Excellent, Without a doubt!!
It's funny, it's tense, it features two great performances from two actors and the director expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don't know what is happening for the majority of the run time.
THE COVENANT is an appalling teen horror film directed by Renny Harlin, the once-great purveyor of such delights as DIE HARD 2 and CLIFFHANGER. The mighty have fallen and there's no evidence of Harlin's skill in this boring and derivative little movie that plays as a gender-swap rerun of THE CRAFT. After a promising credits sequence bringing to life images of the witch burning in Salem in the 17th century, we're thrown into a usual high-school type movie except this time you get the impression they're trying to make a HARRY POTTER-type film for teenagers.Straight away we're in the middle of poor CGI special effects used for no reason other than to show special effects and a bunch of utterly uninteresting cast members who couldn't act their ways out of a paper bag. Particularly to blame is the awful Steven Strait, whose lead Caleb has to be one of the most routine leads I've ever watched in a film. This guy has no personality whatsoever, nothing that makes him stand out, and I was yawning every time he appeared on screen. Then again, his insipid love interest is no better, and it's little surprise that Harlin films her tattoos more often than her face.This almost plot less mess involves four young warlocks who use their powers in the local bars and nightclubs until another kid at the school is found dead. Then it turns out a fifth member of the group, supposedly dead, is more than alive and the film ends with a battle between he and Caleb. That's it. The other guys hardly get a look in and the Draco Malfoy lookalike barely registers despite figuring prominently during the first half. The ending has to be one of the worst I've seen, just a couple of guys hurling 'magic bolts' at each other until one dies. It lasts about twenty minutes and the FX are as crappy as ever. It reminded me a little of the ending of THE MEDALLION, but even Julian Sands and Lee Evans look like distinguished thespians in comparison to the guys on show here.One sub-plot involves a 'spider curse' that causes horrible bugs to crawl over the female victim, but even these critters are poor CGI animations that rob any of the gross-out factor that might otherwise have resulted. Harlin is clearly bored of his role, acknowledging that his material is tired and predictable and choosing to focus instead on young girls in their nightwear and young men nude in the changing rooms in a hope to keep his audience's attention. It doesn't work. There's nothing to recommend in this film whatsoever.
A movie that does not match the hype of what its somewhat, over the top commercials made it out to be. We have our usual string of cliché story, boy meets girl, boy needs to save girl, and damsel in distress. You can find this variety of movie in many places, but it still grabs a unique version on takes of magic. Using power comes with a cost, such as draining life essence. I will give this movie props though, for giving away a creepy atmosphere, and sometimes watchful music uses. If you wanna just have a nice time, not so great, but not terrible flick. You could always witness this one, it can be found to be affordable as well.
I personally love this movie but as anyone who has done research into the so-called witch hunt it didn't happen directly in Salem anyway. The idea that it is the males that are the witches wasn't believable to me. That was one of the problems. Witchcraft has always been a female oriented idea. Men have been within this circle but not primary. So therefore many get confused between sorcery and witchcraft but this is fiction so the premise is fine. I thought the dialog was typical for the age range of those within the story. There was nothing wrong with the acting at all and the overall premise of the story very unique and the special effects were awesome. It was an enjoyable movie not meant to be exactly scary but more of a psychological thriller with a paranormal twist. I think this movie is highly underrated and overly criticized compared to other movies that have come out of this type. I would have chosen something else to use instead of spiders in the magical end of things because the use of spiders is redundant in these types of movies but it did make its impact quite well even so. This story is about young people who are in their very late teens on the edge of adulthood so the interaction of all of the characters was portrayed quite well. Sebastian Stan was excellent as the antagonist in the film and should have gotten more credit for his part in the movie. This was a unique departure into the world of early colonists that were accused of witchcraft and what they had to do to remain alive and in the background. Also how the overuse of their gift had a very dark consequence and beguiling draw that had to be avoided at all cost. They likened it to an addiction that was very well portrayed in the movie.
The kind of movie that has no graphic violence for those who hate graphic violence, no really terrifying scenes for those who hate to be terrified, PG-13 sex and nudity for those who hate that R rated sex and nudity, and so on.It has stripped itself of anything that could make this anymore than a made for regular TV-like movie for children and preteens and easily disturbed older folks. So what remains is a tepid story about generational witchcraft where modern witches do nothing supernaturally scary, and have turned into bad Marvel/DC characters who have superpowers that consist of knocking each other around and conjuring up some spiders.In the age of Harry Potter this just won't do. We have a completely inoffensive and sterile entry. It is so gentle, succulent and smooth that the wet pin-up actors are paraded like runway models smirking at the audience. The best part of the film, is the interesting looking opening credits with the song More Human Than Human from Rob Zombie. The rest is less movie than movie.