ALIEN: COVENANT – REVIEW

Starring: Michael Fassbender
Director: Ridley Scott
Running Time: 122mins
Cert: 15

Some of you may remember my review of Prometheus; the much anticipated prequel to the Alien franchise and the disaster i thought that was.

Alien: Covenant is no exception.

While this film actually wraps up any loose ends as to how the Xenomorphs were created and why; it was still let down by the acting and the lack of real action. The ultimate revelation at the end of the film is definitely insightful and a little shocking; but this was let down by everything else that went on before.

In short, Ridley Scott basically re made Alien with more unknown characters and a monster that because this being prequel of course; a monster we had already seen. The shock factor of the Xenomorph was lost in many ways because we’re not particularly scared of it anymore. Sure, its still shocking and gory but the ‘fear of the unknown’ of the original films is lost because now you’re just anticipating when the facehugger is going to come out of the egg or when the extra mouth is going to pop out of the black adult alien.

Sadly, it was all very cliche and it didnt even have characters that you could sympathise with or relate to in this outing. For people who are meant to be scientists and prepared for medical emergencies or ship malfunctions etc. once something bad happened; they all seemed to fall apart very quickly. Within an hour; half the crew were dead and you either didnt really care or thought it was their own fault.

The one saving grace of the film is of course, Michael Fassbender. The one star in the film; of course not counting Guy Pierce in the opening credits and James Franco in a throwback of a home movie. His portrayal of the androids David and Walter are amazing. His movements, his speech; his lust for art and culture while in David form is fantastic and more so very believable.

I anticipated his scenes as they created a sense of foreboding that had you on the edge of your seat. Not physically of course but more so in anticipating what he was going to and when; where everyone else was pretty predictable.

The film gets points for nostalgia purposes but generally, its really…plain. Theres nothing to gloriously praise or even criticise. Its just kind of…there.

Alien: Covenant is out May 12th.

 

PACIFIC RIM – REVIEW

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim

When the trailer and poster for Pacific Rim was first revealed, the immediate thought was: Transformers rip off. The big metal monster bit had been done and there wasn’t much excitement to indulge in it again after the almost 3 hour catastrophe that was Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. Even less excited that now, said big metal monsters were coming out of the water; cue Battleship plot.

Basically, the film wasn’t setting up well especially with a cast of C list actors (with the exception of B and A listers Idris Elba and Ron Pearlman respectively) gracing the cast list and even that bloke from Eastenders!

However…

Pacific Rim did not live up to its apparent inevitable failure but to that of success. Not a huge success but a success none the less. By the time the end credits had begun to role, there was a need for more. Not to say that there was anything left unfinished but there was still a sense of excitement for more to come as the fight scenes were dramatic and intense and gave an accurate sense of how colossal these machines are as well as the enemies they have to face. There was a good pace to the film as there are no pauses where the “where are they going with this?” question starts to pop up or you begin to questions how long you’ve been watching it! As mentioned, the fight scenes between monster and machine were extraordinarily executed though you do wonder why if there are three machines and one monster, why not tag team them? While on the subject of what is not so great about the film, can we all take a moment to discuss the questionable accents of Charlie Hunnam and Rob Kazinsky. For once, Idris Elba decided to stay on this side of the pond with his vocal performance but the other two were clearly lost in translation.

Despite the initial hang ups going into the movie, Pacific Rim chalked up to be a good watch. The hefty $180 million dollar budget did not go to waste as the Kaiju and Jaeger were as believable as the Transformers had been when Michael Bay first brought them to our screens. A far better release than Battleship that lacked any form of substance (if not only in Rihanna’s performance), Pacific Rim is an enjoyable action monster flick that delivers.