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The Contract (2006)

A father and son attempt to bring in an assassin to the authorities, but his dangerous associates have other plans.

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Ray Keene (John Cusack), a father who wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his son (Jamie Anderson), is trying to bring Carden (Morgan Freeman), a world-class assassin to justice. All the while, he must protect his son and evade the assassin's team who are methodically hunting them down in the wilderness. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing standing between an assassin and his target is a father who must protect his son. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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5 April 2007 (Germany)  »

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El contrato  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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(at around 50 mins) The nude figure climbing out of the river is not Megan Dodds. A body double was used. See more »

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It is reported to the FBI onsite that there were just three sets of foot prints leading from the river, when actually there would have been more due to the bad guys converging on the area where Ray pulled Frank and the Marshall out of the water. See more »

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Frank: Don't confuse me with a nice guy.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Written by Frank Sorci and Jessica Tomich
Performed by Red Letter
Published by Sorci Music Publishing (BMI) / Three Degrees Music (BMI)
Courtesy of North Star Media
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Not enough suspense
24 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is about the chase between cops, assassin's associates, assassin and an ex-cop.

The plot is very simple. Run, run and run. Apart from the constant displacement, there is really not much more to the film. As a result, there is no room to develop the characters. The dialog is weak. The only line that had some depth was when Chris exclaimed that he never thought his father listened to him.

The suspense looks too artificial. Why must they climb down the cliff in pouring rain? Is there really no alternative route? The editing was not tight enough to allow the suspense to sustain. Female nudity is put into the film in such a way that seems totally out of place and unnecessary.

In the end, Morgan Freeman's and John Cusack's characters developed respect and sympathy for each other. This could have been portrayed in more detail.

The only redeeming feature is the beautiful scenery. The valleys and waterfalls are breathtaking.


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