I’m a big fan of Guy Ritchie films which is why it made me cringe like a sniper in Ramadi with no comms watching one basic military custom and SOP after another shoveled into a burning latrine pit. Great storytelling but a huge miss high and right when it comes to the military-technical aspects of the movie.

I’ll get to the latrine slide in a minute, but first, a hat tip to the incredible movies Guy has made in the past.

  1. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998): Ritchie’s directorial debut, this British crime comedy tells the tale of four friends caught up in a high-stakes poker game with dangerous consequences.
  2. Snatch (2000): An intertwined narrative of underground boxing and diamond theft, featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Brad Pitt and Jason Statham.
  3. RocknRolla (2008): A London-based crime thriller involving a real estate scam, lost painting, and Russian mobsters.
  4. Sherlock Holmes (2009) & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011): Ritchie’s high-energy, visually inventive take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
  5. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015): A Cold War spy thriller based on the 1960s television series showcasing Ritchie’s knack for stylish action and witty dialogue.
  6. Aladdin (2019): Ritchie’s live-action version of Disney’s animated classic brings a new flavor to a beloved story.
  7. The Gentlemen (2020): A return to his London crime roots, this film features a weed empire, a private investigator, and Ritchie’s signature plot twists.
  8. Wrath of Man (2021): Ritchie reunites with Jason Statham in this revenge-based action thriller, a remake of the 2004 French film “Le Convoyeur.”

Navy SEAL Guy Ritchie’s ‘Covenant’ Review: An Edgy Tale of US Occupation Mistakes, Marred by Military Faux Pas

It’s a wild, PTSD-filled ride through the dust and desperation of the failed US occupation in Afghanistan, folks. Guy Ritchie’s “Covenant,” tells a tale that’ll make your heart bleed and your teeth grind, all wrapped up in the sheer audacity of Hollywood storytelling.

With a keen eye for the tragic reality of interpreters left in the lurch, Ritchie’s script nails the bitter betrayal. He paints a stark portrait of these brave souls, who were promised the American dream only to be served the Taliban nightmare after the hasty US pullout.

The story of Ahmed, the interpreter, with a Taliban hatchet to grind, could have been a straight dive into a pool of pity, yet it’s presented with the dignity of a damaged man that cares deeply for his family.

Yet, in the midst of this hard-hitting narrative, “Covenant” somehow manages to trip over its own bootlaces in a comedy of military errors. Apparently, in Ritchie’s world, enlisted men are bandying about with “sir” like it’s a term of endearment, not a salute reserved for officers. And C130 gunships doing a midday waltz in the sky? I’ve seen less sunlight in a Vegas casino at 3 AM.

Anyone that’s crapped MREs in a combat zone knows that Puff the Magic Dragon does not fly in the daytime at low altitudes. It’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to fly at night.