Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Covenant - 2006
Synopsis From Back Cover:
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 one, they realize they must face their enemy in order to prevent him from stealing their powers and shattering the covenant forever.
Sometimes all a movie needs to be good, at least good enough for me to watch a few times, are a few pretty faces. The Covenant is full of them, even if only two of them really caught my eye.
Steven Strait plays Caleb Danvers, the hero of this little story. Caleb, who is the oldest of the friends, is about to come into his full powers, but they come with a price. Once they reach the right age, every time they use their powers, it's ages them. He is the most reluctant of the friends to use them, and it seems all he wants to do is swim and meet a nice girl and settle down. He is constantly reminded of the price of his powers, as it has turned his father into a old man, forced to hide in their ancestral home, deep in the woods.
Sebastian Stan plays Chase Collins, the black sheep who seems to have come home. Chase grew up without the benefit of knowing his history, and seems to be a little power hungry. He killed his adoptive parents when he came into his powers, and it seems he has become a little addicted to the rush. He comes across as Mr. Nice Guy at first, but it doesn't take long before his true colors start to shine through. Pretty soon he is kidnapping Caleb's blond girlfriend, and trying to force Caleb to give him his powers.
Who the other characters are is really not important, they are pretty much pawns that get moves around the screen. They are there for the other two characters to interact with, fall in love with (not very believably), and use. Sure they are pretty and look good on screen, but the other two have them beat hands down.
The movie itself is pretty fun, as long as you don't try to take it too seriously, or over think the plot points. There are holes in it of course, but I don't know of a pretty boy horror movie that doesn't. The acting is better than is the norm in this type of movie, and the special affects are as good as you expect from a movie made in 2006. The fight scene at the end is a lot of fun to watch, and not only because the two guys are drenched. It's well choreographed, and has just enough tension in it, to keep it from being repetitive.
This is probably only the third time I've seen the movie. I saw it once at the theater. and once when I first bought it on DVD. I can't foresee myself watching this one all the time, but it's a fun way to spend 97 minutes of my time, especially when I want to watch a couple of hot guys fight it out.