When you see a title like “The Blood Covenant” in Nollywood, you know what to expect: money rituals, lust for power, and murder. Let’s see if The Blood Covenant makes an exception, given how much of that we’ve seen on Africa Magic.
The Blood Pact tells the story of four friends who made a blood covenant to never leave each other when they were in secondary school.
Three of the four were still together years later, however these three (Shawn Faqua, Tobi Bakre, and Uzor Arukwe) remained close friends while their fourth (Alex Ekubo) remained distant. Alex, on the other hand, was extremely wealthy and making waves in his life, unlike the three others who were struggling in their enterprises.
Uzor and his wife (Erica Nlewedim) threw a party, and Alex showed there, giving him the chance to see his boys again. They all decide to meet up at Alex’s house to catch up, and after Alex offers them a drink, they all fall asleep.
The three men awoke to find Alex attempting to sacrifice them to the gods, but Alex was slain in self-defense; however, they were unaware that Alex’s death meant the covenant and blood had been transferred to them. Despite their best efforts, things begin to go well for them, and they are obliged to resume the ritual where Alex had left off. Everything looked to be going swimmingly until Uzor was asked to sacrifice his two surviving brothers in exchange for his own money to continue growing.
Was he successful in achieving his goal? When you see the movie, you’ll have to find out for yourself.
The Blood Covenant follows the same plot as every previous home DVD we’ve watched. Nothing out of the ordinary or exceptional. The concerning thing is that, while there are no fresh stories, there are certainly better ways to tell the same story, but The Blood Covenant was not one of them. Also, the plot looked disjointed, as if the writer was attempting to accomplish multiple goals in the limited time he or she had to tell the story. Tobi Bakre’s ordeal, for example, could have been described in greater detail. However, without giving too much away, “The Blood Covenant” had an unstructured storyline.
The directing was adequate, and with a stronger story, the director may have done better. However, I’m curious as to how Erica could track them down to such a remote jungle while they were unaware they were being followed. That was completely implausible.
The performance is the one redeeming feature of The Blood Covenant. Regardless of how outraged you are about the plot, the flawless acting will bring you comfort. Shawn Faqua, Tobi Bakre, and Uzor Arukwe, the three men, performed admirably. Also noteworthy is Erica Nlewedim of Big Brother’s excellent performance in her role. Olaiya Igwe is a fantastic actress, and Omowunmi Dada, that lady, has a way of brightening your screen every time you watch her. Finally, Chimezie Imo is one really good actor I love to see on screen.
The Blood Covenant may be worth seeing because of the actors’ ability to hold the film together, but it will receive a 4/10 rating.