The Contract (2006)
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as Frank Cordell
as Ray Keene
as Dep. Montgomery
as Chris Keene
as Dan Lochland
as Police Chief Ed Wainwright
Critic Reviews for The Contract
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?
Little more than a clumsy pile-up of hackneyed themes, one-dimensional characters, and mediocre tension.
Even Cusack fans will find his charms in short supply here.
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.
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.
Probably one of the less interesting films of such great names like Freeman or Cusack. The setting isn't even half-bad, but very constructed. The delivery is mediocre at best. Considering this is a thriller, very few exciting things happen. It all stays very predictable and leaves the audience somewhat indifferent. The solution is somewhat random, too. Not boring by any means but entirely fails to enthrall or engage the audience. Which is quite a pity considering what the two male leads could be capable of.
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