Dimwitted, Lackluster Occultism
Release Date: September 08, 2006
Starring: Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan,
Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch,
Toby Hemingway, Jessica Lucas,
Chace Crawford, and Wendy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Director: Renny Harlin
Executive Producer: Andre Lamal, James McQuaide,
Roger Mincheff, J. S. Cardone,
Carol Kottenbrook, and Scott
Producer: Tom Rosenberg and Gary
Writer: J. S. Cardone
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Cut to present times, where an unknown heir to the fifth family named Chase threatens the lives of the current teenage heirs and two of their girlfriends. Chase tries to blackmail Caleb, who’s about to turn 18, into willing him his powers, or else. Only one thing may stop Chase. Caleb’s mother must convince his crippled, isolated father to will Caleb his powers so that Caleb can stop Chase from killing them and going on an evil rampage.
The characters in THE COVENANT are lackluster. The movie also is very choppy, sloppy and confusing, especially in the first half. The exposition of the magical powers takes a long time to make any sense. Even then, it’s confusing. Also, the reason behind the magical powers is not revealed, although the story between Caleb and his father has some allegorical Christian metaphors toward the end.
Caleb, the villain, can cast a deadly sickness spell, but the practitioners do not call their magical powers witchcraft, despite the occult circle symbol they use in a secret room to consult a musty old book called The Book of Damnation. The book is not explained, but it seems to be an old record of the Salem witch trials made by the Christian leaders at the time. The current first-born sons of the four remaining families consult the book to learn more about the villain, Chase’s, possible origins. Why the book must be placed in an occult circle symbol to be read is not explained. It should be noted that a poster ad for the movie says that the fifth family lusted for more power and was banished, but that their bloodline disappeared without a trace. Why this couldn’t be said more clearly in the movie itself is a mystery.
THE COVENANT has a very strong occult worldview about having magical powers. The magical powers pop up out of nowhere, but there is a great danger to using them, according to the story. Thus, the movie’s hero is constantly warning his buddies about using the magical powers. In the end, however, he has to use the powers to try to stop the greedy villain, who uses his powers to harm and kill others. The teenagers in this movie remind one of the mutant teenagers in the X-MEN superhero movies, but with the dimwitted occult trappings and silly teenage antics of contemporary horror movies.
The characters in THE COVENANT are lackluster. The movie also is very choppy and confusing, especially in the first half. The exposition of the magical powers takes a long time to make any sense. Even then, it’s confusing. THE COVENANT has a very strong occult worldview about having magical powers. The magical powers pop up out of nowhere.