Everyone, I’d like you all to meet Daniels and Oram, two of the crew members of a spaceship called the Covenant. I’m sure they’ll live long, healthy, prosperous lives, with no chance whatsoever of being impaled, eaten alive, or having their chests burst from the inside out. What’s that you say? These are actually characters in Ridley Scott’s (opens in new tab)? Oh, well then they’re totally screwed.
I think the found footage aesthetic works really well in these fake transmissions, but I hope Scott doesn’t rely on it too much in the actual movie. Say what you will about the script of 2012’s Prometheus (yikes), but that movie looked drop-dead gorgeous, and even pushing 80 years old, Scott still knows how to craft a beautiful frame in a science fiction movie. Fingers crossed he keeps that streak alive and delivers more hauntingly elegant cinematography instead of using shaky cam as a shortcut to increase tension.
Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, and Danny McBride, Alien: Covenant opens on May 12, 2017 in the UK and May 19, 2017 in the US.
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