2023   UK, Spain The Covenant
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Director:Guy Ritchie
Studio:Fresco Film Services, STX Films, Toff Guy Films
Writer:Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies, Guy Ritchie
IMDb Rating:7.8 (9,452 votes)
Genre:Action, Thriller
Duration:123 min
Languages:English, Dari
Guy Ritchie  ...  (Director)
Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies, Guy Ritchie  ...  (Writer)
Jake Gyllenhaal  ...  Master Sergeant John Kinley
Dar Salim  ...  Ahmed
Sean Sagar  ...  Charlie 'Jizzy' Crow
Jason Wong  ...  Joshua 'JJ' Jung
Rhys Yates  ...  Tom 'Tom Cat' Hancock
Christian Ochoa Lavernia  ...  Eduardo 'Chow Chow' Lopez
Bobby Schofield  ...  Steve Kersher
Emily Beecham  ...  Caroline Kinley
Jonny Lee Miller  ...  Colonel Vokes
Alexander Ludwig  ...  Sergeant Declan O'Brady
Reza Diako  ...  Haadee
James Nelson-Joyce  ...  Jack 'Jack Jack' Jackson
Gary Anthony Stennette  ...  Desk Sergeant
Saboor Sahak  ...  Afghan Man
Antony Starr  ...  Eddie Parker
Abbas Fasaei  ...  Pooya
Hadi Khanjanpour  ...  Edris
Ash Goldeh  ...  Faraj
Christopher Benstead  ...  Composer
Ed Wild  ...  Cinematographer
James Herbert  ...  Editor
Comments: Love a good Hoo-Hah every now and then. Love Jake Gyllenhaal, but he should have cried, at least once. He can cry. I've seen him. He blew his biggest line of the movie: "I have a hook in me". He could have delivered it more angrily. Or cried. Dar Salim cries in the movie. What a revelation he is. Great chemistry between him and Jake, and better yet, great chemistry on his own. Jake outranks him in star-studdedness, and in the movie, but Dar is the man

There is total stupidness when it comes to the gun fighting. A scene where a mother is carrying a 3 month old baby running along a bridge, in the open, where three dozen bad guys with automatic rifles who are close enough that the good guys can hit them, one two three without aiming much, but the bad guys can't hit any of them

Then testosterone spills from the skies and it's all puppies and rainbows. As it always is

There are a few scenes in the movie where the soundtrack is spectacular. A mix of general soundtrack-y chaos and uplift, but with middle eastern quarter tone loveliness combed in. Cool AF

Speaking of the "I have a hook in me" scene, it's terrible that Jake pulled a Trump to get his superior to help him: "I saved your life eight years ago. You owe me". Fuck that. As if the superior hadn't been a guy whose life Jake just happened to have saved he wouldn't have helped him

As far as Hoo-Hahs go, it ain't bad. I enjoyed it mostly because I enjoy Jake almost no matter what he does, and Dar baby Dar. The drama and message parts aren't too long, nor too icky. They had to be there and I appreciate Ritchie didn't overplay them

Bottom line: should have been a lot more crying but that's a big ask, I guess

Summary: During the war in Afghanistan, a local interpreter risks his own life to carry an injured sergeant across miles of grueling terrain.

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