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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 91min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 7, 2006
27 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] -- "Such caliber is a major content in this, yet another, 'Hard' R-13."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Screen Gems Inc., Lakeshore Entertainment, Sandstorm Films
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc., Allumination Filmworks, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Renny Harlin
Producer(s): J.S. Cardone, Carol Kottenbrook, Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, James McQuaide, Tom Rosenberg
Written by: J.S. Cardone
Cinematography/Camera: Pierre Gill
Music: Julie Greaux, tomandandy
Film Editing: Nicolas De Toth
Casting: Mindy Marin
Production Design: Anne Pritchard, Gary Randall
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

After years of the CAP Ministry showing that film ratings cannot be trusted, now the advertisements cannot be trusted. An example of this is found in The Covenant  where the preview shown on TV shows a bar waitress leaning over and some draft lifting her short skirt revealing her semi-thong underwear. In the cut of the film I saw, she wasn't wearing anything under her skirt. Why would the filmmakers create such a difference between the TV advertisements and what is actually seen in the film if not to hide such from you? And the comment leading up to that scene was "She (the waitress) hasn't worn any underwear since she was twelve." How would the young adult male who said this know? Such caliber is a major content in this, yet another, "Hard" R-13.

By the way, above is not all the nudity displayed in The Covenant.

Five 17th century unholy families formed the Massachusetts Ipswitch Colony. Each family had great evil power. Circa the Salem witch hunts the five families formed a covenant of silence about their powers. Though four of the families maintained their code of silence about their powers to this day, the descendent of one of the five families who had disappeared broke the covenant of silence.

Led by Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait), Pogue Parry (Taylor Kitsch), Reid Garwin (Toby Hemingway) and Tyler Sims (Chance Crawford) of the Spenser boarding school, each a descendent of four of the five families, band to form the sons of Ipswitch to silence Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan), the noisy one who has broken the vow of silence. Collins is out to steal Caleb's powers that are due to maximize at his ascension on his 18th birthday. The evil powers began to manifest in a boy at 13 years old and reached maximum potential at his 18th birthday.

There is a price to pay for using the evil powers. Each time an Ipswitch son used the evil power he lost a piece of life. Caleb's father who is 40 years old was a millimeter from death because of his repeated indiscretion with his powers. Further, use of their powers was more addictive than any drug. Caleb's mother (Wendy Crewson) was wrought with fear that Caleb would end up like his father.

There is much more to this film and some of it is choppy and disconnected. For example, a teen boy (Christian Baril) is found dead with his eyes clouded over but no explanation is given as to why he died or why his eyes were clouded over. It is left to the viewer to figure out that the lad was one of the Ipswitch sons who had his powers stolen, likely by Chase. The only hint of this connection was provided as Caleb's father gave up his powers to Caleb. His father's eyes clouded over as he died due to losing all of his powers. But then, most films about unholy matters end up with a number of such holes in them.

Since this report is being posted on opening weekend, I will not discuss the plot or story, as it is, any further should you, after seeing for yourself the truth we reveal about its content, decide this film is fit for whomever.

A note to our long-time users. We are trying a new format for this Summary/Commentary section. The Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, is not touched by this change. This new format presents a summary of the more invasive or significant findings revealed by each of the six CAP analysis model investigation areas: W, I, S, D, O and M (see the CAP Thermometers and CAP Methodology for more information about the CAP analysis model). This new feature, while not as productive for analyses of G and PG films, is being tested to augment the listing format of the Findings/Scoring section. Hopefully this new format will will improve the appeal of this service for those who abhor lists during study of films involving long lists in the Findings/Scoring section such as are typically found in analyses of more severely rated films. Note that the Findings/Scoring section, as before, always provides the most detailed accounting of the findings of the CAP analysis model. We hope you like the new format. Let us know what you think.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
There are a number of possibly dangerous displays of matters of violence such as four boys jumping off a cliff with no consequences to them, nightmare horror and gore in a spider infestation of an occupied bed with invasion of them into the body of the occupant, and intense sequences of battle with unholy power. In addition, the scenes of felony fleeing from police might embolden your young teen into trying it for himself.

Impudence/Hate (I)
This film presents 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary by teens [2 Tim. 2:16, Isa. 13:11 ] and a number of other examples of rebellious arrogance by teens, including at lawful authority. Also in the impudence/hate realm was a number of examples of "top dog" confrontation between teens. [1 Sam. 15:23] While such may be somewhat expected in real life, the extent of the ugliness of such arrogance seen in this film might serve to embolden your youth to use the same caliber of brutality. Modern films are indeed much more fierce in portrayal of interpersonal friction than in films of yesteryear. Maybe that is one of the reasons why youthful social warfare nowadays is so bitter and with so much more severe consequences. Maybe that is an example of "brutal" and "fierce" in the predictions of 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5. And of the warning in 1 Cor. 15:33.

Sexual Immorality (S)
The Covenant  presents the typical style of sexual immorality for modern PG-13 films: teen nudity [**], teens in underwear, rub dancing, exhibitionism during dance. Fortunately, as if it is a blessing, no one gets in bed with any one. [1Ths. 4:1-5 ]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
The Drugs/Alcohol investigation area found smoking, booze, drunkenness, teen drinking and an illegal teen party likely with teen drinking. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O)
This film is, as might be expected of such a film, heavy with matters of portrayal of evil/unholy powers. Characters were portrayed as having the supernatural power to cause harm to others, to control the environment, to cast spells, to levitate to kill and presented an intense sequence of battle between two characters having unholy power. [2Chr. 33:6, Rev. 21:8]

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were no examples of murder or suicide found.


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  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. [Yes, it is arrogance and haughtiness which gives us the impudence to speak profanity.]
  • 1 Sam. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry...
  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection [astorgos: unsociable, inhuman; homosexuality, bestiality, etc.], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce [anemeros: brutal, sadistic], despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [e.g., Sunday-only and counterfeit Christians]: from such turn away. **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating display of nakedness with ill repute. What makes display of nudity okay in entertainment/art if it is not okay in flesh? God even advised the priests not to climb the steps to the altar lest the wind expose their nudity to the people below in Exodus 20:26 "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon."
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not get intoxicated and not abuse the body. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]
  • 2Chr. 33:6 He sacrificed his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking Him to anger.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective  heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Teh Covenant (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • drawings of hanging and other brutality and evil
  • jumping off cliff with no consequences, four
  • felony fleeing
  • reckless driving to avoid lawful arrest
  • clouded eyes gore - dead teen boy
  • reckless gunfire
  • flesh decay gore, repeatedly
  • nightmare horror and gore - spider infestation of bed and invasion into human body
  • drawing of beating with a whip
  • fight
  • breaking and entering - teen
  • speeding with reckless driving
  • threat to kill
  • use of girl's life as leverage in extortion to perform
  • admission of murder of both parents
  • threat to kill many

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary by teens and four by adults
  • teen arrogance, repeatedly
  • vomiting on someone
  • teen arrogance at authority
  • "top dog" confrontation, repeatedly
  • "Do as you're told and no one will get hurt" rationale, making the victim the criminal

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • drawing of nudity
  • display of below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • teen in underwear, repeatedly
  • teen in towel only, repeatedly
  • teen nudity as seen through steamed shower doors, repeatedly
  • brief teen upper female nudity
  • rude stare, repeatedly
  • rear female nudity
  • sex comment
  • self touching in dance
  • rub dancing
  • exhibitionism in dance
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • full male nudity, side and rear - multiple (locker room)
  • anatomical talk and references
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • homosexual kiss
  • excessive cleavage - teen, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • illegal party - teens, likely with drinking
  • booze
  • drunkenness
  • bar
  • teen drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • four uses of God's name in vain by teens but without the four letter expletive
  • images of evil in eyes as precursor to using evil powers, repeatedly
  • unholy flight of car to escape lawful arrest
  • unholy apparition in steam, repeatedly
  • unholy being with gore (darkling), repeatedly
  • impossible event - car shattered then reassembled with no harm using unholy powers
  • use of evil powers, repeatedly and frequent
  • fighting with use of evil powers
  • unholy being - evaporates
  • several instances of the use of levitation including to kill
  • power to control fire
  • casting spells, repeatedly
  • miraculous healing, twice
  • intense battles with unholy powers, repeatedly
  • the use of evil for good

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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