The Alien anthology, since the debut of The Eighth Passenger in 1979, has always been able to reinvent itself within itself. Hybrids of genres, styles and approaches, proposal and form were delivered suiting the entire body of their film series. Beginning in 2012 with Prometheus, however, prequels seem to pursue different paths and objectives of the sequences themselves that occurred from 1986 to 1997. Even though attempting to explore new concepts and ways of incorporating complex issues into the horror / sci-fi genres, Two more films repeat themselves than innovate; The need to tie themselves to the first film seeks padding in metaphysical, philosophical, and ontological issues. And precisely in the attempt to transcend his primae themes (horror and survival, properly), both the 2012 film and this, Alien: Covenant, expose its biggest flaws.

Covenant baptizes the ship that is in search of a planet in order to be colonized by its crew and “load”: two thousand settlers who will settle in the new world. While they are en route to the far planet, a charge of energy damages part of the ship, killing its captain (a surprise apparition of James Franco) and waking its crew. After the period of emotional commotion and restructuring of the team’s functional and functional spacecraft, a remote planet emerges by means of a ghost transmission on its sensors. Ignoring all year long and planning efforts in search of the original planet, the crew agreed to seek the nearest planet, since the transmission from this planet is human in the middle of a supposedly uninhabited place.

The incoherencies of the text, scripted by John Logan and Dante Harper, appear. The rescue of the series made by director Ridley Scott (also of the 1979 original) proposed to establish the prequels as a base but not necessarily dependent on the previous titles. If in the last film the appropriation of the Promethean myth occurred as a device to engender its own concepts within the plot, Alien: Covenant uses the texts of two Shelley (Percy and Mary, husband and wife) to establish a causal bridge to The Eighth Passenger and that little offer to terror and resume Prometheus.

The crew, made up of more than a dozen members (most of whom are married / boyfriend to each other), have a much more tactical and military approach than Prometheus’ scientific and technical. In the initial moments of landing on the unknown planet, the proposed approach is clearly of the possible difficulties of the team in a hostile environment. And this very much refers to Predator (1987) – at least before the film enters a spiral of seemingly endless misconceptions.

If the crew’s inabilities in the previous run caused anger and disappointment in the public, in Alien Covenant the same feelings are exhausted by the series of imbecilities committed by the crew. From giving up any protection in new territory (and hostile!) To touching and approaching the experimental creatures led by a certain character (himself had even revealed his plans). Everything works in a way that converges where the movie wants to go; Its premise is based on this.

And not for less, the film inserts punctual elements in the attempt to open or close dramatic arcs, to their characters or in the narrative situations themselves. Crewmember Daniels (played by Katherine Waterston, in the captive role of the film to the female figure who retains the leading role) loses her husband (also initial captain of the team) during the opening events of the film; At any moment the weight of this resonates credibly between the characters and the way they relate – nothing more than the quotations from a “cottage by the lake” are expressed. The next captain, Chris Oram (Billy Crudup, who does well in moments of small gestures), who does not see himself as a figure who inspires confidence and respect for others – much on account of his “faith”; Again, instead of deepening these concerns to develop the character, the script provides lousy and inconvenient balconies. The device “have faith” of Oram very much resembles the “chose to believe” of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) of Prometheus, with small appearance in Covenant.

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