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Another teen horror flick ala 'Buffy' & 'Charmed', that critics have hated but audiences have lapped up, about the Sons of Ipswich: four young students bound by their sacred ancestry.<br /><br /> Privilege and beauty abound at Spenser Academy, a New England boarding school for the region's reigning elite. The Sons of Ipswich are descendants of the original families who settled in Ipswich Colony in the 1600's, the boys have all been born with special powers. When a fifth descendant suddenly moves to town, secrets begin to unravel which threaten to break the covenant of silence that has protected their families for hundreds of years.
Action, Horror, Thriller
For the most part, the proceedings are slow, solemn and tedious...
As boredom sets in, the viewer realizes that "The Covenant" does possess one magical power: It afflicts its audience with restless leg syndrome...
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...
Harlin, with his customary visual brio, has created a film that is deliriously watchable. It's just not all that interesting. In the end, The Covenant is simply a glossier version of TV's "Charmed."...