'Alien: Covenant' is one of the most terrifying films ever made

'Alien: Covenant' is one of the most terrifying films ever made

LT: Did you relate your character to any other one from "Alien's" past movies?

Carmen Ejogo is most recently known for her role as Seraphina Picquery in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", and "Alien: Covenant" sees her reunite with her co-star Katherine Waterston in the movie. All the others are either bad or just plain terrible. But it's not the only thing to be scared of in our future. A sequel's inevitable, not just for the box-office dollars but because it makes sense. In real life, the actors who star in "Alien: Covenant" - Ridley Scott's new installment in the "Alien" film saga, which opens in theaters across the United States Friday (May 19) - don't seem all that excited about venturing into the final frontier. When a disruption causes the crew to wake up early, they also come across a signal from a nearby planet. Colonists in stasis are on their way to a new planet. While they are repairing the vessel, their scanners stumble upon a planet that appears to be a virtual Eden and much closer than their target destination.

"Alien: Covenant" feels, in every way, like a hand-me-down. And he still finds ways to improve the first. The franchise then entered a predictable decline, with David Fincher's troubled Alien 3 in 1992 and 1997's passable, just, Alien: Resurrection, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

There is fun to be had, despite the characters making the same dumb mistakes that were made in the last movie.and the one before that.and so on. Don't have time to watch all seven films in the series and get caught up?

The main characters are just empathetic enough to care about whether or not they die while the rest are easy xenomorph fodder. An accident and unusual signals detour the vessel to a different, deceptively Earthlike planet, and while other members of the crew - played by the likes of Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, "Prometheus" returnee Michael Fassbender and Amy Seimetz as the wife of McBride's character - shuttle down to investigate and, mostly, die, an increasingly agitated Tennessee stays at the orbiting helm. Whatever happens, we know this is not going to end well.

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Jusse Smollett - who plays crewmember Ricks in the movie - doubles-down on the notion that the extra footage shot for Alien: Covenant helped to "introduce ourselves to the fans". Some of the exact plot points, pacing, and timing, make it too predictable. Either one of these things could have been cordoned off from the other and turned into a solid genre exercise, but together it feels confused and overlong, numerous kills packing only as much punch as your average Friday The 13th movie, with about the same level of character development.

Alien: Covenant has sterling production design, and an nearly regally solemn Jed Curzal score.

It is with some joy then, that we discover that with the follow-up, set between the events of Prometheus and those of the original Alien, Scott has very much remembered what fans love about the series and, it seems, listened to some of the gripes about the previous film. Debate intelligently. If your comment does not add to the conversation, it may be removed.

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