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  • Ridley Scott Goes Back To His Alien Roots With ALIEN: COVENANT (Review)

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    Fans of the original Alien, the groundbreaking sci-fi/horror classic, will find a lot to like in the latest installment of this iconic franchise.  The plot is reminiscent of the 1979 film:  the Covenant, a transport ship in deep space, its crew in cryosleep, gets knocked off its trajectory by a solar storm.  The core crew reawakens to find a strange signal from a previously unknown planet… one that seems oddly perfect for their colonization mission.  Also onboard is a synthetic human named Walter (brilliantly played by Michael Fassbender).  Faced with years’ more space travel to reach their original destination, the captain (Billy Crudup) decides to explore this new planet as an alternative.  In place of the formidable Ripley, Covenant’s first officer Daniels (Katherine Waterston) is grieving the loss of her husband (James Franco in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it performance).  While softer than Sigourney Weaver’s character, Daniels has some of Ripley’s inner steel – and she’ll need it because once they land on the idyllic, but strangely empty world, things go south, fast!  The lush landscape is littered with small pods, which release tiny spores when stepped on.  Those drift into bodily orifices with horrific results.  Soon the landing ship’s sickbay has a formerly healthy crewman who is convulsing, screaming and bleeding out on the table. You don’t have to be a medic to know what’s coming next!  And then IT IS ON: the Covenant’s pilot (Danny McBride) manages a risky rescue of the stranded crewmembers but once back aboard, they discover they are far from safe!

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