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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 91min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Screen Gems Inc., Lakeshore Entertainment, Sandstorm Films
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc., Allumination Filmworks, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Renny Harlin
Producer(s): J.S. Cardone, Carol Kottenbrook, Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, James McQuaide, Tom Rosenberg
Written by: J.S. Cardone
Cinematography/Camera: Pierre Gill
Music: Julie Greaux, tomandandy
Film Editing: Nicolas De Toth
Casting: Mindy Marin
Production Design: Anne Pritchard, Gary Randall
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
After years of the CAP Ministry showing that film ratings cannot be trusted, now the advertisements cannot be trusted. An example of this is found in The Covenant where the preview shown on TV shows a bar waitress leaning over and some draft lifting her short skirt revealing her semi-thong underwear. In the cut of the film I saw, she wasn't wearing anything under her skirt. Why would the filmmakers create such a difference between the TV advertisements and what is actually seen in the film if not to hide such from you? And the comment leading up to that scene was "She (the waitress) hasn't worn any underwear since she was twelve." How would the young adult male who said this know? Such caliber is a major content in this, yet another, "Hard" R-13.
By the way, above is not all the nudity displayed in The Covenant.
Five 17th century unholy families formed the Massachusetts Ipswitch Colony. Each family had great evil power. Circa the Salem witch hunts the five families formed a covenant of silence about their powers. Though four of the families maintained their code of silence about their powers to this day, the descendent of one of the five families who had disappeared broke the covenant of silence.
Led by Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait), Pogue Parry (Taylor Kitsch), Reid Garwin (Toby Hemingway) and Tyler Sims (Chance Crawford) of the Spenser boarding school, each a descendent of four of the five families, band to form the sons of Ipswitch to silence Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan), the noisy one who has broken the vow of silence. Collins is out to steal Caleb's powers that are due to maximize at his ascension on his 18th birthday. The evil powers began to manifest in a boy at 13 years old and reached maximum potential at his 18th birthday.
There is a price to pay for using the evil powers. Each time an Ipswitch son used the evil power he lost a piece of life. Caleb's father who is 40 years old was a millimeter from death because of his repeated indiscretion with his powers. Further, use of their powers was more addictive than any drug. Caleb's mother (Wendy Crewson) was wrought with fear that Caleb would end up like his father.
There is much more to this film and some of it is choppy and disconnected. For example, a teen boy (Christian Baril) is found dead with his eyes clouded over but no explanation is given as to why he died or why his eyes were clouded over. It is left to the viewer to figure out that the lad was one of the Ipswitch sons who had his powers stolen, likely by Chase. The only hint of this connection was provided as Caleb's father gave up his powers to Caleb. His father's eyes clouded over as he died due to losing all of his powers. But then, most films about unholy matters end up with a number of such holes in them.
Since this report is being posted on opening weekend, I will not discuss the plot or story, as it is, any further should you, after seeing for yourself the truth we reveal about its content, decide this film is fit for whomever.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
There are a number of possibly dangerous displays of matters of violence such as four boys jumping off a cliff with no consequences to them, nightmare horror and gore in a spider infestation of an occupied bed with invasion of them into the body of the occupant, and intense sequences of battle with unholy power. In addition, the scenes of felony fleeing from police might embolden your young teen into trying it for himself.
This film presents 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary by teens [2 Tim. 2:16, Isa. 13:11 ] and a number of other examples of rebellious arrogance by teens, including at lawful authority. Also in the impudence/hate realm was a number of examples of "top dog" confrontation between teens. [1 Sam. 15:23] While such may be somewhat expected in real life, the extent of the ugliness of such arrogance seen in this film might serve to embolden your youth to use the same caliber of brutality. Modern films are indeed much more fierce in portrayal of interpersonal friction than in films of yesteryear. Maybe that is one of the reasons why youthful social warfare nowadays is so bitter and with so much more severe consequences. Maybe that is an example of "brutal" and "fierce" in the predictions of 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5. And of the warning in 1 Cor. 15:33.
Sexual Immorality (S)
The Covenant presents the typical style of sexual immorality for modern PG-13 films: teen nudity [**], teens in underwear, rub dancing, exhibitionism during dance. Fortunately, as if it is a blessing, no one gets in bed with any one. [1Ths. 4:1-5 ]
The Drugs/Alcohol investigation area found smoking, booze, drunkenness, teen drinking and an illegal teen party likely with teen drinking. [Eph. 5:18]
Offense to God (O)
This film is, as might be expected of such a film, heavy with matters of portrayal of evil/unholy powers. Characters were portrayed as having the supernatural power to cause harm to others, to control the environment, to cast spells, to levitate to kill and presented an intense sequence of battle between two characters having unholy power. [2Chr. 33:6, Rev. 21:8]
There were no examples of murder or suicide found.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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