The Human Contract (2008)
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Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith makes her feature directorial debut with this drama about a tormented businessman (Jason Clarke) whose life crumbles to ruins when he meets a free spirited temptress (Paz Vega) who lures him towards a dangerous existence of reckless abandon. Ted Danson and Idris Elba co-star in a film penned by director Pinkett-Smith, and executive produced by her husband Will Smith.
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Critic Reviews for The Human Contract
From the start, none of the characters you are presented with have likable qualities, so it's extremely hard to care when any fail, or don't get what they want
Laced with a lush, foreboding sense of noirish upscale LA surroundings, but excessively detailed too much information hot sex on the menu and little psychological insight going on above character collarbones.
Audience Reviews for The Human Contract
Good first time directional outing from the Smith family with this one. Paz Vega tries a little too hard to be Penelope Cruise....The story is a little odd and on the eve of winning a five billion dollar contract the leading ad man of the firm (Clarke) goes mental and ruins it all. You just wouldnt...
When I found out that this was Jada Pinkett-Smith's directorial debut, I was curious. Curious because I never heard of it being in the theaters. I was even more curious that no one I knew had even heard of it. So, while making my thrice-yearly Blockbuster run, I saw it on the discount rack. The pictures on the cover were clear and stylized, and the graphics looked decent. I thought "F*ck it. I'll support Mrs. Smith".
*Sigh*. It wasn't a bad movie. But.... it just made no sense. Paz Vega (the rich man's Penelope Cruz) plays some strange chick who's just, f*cking STRANGE. She gets involved with some dude who has serious anger issues and likes to smack people around. Jada plays violent dude's sister. Her role is completely insignificant, as though she simply wanted to remind us that at one point she thought she could act.
And that's it.... The movie is very sexy and has good cimenatography, but I was left thinking "What the hell?!?" In truth, it was a well-executed waste of time. Methinks that Jada Pinkett-Smith needs to get a new hobby other than being Will's wife. And not 'Wicked Wisdom', her rock group. She sucks at that too.
This was a very boring movie. Everything was very slow. The actors were okay. But the plot wasn't vert interesting! It was about the horrible life of a buisness man who was hideing his childhood secrets from those he loved. So from the effect of that he suffers a divorce and involves himself with a married woman who pries into his secrets! This isn't a movie I would buy and add to my collection. It reminded me of a movie soap opera. Actually it was very hard for me to get to the end without falling to sleep. And even after I did, I was dissatisfied and couldn't help thinking maybe I should have fallen to sleep!
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