Se­quel is not so great, Scott

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(Noomi Ra­pace) will also be left feel­ing cold at the res­o­lu­tion to her sto­ry­line.

How­ever, Lon­doner Kather­ine Water­ston (Daniels) de­liv­ers a far more con­vinc­ing lead­ing lady per­for­mance here; she may clearly be mod­elled on Sigour­ney Weaver’s iconic Ri­p­ley, but her grief-rid­den, re­silient “ter­raform­ing ex­pert” works as her own beast.

The star of the show, though, is Michael Fass­ben­der, who pulls dou­ble duty as re­turn­ing Prometheus film-stealer David and fel­low an­droid Wal­ter.

You’re never sure ex­actly what di­rec­tion the Ir­ish­man is go­ing to take you in and, iron­i­cally given he’s play­ing ro­bots, Fass­ben­der plays the most well-rounded char­ac­ters in the film.

The sup­port­ing cast – in­clud­ing Billy Crudup’s (Oram) first mate, Danny McBride’s (Ten­nessee) pi­lot and a cou­ple of sur­prise stars – play their roles well and make for a more like­able en­sem­ble than Prometheus’ gang.

Scott takes the se­ries back to its orig­i­nal hor­ror roots with some gen­uinely creepy se­quences and doesn’t hold back on the claret and gore.

Fran­chise favourites the face­hug­gers, Ch­est­bursters and Xenomorphs all make a wel­come re­turn, along­side mem­o­rable new­bies the Neo­morphs.

The pitch black-toned cli­max works re­ally well and res­onates more than any­thing in its pre­de­ces­sor.

But while it’s one of the bet­ter post-1986 Alien movies, Covenant – in­evitably – pales in com­par­i­son to the un­touch­able first two flicks.

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