The screenplay doesn’t rise to the level of the behind-the-camera craftmanship or the acting.
It’s a serviceable thriller at best although Christopher Plummer’s late-to-the-party performance is worthy of praise.
A plot-by-numbers sit-com movie that tries hard (perhaps too hard) to reproduce the elements that made its predecessor successful.
"American Made" is breezy and fun and makes its points without subjecting the viewer to a browbeating.
"American Assassin" is as generic an espionage thriller as you’re likely to find.
The lack of a clear direction and vision leads to something haphazard, sloppy, and not remotely viscerally compelling.
Brash, energetic, and exhilarating, any points it loses because of a lack of originality are gained back as a result of Theron’s dedication.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-05-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Amy Siemetz
"Alien: Covenant" has enough of what made Alien great to deliver two hours of big-budget sci-fi/horror entertainment.
Its greater ambitions don’t make it a better movie - just a longer and more pretentious one.