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The Contract (2006)

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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... See full summary »

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Sandra
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Stanfield
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Rodrigues
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Robbins
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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Bruce Beresford writes 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 »

Goofs

(at around 1h 23 mins) When the shootings occur in the woods at the funeral, a silenced rifle is used. However, the shootings occur close enough to the funeral that you can clearly hear the service, so the funeral attendees should be able to clearly hear even a silenced gunshot (silencers don't work like the movies depict, the shot is still identifiable as a shot, just not as loud: it's not a soft pop, especially not with a rifle). See more »

Quotes

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 (Earth) – 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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