Its greater ambitions don’t make it a better movie - just a longer and more pretentious one.
The lack of a clear direction and vision leads to something haphazard, sloppy, and not remotely viscerally compelling.
"American Assassin" is as generic an espionage thriller as you’re likely to find.
A hard-to-swallow drama about sibling rivalry, mental illness, and bad therapy, it's cobbled together using clichés and contrivances.
This superficial and lightweight approach might make for adequate TV viewing but it functions more as a clumsy tease than a satisfying motion picture.
A plot-by-numbers sit-com movie that tries hard (perhaps too hard) to reproduce the elements that made its predecessor successful.
It’s a serviceable thriller at best although Christopher Plummer’s late-to-the-party performance is worthy of praise.
The screenplay doesn’t rise to the level of the behind-the-camera craftmanship or the acting.
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.
Brash, energetic, and exhilarating, any points it loses because of a lack of originality are gained back as a result of Theron’s dedication.