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      The Contract

      R 2006 1 hr. 37 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      0% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 26% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman), one of the world's greatest assassins, is handed a lucrative contract to kill a highly secretive billionaire. But in a twist of fate, Carden is involved in a car accident during the job, and when his gun is found after he is admitted to a hospital, federal marshals arrest him. Meanwhile, ex-cop Ray Keene (John Cusack) is hiking with his son, Chris (Jamie Anderson), when Carden's cohorts try to spring him from custody, and soon the pair is caught in the crossfire. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Thameemul A Action sequences are well-executed, offering bursts of adrenaline without overshadowing the character dynamics. However, the overall pacing can feel uneven at times, occasionally meandering with predictable beats. Despite the familiarity of the plot, director Bruce Beresford injects subtle social commentary about morality and the price of loyalty, adding depth to the otherwise conventional storyline. Ultimately, "The Contract" is a mixed bag. Its predictable narrative and pacing hold it back from greatness, but the captivating performances of Freeman and Cusack, along with the occasional thought-provoking moment, make it a passable, if unremarkable, watch. If you're looking for a high-octane thriller with fresh thrills, you might be left wanting. But if you appreciate strong performances and a touch of social awareness amidst the action, "The Contract" might be worth your time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/19/23 Full Review Cork B Yeah Cusack and Morgan are doing a decent job here, and the first 20 minutes of the movie is interesting. But once everyone crossed paths, logic goes totally out the window, and this thing just becomes painful to watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/28/23 Full Review Chris M It is hard to believe that anyone would make this movie. It is harder to believe that anyone would like it. It is drivel. The plot is corny and cliched, as are the characters. They speak their lines as if they are holding the script in front of them and reading from it for the first time. The acting is consistently wooden. As for continuity, what continuity? There are so many flaws and inconsistencies that it is laughable. This film says a lot about where film making has come to, and the fact that some people over the age of 10 actually like the film says a lot, unfortunately, about the intelligence and discernment of the viewing public. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/09/23 Full Review Georgan G Good acting & action. Plot dragged a bit here & there, but passed the time nicely. Cusack & Freeman were their usual good character actors. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/21/23 Full Review Bilbo S WHY FIVE STARS? PLAIN AND SIMPLE: TO EVEN OUT THE SCORE. - - - - - I'm not sure why this movie has such a low rating, though I put no stock into Rotten Tomatoes (owned by Comcast, Fandango, and Warner Bros by the way). I never have. Nor do I personally believe critics in general or any reviewer that won't go into depth on the film. The fact that it has a 0%, but 'Let the Right One In' and 'Black Panther' are both at or near 100% should tell you all you need to know: RT's only concerns are 1. 'does it push an agenda we consider politcally correct'? and 2. (more importantly to them, I'm sure) 'will it help us make money'? This film meets neither of those criteria, and it isn't critically acclaimed, so it and many others fight an uphill battle where mediocrity is pushed into obscurity, thanks partially to RT's all-or-nothing rating system. It also seems that many reviewers dogpile on a film that is at worst sub-par, but are those worth counting if the reviewer can't even spell fifteen words in a row? What's funniest to me is that the 'non politicaly correct' characters in this film are the bad guys--you're not meant to root for them. That's a classic tactic that it seems some fell for a bit too hard. What is it that they say about the fewest folks with the loudest voices on the internet? THE REAL REVIEW:: Enough of my diatribe. I'll give you the full and honest truth of this film. Is it bad? No. But it's not amazing either. The Contract is middling at best, but the worst lines are contained within the first few minutes of the film: the 'criminal crew meets and sums each-other up in a few lines' segment. It's a bit kitschy, sure, but I've heard worse in films that have rave reviews on this site from critic wanna-bes *COUGH* Disney Star Wars *COUGH*. Morgan freeman's lines become repetitive by the time they've reached the cabin, but to say his acting was ever approaching bad is farcical. The kid who plays the son is a less than stellar actor (though he gets better as the film progresses), which is to be expected of child actors. That said, I've seen far worse. The only disappointment I found was in the fact that it has a 0% 'critic' consensus here, which had me expecting a 'so bad it's good' type of film. The worst I can say is that it's fine. It has a simple story with likeable protagonists, is self-contained, and makes sense. I'm honestly just angry at Rotten Tomatoes for the fact that the movie wasn't terrible at all. THE TOMATO ISN'T ROTTEN, JUST THE SOIL. Am I missing something? Do they think such blatant favoritism puts them in a positive light? Is it a good thing when your film critic site is considered untrustworthy, so much so that folks look at it as a joke? While researching some of this I saw a line from an unnamed Redditor, the gist of whose argument was 'generally whatever score Rotten Tomatoes applies to a film, I immediately figure the opposite to be true.' I have to agree. I'd also like to note that John Cusack is and always has been highly vocal on his political opinions, as is his right. Could it be something he said about the Iraq war, or perhaps the treatment of Palestinians in Israel? Maybe him supporting Bernie Sanders was a factor? I don't know. This film came out in 2006, but a dense majority of the reviews I am seeing are from 2015, and many with little or no explanation. Most appear to be copied and pasted in. SO-- take it from someone who has seen it twice now, did his research, and actually watched the movie (just finished it twenty minutes ago, in fact): THIS FILM IS NOT AMAZING, BUT IT DESERVES BETTER THAN 0% 3 stars in all honesty. But few others are being honest here, so 5 stars to even out their BS Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/25/23 Full Review Kd S Who wrote this? It's bad. Corny script bad acting I can't believe Morgan Freeman stooped so low Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Mariló García Cinemanía (Spain) Goes through the typical motions of the [genre]. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 1/5 Nov 6, 2020 Full Review Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile Having read about the extensive problems in financing, scripting and casting of director Bruce Beresford's diaries, I was keen to see the result. Could any film overcome all those problems, including Beresford's own reluctance? Sep 7, 2007 Full Review David Cornelius DVDTalk.com Little more than a clumsy pile-up of hackneyed themes, one-dimensional characters, and mediocre tension. Rated: 2/5 Jul 24, 2007 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...sporadically intriguing yet thoroughly mediocre... Rated: 2/4 Jul 23, 2007 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Even Cusack fans will find his charms in short supply here. Rated: 2.5/5 Jul 23, 2007 Full Review Mike Barnard Future Movies UK Rated: 5/10 Oct 9, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman), one of the world's greatest assassins, is handed a lucrative contract to kill a highly secretive billionaire. But in a twist of fate, Carden is involved in a car accident during the job, and when his gun is found after he is admitted to a hospital, federal marshals arrest him. Meanwhile, ex-cop Ray Keene (John Cusack) is hiking with his son, Chris (Jamie Anderson), when Carden's cohorts try to spring him from custody, and soon the pair is caught in the crossfire.
      Director
      Bruce Beresford
      Executive Producer
      Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Andreas Grosch, Lori McCreary
      Screenwriter
      John Darrouzet, Stephen Katz
      Production Co
      Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, VIP 4 Medienfonds, Millennium Films, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Revelations Entertainment, Contract Productions
      Rating
      R (Violence)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
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