The Covenant

2006

Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller

92
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 3%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 5.3 10 43337

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Director

Cast

Sebastian Stan as Chase Collins
Jessica Lucas as Kate Tunney
Taylor Kitsch as Pogue Parry
Steven Strait as Caleb Danvers
720p.BLU
600.31 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 37 min
P/S 5 / 24

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mathewbowyer 3 / 10

from 7 to 3 real quick

This movie started off as being something entertaining to watch late at night. until the "pew pew" and "uaarghh" etc. Shame I'm not a teenager anymore :(

How could it of reached a 10? i don't know but maybe it could of if it did it. Sometime these sort of thing happen in the movie business.. Directors are brain wash into thinking the public want to watch this sort of thing - just on the basis of feeling trendy they go forward and create films such as this.

I think many people died during the filming of this film.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 1 / 10

Awful teen fantasy has zero redeeming features

THE COVENANT is an appalling teen horror film directed by Renny Harlin, the once-great purveyor of such delights as DIE HARD 2 and CLIFFHANGER. The mighty have fallen and there's no evidence of Harlin's skill in this boring and derivative little movie that plays as a gender-swap rerun of THE CRAFT. After a promising credits sequence bringing to life images of the witch burning in Salem in the 17th century, we're thrown into a usual high-school type movie except this time you get the impression they're trying to make a HARRY POTTER-type film for teenagers.

Straight away we're in the middle of poor CGI special effects used for no reason other than to show special effects and a bunch of utterly uninteresting cast members who couldn't act their ways out of a paper bag. Particularly to blame is the awful Steven Strait, whose lead Caleb has to be one of the most routine leads I've ever watched in a film. This guy has no personality whatsoever, nothing that makes him stand out, and I was yawning every time he appeared on screen. Then again, his insipid love interest is no better, and it's little surprise that Harlin films her tattoos more often than her face.

This almost plot less mess involves four young warlocks who use their powers in the local bars and nightclubs until another kid at the school is found dead. Then it turns out a fifth member of the group, supposedly dead, is more than alive and the film ends with a battle between he and Caleb. That's it. The other guys hardly get a look in and the Draco Malfoy lookalike barely registers despite figuring prominently during the first half. The ending has to be one of the worst I've seen, just a couple of guys hurling 'magic bolts' at each other until one dies. It lasts about twenty minutes and the FX are as crappy as ever. It reminded me a little of the ending of THE MEDALLION, but even Julian Sands and Lee Evans look like distinguished thespians in comparison to the guys on show here.

One sub-plot involves a 'spider curse' that causes horrible bugs to crawl over the female victim, but even these critters are poor CGI animations that rob any of the gross-out factor that might otherwise have resulted. Harlin is clearly bored of his role, acknowledging that his material is tired and predictable and choosing to focus instead on young girls in their nightwear and young men nude in the changing rooms in a hope to keep his audience's attention. It doesn't work. There's nothing to recommend in this film whatsoever.

Reviewed by Francois Thurston 10 / 10

Best film I've seen in a very long time.

Yep definite plot spoilers.

OMG This film, put simply... Rocked.

From casting decisions (Yay to whom ever cast Steven Straight, he was simply born for the role!) to story-line I had fun all the way. OH and the Lighting! I never comment on lighting because to me, that's a background thing I never care to comment on, but damn the Covenant did really well! Every single scene I just loved the dark lighting, it was perfect.

I started watching this film seeing nothing more than a poster (which is not normal for me as normally I see a trailer or 2) and right from the get go (when they drove the car over the cliff to get away from the cops) I was hooked! I found myself screaming with glee watching the car go over the cliff he he.

The CGI was awesome, from the black-eyes to the execution of powers. OK so Sarah was a little blah, but I can understand why they needed her (not to discredit the actress, I was just personally hoping her character would get powers too).

The final fight scene totally kicked ass. I loved the entire scene!

The only thing that Im really really stuck on is how there is no sequel to this film. Regardless of if you loved it or hated it, the film left open ended as no one knows exactly what happened to Chase. So I feel let down that that specific loose end was never tied up. If anything they should have just left the firemen scene out of the film altogether and just gone from Sarah waking up - to driving off and fixing the windows of the car.

But again I just want to say how much I loved this film! I could watch it 100 times a year and still not be sick of it. Were the guys hot? Yes. But was that why I loved it? No. I genuinely loved the whole magical storyline! Well done Renny Harlin 10/10

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