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Horror - The Covenant

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Steven Strait, Laura Ramsey, Sebastian Stan, Taylor Kitsch, Chace Crawford
Director: Renny Harlin
Number of discs: 1
Rating PG-13
Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
Run Time: 97 minutes

The Covenant is a movie trapped between banality and simple mediocrity but it is very pretty. The Covenant is not a bad movie per se due to the simple fact that it actually has good acting, competent direction and reasonably good special effects in the midst of a poor script and lighting choices that leave the viewer wondering why the word of The Covenant is mostly in shades of black and blue: Is it a witch thing?

We join the story of The Covenant in medias res as the four boys of The Covenant are reaching the age at which they will “ascend” to take on their full powers as warlocks who are descended from the original five founding families of Ipswich, Connecticut. Yes you have noticed the discrepancy – five families and only four boys – a better script would have saved this little nugget of information until later but this movie squanders it right at the beginning of the story.

The Covenant are faced with a conundrum – they have great supernatural powers which only increase as they get older but use of those powers robs them steadily of their youth and the use of the powers is addictive. Just as Caleb the eldest and most powerful of the four members of The Covenant is about to ascend strange events start to happen around them. A boy is killed seemingly by a magical force and then reappears as a ghostly form while Caleb is driving both these events seem to be tailor made as things which only members of The Covenant could do yet mysteriously none of them seem to be responsible. Synchronous with these events is the arrival of two new students in town to attend the private prep school for which Ipswich is famous. One is the stunningly beautiful blonde Sarah played to perfection by Laura Ramsey and the other the dashing Chase Collins played by Sebastian Stan.

The casting of this movie is one of its weaknesses. To say that everyone looks the same would be a bit of an overstatement but the similarity in appearance among the cast can cause some confusion to viewers not weaned on dime store music video models. All in all this movie is not a bad effort. It could have been better executed, the script could have been tightened up and reworked - fans of the genre will likely enjoy this flick but non aficionados will see it as an hour and a half of their life they will never be able to recover.

Denis Bernicky

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