Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'Alien: Covenant': Katherine Waterston Shares Behind-the-Scenes Stories from the Set

'Alien: Covenant': Katherine Waterston Shares Behind-the-Scenes Stories from the Set

Giving credit where it's due, Alien: Covenant is stylish enough.

AFTER what many considered a misstep with 2012's "Prometheus", a marmite movie if ever there was one, the Alien franchise is back on track with some top class writing and directing.

Although "Covenant" incorporates the "Prometheus" story, the movie feels less like a sequel than a Frankenstein version of the "Alien" franchise, stitched together from pieces of earlier films. Back, instead, are everyone's favorite extraterrestrials - those acid-dripping drama queens so fond of making big entrances.

Covenant is a more traditional Alien movie as it features Xenomorph (s) and horror fans will love the gore, blood and violence.

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Dimension Data's Fraile beat former world champion Rui Costa, of UAE Team Emirates, at the end of a long breakaway. But Fraile, 26, countered, driving for the finish inside the final 200 metres to cross the line in triumph.

Ridley went on to explain he arrived in Los Angeles off a Greyhound bus with little money and a dream in 1960, and when he first set eyes on the Chinese Theatre, he never thought his hands and feet would be cemented at the venue alongside Hollywood icons like the Marx Brothers, Humphrey Bogart, and Judy Garland.

"Alien: Covenant" is set 10 years after "Prometheus", which took place in 2093, so now we're in 2103, about two decades prior to the events of "Alien", and if that doesn't mess with your mind, wait until you see the Dueling Fassbenders portion of the current movie. Still, what was once just a slithery monster movie has mutated into an ambitious, ornate saga.

Featured Image: The ill-fated crew of the Covenant, in Alien: Covenant. Also starring in the movie are Michael Fassbender as androids David and Walter, Katherine Waterston who plays terrforming expert Daniels, Danny McBride as chief pilot, Demián Bichir as security head Sergeant Lope and James Franco as Covenant captain. The surprise is, this alien, spawned from a single drop of black goo, cross-infected by two human hosts, a squid alien and an Engineer, looks more like the Alien Xenomorphs that we're already familiar with from the Alien franchise. Once through the stormy atmosphere, they find a beautifully mountainous landscape complete with foggy lakes and fields of wheat. But there's an eerie silence, and no sign of birds or other animals. So who planted that wheat? What began almost 40 years ago as a creepy extraterrestrial slasher movie with a memorable tag-line ("In space, no one can hear you scream") and an even more memorable double-jawed, acid-blooded antagonist kept finding new incarnations in subsequent installments. "I thought I might be comic relief, but when I read the script I was really stoked to be given the opportunity to do something different than what I've done in other films, tackle heavier things". They might not be pretty, but they're not foolish. It's a shame since this film gives us the proper Alien experience. That's why the presence of an artificial intelligence seems fitting here. The lone human (ish) presence on the planet turns out to be David, who has, ala "Apocalypse Now", been living a godlike existence, lording over his creations. He quotes Byron, with jealousy. Like a robot Brando, he sings "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" while trimming his hair. "You have symphonies in you, brother!" he encourages. Fassbender makes up for it, playing dual roles. Television routinely impresses the most discerning audiences as much as film, if not more often. Walter, the Bad Android, rambles on about the respective attributes of human, machine and alien; he's like an extremely chatty mad Nazi scientist in a 1940s movie serial. It's definitely an R (rated film), don't show the kids. Two and a half stars out of four.

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