Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
|Featuring:||Steven Strait … Caleb Danvers
Laura Ramsey … Sarah Wenham
Sebastian Stan … Chase Collins
Taylor Kitsch … Pogue Parry
Chace Crawford … Tyler Simms
Toby Hemingway … Reid Garwin
Jessica Lucas … Kate Tunney
|Producer:||Manon Bougie … line producer
J.S. Cardone … executive producer
|Distributor:||Sony Pictures Releasing|
“The Covenant” tells the story of the Sons of Ipswich, four young students at the Spenser Academy who have been born with special powers—in 1692 their ancestors had formed a covenant of silence when they founded the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts (think “days of the old witch hunts” in Massachusetts). When the body of a dead student is discovered after a party, the secret Covenant is threatened. As the film progresses, the “bad guy” appears, whose powers seem much greater than the other boys. He lusts for even more power and will stop at nothing to get it.
“The Covenant” is from the producers of “Underworld” and the director of “Deep Blue Sea,” “Cliffhanger,” and “Die Hard 2.” Stephen Strait (“Sky High”) plays Caleb—equipped with special powers, but reluctant to use them. Sebastian Slan (“Law and Order”) plays Chase—the power-hungry warlock and all-around bad guy who does horrible things to ordinary people and other warlocks.
Looking at the film objectively, I must report it is loaded with crude language. There is also a scene of a boy’s shower, full of lathering wet teen boys. A girl’s bare buttocks are crudely displayed in another scene. Several fight scenes take place, and ghastly ghostly apparitions appear several times.
Warning: if you are squeamish about spiders, you will not enjoy this movie. Especially if you prefer that spiders do not creep into people’s nostrils or ear canals.
The film is rated PG-13, but I felt it deserved an R-rating due to the frequent crude language and bare buttocks. Maybe I’m just raising the standard too high for a PG-13, since I would certainly not permit a 13-year-old to see this film.
This movie, however, would definitely appeal to the teen crowd. The story takes place in a prep school, the boys are handsome, and the girls are pretty. This is not a great movie, though the special effects are good, there are spells and magic tricks, and creepy scenes. It’s a “good” witch vs. bad witch kind of story. The storyline doesn’t always seem to progress smoothly and is pretty predictable, and there are some unanswered questions—for instance, why does the 5th boy have greater power than the other 4 boys?
Nevertheless, I cared about Caleb, because even though he is a warlock, he tries to be a decent guy and protect those he loves. And I liked Sarah, the pretty blonde who falls for Caleb and is placed in harm’s way as she becomes part of his life.
Being mindful of the fact that witchcraft is the antithesis of Christianity and not to be taken lightly, if you enjoy viewing movies of this type, and if you can put up with crude language, bare bottoms and projectile vomiting, you may find this to be interesting film.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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