Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant (aKa The Covenant) is a 2023 action drama film co-written, produced and directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Gentlemen, Sherlock Holmes franchise, Wrath of Man, Operation Fortune, RockNRolla, and Revolver). It was co-written by Ivan Atkinson (The Gentlemen, Wrath of Man, and Operation Fortune) and Marn Davies (The Gentlemen, Wrath of Man, and Operation Fortune). The budget was $55 million and it grossed $21.8 million at the box office.
U.S. Army Sergeant John Kinley (played by: Jake Gyllenhaal from Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko, Prisoners, Ambulance, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Life, Southpaw, and End of Watch) and Afghan interpreter Ahmed (played by: Dar Salim from Agent, Trapped, Game of Thrones, and The Devil’s Double) must work together during all this chaos. After an ambush, Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save 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 first!!!! I appreciate that Guy Ritchie did something different with The Covenant from his other work. The chemistry between the two leads here were on point. Jake Gyllenhaal gives another quality performance in this war feature. Dar Salim was the big surprise here, I’ve seen him in a few other things before but he really stood out in this and he held his own with everyone else. It has a solid supporting cast that includes Antony Starr, Johnny Lee Miller, Alexander Ludwig, Sean Sagar, Jason Wong, and Emily Beecham. The Covenant is loaded with suspense. It had some top notch action in it. There’s never a dull moment here. Just a quality mix of everything. It might have flopped in theaters but I hope it gets more of a life on home video with this new release. This one flew under the radar, it’s definitely one of the better films of the year. It’s available on HBO Max if you are curious about it. RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s discuss the high definition presentation from Warner Bros Pictures! This 1080p (2.39:1) transfer looks fantastic in HD. I am actually very surprised that this one didn’t get an 4K/UHD release for home video. This is one of the most impressive blu rays of the year. It has a few different audio options which includes English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, and English: Dolby Digital 5.1 on the disc. All of the dialogue is very clean, the war has a killer boost to it, and the music is elevated. It also has subtitles that includes English SDH and Spanish. There’s no extras on the disc. It has a slipcover, a digital code, and a DVD copy. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!