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Prometheus was not a great movie. I know some people utterly despise it, but I thought it was still unique, featured a few truly horrifying moments and came up with genuinely fascinating ideas that had a lot of potential in this crazy futuristic setting.
It seems that, rather than risk another mixed reaction to a faithful continuation of that movie, Ridley Scott just decided to make another Alien sequel that abandons pretty much all of the potential seen in Prometheus, and instead throws a bunch of Xenomorphs at an even more obliviously reckless group of space adventurers.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't the worst movie or even the worst Alien knockoff you'll ever see. Ridley Scott's directing, so it looks great and all the actors are at least trying.
But let's go through it's problems:
I didn't enjoy this movie. There's a lot of wasted potential here and not much else. The end result feels more like an over the top Resident Evil movie set in space.
5/10 rating, and that's a bit generous.
I don't know if Ridley Scott had an aneurysm that just damaged the part of his brain regarding the Alien franchise, but the last two films on the subject are terrible.
They share nothing in common with his original film. No suspense. Disposable characters. Idiots all over the place. No logical plot. Not even decent social commentary.
Covenant is a direct sequel to Prometheus, and shares all its flaws, without any redeeming qualities. Nothing the characters do seems logical, and the primary setup for the film as a sequel has enough holes to drive a Mack truck through. You don't care about the characters, even the protagonist. The villain borders on cardboard cartoon. And the xenomorphs are laughable, existing only to produce a hard R for gorn.
Just like with the Star Wars universe, the Alien universe would be far better off if someone else took the reigns from the creator, who plainly doesn't understand what the appeal of the franchise is.
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