Monday, June 5, 2017

The Alien Franchise Is an Unpredictable Masterpiece

Ahead of the release of 'Alien: Covenant,' we trace the deranged and distinctive history of the series.

"Nobody knows anything" was what the Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman wrote about the people who make movies. Unfortunately for us, the same can't be said for the people who watch them: When we sit down in front of a big-budget blockbuster, we tend to know what we're in for. Worse, when the film is part of a franchise—arguably Hollywood cinema in its most distilled form—we're there because we know what we're in for; in fact, we can predict more or less exactly how the next two hours will play out, right down to the finest details.
Without fail, a Fast and the Furious movie will end with a cheerfully ludicrous, nitrous oxide–fueled action sequence before decamping to Vin Diesel's backyard to hear him ruminate warmly on the importance of family. James Bond will charm the girl, foil the villain's master plan, and brutally murder him while delivering a pithy one-liner about the nature of his death. Rocky Balboa will bag a title fight, train gruelingly (probably in the outdoors, definitely to lame music), and take a beating in the ring. He may or may not win, but his eventual moral victory is in no doubt at all.]

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