The Contract


The Contract

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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 (Morgan Freeman) has ventured into nature with the malevolent intentions of fulfilling a contract to kill an extremely powerful businessman. When Frank's hit goes awry and he ends up in the custody of U.S. Marshalls, the situation quickly spins out of control as a small army of loyal mercenaries draw their guns in a violent attempt to free their notorious compatriot. Later stumbling upon the chaotic situation, Ray does his best to protect his son while ensuring that Frank doesn't escape justice. Though Frank's men aren't willing to let their boss go to prison without a fight, Ray vows to do the right thing as help suddenly comes from the most unlikely of places.


Morgan Freeman
as Frank Cordell
John Cusack
as Ray Keene
Ned Bellamy
as Dep. Montgomery
Jamie Anderson
as Chris Keene
Ryan McCluskey
as Dan Lochland
Ian Shaw
as Michaels
Bill Smitrovich
as Police Chief Ed Wainwright
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Audience Reviews for The Contract

  • Feb 27, 2013
    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 <i>Shoot To Kill</i>, the first <i>Rambo</i> or even William Friedkin's not-so-hot-itself-but-better-than-this <i>The Hunted</i>.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2012
    The film in my opinion is a modern version of 3:10 To Yuma. Morgan Freeman in the Russell Crowe role and John Cusack in the Christian Bale role. Some scenes in the film are too similar to 3:10 To Yuma. On a positive, both Cusack and Freeman shine in this film. Alice Krige also does a good job too. On a negative, the cinematography and editing in the film isn't good. Scenes at night aren't done well. They aren't lit well. It is hard to tell what is going on action wise during night scenes. I think another director could have done a better job. I say the film is worth checking out for Freeman and Cusack's performances, but I liked 3:10 To Yuma better.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2011
    Oh Johnny, stop making these mediocre films.
    vieras e Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2009
    Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Jamie Anderson, Alice Krige, Megan Dodds, Corey Johnson, William Tapley, Johnathan Hyde, Bill Smitrovich DIRECTED BY: Bruce Beresford While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene (John Cusack) stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire. Frank Cardin (Morgan Freeman) is attempting to fulfill a contract to assassinate a high profile businessman when things go awry and he ends up in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls. After an ill-fated attempt by his compatriots to free him Frank finds himself in the custody of ex-lawman Ray and his son (Jamie Anderson). As the trio tries to make their way back to civilization they are relentlessly pursued by Frank's friends who are intent on freeing their leader in order to collect on the contract. But one pursuer may be more foe than friend. This movie was OK. Was a bit slow and didn't really have a lot of action in it. Could have done with some more. But the acting was good by Cusack, Freeman, and Anderson. Good enough story. The slow pace and the lack of action is the only problem with this movie. Besides that, it was a entertaining enough for a lazy Sunday night.

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