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This is an American science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. John Logan and Dante Harper, have both assumed responsibility for the story penned by Michael Green and Jack Paglen. This is in fact a sequel to the 2012 film, ‘Prometheus’, and is the second installment in the ‘Alien’ prequel series and the sixth installment overall in the ‘Alien’ film series, as well as the third directed by Ridley Scott. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and Demián Bichir and follows the crew of a ship that lands on an uncharted planet before making a terrifying discovery. It is worthwhile noting that Scott had his first commercial breakthrough with ‘Alien’ (1979). His other classics include ‘Blade Runner’ (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), ‘Gladiator’ (2000), ‘Black Hawk Down’ (2001), ‘Hannibal’ (2001), ‘American Gangster (2007), ‘Prometheus’ (2012) and ‘The Martian’ (2015).
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival!
The film has mostly been shot at Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Effects houses Odd Studios and Creature NFX provided the film’s makeup and animatronics-creature effects respectively. While Australian-based effects house Animal Logic has provided the film’s digital visual effects. Approximately 30 people from Creature NFX worked on the project for almost six months building animatronics. Actors wearing creature suits with ‘animatronic’ heads were used to portray the aliens .and people between the age of 8 and 40 who were skinny, very tall or very short, strong and physically agile, and preferably skilled in fast movement, acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics, contortion, and “Cirque du Soleil type performers were auditioned to appear as the ‘Aliens’!
Music- Jed Kurzel, Cinematography – Dariusz Wolski , Edited by –Pietro Scalia, Running Time-123 minutes