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Guy Ritchie's The Covenant (2023)

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

Quite out of left field for Ritchie this time. There are elements of dick-waving here too, inevitably, but the subject matter is far removed from the guns and geezers that you might reasonably expect from him.

Assuming the need for his name was due to the horror title of the same name from a few years back, there are rightly two projects that you don't really want to get mixed up. This Amazon Prime effort is as you would expect, glowingly partisan and Ritchie surprises us all again with his ability to actually take things seriously for once.

Over long, but good overall, at least as a prolonged game of cat and mouse could expect to be. The meat on the bones is as much about his escape from Afghanistan as it is securing a visa for the interpreter that saved his life and the red tape and proper channels in order to do so, despite the Americans promising exactly this in order to secure the services of men like him, so there is a message here too, albeit an unfortunate one.


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