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The Covenant [Blu-ray]
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To the students of the Spenser Academy, the Sons of Ipswich are the baddest boys on campus. But that's not all they share. The four friends also share a 300-year-old secret: they're warlocks, the teenage descendants of a 17th-century coven of witches. So when the long-banished fifth son suddenly appears and threatens to kill their loved ones, they realize they must face their enemy in order to prevent him from stealing their powers and shattering the covenant forever.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 2227620
- Director : Renny Harlin
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : January 2, 2007
- Actors : Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Korean
- Producers : Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000K4WPCM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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No one knows where the Power came from. In 1692, in the Massachusetts colony of Ipswich, five powerful families steeped in the dark arts formed a covenant. One family sought more than its share of power, and was exiled. For centuries, nary was there a trace of that banished family. Until now.
Cut to present day, as we eyeball the Sons of Ipswich, four teenagers, age sixteen or seventeen. Caleb, Reid, Tyler, and Pogue - all students of the priveleged Spencer Academy. They're so tight-knit that nothing seems able to dissolve their bond. Hahahaha!
They're descendants of the magical families, and gifted with supernatural powers passed on by ancestry. The caveat is that the more these addictive powers are used, the more they prematurely age the user. And when they turn eighteen, they will "ascend," thereby increasing their powers a thousandfold. In the past, the temptation to use these powers have proved to be irresistible to others, at the cost of their very lives. And, tonight, unbeknownst to the Sons of Ipswich, the bloodline of a long-vanished family resurfaces.
Oh, it's about to get CW. It's the start of the new school year. An outdoor party is being held. The Sons of Ipswich show up, having dropped off from a cliff. At the party, they meet newcomers Sarah Wendham (Laura Ramsey) and Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan), both of whom promptly ingratiate themselves into the group. Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait), the oldest and most level headed of the Ipswich bunch, and days away from his eighteenth birthday, falls hard for Sarah. Sarah reciprocates the attraction, to the consternation of Reid, the youngest and most rebellious Ipswich son. Meanwhile, a triangle forms amongst Pogue, new kid Chase, and Kate (Jessica Lucas) who is Sarah's roomie... and Pogue's girl. It's a lot of characters to shuffle thru.
The creepy begins when that same party produces a student's corpse, courtesy perhaps of a drug overdose. That night, Sarah gets the feeling she's being watched in the showers. She's not wrong. Meanwhile, Caleb wakes up suddenly, sensing that someone has channeled the Power. Next morning, he's driving his car when a darkling - a manifestation of the dead student - appears in the passenger seat, startling Caleb and causing him to collide head-on with a truck. Caleb survives without a scratch. Years ago, you may have seen the movie trailer.
These unsettling incidents are just harbingers of more sinister events in the offing. It dawns on Caleb that a malignant supernatural force is on the prowl. Further events soon have the Sons of Ipswich at each other's throats. And, me, I sensed a bit of Baron Zemo in Winter Soldier fkcery going down.
The trailer doesn't quite lie. This is a fun popcorn flick. The Covenant is reminiscent of The Lost Boys and The Craft in its hip, horror-laden, teenage sensibilities. However, it improves on those films in the CGI department. The Covenant boasts some nifty visuals. While not as inventive as I had hoped, the film does come up with neat ways of showcasing the young warlocks' powers. I wish it had an R rating, instead of PG-13. I craved even darker, more brooding, and more horrific scenes. But that's just the ghoul in me.
Starring a promising complement of gorgeous, then unknown kids, this is a rollicking entry in the action/horror genre. Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, and Sebastian Stan stand out. Stan, in particular, chews up the scenery. Laura Ramsey doesn't bring in the sexy as much as she ushers in the cute. The sexy label adheres better to her hot roommate Jessica Lucas, while Strait and Kitsch take over the smoldering look department.
So, nada complaints about the production values. It's a good-looking film, saturated in dark, brooding colors and tones, while the banging hard rock soundtrack serves to drive the story and lends immediacy to the scenes. The Covenant also benefits from the insertion of certain themes cloaked under the guise of fantasy horror - notably, themes of addiction and that sense of immortality and invincibility that you feel when you are young.
3.5 out of 5 stars. I got mad like for this movie, so I hesitate to state the negatives. But here goes. I feel the movie would've been better served with a tighter script. For instance, how many times have we seen the female lead tell the hero, "I'm scared" and the hero responds with a "Don't be"? Bits in the movie's middle drag. And there isn't enough jeopardy, not enough casualties. The ending seems rushed and feels abrupt. Frankly, I expected more from the showdown between Caleb and the exiled Ipswich descendant. By the way, the film doesn't even really try to camouflage the baddie's identity. What else? The other Sons of Ipswich could've been showcased more (Tyler was basically non-existent). By the movie's end, I didn't have the sense that everything had been resolved. Maybe the studio suits were thinking sequel? Joke's on them.
Giving it 4 stars to offset some of the critics that didnt give it much credit lol. Without the offset, id probably give it a 3 or 3.5 at most.
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It makes a nice change for us females to have a fluffy action film with five attractive male leads to drool over, rather then the usual nubile young females struting around in their bra and panties or flashing the flesh for no apparent reason.
Yes, the script is a little on the lightweight side but so are the Hammer Horror Dracula, Frankenstein and Mummy scripts. As for any plot holes, due to theatrical time constraints there are bound to be bits that have been left on the cutting room floor. I, personally, would like to have seen a full edition of this film with the extra footage included on the dvd release.
The extras are poor but they are the same as the American version so I can't really complain (what am I saying of course I can complain - were are the outtakes, the cast commentaries, and the other items which usually come as standard?)
I'll be honest with you - I like this film, I like it a lot, and I'm not going to apologise for that. It is one of the few films that I can put on my computer and watch while I do my work, or put in the dvd player and watch with family, including my mother. It's nice to have a film that isn't dependent on foul language and nudity to try and keep your attention because it has little or no story.
I read the reviews of this film and though I'd make up my own mind - I would suggest that you do the same.
Possible spoilers be here - The Coventant involves our five handsome leads, and a couple of nubile girlfriends thrown in for the male viewers. Four of these boys have been raised together "like brothers", the other should have been part of the group but it was believed that his bloodline had died out during the Salem Witch hunts. When the boys turned 13 the received limited "witchcraft" abilities and the knowledge that using these abilities are addictive and each use will shorten their lives - something which no-one explained to the fifth boy until it was too late and he was an addict. At the age of 18 they will gain their full powers, Caleb is due to assend to his full power when the film starts and what follows are the discovery of Chase's true identity, the reasons for the fifth boys appearance at the private school and the build up to the final battle.
I don't go for "chick flicks" all that romance, I much prefer action - like I said - this is my kind of chick flick. Some good looking male totty with added action, and limited slushy bits. Nice :)
It's not rocket science, and holds few surprises. The cast are all standard eye candy Hollywood teens, the school seemingly entirely populated by perfect specimens. The production looks glossy but is brilliantly clear in this bluray transfer - The dark scenes (and there are plenty of those) are crystal clear, the condensation in the obligatory "woman-feels-like-she-is-being-watched-in-the-shower" scene actually feels real, and the few special effects scenes - the car crashing into the truck, for example, are just vivid enough in HD in sight and sound to help wake you up just when you are getting bored with the dragging plot. Watch out for the surprisingly convincing cgi spider.
The ending feels more like a set up for a sequel than a satisfying resolution in itself, but overall if you're not expecting much - there are worse ways to kill a couple of hours. Movie making by numbers, perhaps - but the numbers add up to passable if unsurprising entertainment.