The Covenant

After an ambush, Afghan interpreter Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save US Army Sergeant John Kinley's life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down.

  • Released: 2023-04-20
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Drama, War
  • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Swen Temmel, Sina Parvaneh, Antony Starr, Abbas Fasaei, Gary Anthony Stennette, Hadi Khanjanpour, Altamasch Noor, Dar Salim, Emily Beecham, Sean Sagar, Rhys Yates, Marcel Zadé, Bobby Schofield, Alexander Ludwig, Reza Diako, Ash Goldeh, Fariba Sheikhan, Kawa Mawlayee, Mo Ahmadi
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • aaromando - 6 June 2024
    Stupid cliched nonsense
    The plot to this silly movie is ridiculous. CGI is overused instead of actual explosions etc. Cheap nasty looking production, lame plot with convenient moments to push the story along. Stupid decisions made by characters. Sub-Rambo death count against the baddies who cannot hit a barn door at a 100 paces.

    Takes itself so seriously but is just a poor, silly story.

    Ritchie's cheap Saying Private Ryan is what has happened to modern cinema. Lazy writing, poor acting and a massive over reliance on CGI.

    The music sets the tone for what is a waste of 2 hours of your life.

    Dreadful, boring and cheap looking.
  • albertval-69560 - 11 April 2024
    Plausible Story
    A movie with similar vibes is Devotion (2022). Both films deal with a war story and explore the interaction between 2 men in combat. However, may I hasten to add that Guy Richie's The Covenant is more gritty and it has a more engaging plot.

    It reminds the viewer of the role of local interpreters in the war of the US against the Taliban in Afghanistan which is the backdrop of the story.

    This is an action picture but interspersed with some uplifting dramatic moments. One might find it incredible. But, if you come to think of it, it's possible. Why not?

    The chemistry between Kinley and Ahmed is palpable. Again, one may doubt whether the reason why Ahmed did what he did justified what he actually did. Again, it's possible.

    Dar Salim gives his best in this film which should dispel the baseless notion that actors who're Middle Eastern in ethnicity can't act.

    Watch this worthy film despite some goofs that others have spotted. It's still watchable, by and large.
  • kkjnkym - 23 February 2024
    A long intense burn
    Yeah, the typical scenes of contrast in lifestyles and , a screwed up governmental system that for too long we all have heard way too much about. But in the end, and what gets me every time, is a story about someone or people fighting the good fight, no matter the outcome.

    The plot is really fairly predictable. But the movie is also a great example of how it's always (IMHO) more about the journey, than the destination. The leader of the Calvary making the rescue attempt did provide for the big eye-rolling moment, but I guess that one couldn't get away Scott free in that department, especially when American brazenness is so central to the plot line.

    Great music, intense visuals, spot on characters and acting. But not for the faint of heart.