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The Covenant

The Covenant
Steve Strait, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch,
Toby Hemingway, Jessica Lucas, Chace Crawford and Wendy Crewson

Rated: PG-13  for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, sexual content, partial nudity and language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: September 8, 2006 Released by: Screen Gems

For the students at elite Spenser Academy who are secret descendants of the Ipswich Colony in Massachusetts reaching eighteen is a potential blessing and a curse and now their secret is thretened. All this is the excuse writer J.S. Cardone uses to create the guy's side of "Charmed." Prue, Piper and Phoebe are a lot more attractive witches than these warlocks who play with their power while one of them runs-a-muck.

While we see ancestors hanged these young men jump off a cliff to show a hint of their powers which are supposed to keep them safe from the public. These sons of Ipswich can start cars and induce vomit as their eyes turn yellow. They even pull a Rebel Without Cause car chase off a cliff and then turn it on the cops who are in pursuit. It's even possible for them to survive a massive frontal collision between their mustang and a ten wheeler as they drive toward a house set in fog shadowed trees, housing the one person who can save them.

But the power is addictive and can be destructive and causes night spiders and ghosts in the shower to parade in front of a girl friend on a rain soaked night.

While they head toward a crucial Birth and Death Day on July 14 we are forced to watch dancing and swimming none of which has anything to add to the script.

If an addictive user is ancient at forty-four they all fail at the big dance climax which is less than we see every week on "Charmed" and is far less pleasant to watch.

This is chapter 17 of "The Sons of Ipswich" according to the ending credits. I guess the escape in the Mustang at the end will lead to a sequel; let's hope director Renny Harlin knows better.

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