The Covenant (PG-13)

Horror 97 September 8, 2006
By Luke Y. Thompson
Four descendants (played by Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, and Chace Crawford) from the original 1692 Ipswich colony of Massachusetts are endowed with an unexplained power with unclear parameters (i.e., they have the ability to do anything . . . except when they don't). But wait -- there were actually five founding families of Ipswich, and now the fifth descendant (Sebastian Stan) is back, and he's pissed, because, well, the movie kinda needs a villain and he'll do. The idiocy and sheer laziness of the whole concept ought to be the sort of thing director Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea) could make into glorious cinematic cheese, and occasionally he cuts loose with a swarm of CGI spiders or a final battle that resembles nothing more than a live-action game of Street Fighter II. But he's hamstrung by the PG-13 rating and the budget, and way too much time is wasted on scenes of the generic-looking cast mumbling in monotone under blue lights.
Renny Harlin Toby Hemingway, Sebastian Stan, Steven Strait, Chace Crawford, Taylor Kitsch, Laura Ramsey, Jessica Lucas, Robert Crooks, Neil Napier, Kyle Schmid J.S. Cardone J.S. Cardone, Gary Lucches, Tom Rosenberg Screen Gems

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