), despite the attempts to make it look as if it was Daniels (Katherine Waterston).

From this point of view the story has a clear narrative arc, if nothing else (David is, indeed, the only character who shows signs of personal development) while everybody else is just disposable.

And – what is worse – they act as if they knew it.

“Let me out!” “No way! I am too afraid you will start hugging me, too!”

They act irrationally (does anybody know what the word “quarantine” means? Not on the Covenant apparently, where the medic HUGS the sick marine who is literally exploding, squirting alien black goo all over the place);

don’t show realistic and consistent emotions (people lose friends and spouses and seconds after they are smiling and joking as if nothing happened);

are incompetent beyond repair (the doctor ignores quarantine protocols, soldiers are goofy and can’t shoot and I swear, the next time I see a clueless idiot touching / tasting / smelling an ALIEN LOOKING CREATURE ON AN ALIEN PLANET, wondering “what is this?” I will have a seizure, there and then in the theatre).

“I wonder, why ‘Country Roads’, of all the songs?”

No wonder the audience doesn’t develop a connection with them. We don’t tend to connect with incompetent fools who don’t know what they are doing and never seem to be able to take the right decision.

Just consider the sequence:

David – “Hey captain, have a look at this”.

Captain – “Are you sure? It really looks like… an alien egg and it’s filled with… alien, moving stuff”.

D – “Of course. Go ahead and just put your face close to it. Really close. You will love it”.

C – “Are you sure it’s safe? Because it really looks alieney and shit. Plus, I was watching all those old sci-fi movies and when people did something like that, it never ended well”.

D – “It’s completely safe. This is not a movie *wink wink*. I am a mysterious android from another planet and you just met me, 5 minutes ago. Just trust me”.

C – “Uh… Oook, I guess”.

I was frankly glad he died. Good riddance. Same for everybody else. “There is a killing alien parasite on the loose? I am gonna take a nap, I need to think” (actual quote from the film). Or a shower. A SHOWER!

Enough with this, already.

This stuff felt old and tropey already in the teenage horror movies from the 90s.

James Franco has a cameo in the movie. He plays the first character to die. I would have chosen the same.

We are lightyears away from the memorable, living and breathing, heroic characters of the previous movies.

I mean, the only guy which is kinda likable is “that dude with the hat”, played by Danny McBride. To make him more recognizable (his character missing any other noticeable trait, besides being mildly concerned about his wife – and then forgetting about her in a moment), they gave him a hat.

At least that, for “character definition”. A cowboy hat. I bet it took weeks of discussion in the writing room.

“Pour me some tea, David”. “Yes, master. One day I will kill you all, and your creator race too”. Woah. He must have really HATED pouring tea.

5 – the movie is a huge, unresolved identity crisis.

The franchise started in 1979 as a horror slasher movie, set in space. The legend says that the script was actually ready and waiting for quite some time, and only after Star Wars’ sweeping success in 1977, more trust was given by studio executives to invest in science fiction stories.

Back then Ridley Scott was a relatively new name in the business, having realised only one full feature which received critics acclaim (“The Duellists“: watch it, if you haven’t yet).

He really put himself into the new task, creating a definite aesthetics, feel and narrative that pretty soon became iconic and globally acknowledged. But he wasn’t exactly starting from scratch: he could bring in the preliminary work done by Dan O’Bannon for Alejandro Jodorowksy in preparation for his gigantic Dune project (watch the documentary, if you can: it’s great), which included H. R. Giger’s unforgettable artwork.

H. R. Giger’s vision of Dune’s sand worms.
And his sketches of the Space Jockey.

The movie received mixed opinions at its release, but audience loved it, and started to build an amazing success.

Surprisingly (Scott didn’t take it well) another promising director was chosen, to give the sequel a less arty and more modern look.

And so we got “Aliens” (brilliant touch, adding the “s”) by James Cameron. Which pushed the bar even further, clearly moving to the action/sci-fi genre and delivering an endless supply of marine banter, cool quotable lines, big explosions and memorable deaths.

Probably the most memorable sequence from Alien 3, directed by David Fincher at his debut in cinema (after shooting a bunch of Madonna’s videoclips).

The franchise history moved on, with the third and fourth installments suffering similar fates: troubled productions, last minute changes, directors ending up disowning their own work. Each fan has their own opinions on these middle children of the franchise. I think each of them has something unique, but they are undeniably a few steps behind the greatness of the first two.

Years pass. Until Ridley Scott took back the helm to realise, in 2012, “Prometheus”. Back then he believed that “the alien was cooked, with an orange in his mouth. It was time to show something else”.

And so the whole Prometheus plot was set with the “Alien” universe as a backdrop, while in reality it told a very different, ambitious if convoluted story: about humans, faith, parenthood, the purpose of creation. 

“Have a sip. It will put your pieces together”. Somewhere else.

Again, the movie received mixed reviews and polarized audiences. But it had opened many questions that begged to be answered.

In the meantime, Visionary Neil Blomkamp (“District 9”, “Elysium”) said he was working on a new concept for the franchise, but the project was put on hold. 

And Scott (maybe after the great success with “The Martian”) decided he would personally lead the new chapter. During the preparation work, apparently he had changed his mind a number of times on the direction to follow for the next episode.

Fans want the beasts? They will get the beasts, he seems to have argued. With less than flattering results.

Probably this is center of the problem: changing course so many times during the production inevitably affected the final outcome.

“Covenant” tries to take a bit from all the best in the series – but fails at delivering a coherent experience and first of all, a story.

People loved the claustrophobic horror? Check, let’s have it in the end. And the final battle with the alien jettisoned out in deep space? But of course, that too. Female protagonist in top tank? Sure, we have that one. The badass marines? People loved ’em! Ok, let’s put a cigar-chewing sergeant somewhere (the grunts will at least get the banter, never mind they can’t shoot). Audience loved Dallas? We will give them Tennessee, it’s even bigger.

Oh yeah, and messing up with genetics? There. Chest bursting? Now also from the back! Androids with a twisted secret plan? Not one, but two, twins! The conflict between faith and self determination? Here is your religious character (never mind he is confused all the time). Ah, and what about all the other big mind boggling questions we raised about life, the universe and everything? Well, let’s quickly get rid of those, we just need 2 minutes, here…

“Who needs answers, when I’ve got BIOWEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTIONS? Die, ancient Romans Engineers, Die!”

The list could be longer, but I think you got the point.

This movie suffers from a serious identity crisis, it was apparently born with the objective to do some fan service (bad idea to start from), and takes in random order different elements from the franchise, like when I go grocery shopping (cat food… there. Grated cheese… there. Fresh bread, over, I’ll have toast instead).

It lost touch with what made the franchise eternal, and forgot to include the elements that fan really loved, to the point that they were willing to forgive the (sometimes minor, sometimes not) faults of the different installments.

In space, no one can hear you scream “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, RIDLEY SCOTT”.

36 thoughts on “5 reasons why “Alien: Covenant” is a really, really, really, ridiculously bad movie

    1. I admit to agreeing with Scott on the monster having run its course. How many times can you ‘permanently’ jettison it into the vacuum of space and still reasonably expect an intelligent (?) audience to keep suspending disbelief?
      No one with any semblance of imagination should give a shit about the Alien anymore, especially after the intriguingly promising questions arose about human origins and why the engineers wanted to destroy us at the end of Prometheus.
      So of course we expected Shaw and the vaguely altruistic and beguilingly curious David (unrepaired…as just a head, and still somehow able to play the navigation flute and lit control pods of the ship? I guess they could have just skipped over that part) to have arrived at the Engineers planet as the new plot path unfolded. I personally freaking loved those damn Engineers as an effect and recall the feeling of excited anticipation as I mused at the possibities of stories yet told. Instead we get this unwelcome example of shit screenwriting . What an irreversibly tragic squandering of potential storytelling.
      So sad, disappointed, and angry. Ridley, ….. why?

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      1. All I wanted was to learn more about the engineers. But classic human arrogance means any time we depict an ancient ultra powerful race we have to make them dumber than autistic lug nuts to make up for it.
        This movie was one of the worst bumbling sci-fi films I’ve seen my entire life. And I made the mistake of watching it after finishing The Expanse. My eyes will be bleeding for 4-6 more weeks.

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  1. You must’ve forgotten what bad is in the franchise. Resurrection & the AVP series were horrid films, Prometheus & Covenant weren’t the iconic classics the first two were, but definitely told an entertaining story that is asking interesting questions.


  2. I believe that Covenant pushed forward the story of the prequel of Alien that we fans all want to see. I hope the next one ties it all together.


    1. Well, maybe. But if it does, it does it without the grace, the sense of wonder and mystery, and the general… coolness that made the saga what it is.
      As it is, it’s only exploiting the franchise. It gives a “fix” to fans hungry for more.
      Plot and characters are an unmitigated mess anyway, and that’s hard to argur.


    2. IOW; Fox doesn’t even have to put outta decent movie; you’re gonna coast of hope, goodwill & fumes.


  3. I honestly don’t see how Alien covenant could be more shit. I remember as a kid being slightly disappointed with Alien 3. Now in hindsight Alien 3 is a god damned masterpiece compared to that steaming pile of bile infused dog shit that is covenant. It has zero redeeming features whatsoever. It is almost like a genuine effort was made to make as bad a film as possible. If the best they could come up with was this garbage Ridley Scott clearly has dementia and should be taken to the barn like a old sheep dog and given both barrels to the back of the head to put the poor ol’ fella out of his misery.


    1. Well… I couldn’t agree more on your opinion about the movie. But I strongly disagree on the opinion on Scott. First, we are talking about a cinema Master (capital M) who has had an enormous importance in the medium, and to whom I will always be personally in debt. If he makes a mistake, I call it a mistake, but he still is The Master and I am just a humble writer of chronicles. Second, we are talking about a movie here. No need to wish someone dead.


      1. Haha I’m not actually endorsing blowing a old mans head off lol. I’ll tell you this much though I’ll be interested to see how Blade runner 2049 follows on. As far as I’m concerned Deckard and Rachael have been happily living in Canada as the directors cut sucks. Deckards narration made that movie and just like the original cinema release of Star Wars it has been buried. Why? The original cinema release is what we loved. Not the super shiny tweaked edition. What made Alien for me was the mystery surrounding the space jockey. Why even answer that question of who he was and where he came from? Covenant has not only managed to suck for itself, it has also detracted from the original. Now when I watch Alien I won’t be thinking “wow what is that weird thing I wonder where that came from” no I’ll be thinking oh yea there’s that gay robots creation. Great.


      2. Scott is a decent contemporary director; but to call him a ‘Master’ of any medium seems a bit hyperbolic when you consider that this is also the man that produced ‘Monkey Trouble.’


  4. I will still be thinking about the mystery, and consider Covenant like pineapple pizza: a mistake that has commercial success (because god knows why, Covenant went well at the box office), but will be forgotten eventually. And should never have existed in the first place :))


    1. Yea rock Cocaine has commercial success so does Bikini Avengers and I won’t be bothering with them either


  5. I generally agree with this, but there is one thing that you missed out – Noomi Rapace was such a good charachter in prometheus, and she survived. So she should have been in the next film. But instead they essentially got rid of her with some some essentially “make it up as we go along” sort of way. Remember the lengths they had to go through to get Ripley back in Aliens ? Here they set it up so well for Shaw to return, only to kill her off disappointingly before the film even started. Imagine if they’d killed off Ripley in the back story for Aliens? This alone was a disaster as far as I am concerned.

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  6. The only character I remotely cared about was Walter. Aside from David, he was the only one who really had any character,

    The thing I have a problem, with is them even being there in space on a colony mission in the first place. That particular group of dipshits on that type of mission. Surely you’re going to want to pick some excellent ass human beings for that type of gig, I mean you’re going to be wanting to send the cream of the crop, because as opined in movie, one wrong note and the whole symphony is off. One weak human and that colony is toast. And they’re all pathetic as ****. Thats a real insult on the intelligence and that one started from the first seconds of the movie. It didn[‘t really get any better,. Prometheus suffered from that one dumb scene with the hissing snake……the whole of covenant felt like that…….one huge drawn out goof of a scene.

    In the end, Scott made sure that humans were made to look so pathetic that you’re almost egging David to wipe the whole stupid lot off the earth but you’re forced to feel that because we come across so bad in this movie. It’s almost as if Scott is trying to tell us something…..sometimes we all wish we could move to another planet away from the rest of these stupid humans…….I think this is Scotts way of actually vocalizing the wish in a movie. In which case it’s a bit of a childish dig at humans.

    But anyway. I just saw it, and now I’ll quickly forget it. It added nothing. At least Prometheus gave us the engineers. What did covenant give us that the none of the other movies did? Nothing, It only had stuff the previous movies had and came with nothing new, and no real surprising revelation other than the thought that Scott is ramming the idea down our necks that gods aren’t all they;re cracked up to be. I think he’s trying to prepare us for the idea that our god is just a norman normal and that we’d probably find him totally unimpressive. It’s a message scott seems to want to keep ramming home movie after mnovie, It was a bad lemon, time to pass it over cos it’s going nowhere new and nowhere exciting.

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    1. I strongly agree with your points. Just what the hell happened to Ridley Scott? Or anyone involved in this movie’s script? No one looked at a bunch of highly trained, cream of the cop prepared in YEARS for a light-years-away interstellar travel experts who inexpicably threw all of the basic security measures and methodicities the moment they started the mission, and thought “hey, this is one fucking stupid script. Need to be rewritten asap”. Why did a highly respected battle-tested director like ridley scott, although we all know he sucked with anything that has to do with a pen, let such an amaterish work slip by? For a flick that take itself way more seriously then it should this is just terrible. And here I thought they got some clues for this specific problem since prometheus

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      1. Thank you for the comment. Yes, well, exactly my fellings. And yet, somehow the box office rewarded this so – the next installment (s) will probably give us more of the same.


  7. I finally decided to watch this movie as it was on cable. I literally just stopped watching it to query: “alien convenant ridiculous” on Google. I agree with all of your comments about the movie yet this is what made me stop watching: Even if the planet has a breathable atmosphere, why do these highly trained space travellers and scientists explore a planet without any protective gear such as space suits? Do they not know about microbiology and potential pathogens? And why leave the door of their spaceship wide open? There is obviously life on this planet, some of which may be dangerous and enter the ship. It’s the same stupid idea as in the series “lost in space”. Just because the air is breathable doesn’t mean you should breathe it! Basic protocol would dictate that all precautions be taken to prevent any form of infection or allowing any alien life from entering the ship. Protocol should be to disinfect the suits before re-enter ing the ship too. Utterly ridiculous. I loathe movies that are scientificically based but have no scientific method.

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  8. I strongly agree with your points. Just what the hell happened to Ridley Scott? Or anyone involved in this movie’s script? No one looked at a bunch of highly trained, cream of the cop prepared in YEARS for a light-years-away interstellar travel experts who inexpicably threw all of the basic security measures and methodicities the moment they started the mission, and thought “hey, this is one fucking stupid script. Need to be rewritten asap”. Why did a highly respected battle-tested director like ridley scott, although we all know he sucked with anything that has to do with a pen, let such an amaterish work slip by? For a flick that take itself way more seriously then it should this is just terrible. And here I thought they got some clues for this specific problem since prometheus

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  9. I just watched the DVD version projected onto my 25-foot cathedral church wall. In 5minutes I thought what horror and a pile of @$#@$! writing is this and how can this be green lighted to be produced?! So sad.
    So I bumped into your blog looking to read how this could be! I love all of the writings BTW we have very similar ‘voice’ and humor.
    I also have to agree that sadly these days so called ‘movies’ get per-screened/audience tested rewritten etc. etc. for the most exposure for monetary return. Its very rare that intelligent scifi gets produced i.e Coma in 78′, Flat-liners if you want to go back in time recently Gattaca one of my all time favorites, the first Blade Runner of course and Alien or Arrival was a nicely done scifi too thank goodness. So I think the problem with modern movies is first massive budgets to produce them and then the expectation to follow that with massive profits into the gazillions of $$$. Its fine if you are the investor u want to make ur money back of course but as a lover of intelligent scifi/cinema I grew up in Europe then immigrated to Canada as a kid will comment on your Prague article with that one…anyhow my most amazing cinema experience as a child in Budapest 60’/70′ came from Star-Wars, Planet of the Apes and my favorite classic western C’era una volta il West (Once upon a time in the West) in the heyday of spaghetti western…Ahhh Sergio Leone we need you back! Who can forget the opening 10-15minute scene of suspense waiting for the train in Once upon a time in the West.
    Scenes like that are just not possible. Except, one director that comes to mind who likes to copy Sergio Leone is Quentin Tarantino of course the scene from Inglourious Basterds with the german coming to the farm house asking for milk..wow. Classic Sergio suspense building.
    Movies these days are produced for commercial hits 3D cartoon-flicks of Marvel.. you need to consume a gazillion things in first 5minutes. Which is fine for ROI and to feed the A.D.D. Gamer culture. Its just like fast food, takes away your hunger but will never sustain your soul. Thank you for an intelligent view of my favorite genre where I always look forward to anything is possible. Gracie.


  10. I just watched this high budget piece of crap and I wish I didn’t.. I never ever laughed at the Alien monsters until this movie.. like when the alien popped out of the stomach, and it unfolded its arms to the sky as if imitating David the evil android with his arms also towards the sky hahaha!!… I also found ridiculous how all the crew was married to each other, and they even included a sexy scene that gets interrupted by gore.. Jason of Friday the 13th could have popped out during that scene and make it more memorable.. The special effects were all computer graphics, none of the aliens looked real, they just looked like a very well done video game graphic.. Also so predictable.. I could see what was going to happen in the movie before it even happened, I wanted the movie to end so bad, I was so annoyed by it… not a good sign if you are watching a movie and you are wanting it to end. The Engineers appear in this movie, but only as corpses, and then they show in like 30 seconds how they all died, and they all died because of the evil android David, which somehow outsmarted the Engineers.. Also Walter the good android can heal his skin from cuts and stab wounds, the skin heals in seconds leaving it like new, so you would think the crew knows about Andrew’s capabilities, but they dont, instead the captain is helping David the evil android sew his skin with a staple gun and doesn’t even realize the android should be self healing without the aid of stitches…. stupid stupid stupid..

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    1. Yes. It’s almost unbelievable that Ridley Scott has personally directed this thing. “Prometheus” has its faults but at least it was inspired by a vision and had a story to tell.


      1. Very true, Prometheus was something different and it’s sequel would have continued be so had Ridley not caved on his original vision due to the constant criticism and fanboy fanatics following its release. Ridley should have stuck to his original idea, which was to further break away from the Alien of old with a Prometheus sequel…..unfortunately all we got was more of the same alien we’ve seen many times before with nothing new and/or interesting to add to the story. Not saying a new movie with Xenomorphs in general is a bad thing, but it shouldn’t have been a follow-up to Prometheus which was clearly breaking away from the same old Alien formula.

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  11. Prometheus and Covenant are 100% pure condensed trash. Even the CGI are bad. Alien 1 to 4 are masterpieces in their own rights.



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