ALIEN: COVENANT (MA15+)

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BACK AGAIN TO WIPE THE SMILE OFF THEIR SPACE, US, 123 MIN Direc­tor Ri­d­ley Scott’s in­ten­tion to end his ca­reer with a tril­ogy of Alien pic­tures is great news for fans who first boarded the sem­i­nal sci-fi hor­ror fran­chise back in the late 1970s. The project has started rolling in fine style with Alien: Covenant, a clin­i­cally as­sured deep-space chiller. Scott deftly com­bines the oblig­a­tory chest-burst­ing gore of the clas­sic Alien movies with the mind-ex­pand­ing philo­soph­i­cal quest­ing of 2012’s di­vi­sive demiprequel Prometheus. That tricky bal­ance be­tween body count and brain food is very sweetly struck in­deed. A des­o­late story picks up a decade af­ter the events of Prometheus. The crew of a space­ship on a mis­sion to colonise a new world make an un­sched­uled ex­ploratory pit stop on a planet that ap­pears to be a spec­tac­u­larly hab­it­able match for their needs. Spoiler alert: it is not. Stars Kather­ine Water­ston, Michael Fass­ben­der, Billy Crudup.

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