Alien: Covenant in D-Box Mode!

Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 7.17.15 PMCan we ever get enough Alien? The answer is a resounding “NO!” with all the technologies coming about such as D-Box. I have to admit, paying twice as much for a theater ticket was a bit of a letdown, but I figured it was worth a shot. The question remains, “Was it worth it?”

The typical Alien movies follow a specific formula of those venturing into the unknown and locating exactly that. This sequel is no different. I can’t give away the ending except to say it was predictable for anyone with any type of film attending experience.

The added shock of the D-Box perked up the effects a bit though. At first, shifting from side to side was a bit blasé, but during the startling portions, the movie became more of a carnival ride. The surprising jerking motion will be exceptional during horror shows. Was it worth the extra $? I agree with Jon. The awesomely cool part is that the seat literally adjusts to the weight of the person seated. How do I know this is true? I started off sitting between my son and his friend until Cameron decided he wanted to reach the popcorn himself, rather than suffer through having momma bird feed him by the handfuls. Jarom was the official popcorn holder. However, when we switched seats, I felt my seat lower to the added weight. Yes, I’m about 60 lbs. heavier than my son. I had to readjust the high-impact setting because everything reset. Then I was off vibrating and jerking back and forth as usual. And don’t think you can get into the theater with normal seats and switch out — it doesn’t work.

However, when we switched seats, I felt my seat lower to the added weight. Yes, I’m about 60 lbs. heavier than my son. I had to readjust the high-impact setting because everything reset. Then I was off vibrating and jerking back and forth as usual. And don’t think you can get into the theater with normal seats assigned and switch out — it doesn’t work. One of the aspects a bit unnerving is that the point-of-view of the chair shifting switched from one character or scene to another. At one point in the movie, the scenes were flipping from the starship to the ground and back again — one rumbling and the other still. My innards eventually became confused with where I was going and made me a tiny bit nauseous.

As far as the film goes, there is one portion where there was an uncomfortable hush that fell over the crowd until one person burst into laughter followed by the entire theater. Only those with perverted minds will pick up on the alternate humor. Since I was with my teen son, I did my best not to participate. Unfortunately, he picked up on it regardless. I suppose that’s why it’s rated R. And there are a couple of pretty big names for a second including James Franco and Guy Pearce who followed suit.

Katherine Waterston and Michael Fassbender, along with Billy Crudup and Danny McBride had some awesome chemistry. Not as good as a couple of others who didn’t start off in a relationship though… nudge, nudge. Then again, Michael didn’t really have that option in this film.

There were a couple of flaws in the storyline such as where David managed to create the bottles for his experiments on this new planet. And other issues I can’t reveal without giving the context of the film away, but they’re quite obvious for those who think for themselves. Just take it with a grain of salt and be entertained.

My rating on this Ridley Scott wonder would be a 7-star score without the additional $8 for the seat upgrade, which puts it at a 7.5. Make sure to set your seat at the high vibration rate unless you get motion sickness. After a 2-hour movie, that could be a bit much for the sensitive stomach. Otherwise, it’s totally worth the extra perk!

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Conquers More

When Guardians of the Galaxy 2 came out, the ticket booths were ready and the fans couldn’t wait for the twisted and comical behavior of this cast of characters. The theaters were packed, and the laughter was contagious right through to the end of the credits.

Star-Lord, or as his friends call him Peter Quill, conquered the battles of the past. He has no idea the biggest and baddest battle of them all is just over the horizon–his testosterone-driven father, Ego. While Ego is pleased with Peter and his undiscovered attributes, he hasn’t finished showing him all the glories that come from his genes. (Not jeans.) And as the story comes around full-circle, many other mysteries come to light. Will Peter ever declare his love for Gamora, or will her sister rue the day? Will Drax fall for someone even more simple-minded than himself, or is finding someone that dense possible? Will Rocket lose his patience with Baby Groot and turn those baby blues gray?

The best news is that no matter who dies, falls in love, or goes head to head against the dreaded Taserface, this isn’t the last story. Oh no! But not all of the characters will continue. So if you’re into this roll-in-your-seat laughter and you liked the last Guardians of the Galaxy, you don’t want to miss this one.

Directed by: James Gunn

Written by: James Gunn, and Marvel writers, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Core actors:

Chris Pratt Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Zoe Saldana Gamora
Dave Bautista Drax
Vin Diesel Baby Groot (voice)
Bradley Cooper Rocket (voice)
Michael Rooker Yondu
Karen Gillan Nebula
Pom Klementieff Mantis
Sylvester Stallone Stakar Ogord
Kurt Russell Ego
Elizabeth Debicki Ayesha
Chris Sullivan Taserface

On our scale, this film rates a solid 9