It would be easy to make fun of THE COVENANT. The plot, about four young men at an exclusive New England prep school who are really warlocks (descended from the Salem witches, to boot!) is pretty hokey, and the acting isn’t particularly good. At times the cast (nobody you’ve ever heard of, with the possible exceptions of Taylor Kitsch from FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and Chace Crawford from GOSSIP GIRL) looks like they’re having trouble not breaking up at the lines they’re saying with such solemnity. The movie also has a relatively high sleaze factor, with lots of excuses to have teenage girls in bathing suits, teenage girls in their underwear, teenage girls showering . . . you get the idea. (To be fair, most of these actresses are probably in their twenties, they’re just playing teenagers.)
But despite all that, THE COVENANT does manage to be fairly entertaining. The special effects are okay and there’s plenty of mystical action. It reminded me a lot of The CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, so take that into account if you’re trying to decide whether to watch it. It definitely falls into the “amiable time-waster” category.