With "Alien: Covenant," the eighth movie centering on the scariest space creatures in moviedom, director Ridley Scott gets back to the primal terror of his 1979 original and he does it by finding something more terrifying.
The story picks up 10 years after the events of "Prometheus," with a colony ship, Covenant, en route to a new planet with 2,000 colonists in suspended animation and a crew of 15, also in suspended animation, making sure they get there. The one nonsleeping crew member is an android, Walter (Michael Fassbender), an updated version of David, the artificial intelligence on the Prometheus.
After a cosmic event damages Covenant's solar sails, the crew's sleeper pods are activated though during awakening, the ship's captain, Branson (James Franco), is killed in a pod malfunction. The second-in-command, Chris Oram (Billy Crudup), reluctantly takes the helm, with the ship's terraforming expert Daniels (Katherine Waterston) as his deputy. On a crew mostly consisting of married couples, Daniels is also Branson's wife.