The formula will be familiar to veterans of previous Alien outings – a team of space-bound explorers, mercenaries and engineers come across the titular creature and suffer horribly. The most interesting variation for Covenant is that the explorers are couples – they're on 'the first ever large-scale colonisation mission', which presumably means they're on a romantic interstellar retreat to populate a seemingly empty planet. Cue interesting dynamic shifts and gut-wrenching drama when people start dying.
Otherwise, it's a bit of a shame that Scott has retreated from the new territory that Prometheus explored. The problem with that film wasn't its vision, tone, or monsters – it was the script. We're still sure Alien: Covenant will be slick, scary, and possibly even the best Alien sequel, but it's a little dispiriting that the director of that seminal movie is resorting to self-karaoke.
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12 May 17 – 12 Jul 17, Times vary
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