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

  (in credits order)

Wesley Snipes ... James Dial

Eliza Bennett ... Emily Day

Lena Headey ... DI Annette Ballard

Ralph Brown ... Jeremy Collins

Charles Dance ... DCS Andrew Windsor

Gemma Jones ... Mrs. Day
Iain Robertson ... Cramston
Richard Harrington ... Terry Winchell
Ryan McCluskey ... Purcell

John Standing ... Sir Anthony
Stanimir Stamatov ... King
Miroslav Emilov ... Harris

Velizar Binev ... Beloit

Nikolai Sotirov ... Ali Mahmud Jahar (as Nikolay Sotirov)
Peter Kerry Morgan ... Newscaster
Vladimir Kolev ... SWAT team leader
Richard Tunley ... Technician
Plamen Manassiev ... Airport Security (as Plamen Manasiev)
Morgan Hopkins ... Detective
Kiril Efremov ... Security Guard
Marianne Stanicheva ... Security Guard #2 (as Mariana Stanisheva)
Hristo Mitzkov ... Policeman #1 (as Hristo Mitskov)
Anelia Nikolova ... Woman
Lucy Cooper ... Ticket Woman
Ceri Mears ... Immigration Officer
Svezhen Mladenov ... Cop on Walkie-Talkie (as Svejen Mladenov)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Anichkin ... Jahar's Lawyer

S.J. Evans ... Man on Street (uncredited)

Martin Owen ... Policeman (uncredited)
Carlyn Paschall ... Tourist (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef Rusnak 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Foster (screenplay) and
Joshua Michael Stern (screenplay)

Robert Katz (story) &
André Farwagi (story) (as Andre Farwagi)

Produced by
David Ball .... co-producer
Rudy Cohen .... producer
Rolf Deyhle .... executive producer
Henrik Huydts .... executive producer
Victoria Lucas .... associate producer
Bobby Ranghelov .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Nicholas Pike 
 
Cinematography by
Wedigo von Schultzendorff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tracy Granger 
James Herbert (final edit)
 
Casting by
Sue Jones 
Marianne Stanicheva 
 
Production Design by
Keith Maxwell 
 
Art Direction by
Tim Hutchinson 
Valentina Mladenova  (as Valya Mladenova)
Sam Stokes (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Dominic Smithers 
 
Costume Design by
Ffion Elinor 
 
Makeup Department
Corey Hill .... hair stylist: Mr. Snipes
Sofi Hvarleva .... key makeup artist (as Sofi Hvurleva)
Atanaska Popova .... makeup artist
Cyndi Reece-Thorne .... makeup artist: Mr. Snipes (as Cyndi Reis-Thorne)
Nelly Teova .... key hair stylist (as Nely Teova)
Carole Williams .... hair designer
Carole Williams .... makeup designer
Claire Williams .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steve Harrow .... post-production executive
Veselin Karadjov .... location production manager
Bobby Ranghelov .... unit production manager
Jon Wilkins .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Bates .... second assistant director
Fraser Fennell-Ball .... third assistant director
Dominic Fysh .... first assistant director
Krasimir Hazarbasanov .... second assistant director (as Krassi Hazarbassanov)
Borimir Ilkov .... second second assistant director
Dan Mumford .... second assistant director
Boyka Pehlivanova .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Vladimir Alexandrov .... plasterer
Dimitar Anchev .... laborer
Petko Angelov .... set dresser
Boris Arnaudov .... construction
Krasimir Balchov .... construction (as Krassimir Balchov)
Borislav Belberov .... stand-by props (as Bobby Belberov)
Victor Bikarski .... construction
Borislav Bogdanov .... construction
Valeri Bojilchev .... laborer (as Valeri Bozhilchev)
Ivan Borushev .... welder
Atanas Boyadjiev .... laborer
Stoyan Boyadjiev .... laborer (as Stoyan Boyadzhiev)
Lidiya Burukova .... graphic designer
Alexander Chorapinov .... laborer
Noel Cowell .... property master
Emanuil Deyanov .... laborer
Victor Deyov .... construction
Dian Dimitrov .... construction
Dimo Dimov .... artist
Kiril Dimov .... construction
Maria Doicheva .... props
Georgi Emilov .... construction
Hannah Evans .... production buyer
Bojidar Evtov .... construction (as Bozhidar Eftov)
Dave Feeney .... construction coordinator
Andrey Filchev .... stand-by props (as Andrei Filchev)
Ventsislav Gergov .... laborer (as Vencislav Gergov)
Valentin Hadzhiev .... construction
Plamen Hristov .... laborer
Dimitar Iliev .... construction
Sashko Iliev .... construction buyer
Yordan Ilov .... construction
Ivo Ivanov .... construction
Martin Ivanov .... set dresser
Yanko Ivanov .... sculptor
Ivelina Kalfova .... artist
Alexei Karagyaur .... assistant art director (as Alexey Karagyaur)
Peter Kimov .... laborer
Ivan Kirov .... upholsterer
Georgi Kodzhabashiyski .... artist (as Georgy Kodzhabashiisky)
Kiril Kovachev .... construction
Radoslav Krumov .... laborer
Todor Lambov .... sculptor
Venzislav Lilov .... construction buyer (as Ventsislav Lilov)
Petar Lozanov .... laborer (as Peter Lozanov)
Vencislav Lukanov .... upholsterer (as Ventsislav Lukanov)
Buddy MacKett .... construction manager
Veselin Manilov .... construction
Alexander Markov .... construction
Stela Mateeva .... art department coordinator
Miko Mikov .... welder
Miroslav Minchev .... set dresser
Metodi Mitev .... laborer
Ivanka Nenova .... artist
Vasil Nikodimov .... plasterer (as Vassil Nikodimov)
Nikolai Nikolaev Markov .... set dresser (as Nikolay Markov)
Ivailo Nikolov .... draftsperson
Mladen Nikolov .... set dresser
Nikolai Nikolov .... draftsperson
Veselin Nikolov .... construction (as Vesselin Nikolov)
Krassimir Pashkulev .... assistant set decorator (as Krasimir Pashkulev)
Pavlin Pavlov .... construction
Ivan Petkov .... set dresser buyer
Ivan Petrov .... assistant property master
Krasimir Petrov .... construction (as Krassimir Petrov)
Radka Petrova .... artist
Vlado Popov .... laborer
Pavel Rasenov .... construction
Nina Ruseva .... assistant set decorator (as Nina Russeva)
Metodi Sharkov .... welder
Emil Shmidt .... assistant art director (as Emil Schmidt)
Simeon Simeonov .... construction
Vladimir Simeonov .... laborer
Lyubomir Sirakov .... construction (as Liubomir Sirakov)
Daniel Slavchev .... laborer
Eleonora Slavkova .... painter
Emil Spasov .... construction (as Emil Spassov)
Kalin Stefanov .... set dresser
Rosen Stefanov .... set dresser (as Rossen Stefanov)
Yordan Stoyanov .... sculptor
Zlatko Stoychev .... construction
Strahil Strahilov .... construction
Stefan Tassev .... construction
Rumen Todorov .... construction
Stoyan Tsakov .... laborer
Ivan Ushanov .... construction
Vladimir Vladimirov .... construction
Valeri Yankov .... set dresser
Evgeni Yordanov .... head set builder
Ivailo Zahariev .... laborer
Todor Zarev .... laborer
Aleksandar Zdravkov .... laborer
Zhivko Zhelyazkov .... storyboard artist (as Zhivko Zheliazkov)
Tomas Zikovsky .... sculptor
Sue Jackson-Potter .... art department researcher (uncredited)
Evgeni Yordanov .... carpenter head (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Brazier .... assistant sound editor
Philippe Ciompi .... sound editor
Steve Cook .... sound supervisor
Thomas Dodgson .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Dave Humphries .... foley editor
Blair Jollands .... sound effects editor
Alan Jones .... sound mixer
Christian Joyce .... sound mixer
Tsvetan Kadiiski .... boom operator
Vladimir Kaloyanov .... sound mixer (as Vlado Kaloyanov)
Vladimir Kaloyanov .... sound
Adam Mendez .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Richard Straker .... re-recording mixer
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Carrie Giunta .... additional sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Orlin Budinov .... special effects technician
Ivo Jivkov .... special effects coordinator: Bulgaria
Georgi Karadjov .... special effects
Marten Ruskov .... special effects crew
Jim Walsh .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Philip Campbell .... visual effects producer
Keith Devlin .... visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
Adam Inglis .... colorist
Daryl Jordan .... visual effects editor
Adrian Lee .... render/data wrangler: Cinesite
Guy Nesfield .... render/data wrangler: Cinesite
Rus Wetherell .... visual effects supervisor
Thom Wickes .... render/data wrangler: Cinesite
 
Stunts
Asen Asenov .... stunts
Georgi Dimitrov .... stunts
Ivailo Dimitrov .... stunts
Dimiter Doichinov .... stunts (as Dimitar Doichinov)
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunt double: Mr. Snipes
Dian Hristov .... stunts (as Diyan Hristov)
Radoslav Ignatov .... stunts
Borislav Iliev .... stunts
Chuck Jeffreys .... fight choreographer
Danko Jordanov .... stunts (as Danko Yordanov)
George Karlukovski .... stunts (as Georgi Karlukovski)
Ivo Kehayov .... stunts (as Ivo Kehaiov)
Kalin Kerin .... stunts
Georgi Manchev .... stunts
Stilyan Mavrov .... stunts (as Stilian Mavrov)
Trayan Milenov-Troy .... stunts (as Trayan Milenov)
Radoslav Parvanov .... stunts
Velizar Peev .... stunts
Rumen Petrov .... stunts
Madlena Petrova .... stunts
Svetoslav Rangelov .... stunts
Elitsa Razheva .... stunts
Krasimir Simeonov .... stunts
Georgi Stanislavov .... stunts
Vencislav Stojanov .... stunts (as Ventsislav Stoyanov)
Teodor Tsolov .... stunts (as Todor Tzolov)
Raicho Vasilev .... utility stunts
Kaloian Vodenicharov .... stunt coordinator (as Kaloyan Vodenicharov)
Boyan Anev .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Levan Doran .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Tom Harper .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Stanimir Stamatov .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Schuster Vance .... precision driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hristo Aleksandrov .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Mihail Apostolov .... grip (as Mihal Apostolov)
Ian Coffey .... assistant camera: "a" camera
Hristo Elandjiev .... electrician
Andy Ellaway .... best boy electric
Wick Finch .... gaffer
Will Finch .... best boy: uk
Hristo Genkov .... assistant camera: "a" camera
Lyubomir Hristoskov .... grip
Rumen Idakiev .... electrician
Ivailo Ivanov .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Manol Ivanov .... grip
Dylan Jones .... video assistant
Matt King .... generator operator: dailies
Ivailo Kostov .... electrician (as Ivaylo Kostov)
Rodja Kükenthal .... assistant camera: "a" camera
George Mihailov .... electrician (as Georgy Mihailov)
Nikolai Mihailov .... electrician (as Nikolay Mihailov)
Warren Orchard .... still photographer
Georgi Petkov .... grip (as Georgy Petkov)
Radoslav Petkov .... video assistant
Mickey Richardson .... video assist
Stefan Rüsenberg .... dolly grip
Shimon Sabach .... key grip (as Shimon Sabbah)
Lorenzo Senatore .... Steadicam operator
Lorenzo Senatore .... camera operator: "b" camera
Lorenzo Senatore .... director of photography: second unit
Danny Smith .... clapper loader
Malcolm Smith .... key grip
Plamen Soklev .... electrician
Venelin Stepanov .... grip
Chris Updegrave .... grip: special effects
Simon Varsano .... still photographer
Yavor Zahariev .... gaffer
Borislav Zlatinov .... clapper loader (as Borislav Zlatanov)
Will Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
Woody Gregson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, UK (uncredited)
David Holliday .... key grip: UK (uncredited)
Leigh Jenkins .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Matt King .... generator operator (uncredited)
Davie Mayes .... electrician (uncredited)
Xandy Sahla .... camera operator (uncredited)
Saskia Uppenkamp .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, UK (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Stephen Moore .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Anthony Cook .... costumer: Mr. Snipes
Irena Maximova Kirkova .... costume assistant (as Irena Maximova)
Charlotte Mitchell .... assistant costume designer
Maria Mladenoza .... costume assistant (as Maria Mladenova)
Tsvetana Pekanova .... seamstress
Jasmina Vasileva .... costume assistant (as Zhasmina Vassileva)
Marion Weise .... costume supervisor
Kevin Harrison .... truck/set costumer (uncredited)
Leigh Nicol .... daily wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Jasmina Vasileva .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ollie Gatehouse .... editorial trainee
Pete Harrow .... colorist
Daryl Jordan .... assistant editor
Neil Williams .... assistant editor
Todor G. Todorov .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christopher Benstead .... music editor: temp
 
Transportation Department
Emil Alexiev .... driver: Mr. Smipes
Hristo Bonev .... driver: costume truck
Jim Brownlow .... driver: UK
Svetlin Chervenkov .... driver: production office
Simon Clement .... driver: UK
Dimitar Dimitrov .... driver: grip truck
Todor Dimitrov .... driver: special effects truck
Vladimir Dimitrov .... driver: cast van
Nikolai Dulev .... driver: generator (as Nicolay Dulev)
Stefan Dundakov .... driver: costume van
Scott Edwards .... driver: UK
Lubomir Evtimov .... production driver (as Lyubomir Evtimov)
Chris Ford .... driver: UK
Ivailo Georgiev .... driver: art department
Ivo Georgiev .... driver: makeup truck
Mark Hogg .... driver: UK
Hristiyan Hristov .... driver: set dressing van
Wayne Humphreys .... driver: UK (as Wayne Humphries)
Lenny Hutala .... driver: UK
Ventsislav Ignatov .... driver: electric truck
Kalin Nikolov .... transportation captain
Lyudmil Nikolov .... driver: camera truck (as Liudmil Nikolov)
Derrick Page .... transportation coordinator
Georgi Patrikov .... driver: Mr. Cohen
Svetlyo Petrov .... driver: Mr. Rusnak
Svetlin Popov .... driver: props truck
Kevin Reah .... driver: UK
Rumen Rumenov .... driver: crew van
Stefan Serafimov .... driver: costume van
Vladimir St. Vasilev .... driver: cast van (as Vladimir Vasilev)
Zahari Todorov .... driver: props van (as Zahary Todorov)
Matthew Watkins .... driver: UK
 
Other crew
Julia Alexander .... legal counsel
Kuzo Alexandrov .... stand-in
Petya Arnaudova .... stand-in
Emil Asenov .... production assistant
Vladislav Asenov .... production assistant
Jennine Baker .... assistant accountant
Jennine Baker .... post-production accountant
Lennox Brown .... stand-in: Mr. Snipes
Irina Cherkelova .... production coordinator
Lori Davis .... liaison: Mr. Snipes, USA
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Diana Hadden .... production coordinator
Lucy Hadden .... assistant script supervisor
Chris Hill .... location manager
Charles Howes .... studio teacher
Christopher Ingui .... liason: Mr. Snipes, USA
Chuck Jeffreys .... fight choreographer
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Ivaylo Kirilov .... production assistant
Katya Kraevska .... on-set doctor (as Dr. Katya Kraevska)
Krastyo Krastev .... production assistant
Kalina Krasteva .... production secretary (as Kalina Krusteva)
Bisser Marinov .... stand-in
Mila Maslarova .... assistant script supervisor
George Nikolov .... craft service assistant (as Georgi Nikolov)
Freya Pinsent .... production accountant
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot
Elizabeth Scully .... assistant to producer
Veselin Stankov .... assistant accountant (as Vesselin Stankov)
Shelly Stoyanova .... assistant script supervisor
Zlatka Subova .... cashier
Lyubo Tzvetkov .... craft service (as Lyubo Tzvetko)
Vladimir Vladimirov .... location manager
Evgeni Yordanov .... craft service assistant
Ventsislava Yoveva .... assistant accountant
Lucy Hadden .... production secretary: Bulgaria (uncredited)
Kalina Krasteva .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
UK:105 min | USA:99 min
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Trivia:
Michael Biehn was scheduled to appear in this movie but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Planet Terror (2007).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Cramston and James leave the airport in London, there is an emergency exit sign over the door which, oddly, is written English and Bulgarian.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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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Snipes was awake!! Yay! Thank Eliza Bennett for that., 3 July 2007
Author: Thomas Jolliffe (supertom-3) from Marlow, England

Thus far, Wesley Snipes output of DTV flicks has been somewhat poor in quality. That would be the polite way to describe dreck like The Detonator and The Marksman anyway. However, his last flick, Hard Luck, re-teaming with his New Jack City director, Mario Van Peebles, was at least watchable. It was a bit all over the place sure, but Snipes gave a performance of some interest. The Contractor is most certainly, Wes's finest DTV action flick so far. That's not to say it's particularly great, but on an overall scale, it's about on a par with Van Damme's, The Hard Corps.

The plot is in part similar to Mark Wahlberg's recent flick, The Shooter, and also Leon. It's the Leon part of the story that works best in this film, while the usual hokey espionage and agency double crossing is the main ingredient on the Shooter side of this film. Snipes is an ex-sniper called in to do a job and ends up being left to take the fall for his employers, who also want to dispose of Snipes now. Following his assignment and initial run in with the law, Wesley holes up in a safe house, where he meets Emily, a tenacious and troubled young girl, who is neighbours with the safe houses owner. She helps James Dial (Snipes) recuperate from a gunshot, while also helping him avoid capture. The relationship between Dial and Emily could have wrecked the movie with inconceivability, however it works.

This is where the film's main strength lies, the cast. Wesley for a start puts in the effort. He's not dialling this one in, like previous roles. He gives the role extra dimension. The cast, for a DTV film, is also blessed with recognisable names. Lena Headey is good, and hot, and Charles Dance and Ralph Brown also appear to add class. The real star here though is young actress Eliza Bennett, who plays Emily. It's so rare that young actors can really immerse themselves in a role, and be totally natural on screen. We've seen it countless times in even the biggest flicks, that young actors given important roles just cannot act. I give you Jake Lloyd as an example, or the Harry Potter kids (from the first two flicks at least, while even now they only border on competent). But Bennett is a real star in the making, oozing potential and an amazing amount of gravitas for someone so young. She is her character, and we never have to make account for her being a young actor playing a role out of her range. She has a good role that she not only does extremely well, but I imagine, created much of herself. We're talking on the same playing field as Haley Joel Osment, Dakota Fanning, Freddie Highmore. She'll be huge I predict. Indeed I think Wesley would have appreciated having someone with real, genuine talent to work off. It's a role that requires maturity and immersion, and because Bennett becomes her character so effectively, she and Snipes can work off each other so well. To think a DTV could have pulled a gem out the hat like this is quite something. By past occurrence, Snipes should have been acting opposite a lump of infantile, irksome, wood.

One failing of the film lies at the feet of director Josef Rusnak. His aping of Tony Scott is problematic. The constant hand-cranking of the camera and blitzkrieg editing, just gets painful, and the action is a mixture of competent, neat scenes, and real misfires, such as a strobe lighting shootout. As for hand to hand fisticuffs, Snipes has one brief fight, which is really well done. A bit more of that would have been better than the somewhat underfinanced gunfights. Still there's a few good foot and car chases here, while the UK locales make a change from the DTV norm of Eastern Europe (Though there's still some fairly blatant Bulgaria moments here). The score isn't too bad either. It's neither memorable, exciting, nor is it irritating or grating. Overall a decent DTV effort. Worth a watch if only to marvel at a shockingly decent cast for such a film. Look out for Bennett in the future too. **1/2

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