Wasn't expecting much considering it's got Sam Worthington in the main role. He's basically a poor man's Joel Edgarton. I wish this was better than it was as the concept of genetically evolving humans to support life on other planets is genuinely a cool idea. However, being a Netflix release as they typically do, this completely falls apart midway and turns into a bland sci-fi that has straight to VOD quality. If you want to watch some good fish-man science fiction watch Shape of Water instead.
Also is it just me or is the poster clearly copying the Avatar poster. Like almost identically?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Random (very spoilery) notes:
-The title/place name is oddly specific for such a nondescript town/place. Why the title? Is the town name important? Is it a small town? Large town? Small enough for one character to know about another character’s illness, but too big for hospital staff to know they shouldn’t put the perpetrator of violence in the same room with the victim of his violence? (But also, the hospital is so small-town they don’t have a separate burn unit?)…
How do I know I am watching a typical boilerplate Sundance film?
The film centres on a bunch of slightly nerdy, creative and marginalised young people? Check.
A central character experiences a transformation by the end of the film having accepted who they are and appreciating it? Check.
It has a bizarre and quirky sensibility peppered with jokes that relieve tension in difficult moments or during awkward conversations? Check.
There is a poignant moment…
I’ll happily spend two hours watching anything this series produces—and I didn’t hate Prometheus. Covenant is a competently assembled greatest hits of the franchise, The Force Awakens of Alien films, but its third act is the weakest yet.
The first hour is remixed artfully enough (Milford Sound standing in for “paradise”) that I kept hoping it might break new ground. Fassbender is a marvel, remaining understated and occasionally menacing, even as the film around him proceeds to show too much…
For the record, I did not pay a single dime to watch this thing. I found a leaked cam copy online that was in decent quality, so the only thing I paid with this was my time.....
The funny thing is, it's not that horrifyingly terrible in terms of the actual film's content outside of the mere fact that it exists. What's not so funny is that the actual thing we're left with is just so BORING.
When it isn't…
The plot is fine.
The special effects are fine.
The music is fine.
The direction is fine.
The cinematography is fine.
The pacing is fine.
The acting is fine.
The alien is fine.
The deaths are fine.
The beginning is fine.
The middle is fine.
The ending is fine.
It's just, very, fine.
Incredibly boring. I could've probably just stuck with Goldblum for the duration, but we are forced to watch all these nothing storylines. Goldblum's father meeting the kids? It goes absolutely nowhere, it's filler to such a degree that it's not even funny - why did that have to be in the film? That's just one example, and I've mostly forgotten everything else that could be mentioned because it left no impression.