The Covenant [2023] – Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim on MGM+/Prime Video

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant - Amazon Original

The Covenant is packed with some good action. But that’s it. Recycling the same outdated tropes, the movie is barely alive thanks to outstanding performance by Dar Salim.

Aren’t we tired of movies about all American might invading countries around the world? About a white guy cosplaying superhero to save a brown person? I know I am.

Sadly, this movie mixes both of those things, with a medium budget. Imagine the outcome?!

Plot and historical accuracy aside, the movie lacks essence, highs and lows, and a good hook. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the movie shines thanks to Dar Salim. It’s weird, i know. Gyllenhaal delivers his not-so-special prepackaged performance. It’s okay, but nothing special. However, Dar Salim’s performance forces you to connect with his character’s pain and motivations whether you like it or not. In a movie that is supposed to focus on the tragedy of Afghan civilians during and after the war, it is at least disconcerting that the point of view is that of Sergeant Kinley, played by Gyllenhaal.

On the other hand, in a typical medium budget Hollywood blockbuster, the movie is obviously shot in the most generic of places, with one or two good action scenes. And the one that matters, in the third act, ends up being more basic than Marvel’s Secret Invasion finale.

The Covenant – Official Trailer
Should You Watch It?

Not really. In typical Guy Ritchie’s fashion, it’s a slow burner with some show off. However, this one goes nowhere.

Where Can I Watch It?

You can stream The Covenant on MGM+ in USA and Amazon Prime Video everywhere else.