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Alien: Covenant [2017] [R] - 5.9.8



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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In this second prequel, a team of spacefaring married couples discovers the lethal alien species on an Earth-like planet. With the help of two androids (Michael Fassbender), the team leader (Katherine Waterston) pursues a battle against the creatures and also discovers a saboteur. Also with Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Damian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jesse Smollett and Callie Hernandez. Directed by Ridley Scott. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A nude man stands behind a nude woman in a shower with his back turned to the camera and are seen from the waist up, her back to his chest with her chest against the wall; he kisses the back of her neck and the woman turns and embraces the man (we see her back and upper buttocks) as he falls backward out of the frame and she is shown in profile (both breasts, nipples and one bare buttock are seen while one bare thigh blocks the crotch area).
 A woman wearing a tank top reveals cleavage and the tops of her breasts bounce once as she washes her hands. A woman wears a tank top in several scenes that shows cleavage and reveals the outlines of nipples in each scene.
 An android kisses another android (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). An android kisses a woman and mocks her.
 An astronaut jokes, "Behave yourself with my wife" (his crew is four married couples).

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A woman rinses off her bloody forearms in a sink of water, takes out a vial, bites off and spits out the top, and pours medicine onto three holes in one of her arms, and then turns to see a gray, tailed, faceless creature as she reaches for a pistol; the creature shoots toward her and chews up her neck, spurting blood (the camera cuts away and returns to show us her head floating in a pool of water, eyes open and the body is on the floor in a pool of blood), and the creature is later shown sitting on the victim's chest and chewing the neck and shoulders (we see raw muscle tissue shredded) with its small mouth and a man shoots it several times with a rifle.
 A man sits on a log on a planet, disturbs a cluster of soft eggs in a puddle, and sparkling particles from his cigarette and the air enter his ear and burrow into his brain; the man later coughs, staggers, falls, gets up, sweats, coughs louder and blood spurts into a doctor's face from dozens of holes on his back as he has two waves of violent convulsions and large spikes poke through his back; the doctor screams and runs outside the room and locks the door, leaving a woman inside the room, who pounds and shouts to be let out as we see a slimy creature and a lot of blood slide out of the back of the patient, landing on the floor (the creature is humanoid and about the size of a cat, has a long tail, is without a face except for a hole with many sharp teeth, and it screeches); the woman kicks it across the room, but it attacks and chews her throat as her legs and feet convulse in a pool of blood.
 Sparkling particles travel up the nose of a man in a cave and he begins coughing as his colleagues help him get back to their landing craft; he stumbles, coughs violently, falls, convulses and spits blood onto a woman's shoulder, followed by a gray creature and lot of blood projecting out of his mouth as he dies and the creature runs away, screeching.
 An android shows a man in a cave in which rest seven pods, where we see greyish flesh move around and a creature suddenly shoots out of the pod and chews on a man's throat and face on the floor. A small alien bursts out of a man's stomach in the middle of a large blood clot and many tall spurting fountains of blood; the bloody creature stands, revealing a long skull, two arms and legs, long claws, a long tail, (and what may look like a penis-like extension) as it screeches.
 A man and a woman in a shower (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) stand so we can see only their feet and ankles as a large bony tail comes up between the couple and pulls back; the woman looks at the man's face as dozens of sharp teeth bite through the back of the man's head and spray blood on the screaming woman.
 A power wave damages a large spacecraft, causing tremors, a siren sounding, and lights flashing as sleeper pods open and 14 crew members awaken; one woman bends out of her pod toward the camera and vomits a white substance into a plastic box, one pod sparks and sends electric bolts and heat waves across the face of a man inside until flames fill the pod burning the man (he is removed, burned fully to black with some red raw areas of damaged tissue) and we later see him wrapped in cloth and jettisoned into space; a person lying on a floor is wrapped in a tarp and taken off-screen and a man says that 47 colonists, 16 frozen human embryos and the captain died.
 A flashback shows a large horseshoe shaped ship dock on a hook above the ground and launch dense swarms of small dark flapping creatures onto thousands of people below, who fall to the ground, bloody around the faces, backs and chest while an android says the creatures were a virus that kills all animal life it cannot use as an incubator.
 A man and a woman stand back-to-back with rifles ready as a small craft flies down to meet them; they and an android board the ship as a large alien creature holds onto the bottom of the vessel and the woman attached to a bungee cord walks outside and fights the alien which head-butts the windshield of the craft, cracking it and a crane arm's toothed shovel grabs the creature, clamping until it bites it to pieces that fall out of the sky.
 An android kisses another android, breaks his neck, and pulls out his spine to whip it on the floor and drop it as petroleum distillate flows out of the victim's nose (the victim is fine in the next scene, able to self-repair). An android fights with a small alien creature, which bites off his hand (he feels no pain, but stares at the stump of his lower arm) and a man fires a flare gun that scares off the creature. An android and a woman fight with kicks and punches; she sticks an iron nail into his throat and a wire slides out, he removes it and throws it away, and he throws her into a wall twice and onto the floor after which he kisses her and mocks her. An android picks up another android and throws him hard into a stone wall; the two androids fight with karate moves, roll over a small fire without harm, and fight over a knife, which hurts neither of them. Two creatures attack humans at night and the men and women scream at each other and over a communication device as they shoot rifles and miss the creatures, which run into fields in the dark. A doctor with a gun enters a room where she slips on blood, and misses a shot at an alien creature, which escapes; she gets another rifle and chases the creature, shooting at it and hitting fuel tanks that send the craft up in large flames with a loud explosions and traps several of the crew on a planet while communications are malfunctioning with the home ship. A creature with tentacles near the head rushes at and grabs the face of a man until another man cuts it off and the blood of the animal burns the victim's cheek; the wound reddens and a doctor places a large bandage on it. An alien falls from the ceiling and causes two men to scream and escape.
 On board a large spacecraft a man discovers a large alien creature: A man and a woman chase it with rifles, to no avail, and eventually capture it; the woman points her rifle as the creature slams its head through a cracking and falling glass window and it drools buckets of saliva and the bay door is opened pulling the creature into space (we see the woman with cuts on her forehead and cheek that bleed).
 A man on a spacewalk grimaces as electric waves fill his helmet that is later referred to as a rogue transmission. Rain pours hard on a planet and a man says that it and an ion storm in the thermosphere might last for months. An android says that humans are not worthy of their creations. An android says that humans do not deserve to live and colonists flying to other planets do not deserve to start life over. Two androids argue about love and both become tearful.
 An exam table is covered by a woman with her chest and belly split open and pulled wide apart, revealing many missing organs and a small amount of intestine. A woman finds another woman lying on the floor of a shower in a pool of blood, with bloody claw prints leading out into a hallway. An armed landing crew on a distant planet finds huge heads of wheat in a field and a mountain of redwood sized trees knocked down and broken in half; a woman takes a sample from a stagnant pool with a large syringe. We see a display room containing large beetles mounted on canvases and small aliens mounted on stands; the latter creatures have humanoid bodies with no genitals or faces and have tales and small mouth holes with many sharp teeth; we see small rib cages and flesh preserved on stands as we hear they are experimental hybrids. An ink drawing features a woman's head with tentacle-hair and a tentacle stuffed into her mouth. A drawing shows a woman's face with twisted twig-like legs pouring out of her mouth.
 A spacecraft finds a planet and sends a lander that discovers thousands of human forms lying dead in a Roman plaza, burned to charcoal and inside a stone building guarded by huge human head statues an android shows the crew more blackened bodies.
 Shallow metal drawers are filled with human embryos a few weeks old and encased in ice disks; a man removes one disk, places it into a metal container and places a lid on top of it. A man coughs up two ice disks holding embryos that look like folded crab legs on top of a long tail and he puts them into a drawer with human embryos.
 A doctor places many small globs of artificial skin onto a man's burned cheek and spreads it with a plastic tongue-depressor shaped instrument. An android staples his cheek together (we do not see a cut) and his hand is missing.
 A man and a woman argue and another man and another woman argue in another scene. An android places a flower on a headstone of a woman and says he loved her. A woman in a sleep pod becomes frightened and beats on the glass window as someone outside says, "Don't let the bed bugs bite" with an evil smile. A man says, "I gotta take a leak," but never does.

PROFANITY 8 - About 35 F-words and its derivatives, 13 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (lunatic, extremists, insufferable, necropolis), 3 religious profanities (GD), 2 religious exclamations (God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two women and three men drink whiskey poured into paper cups, a still photo shows a dozen men and women standing around a table where a bottle of whiskey is shown with a few nearly empty glasses around it, and a man sips from a glass of what could be whiskey. A man lights and smokes a cigarette in a wooded area, a man carries a lighted cigar (we do not see him smoke it), and a man burns incense and plays a flute.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Creation, duty, responsibility, conquerors of the Roman Empire, colonization of distant planets, development of androids, cultivating hybrid wildlife, xenobiology, fighting the unknown, danger, fear, sabotage, survival, determination, courage, faith, sacrifice, death, loss, relationships, love, marriage, freezing embryos, emotions, mental illness.

MESSAGE - Humankind's creations may one day cause its extinction.

Special Keywords: S5 - V9 - P8 - MPAAR

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