Posted Dec-27-2016 7:40 PM
A bit of a different take on Alien Covenant.
First and foremost I will wholeheartedly say that Sir Ridley Scott is an absolute genius filmmaker. Some of his movies have withstood time, critics, and continue to be embraced by generations. I look forward to this movie, and I am planning on watching it on opening weekend. However......
I remember an interview with Scott in which he stated he cut Prometheus a specific way in order to placate today's modern audience. And that he cut it, making it shorter to match people's attention spans. (Not a direct quote) I've heard younglings state that they never got through Alien as it was too "boring". Yes, the cast talks for 45 minutes before anything significant happens. I get it. I will say, that the original Alien movie terrified me to no end, and at the age of ten I believed whole heartedly there was a facehugger under my bed......(insert terrified emoji here).
Does gory really equal more terrifying? John Carpenter's, "The Thing" pretty much showed alien life forms taking over, changing, transforming, and exploding human beings in gruesome ways. Yes, we haven't seen back or throat bursters, and today's filming technology and special effects are eons advanced compared to the 80's. But have we already seen what there is to see? The shower scene has been done in numerous horror/slasher stories, and when watching it you see people in the most vulnerable of circumstances meet their demise. "Visceral" to the end. Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" scene demented bad guy replaced by the big chap?
In the trailer, watching the Captain look curiously into the open egg and already knowing what is inevitably going to happen really didn't have me on the edge of my seat. Simply because watching Kane look into the egg numerous times it's just kind of well....the same ole same ole. No edge of the seat, just crapped my pants feeling. Have we already seen what there is to see?
After the third viewing of Alien back a loooong time ago. I was always intrigued and continually wondered about the story of the Space Jockey. What was his story, and the ship was so bizarre and strange and "alien".
People complained very loudly about not enough "Alien" in Prometheus. Ridley Scott for the longest time believed it was played out. Has it been? Does the Captain get facehugged, make it back to the ship up in orbit, little chap shows up, becomes Big Chap, goes on killing spree, Daniels demonstrating great resolve and bravery kills said Big Chap(s). Wait, Ripley already did that right.
I by no means am saying that is what is going to happen. I'm simply saying I hope it doesn't. New species, similar DNA I can embrace. Similar circumstances, plot lines, events. I may be disappointed. Hollywood tends to rinse and repeat in order to make huge profits. (The Force Awakens) anyone? I honestly just hope this isn't the case and Sir Ridley Scott had full control. I hope Fox executives stayed out of his way and let him do his thing. If the script was written and then rewritten based on sample surveys and future profit based on what executives believe audiences want, ugh....all I can say is I hope not.