Forgive me, as I'm more of a lurker here than an active participant. But this movie has inspired, no forced me to start a thread about it since noone else has. But first I have to get some background out of the way. I am a huge fan of Fantasy and a huge nerd that reads all sorts of books from this genre, so I was pedisposed towards this movie. I also saw the previews for this last year and told the weef that this was one we HAD to see in theatres (we watch between 0-2 in theatres a year, usually zero) and she agreed it looked interesting especially the fact that it was "by the makers of Underworld, which we both enjoyed. They were hyping the heck out of it for 3-4 months before its release so it looked to be a blockbuster. We were busy the day it came out , so were going to wait a week or two, but then we never heard about it again. We remembered 3 weeks later, but it was already out of theaters by us. So that was when I knew it was terrible. However it came out on DVD yesterday and I still had to have it. So here goes.
Even going in knowing it was going to be horrible, I was still disapointed. More often than not expecting something to be truly terrible has always caused me to enjoy it, "Into the Blue" for example is one of the better movie experiences I have had, because I thought it would be one of the worst of all time, with only Ms. Alba going for it, and it turned out to be only pretty bad (still haven't had the courage to rewatch it though, and I have owned it probably 6 months). The Covenant was just that bad though. For a large chunk of the time it felt like I was watching a middle school book report made into a movie. They made no secret it was based on a book (at least I hope so because that was definately the impression I got) but they tried to explain everything too much, so instead of watching and figuring out what is going on, it felt like the lead actor was explaining directly to the audience instead of talking to the other actors on screen. The lead actor was another big complaint, he struggled with the script and at times overpronounced words so that the explanation he was giving was understandable. That is about the best way I can describe it, it was like watching a random guy pulled on stage to givea technical explanation of some brand new invention, he didn't look famailiar with the words and looked/sounded like he was trying to pronounce them the way someone else did without realizing the other guy had a different accent than him. It was bad.
The worst part about it though, was like Star Wars episodes 1-3 there was actually potential there. The story was good, not the script but the story they were trying to tell (at least for a popcorn flick, it still wouldn't have won any acadamy awards) The sound was pretty decent throughout, except for some music selections I didn't particularly care for. The special effects were for the most part good, except they started to look a little cheesy in the final battle. And to make it even more obvious that they were aiming at brainless teens they even found a way to get several hot girls into their lingerie/underwear as well as fitting in a prom dress, and scantily clad sloots at several parties.
Definately a rental for anyone who thought they might buy it. And skip it altogether if you didn't already think it was something you wanted.