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The Covenant (2006)
A Theatre Major's Opinion. . .IT ROCKED!!!!!
I saw "The Covenant" the day after it came out. My neighbor and i were looking for a movie and i knew i wanted to see it since Steven Strait was in "Sky High" (which by the way is amazing) and Laura Ramsey was in "She's the man" (again amazing) and they acting looked promising. I confess that i had reservations. I don't like a lot of sex/nudity in movies and i was worried this would be filled with it. The two shower scenes were quite tame in my opinion which made the movie more tolerable. Also since the film was male dominated i worried about a lot of guys walking around without shirts. Again "The Covenant" proved me wrong with only three or four scenes containing half clothed boys. As i sat through the first half i was in a fidget thinking that this movie would suck major big-time, then i saw the first killing and the way all the characters interacted and related to each other, i was like "okay i like this." I am twenty years young and was a theater major for about a year so i view movies very critically. Also i have written a few plays and know how duologue and script must be written to be well received, performed, and understood by an audience. The duologue was good. It was solid and for those who say "wah wah wah the duologue sucked" try writing a script and see if yours doesn't suck jerk. It is not a perfect movie (nothing this side of Heaven is), but it is a well done movie with a decent script that is not hard to follow and leaves you with complications in the story.
The acting, as i said earlier, was good. Body language was good and duologue was not forced or monotone. It flowed easily like this could have been any prep school in New England. Especially the scene at the drug store. I work at a camp over the summer and i go into town to get stuff we forgot and random people just come along. The way Chase resented the bond that was between Pogue Tyler Reid and Caleb could be picked up in subtle ways even before he attacked Kate with the spiders.
For those who didn't like the movie and "knew" it would be bad in their opinion, WHY THE FRIGG DID YOU GO SEE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE? this movie isn't supposed to change the world or win an Oscar, it is to entertain and it did just that. A lot of well placed little things made it shine in my opinion. The kiss was so weird, awkward and random that it was perfect. Never knowing if it was Reid or Chase harassing Laura in the shower is an amazing insight into what happens when you "use" too much and think you can do anything. I wont say anything about the ending other than i thought it was classic and not having complete closure to what the boys (Caleb, Pogue, Reid, Tyler) and girls (Kate, Laura) just went through is a little opening to say "perhaps a sequel?" For those who read this, i recommend seeing "The Covenant" in the cinema while its there. Go in with on expectations and throw away your stereotypes of movies. This was a good movie with good acting, script and directing. i hope you enjoy it as much as i did