Alien: Covenant ★★★

With 2012’s Prometheus, Ridley Scott returned to a franchise he began, shifting the focus from alien-wrought (with the help of corporate greed) carnage to more contemplative sci-fi. Though firmly entrenched in the Alien universe, the prequel largely did its own thing and did it very well. Alien: Covenant doesn’t really have a thing. Set between Prometheus and the original classic, Covenant recycles themes and moments from both, and while meant to serve as a bridge it feels more like a wheel-spinning retread full of half measures. The visuals dazzle, but instead of conjuring fear or provoking thought, the film elicits indifference through similarity.

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