Monday, 24 August 2009

Film Review: THE COVENANT (2006)

Director: Renny Harlin
Running time: 97 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 12A

Watched on Sky+ Monday 24th August 2009.


To be honest I wasn’t over enthralled by this film. It was well made with a decent cast, a good soundtrack, etc, but it just didn’t seem like there was any substance to it. Maybe if the film had started with been a bit more background about how these ‘Sons of Ipswich’ came to have the powers they possess they maybe it would have grabbed my attention a bit more.

In 1692, in the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts, five families of powerful witches commit to a covenant of silence to protect themselves against the witch hunters, but one of the families transgresses their pact and is banished. Over the centuries, the power and the covenant are transmitted through their descendants and when the eldest son is eighteen years old, he ascends to a higher power. However, the use of magic is addictive and if used in excess it ages the warlock. In the present day, four wizards, teenage friends, Pogue Parry, Tyler Simms, Reid Garwin and Caleb Danvers are in high school. Caleb is close to his eighteenth birthday and consequently to ascendancy. He has just met Sarah Wenham and they are dating, when the appearance of a darkling and supernatural dreams haunt the group. Soon they discover an evil warlock, a descendant of the fifth ancient family who threatens Sarah and wants to take Caleb’s power.

As I said at the beginning, quite a well made film, but not particularly one for me. It maybe the combination of occult/horror and teen flick that don’t really float my boat, but more likely it’s because it’s not a very coherent story. Having said that, the main characters did a reasonable job, so honourable mentions to Steven Strait as Caleb, Laura Ramsey as Sarah and Sebastian Stan as Chase Collins, the evil warlock. Over all, it’s an ok film if you’re into the teen/horror vibe, if your not, I’d probably avoid it.

My score: 4.5/10

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