'Alien: Covenant' Characters Say Goodbye to Earth in Found-Footage Promo Videos

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - 11:25AM
Alien: Covenant
Prometheus 2
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - 11:25AM
'Alien: Covenant' Characters Say Goodbye to Earth in Found-Footage Promo Videos
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It's not hard to choose a favorite movie between Alien and The Blair Witch Project. One movie is filled with incredible performances from talented actors and features a truly terrifying monster in a creepy science fiction environment. The other movie is about three film students squabbling in the woods, and features some of the ugliest cinematography known to man.

In spite of this, there are a lot more found-footage movies than there are science fiction horror flicks, and for one very important reason: found-footage is cheap. Many modern movies have gone for this low-cost form of storytelling, which foregoes the need for traditional moviemaking staples like competent camerawork and monster design, in favor of watching underpaid actors shriek at each other in the dark.

As inexplicably popular as this genre of horror is, it's not surprising that the promotional campaign for Alien: Covenant has gotten in on the act, with a pair of trailers that mix grainy, glitchy first-person footage with heartfelt messages from two crew members:



In the videos, found footage of the crew's terrifying discoveries are interspersed with Daniels (played by Katherine Waterston) saying a tearful goodbye to her father, and Oran (Billy Crudup) reading a speech about the majesties of space exploration.



By this point, we've all seen shaky found-footage before, and there's not much on display that you couldn't get in any number of similar movies. Frankly, the clips seem like they've come from a sub-par episode of Doctor Who. What's most interesting here, though, is the way Daniels and Oran say goodbye to their homes—one with a personal message to her father, the other with a verbose speech.

Everything we've seen from Covenant thus far suggests that the movie is filled with characters who act like real people, with their own personalities and desires. It's exciting to see characters who are clearly defined, and the prospect of seeing them interact together and ultimately suffer through trauma together is one of the biggest draws to Alien: Covenant.

So while the found-footage elements of these trailers are enough to cause even the most diehard of Alien fans to wrinkle their noses, the enticing possibility of seeing a space survival horror movie with engaging, well-thought-out characters is enough to make Alien: Covenant looklike a promising film. Just as long as we don't get too much shaky GoPro nonsense.
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