The Covenant (2006) Movie Review

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The Covenant (2006)

2006 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
97 minutes / 1h 37min

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The Covenant Plot Synopsis:

Four best friends, young warlocks of the same coven who all share a same secret: a magic powers, suddenly have to protect themselves from a stranger-another warlock just like them who has come to town to destroy their coven after a 300 years old hate...

The Covenant (2006) Review

The Covenant (2006) is a 1h 37-min PG-13 American action fantasy supernatural-horror-thriller film that grossed over $37 million with a budget of about $20 million. Many people believed that The Covenant is based on a book or comic but it is not. The movie was shot at Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada; Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2 (1990), Cliffhanger (1993), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Skiptrace (2016)) did an excellent job executing this creative movie. Renny Harlin did a remarkable job with a small budget that gave us incredible fight scenes, developed characters, average scares, and fantastic special effects. The Covenant contains partial nudity, pervasively strong language, minor violence, suspense, tension and a few small jump scenes.

Caleb, Pogue, Reid, and Tyler are four teenagers who possess magical powers in the town of Ipswich and are known as the "Sons of Ipswich" because they are descendants of witch families. The boys will become more powerful when they reach the age of eighteen, but they will age rapidly because their lifespan will bind. Caleb (Steven Strait - 10,000 BC (2008), City Island (2009), Sky High (2005)) will turn eighteen first and therefore is very cautious while his three other friends are not. Caleb felt unease after supernatural occurrences started to happen at a beach party that he and his friends are attending. Caleb suspect Reid (Toby Hemingway - Black Swan (2010), In Time (2011), The Silent Thief (2012)) was behind the events and did not suspect new transfer students, Chase and Sarah.

Caleb fell heads over heels for Sarah (Laura Ramsey - She’s the Man (2006), The Ruins (2008), Middle Men (2009)) but shortly after suspect Chase of using magic. Caleb discovers that Chase (Sebastian Stan - Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), The Martian (2015)) is from a fifth family. The fifth family was thought extinct and Caleb figures that Chase is behind all the supernatural events. Pogue soon after learns that his girlfriend was put under a spell that put her in a comatose state and went after Chase which led to him being hospitalized.

The Covenant is a cliche to many other movies, but it was a well-made action fantasy horror film that I might just see again. I was surprised to see the love between the two characters as it was realistic and convincing as it can be - well done. I did not like the plot too much, and the dialogue could have been better, but the movie had a small budget after all. The ending was predictable, but if you keep an open mind, then you will enjoy the film for what it is. Give this film a try, and you most likely will not be disappointed.

  • The Covenant Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 3.75
  • IMDB: 5.3
  • MetaCritic: 1.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 0.4

About The Covenant 2006

Title: The Covenant
Year: 2006
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.87/5 stars from 43,574 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 43,574
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Covenant Cast Starring: Stephen McHattie, Kenneth Welsh, Sebastian Stan, Neil Napier, Larry Day, Toby Hemingway, Pierre Leblanc, Wendy Crewson, Sarah Smyth, Laura Ramsey, Jessica Lucas, Richard Zeman, John Robinson, Frank Fontaine, Chace Crawford, Taylor Kitsch, Robert Crooks, Dawn Ford, Travis Martin, Jon McLaren, Vito DeFilippo, Charles Papasoff, Jean-Loup Yale, Holden Wong, Paul Hopkins, Jessica Kennedy, Steven Strait, Christian Baril, Basia Jasinski, Rob Burns
The Covenant Writers: NA
The Covenant Director: Renny Harlin
Box Office: $23,292,105
Production: Screen Gems
Language: English
Country: USA