MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,968 this week

The Contract (2006)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  5 April 2007 (Germany)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 19,469 users  
Reviews: 106 user | 68 critic

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... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $4.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 20 Nov 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 30 Mar 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 20 May 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 23 Sep 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Contract" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Contract (2006)

The Contract (2006) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Contract.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.

Director: Peter Hewitt
Stars: Christopher Walken, Joseph McKenna, Wynn Everett
Edison (2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes a shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.

Director: David J. Burke
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake
Thick as Thieves I (2009)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.

Director: Mimi Leder
Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Morgan Freeman, Robert Forster
Guilty by Association (Video 2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
Directors: Po Johns, Howard Gibson
Stars: Bryce, Jeff Edward, Morgan Freeman
War, Inc. (2008)
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President. In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Seftel
Stars: John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Hilary Duff
High Crimes (2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

High powered lawyer Claire Kubik finds her world turned upside down when her husband, who she thought was Tom Kubik, is arrested and is revealed to be Ron Chapman. Chapman is on trial for a... See full summary »

Director: Carl Franklin
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
Summerhood (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A summer camp comedy...about the horrors of being ten.

Directors: Jacob Medjuck, Tony Dean Smith
Stars: Raquel Alessi, Scott Beaudin, Jesse Camacho
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An actor (Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Jonah Hill
Levity (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Solomon
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Thomas Jane
Grace Is Gone (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

Director: James C. Strouse
Stars: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Ray
...
Chris
...
Miles
...
Sandra
...
Davis
...
Turner
...
Wainwright
Anthony Warren ...
Royko
...
Evans
Thomas Lockyer ...
Johnson
Gary Whelan ...
Stanfield
...
Michaels
Atanas Srebrev ...
Rodrigues
...
Robbins
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 April 2007 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El contrato  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Bruce Beresford in a book he wrote, Steven Seagal asked for a supporting role but was declined. See more »

Goofs

The rain is out of sync allot of the time when the scenes are switching back and forth in the early part of the movie. Especially since everyone should be in a fairly close area. See more »

Quotes

Frank: I'll be coming for you. Depend on it.
See more »

Connections

References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

You Thought
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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
As bad as B-movies get
15 March 2007 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

What do u get when u mix completely clichéd wooden dialog, totally unbelievable cardboard characters and a thousand-times-done-before chase story which keeps getting more and more dim-witted with every turn it takes?

'16 Blocks'? Yes, true, but also: The Contract..

While adding new dimensions to the term predictable, and not without some hilarious unintentional comedy (the choppercrash), Contract sends the viewer on a journey following a trail filled with all the standard chase story- checklist items (Let's sabotage a bridge, lets almost die hanging from a steep cliff in a nasty storm, lets get rescued from this situation by the bad guy, lets portrayal the local police as a bunch of hicks).

The two-star cast (Freeman and Cusack) does its best with what they are offered (which came straight out of the Lazy Screenwriters Book of Good-guy Bad-guy Dialog) but cannot begin to save this serious contender for Worst Execution of Chase-the-rabbit.

Right from the point where Cusack decides to be an ex-cop-hero and irrationally endangers the lives of both him and his son by not letting Freeman go, the viewer has to stretch enormous lengths to suspend disbelief. But nothing in this movie helps the unfortunate viewer in achieving this. This will continue throughout the rest of the story when for example Cusack and his son tell Freeman their names which is so annoyingly dumb that any sympathy that was left for their characters or the film, is instantly shattered.

Adding to this some painfully weak crosses and double-crosses, the formulaic and contrived romance further on and some truly horrible acting by the support cast, one is truly left to wonder why this movie ever saw the green light in the first place.

This film watches like a bad episode of the A-team. Did Cusack and Freeman lose a gambling-bet and were they out of money so badly they didn't even bother to read the script? 1/10


53 of 94 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Freeman was good, what was everyones favorite plot hole? eabg_22
Excellent Movie fredgarrett@yahoo.com
Why Did this Go Straight to DVD? TofuVic
Calm down...not so bad. jazzyjeffg1
96 minutes of my life I'll never get back... Unwavering-1
Only 1 good line in the whole film dutchiris
Discuss The Contract (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?