Peter McShade is a hitman, whose contract involves killing the major mobster of the Iberian Peninsula, but nothing is what it seems.

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Pedro Lima ...
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Cláudia Vieira ...
Júlia
Vítor Norte ...
Luís de Sousa
Sofia Aparício ...
Mónica Thanatos
José Wallenstein ...
Sonny
José Raposo ...
Carlos Palma
Joaquim Nicolau ...
Dr. Machado
George Felner ...
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José Boavida ...
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Adelaide João ...
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Pedro Granger ...
Terry
Nicolau Breyner ...
Georgios Thanatos
Maria Dias ...
Maria
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Peter McShade is a hitman, whose contract involves killing the major mobster of the Iberian Peninsula, but nothing is what it seems.

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James Bond AH AH type of movie AH AH AH!
15 January 2009 | by (Porto, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Peter Oliveira (played by Pedro Lima) is a hit-man that is hired to kill Giorgios Thanassos a powerful man, protected by personal security and owner of a great fortune. It's his first job in Portugal, but for a professional like him, an expert hit-man also known as Mr Shade, it's just one more job that he'll do with extreme precision... NOT! STOP IT RIGHT THERE! James Bond Type of movie! Ah ah ah! You must be kidding me! Why deceive the Portuguese viewer with something it is not! And never could be with this poor, I mean POOR, quality! OK, I know it's a low cost production, made in a few days, with little money; it's probably its only excuse, but then why deceive people inducing them to believe it has quality and connecting it to something it could have never been connected?! Action movie?! James Bond's genre?! "Adventure"?! Come on! The movie is terribly slow paced; it has cheap drama totally disconnected from the plot (a James Bond film with that cheap drama would be hilarious!); it has few and poorly done "action scenes" – they appear just in the end and they are so bad that I even doubt if I can call them "action scenes"; and even the acting, which would be very important to compensate the few resources, is bad!

I only appreciated the acting by Nicolau Breyner. He does a very short character but he's the only one to do it well! I won't question his qualities as a direction because it's his first job in the position and the resources were short, but so far I still prefer him as an actor... Pedro Lima seemed to have the look of a hit-man at first sight, but after watch the movie I don't think so! He does some important scenes terribly! Claudia Vieira has the most terrible mission: to catch the viewer's attention through her nudity, but doing a dull and empty character! I explain. Unlike Soraia Chaves' nudity in the film CALL GIRL or even O CRIME DO PADRE AMARO, the nude scenes of Claudia Vieira have no point to the film! They have the only purpose to call the viewer's attention! That's too obvious! In the mentioned movies, Soraia's nudity was completely justified by her characters and made sense. In CONTRATO Claudia's nudity doesn't. I'm not complaining, even because I'll say something about this movie that I NEVER thought I would, but it's a fact: The only good thing in this movie is Claudia Vieira's nudity!!!! I just think it's a terrible mission, and a very ungrateful job to her. I'm telling you that because I don't dislike her as an actress. In fact, I think she's a good actress and certainly she would deserve a better role!

In the end there's a twist that could have been good, and could have worked if it wasn't so terribly acted!

It's a shame but I can't score it more than 2/10 (extra point for Claudia Vieira's nudity included)! And it's a shame because I was expecting something better, at least in the same line of quality of other recent Portuguese movies like CALL GIRL or ARTE DE ROUBAR! These ones I appreciated!


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