Release Date: September 22, 2023
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Sean Sagar, Jason Wong, Rhys Yates, Christian Ochoa” Lopez, Bobby Schofield, Emily Beecham, Jonny Lee Miller
Studio: MGM

Writers: Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, also known as “The Covenant,” is an American action drama movie. Guy Ritchie co-wrote, produced, and directed it. Joey King and Dar Salim play lead roles in the movie. The story is about an Afghan translator named Ahmed and a U.S. Army Green Beret master sergeant named John Kinley who fight the Taliban.

Movie Plot

There is a war going on in Afghanistan in March 2018, and U.S. Army Special Forces Master Sergeant John Kinley and his unit are attacked by a Taliban-planned truck bomb attack at Lashkargah. His interpreter is killed in the attack. In need of a replacement, he is put in touch with Ahmed Abdullah, a reliable but disliked translator who says he only wants the job for the money. During an undercover mission to catch someone, Kinley learns that Ahmed used to work for the Taliban in the opium trade but left the group after their killing of his son. Later, Ahmed protects Kinley’s group from an ambush by a Taliban group with the help of a traitorous Afghan National Army man, which earns Kinley’s respect.

About 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Bagram Air Base, there is another raid to look for a possible insurgent weapons cache. During this raid, Taliban forces attack Kinley’s unit and kill everyone except him and Ahmed. They are able to get away on foot, killing several Taliban soldiers along the way. As they try to get back to the airbase through the mountainous areas of Afghanistan, they are once again attacked by insurgents who hurt Kinley and then hit him with a rifle butt, rendering him unable to move. The Taliban are killed by Ahmed, who then decides to take Kinley back to the air base. With the help of some kind Afghans, Ahmed avoids the Taliban who are after them and carries Kinley over the dangerous mountain terrain of the country. A few days later, Ahmed and Kinley are near Bagram when they are attacked by Taliban fighters. Ahmed kills the attackers, but U.S. troops quickly catch him.

Jake Gyllenhaal Shines in Guy Ritchie's The Covenant

After seven weeks, Kinley has been sent back to his home in Santa Clarita, California. He has no idea how he was saved, but he does know that Ahmed played a part in it. When Kinley learned that Ahmed and his family had to move underground because of the two of them’s adventure becoming local legend, he tried for over a month but failed to get them U.S. visas. Being emotionally tormented and almost unable to sleep because he owes Ahmed money and can’t return it, Kinley finally decides to save Ahmed himself and asks his boss, Lieutenant Colonel Vokes, to help him get the visas.

Kinley goes back to Afghanistan under the name Ron Kay and meets Parker, a private military contractor. Parker offers to help Kinley as long as he can first find Ahmed. Ali, Ahmed’s brother, is a Taliban supplier who helps Kinley get across their land. On the way, he kills two insurgents after almost being caught at a road stop, which lets the Taliban know about him.

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant: A surprisingly disciplined and effective war movie

Kinley is told by Vokes that the visas have been completed and are with Parker. When Kinley finally finds Ahmed’s hiding place, he talks him and his family into coming to the U.S. with him. At the same time, Parker figures out who Kinley really is. He knows that the two are in danger because the Taliban want them, so he sets up an AC-130 gunship and an Apache attack chopper to help. At the same time, the Taliban attack Kinley. He and Ahmed’s family are able to escape to the nearby Darunta Dam.

When Taliban units come up behind them, the two start a long gunfight that stops when they run out of bullets. They are killed, though, when the AC-130 and Apache chopper show up. Parker comes from the other side of the dam with a rescue column of technicals fighting the Taliban. He tells Kinley that he would have helped him with his task for free if he had known it was him. The group is taken back to Bagram and then gets on an Airbus A400M that leaves Afghanistan.

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant

It says in the title of the movie’s ending that after the Taliban took back control of Afghanistan, they killed over 300 military translators from Afghanistan and are still hiding thousands more.

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