|Source of story
||Directly following Alien 5: Promethius
||John Logan, Dante Harper
||Jack Paglen, Michael Green. Characters: Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett
||Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride,
||The Covenant, a spaceship, carrying 2000 colonists and 15 crew all asleep, plus one “synthetic”, a robot looking after them, is damaged by a neutrino burst causing the crew to wake and some deaths including that of the captain. They find that they are within range of a planet which appears to be capable of supporting life, and so they divert to it and descend to the surface, unaware of the trauma awaiting them.
||We become familiar with the interior of the space craft which is impressively technical and then the surface of the planet which is stunning but gloomy. It is no spoiler to say that we see the aliens bursting from human bodies. Lots of gunfire, some blood and guts, some discussion about the nature of life and brief nudity
||If you can get over the fact that these space craft never seem to be prepared for any sort of predictable emergency, and the extraordinary level of coincidence, this Alien prequel is good fun, and even if you are not keen on the franchise, contains numerous really impressive scenes. Definitely worth the admission price to see it on a big screen.