Starring: Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch, Toby
Hemingway, Jessica Lucas, Chace Crawford, Wendy Crewson
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Story: Four young men who belong to a supernatural legacy are charged with
stopping the evil force they released into the world years earlier. Another great
force they must contend with is the jealousy and suspicion that threatens to tear
I've seen many supernatural thrillers in my lifetime, but none of them were ever
quite like this. I give a ton of credit to Sony for bringing us something different.
Lately I've been dreading over the whole "remake" trend and I'm constantly trying
to find something in the mainstream theatre that's new and entertaining. I found
one of those movies, but it's not as entertaining as I had hoped for it to be. You
know something, I'm actually quite surprised. Prior to viewing The Covenant I read
a bunch of negative reviews for it. Most of the ones I've read had nothing positive
to say. So before watching it for myself I tried not to expect anything great or
"spectacular". To be honest I was expecting the worst (not a smart move).
Needless to say I knew I wasn't going to see the next big blockbuster. Even with
that mind state I still feel that I wasted my money. I would go into the pros and
cons in detailed form, but I don't want to bore you to do death. So I'll make this
review as quick and informative as I can.
The Covenant tells the story of four teenagers with extraordinary powers. The kids
are descendants of witches who escaped the burnings many years previous. The
powers allow the kids to do almost everything they want. Sadly the powers does
come with a price, the more it is used the more it takes its toll on the human body.
The problem with that is the powers are super addictive and hard to resist. Trouble
starts brewing when the teens are mysteriously being haunted by some other
force. That force just so happens to be another witch descendant, who was
presumed to be dead. This fifth covenant does what ever he can to gain more
power, even if he has to go through the others to get it. The most obvious
problem with The Covenant was the story. It's basically you're average "I want
more power and I kill for it" type of issue. Don't get me wrong though, I thought
the story was great. I enjoyed the whole witch powers aspect but when it came to
the story, it was just too much.
There are so many dialog driven scenes in the movie that feed you new
information. This makes the already large story unbearable. It creates conflict
because it will make the average viewer confused (or perhaps give them a
headache). There is way too much story in The Covenant, and if you haven't
figured already it's a pretty long movie. Sony made a terrible mistake by making
this into a full length feature film. What they should have done was used the first
half of movie and turn that into a television pilot. Sony could have easily taken out
all the unnecessary scenes and used it as a start to a new television show. I could
see this competing with the WB's Supernatural. To be more straight forward, The
Covenant was basically an entire television series thrown into a two hour movie.
The Covenant looks and feels like a TV show, and if you ask me it would have been
a lot better on television. The Covenant would make one of a TV show. As a movie,
it just doesn't work. The same could be said about the god damn dialog.
Would I recommend seeing this movie? No. This is something that you can pass
and forget about. It's not important unless you have no other way to kill off a
couple of hours. The Covenant wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I expected
the worst, but wended up having mixed feelings for it. I enjoyed the action (yeah
so shoot me), I loved the story and if Sony would have been a little smarter, it
would have made a great TV show. The rest is a complete waste of time. There
were a lot of unnecessary scenes in the movie that do nothing but drag the
picture. The movie drags BIG TIME. The cool CGI action sequences aren't too
flashy and aren't exploited to the point where it's unimpressive. I'm a sucker for
this type of stuff. I watch Japanese animes at home so I'm very open towards
psychic like fast paced action. Even with all the neat special effects and action
sequences, it all didn't matter in the end. You can just skip this movie.
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Review done by: Nightmare Child