The Contract (2006)


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Attempting to recover from a recent family trauma by escaping into the woods for a peaceful hiking trip, an ex-lawman and his young son stumble across a dangerous contract killer in director Bruce Beresford's forest-bound thriller. Ray Keene (John Cusack) has lost his wife, and now the grieving father is looking to reconnect with his young son (Jamie Anderson) with a much-needed hike into the wilderness. But Ray and his son aren't alone in nature, because high profile assassin Frank Cardin … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen M. Katz, John Darrouzet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2007
First Look Home Entertainment


as Frank Cordell

as Ray Keene

as Dep. Montgomery

as Chris Keene

as Sandra

as Johnson

as Dan Lochland

as Michaels

as Police Chief Ed Wain...
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Critic Reviews for The Contract

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 8, 2007
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Little more than a clumsy pile-up of hackneyed themes, one-dimensional characters, and mediocre tension.

Full Review… | July 24, 2007

...sporadically intriguing yet thoroughly mediocre...

Full Review… | July 23, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Even Cusack fans will find his charms in short supply here.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Contract


A very lame, completely undistinguished, instantly forgettable thriller. With poor effects and plenty of phony sets and backdrops, there's an unmistakable whiff of cheapness to the production. The characters are pretty much all stock caricatures and some of the supporting performances are terrible. If I must have grown men playing in the woods, I'll take Roger Spottiswoode's Shoot To Kill, the first Rambo or even William Friedkin's not-so-hot-itself-but-better-than-this The Hunted.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

The Contract is completely uninteresting. It's riddled with cliches to the point where it looks like a mash up of loads of different films, not particularly good films either. Not sure how it ever got the green light really, another case of 'Big names don't necessarily make a great film' - with bells on! Lazy, pointless but above all boring. Even the actors look bored!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


My predicted rating: 3

Entertaining and easy watching, but it is just a story with nothing special to pull out of the bag. Worth watching if it comes on tv, but missable if you don't.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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