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NEW Contract (DVD)

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The Contract

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2.0 out of 5 stars not that great a thriller Aug. 5 2007
Cordell (Freeman)'s job is to execute contracts. In the middle of an assignment, he has a car accident. His arrest by the FBI follows. His men rescue him, but the car falls in the river and is carried by the drift.
Ex-cop Ray Keene (Cusack) and his son, Chris, are hiking in the woods when they see and rescue Cordell. Ray wants to deliver Cordell to justice and does not listen to Cordell's proposal to leave him alone and travel through the woods. Cordell's men are tracking them down so that Cordell can finish his contract.

An action thriller with a lot of problems in the script and filled with clichés. A little too dramatic at times. A lot of stupid actions were written in the script. The film's music is horrendous. It looks to be a made-for-tv movie, despite the two major actors, Morgan Freeman and John Cusack, who give only decent performances, nothing out of the ordinary.

I had high hopes for this, and was disappointed.

If you're simply looking for action and/or thriller, watch this.
If you're looking for a decent script and a believable plot, don't bother.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When The Everyman Meets God! July 25 2007
176 people on Facebook people can't decide if they "Dig John Cusack or the Morose [...] He Plays". 2427 more "Want Morgan Freeman to Narrate My Life". So what happens when God becomes a contract killer, the Morose [...] turns into a stressed-out dad dealing with teenage angst from his son, and the two meet on a unlikely hiking trip? A dark twist on your trite Pleasantville family camping trip, into an thrilling adventure which includes grapping down a rainy cliff, hiking across a fickle moraine, and sharing a donut with FBI snobs from D.C.

John Cusack and Morgan Freeman do a terrific job with a run-of-the-mill script and despite uneven editing, there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...uh...movie! The finale is truly ironic piece of work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie! Sept. 28 2007
John Cusack and Morgan Freeman gives great entertainment in this drama/thriller. I like the twist this movie takes when a rude killer (Freeman) shows sympathy and create a bond with a father (Cusack) and his son (new actor Jamie Anderson). Unrealistic maybe, but somewhat believable after everything they go through all through the movie.

I enjoyed this movie, it has great special effects and the scenery is outstanding!
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  114 reviews
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The contrarian Dec 3 2007
By Movie Fan - Published on Amazon.com
After seeing all the one star reviews, I almost didn't watch this movie. I'm glad I ignored them. I actually liked it. Question. How many action movies have you seen where one untrained guy or a few untrained people go against all odds fighting highly trained, well equipped mercenaries, rouge government agents, etc, etc? Answer: Just about all of them, so why complain it. For an action movie, I thought this was pretty good. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but for those of you thinking about watching this, I have one friendly comment. Make up your own mind about it. If I decided not to watch movies based on bad reviews, I can tell I would've missed a lot of good movies. My opinion... good entertainment. Good popcorn movie. No one in this movie is going to win "best-actor"... but who cares!!!
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting political thriller... July 10 2007
By Matthew J. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
A well done, low-key medium octane thriller, The Contract works on quite a few levels offering up plentiful helpings of drama, thrills, action, and intrigue. The story revolves around a father and son learning to reconnect and trust one another under tense circumstances after becoming inadvertantly entangled in a dangerous criminal plot. Though there are certainly some scenes of violence, the film isn't buried in heavy amounts of gore or extreme violence and was the perfect Friday night thriller for us all including our 18 year old nephew. Fun, exciting movie; Morgan & Cusack are always in top form.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable popcorn thriller... May 30 2007
By MattW - Published on Amazon.com
Enjoyable if not derivitive thriller with perfunctory performances by leads Morgan Freemand and John Cusack. The storyline is thin, the characters are thin, but the film is beautifully shot, had some wonderful set pieces (the cliff scene) and some moments of nice suspense and action. A few of the action sequences are extremely well executed and surpisingly quite thrilling. On the downside, the movie definitely plays it too safe, there's certainly nothings screaming "extraordinary" in any sense, and is lacking verisimilitude. Still, it's a pleasant and very scenic journey, has some memorable moments, and John Cusack and Morgan Freeman even when only mediocre are still always fun to watch on screen.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth The Paper It's Written On Jan. 7 2008
By Mark Eremite - Published on Amazon.com
I see John Cusack and Morgan Freeman's face on the cover of a DVD box, I buy it. Not that these guys have never made a bad movie, but they've certainly never made a movie worse. The same is true here, although the movie was already pretty bad to begin with.

Gym teacher Ray Keene (Cusack at his most vacant) has a pubescent son who is grappling with several dull plot contrivances (the Dead Mom and Infrequent Pot Smoking). In an attempt to bond with him before he goes too far down the wrong path, Ray takes his boy hiking. Turns out they BOTH end up down the wrong path, in the middle of which is escaped-assassin, Frank (Freeman, who gives new meaning to the phrase "phoning it in"). Frank is pursued by his team of assisstants (assassisstants?), who want badly to be paid, but not far behind are also a group of snobbish U.S. Marshalls who have their own agendas. It's Ray's job to avoid these two deadly (?) forces and bring Frank to justice.

No, wait. Ray's job is a gym coach, making the next several hours of his life a pretty amazing feat, as he scales bluffs, outwits and outmanuevers a whole cadre of military-trained mercenaries and political heavies that appear to have no skills beyond complaining about coffee and smirking smugly at the incompetent local lawmen. And, to be fair, the local lawmen are remarkably incompetent.

Who wrote this thing? Furthermore, how did they get Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford to direct? That must be, at least, how they got Freeman to lend his Oscar-winning weight to the title. And that would explain Cusack (because who WOULDN'T want to star next to the incomparable Freeman?). But none of it explains the script's tired dialogue ("You said mom would be okay!" Ray's son, Chris, keens. "But she wasn't okay! She wasn't okay!"). None of it explains the crumpled story-line or the ludicrously two-dimensional characters (Alice Krige's skullish Gwen Miles is so flat she seems concaved). And the plot holes! Let's just say that they eventually become an acquired taste. By the time you get to the scene I call the "Helicopter Crash Conversation," you'll be shaking your head AND laughing.

The really funny thing, though, is that it's obvious SOMEONE put a lot of work into the film. Certain scenes (the hit-and-run at the start, the accident that leads to Frank's initial capture) are smartly done. And in the hands of an abler scribe (it was penned by the late Stephen Katz, who did mostly teleplays for The A-Team and Hardcastle and McCormick) it might have pulled together into something you could take a passing interest in. Instead, there's this silly, incomprehensible glob of a film, notable only for being the first time I've ever seen Morgan Freeman look tired without also thinking he was doing a great job of acting like it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Multiple bonding Aug. 15 2007
By H. Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Cusack, who is usually a nice guy, but sometimes also funny, for which he gets no chance here, goes on a bonding excursion with his teenage son, and comes back with a new girl friend and a new pal in the underworld.
The movie has all the ingredients for a speedy action thriller, and just how it fails to raise even the tiniest bit of suspense still is not clear to me. It is also not funny, except when the backwoods cop spills the coffee on the DC smartarse's shirt. That is hilarious.
Morgan Freeman does his best to assure everybody that we should not mistake him for a nice guy. Oddly, he fails, and ends up beloved by the audience. We even seem to want him to do his job. After all he wants to put in a solid day's job for his considerable pay.
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