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The Covenant
Review written on: September 9th, 2006

The Covenant Review

I was excited about this movie when I first saw the trailer. I proclaimed it had “video game like violence”, plus it was about an area where I live.

The story is about five families who are the direct descendants of the “original” five witches from the Salem Witch Trails, here in Salem Mass. The four best friends, who found out about “The Power” when they were thirteen, are now all about to turn eighteen, and will “ascend” to a greater power.

Things are great, when Chase Collins shows up, unexpectedly. After some hemming and hawing, we find out that Chase, despite popular belief, is the relative of the fifth family, who they thought had been killed off during the Salem Witch Trials. He throws a monkey wrench into their average every day lives, and finally tells Caleb (the most powerful of the four), that he wants his powers, or he’ll kill his friends, family, and girlfriend.

Caleb agrees to give him his powers, and the battle begins.

The action of the movie was pretty good. It won’t win any awards for battle scenes, or action, but it was still fitting of the movie. The music, on the other hand, was brilliant. The perfect use of hard rock tunes during party scenes, and battle scenes amplified the movie’s enthusiasm for what was going on, on screen. After all, any movie that starts with “More Human Than Human” from White Zombie, can’t be all bad, right?

I liked the cast a lot too, those who were important anyway. The main seven members of the cast all played their parts perfectly. You believe these kids in the roles, you believe that they’re in danger of their lives. And most of all, Sebastian Stan (Chase) is absolutely believable as the “I’m going to kill you and everyone you love” bastard of a character.

The story isn’t exactly something you’ll remember, and go “wow, I can’t believe what I just saw.” You’re more likely to walk out, and go “I just don’t get it”, as some parts of it don’t exactly make sense. Full of plot holes, and things that may or may not be historically accurate, The Covenant is still a very fun flick, for movie lovers who like movies that don’t make them think too much. If you’ve often left a movie and gone “Ok, but what about this?” or “I know what they say happened, but how about this theory?” Much like people did after leaving movies like The Sixth Sense, and Lucky Number Slevin, then this flick is for you.

I really enjoyed the movie. Maybe not as much as I’d hoped I would, but overall, it’s enjoyable. If you like action movies with decent CGI effects, a good cast, and a mediocre story, then check out The Covenant

 

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