Don’t get me wrong, the latest trailer for Alien: Covenant looks pretty good–after all, it’s directed by Ridley Scott, so it goes without saying that cinematographically-speaking it’s going to be gorgeous.
What bothers me a bit though is that it doesn’t seem to be doing anything particularly new.
Out the box we get colonists, shots of a spaceship entering an atmosphere that look like outtakes from Prometheus (as I said, it’s gorgeous, but derivative), and hints that the while the colonists may check in to the new planet, most of them won’t definitely be checking out.
And what looks like a potential missed opportunity is that I smell not a whiff of the corporate malfeasance that permeated the two best movies in the series (Alien and Aliens) like a pair of smelly gym sneakers.
And that’s not to say that it isn’t present, but I’m missing the aspects of the movie that implies that, as deadly as the xenomorphs are, humans are deadlier and often our own worse enemies.