Guy Ritchie's The Covenant
It is a fact that wars offer opportunities to create their own heroes. The national heroes of each country are often real or exaggerated people created in wars. Some are even fictionalized, but they are still heroes of that country!
Wars provide a unique opportunity for filmmakers. We can see this in many war-themed movies. Most of them are based on the events of wars that took place in the past, years or even centuries ago, and are projected on the big screen through the heroes created and attract a lot of attention from the audience.
The common points of the heroes are that they risk death for their country and nation and neutralize the enemy as much as possible. Those who question the reasons for the war, its unnecessity and their own justice system are the ones who are accused of treason instead of being heroes.
Frankly, instead of watching heroes; I prefer to watch productions with common sense people who act with a questioning and scrutinizing mind. The 2023 film Guy Ritchie's The Covenant, although it does not exactly reflect what I am saying, has a feature that questions the importance of promises made at many points and its own justice system.
After the 9/11 attacks, America invaded Afghanistan in retaliation and the film focuses on Sergeant John Kinley (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) and the broken promises made to more than 50,000 Afghan translators who were hired in exchange for a good salary and visas for their families.
Sergeant Jhon Kinley questions his own country's system and laments the tardiness of justice. Ahmed (played by Dar Salim), the interpreter who kept him alive after he was wounded in Afghanistan, is declared a traitor by the Taliban and a bounty is put on his head. Ahmed, whose life and that of his family are in danger because of the broken visa promise to the interpreters, is in fact the voice of the other interpreters working in that region.
This is where the movie differs from other war films. It does not make the mistake of creating its own hero and protecting the interests of its own country. It questions the justice system and its delayed functioning through interpreters who are thought to have acted against their country. We know that justice delayed is not justice. We also see throughout the movie, as in many other examples, that promises should not be left hanging.
I congratulate the director and producers. It has always been the easiest to take a stand in favor of power. Unfortunately, standing against power and on the side of right has always been a path preferred by the minority. I recommend watching the production, which I think is both successful in terms of the message it contains and successful. While watching it, you may have to choose between right and wrong by participating in the questioning inevitably, but this is the pleasure offered by the movie. I wish everyone who will watch it a good time.
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