(2017) (Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi/Horror: The crew of a deep space colonization ship must contend with coming into contact with a deadly alien species.
- It's the year 2104 and the 15-person crew of the Covenant is headed to the remote planet Origae-6 with more than 2,000 people and thousands of embryos, all to colonize the planet. With years still to go on the trip, everyone is in cryosleep except for the ship's lone android, Walter (MICHAEL FASSBENDER), who's the latest update to a series of such machines that began with David (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) years ago. The trip, however, is interrupted when the ship is damaged in a neutron storm that results in the death of the captain that now leaves his widow, Daniels (KATHERINE WATERSTON), second in command behind their new leader, Chris Oram (BILLY CRUDUP).
During outside repairs to the ship and its solar sails, crewmember Tennessee (DANNY McBRIDE) picks up odd signals, which he later figures out is a human singing an old John Denver song. When they track that to a planet that seems even more hospitable than Origae-6 and is nearby rather than seven years away, Chris makes the decision that they should investigate the source of the signal while determining if this new planet might better suit their colonization plans.
Accordingly, a number of crew members board a landing ship and head down to the surface, all while Tennessee and others remain in orbit. Among those setting foot on the planet are Daniels and Walter, along with Tennessee's wife, Faris (AMY SEIMETZ); biologist Karine Oram (CARMEN EJOGO); Sgt. Lope (DEMIAN BICHIR) who's in charge of the security detail, and a number of other people. When two of them end up dead from a parasitic alien infection and a number of larger aliens attack others, the survivors are rescued by David, the lone survivor of the Prometheus expedition from years earlier.
He seems to know about these creatures, but Daniels and others are only interested in getting back to the ship in orbit. As they attempt to do just that, they must contend with further alien attacks.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into the "Alien" movies, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity.
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