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The Contractor (2007)

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An ex-CIA agent is asked to take out a terrorist, only to realize he's been set up by his former employer.

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Emily Day
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Jeremy Collins
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DCS Andrew Windsor
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Mrs. Day
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Cramston
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Terry Winchell
Ryan McCluskey ...
Purcell
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Sir Anthony
Stanimir Stamatov ...
King
Miroslav Emilov ...
Harris
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Beloit
Nikolai Sotirov ...
Ali Mahmud Jahar (as Nikolay Sotirov)
Peter Kerry Morgan ...
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Storyline

Retired CIA Black-Ops hit man James Jackson Dial is living his life in seclusion on his ranch in Montana when he is offered the chance to redeem himself by his former employer, Jeremy Collins. A few years ago, Dial was seconds away from taking down notorious terrorist cell leader Ali Mahmoud Jahar when when his carelessness allowed Jahar to escape, marking his mission as a failure. Now, Collins wants Dial to eliminate Jahar, who has been captured and is now in the custody of the police in London, England. Provided with a safe house, passports, and an assistant named Terry Winchell, Dial is off to London to finish what he started years ago. Disguised as a priest, Dial gets in position in a church's bell tower across the street from the building that Jahar is being brought into. When Jahar is brought out of his transport truck, his head is covered by a jacket, leaving Dial without a clean shot. Not wanting to fail again, Dial patiently waits for his opportunity. Moments later, Dial ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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The world's greatest marksman is now a marked man...

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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10 July 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Charles Dance and Lena Headey later appear as father and daughter in Game of Thrones. See more »

Goofs

When James is going through security at the airport, the voice of the guard screening him was clearly dubbed by another actor. None of his lip movements match what is heard on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeremy Collins: Ali Mahmud Jahar. Remember him?
James Dial: [flashbacks]
Jeremy Collins: Of course you do.
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Art of War II: Betrayal (2012) See more »

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Holding Out For More
Written by Stephen Cohen, Jeremy Haffner, and Keith Larsen
Performed by Oedipus
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Not if it ain't an action movie
4 July 2008 | by (Paderborn, Germany) – See all my reviews

Every film has a heart. Some hearts are more special than the others. But you are bound to get a wrong impression if you draw your inference without knowing where the heart is.

To the plebeian crowd, if Wesley Snipes is on the poster, that means some semi-mindless non-stop action, with a streak of silly humour once in a while, is coming their way. But Wesley never signed an agreement about that, did he now? This is not an action film, though you see some action in it.

First of all, it is a very low budget film, so don't go all tough and smart criticizing it. Those B-movies, which come to TV only late at night because other slots are for those blockbusters, can certainly not be measured against The Art of War or Blade. The Contractor is a simple, low budget film that shows a little girl's bond with an assassin, whose mission has gone wrong and who has fallen the prey of his own employers. While the action sequences and other things are inadvertently done, very special care has been taken of those moments that reflect the warmth of feelings. Lena Heady was not a necessary recruit for this film, her role any pretty face could play. But I like her, so I am glad she did it.

Some low budget, non-famous films sometimes leave lasting impressions. Maybe they fail overall in box office and audience poll, but sometimes there can be very heartfelt elements in such films. I watched it late at night and liked it for what it is. I was not disappointed for what it was not. Because if I wanted someone other film, I would watch some other film.

But of course, idiots have minds (and comments on IMDb) of their own.


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