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Certificate
12A
Cast
Sebastian Shan
Steven Strait
Toby Hemingway
Chace Crawford
Laura Ramsey.
Directors
Renny Harlin.
Screenwriters
J S Cardone
Aron Coleite.
Running Time
97 minutes

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The Covenant
Young, buff men with witchy powers nonsense.


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Plot
Four young men learn that they are destined to wield the vast eldritch power of the Covenant. But while learning to use their magic, they unwittingly release a great evil into the world. Four years later, they must put a stop to the thing they unleashed.


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The Covenant
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In this so-dumb-it’s-almost-fun, so-bad-it’s-almost-good male twist on The Craft, four buff young men use their hereditary magical powers for teenage kicks until dark magic suddenly appears to complicate things, while a welter of largely unexplained terms like “ascending” and “darklings” conspire to make it feel like an episode of an ongoing TV series. The result is a silly mix of sub-par Buffy episode, teen horror movie and X-Men, but even less good than that sounds. It says a lot about the overwhelming naffness of The Covenant that not a single over-the-hill star could be found to cameo alongside the unknown young cast, and while they pout as prettily as they know how, and don’t act tool dreadfully, it’s another sad step down the career ladder for Renny Harlin.


Verdict
Utterly stupid and full of lazy plotting and lazier dialogue, this is just idiotic enough to entertain on nights when you want to give your brain a rest.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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The Covenant- Too quick to judge

Although a promising choice of subject matter it does fail to deliver. When i first saw this i felt let down haveing seen a grat trailer, However i find this film once revisted more than once quite encapsulating, is this to do with the gorgeous cast, yeh i think so, abercrombie and fitch aside every scene has an aesthetic beauty, the angles the dark lighting give it an authenticity. Performances show promise and having seen Steven Strait and Chace Crawford in things since; Undiscovered 10000bc... More

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Posted by DanWhite at 23:03, 02 April 2008 | Report This Post


The Covenant- Too quick to judge

Although a promising choice of subject matter it does fail to deliver. When i first saw this i felt let down haveing seen a grat trailer, However i find this film once revisted more than once quite encapsulating, is this to do with the gorgeous cast, yeh i think so, abercrombie and fitch aside every scene has an aesthetic beauty, the angles the dark lighting give it an authenticity. Performances show promise and having seen Steven Strait and Chace Crawford in things since; Undiscovered 10000bc... More

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Posted by DanWhite at 23:03, 02 April 2008 | Report This Post


see it if ya bored

This film seemed to me like it wouldve been a pilot for a tv series. Although there were supposedly 4 in the covenant only 2 were seen for more then 2 minutes. The action (showdown) at end was good but other then that it was average. Acceptable as a pilot ..but not really as a stand alone film. ... More

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Posted by surfy at 16:42, 26 June 2007 | Report This Post


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This film was brought to you by the writer of Sniper 3 and I believe the lighting crew from Underworld Evolution, now ask yourself do you really want to go see that? ... More

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Posted by Sun Kil Mike at 21:59, 24 December 2006 | Report This Post


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r liked this movie - it wasn't half as bad as i thought it was going to be.  While its certainly not one of the best Teen movies i've seen - it's certainly not the worst.  t="trebuchet ms"] h the plot was rather cliched and you can see the plot twists coming from a mile off.  Definitely one for teenage girls. ... More

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Posted by princessa at 18:44, 21 December 2006 | Report This Post


i stand corrected- it is the worst pile of crap ever released in the cinema in recent years. crap acting, CGI, and sub-standard plot ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 13:08, 14 December 2006 | Report This Post


havnt seen it yet- so i thought id even it out since km2k6aaded a 1 ster review 3 times- i will post my real review later ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 17:10, 10 December 2006 | Report This Post


It ok but nothing special it seems to have been made for the younger female audience what with all the male eye candy on display. If your not one of them Stick to the trailer as it shows all the best bits. ... More

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Posted by Starscream at 00:53, 10 December 2006 | Report This Post


crap

title pretty much sums it up ... More

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Posted by km2k6 at 10:43, 07 December 2006 | Report This Post


crap

title pretty much sums it up ... More

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Posted by km2k6 at 10:43, 07 December 2006 | Report This Post


crap

title pretty much sums it up ... More

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Posted by km2k6 at 10:43, 07 December 2006 | Report This Post


See the Lost Boys insteead. ... More

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Posted by rams at 09:05, 05 December 2006 | Report This Post


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not bad for a teen fantasy-type movie ... More

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