There are plenty of reasons to shut your eyes and cross your legs while watching this film, but is that the same as being scared?
This desire for procreation and preservation of the self - human, alien or artificial - is what motivates every being in the Alien universe, and in Covenant, Scott sets up a thrilling thunderdome in which we can watch this bloody battle unfold.
If this is your idea of a good time, you can tick away the film's two-plus hours guessing which crew members will get offed, and in what order.
Peel away the big budget genre film's veneer of Western Civ for Dummies (Michelangelo, Wagner, Byron and Shelley) and what you have is rather conventional Lego blocks of sci-fi horror.
The new film is intended to act as several things, none of them particularly admirable.
The first "Alien" had better special effects. Watch it instead.
Yet director Ridley Scott -- who birthed the original nearly 40 years ago as well as that last film -- plunges back into the latter's mythology, with equally uninspired and perhaps more blatantly derivative results.
J. R. Jones
Despite a few remnants of the earlier film's obscure genesis story, most of the action in Covenant plays like an elaboration on the original Alien (1979).
It's not the greatest show on earth, no, but it's a bloody, scary, energetic two hours at the movies -- proof positive that when the words Alien and Ridley Scott appear in the same sentence, it's cause for excitement.