Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Renny Harlin
However there's evidence that someone has been over-using. The police are investigating a mysterious death following a party, and strange apparitions have turned up in the girls' dormitory As the situation escalates the Sons begin to suspect each other of abusing their gift. Whoever is responsible, Caleb (Steven Strait) must put a stop to it before the rogue magic user endangers all of the people he holds dear. Caleb must decide what, or who, he's willing to sacrifice in order to put a stop to the crisis.
The Covenant does a good job of covering a wide range of high school movie clichés, including parties, proms, fast cars, changing rooms, lecture hall embarrassments and a principal who cares about money more than justice. For good measure the Sons also happen to be keen swimmers, so there's no shortage of skin on display. There's also a very sugary romance brewing, one so sickly-sweet it's like the characters involved are made of treacle.
This movie builds up to the inevitable finale of fancy effects and a big scrap without the least bit of tension, because there's never any doubt things will pan out as expected. It's as predictable as taxes, and as exciting. This is urban fantasy by numbers, as though hot young people scrapping, kissing, and doing snazzy magic is all you need to make great entertainment. The anti-drugs message is clear and the pace breakneck, but many viewers will find The Covenant far too obvious.
7th June 2010
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