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
Bruce Beresford wrote extensively about this film in his recent memoir, "Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This". The production was apparently deeply troubled, and Beresford was well aware that the script didn't make sense. The producers closed the shoot down after fifty days, and Beresford was forced to use his own money to complete the film. See more »
(at around 22 mins) After getting out of the river, both Carden's and the U.S. Marshal's jackets were mostly dry. See more »
I am a huge fan of both Morgan Freeman and John Cussack, so when I saw
this rental at Hollywood Video, I didn't hesitate, it seemed like a
very good idea of the two of them being together in the film. However,
I was disappointed when I brought it home and looked up the rating on
IMDb to see an average rating. But knowing I had to get my money's
worth, I watched it this evening, now I didn't think it was a bad
movie, but it was pretty average for what I was expecting from these
extremely talented actors. The plot had extreme potential, but some
things were not explained well enough, like the characters just had no
depth. The script just needed some more work.
After Ray's son gets into trouble, he wants to do a little bonding with
him, so he takes him camping. But things get a little interesting when
he and his son try to save two people from the river who have washed
ashore, one of them is a police officer who is fatally wounded and the
other man, Cander, is a hit man who is wanted by the F.B.I. and is also
being followed by his fellow assassins. Ray and his son take Cander and
try to take him to the police, but it's hard when the assassins are
after all of them and won't stop until they get what they want.
A hit-man with a heart of gold, not that original, not that believable,
not to mention how some of the plot seemed a bit mediocre and confusing
at times. Now, Morgan and John did a good job with what they had, they
made the film watchable. They really did have good chemistry so I do
hope they do a film together soon, just before they do that, they read
the script first. So The Contract is a film I would say is watchable,
just like I said, it's a bit average for what you would expect, but
just judge for yourself.
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