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The Contract [DVD] (2006)

Morgan Freeman , John Cusack , Bruce Beresford    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Jamie Anderson, Alice Krige, Megan Dodds
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R3435I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Widower Ray Keene (John Cusack) is a father who wants to bond with his son on a trip to the wilderness. At the same time Frank Cordell (Morgan Freeman), a freelance assassin being taken under guard by the FBI, crashes into a river after a rescue attempt by his men. Rescued by Keene, Cordell tries to plead for his freedom, but Ray feels duty calling him to return Cordell to justice. Unknown to Ray, Cordell's men are on his trail and closing in.

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Action/Thriller. Ray Keene (John Cusack - The Sure Thing; Con Air; Grosse Pointe Blank; The Raven), is a father who wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his son (Jamie Anderson), whilst trying to bring Carden (Morgan Freeman - Driving Miss Daisy; Unforgiven; Kiss The Girls; Million Dollar Baby), 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Morgan Freemans in it. Has to be good 28 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a very understated movie. A mix of action, adventure & intrigue with a great cast. Morgan Freeman rarely makes a mistake in his choices of movies & this is no mistake. It has the bonus of 2 of my favourite female actresses in Alice Krige ( the Borg Queen in Star Trek First Contact) & Megan Dodds (better known now for CSI New York).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frank I don't have to help I am the bad guy. 23 Aug 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Contract is directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Stephen Katz and John Darrouzet. It stars Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Jamie Anderson and Alice Krige. Music is by Normand Corbeil and cinematography by Dante Spinotti.

Widower Ray Keene (Cusack) takes his troubled son on a camping trip and ends up trying to bring a well known assassin, Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman), to justice. Not easy since Carden's team are tracking them through the wilderness.

A plodding no thrills wilderness hunt type drama without a sense of purpose or suspense. Pic takes a familiar route with characters tainted by family strife or harbouring good hearts beneath bad exteriors, while the script tosses in mundane exchanges at frequent intervals. Cusack and Freeman are on auto-pilot, though the latter seems to be enjoying himself in a bad boy role, and nobody ever convinces us that this is anything but TV movie standard story telling. Spinotti's photography around a mountainous Bulgaria (standing in for Washington State) is the highlight, and what action there is is handled in decent fashion by the director. Yet as various interesting threads are dangled to end up not being pulled, and the formula of genre is adhered to wholesale, you understand why it went direct to video and why all involved have pushed it out of their minds completely. 4/10
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh John...John, John, John, John, JOHN 1 Dec 2007
By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE
How much longer will I continue to watch films on the basis of John Cusack starring in them? He's always great to watch, but for every Grosse Point Blank or Being John Malkovich there's a Pushing Tin or Americas really is luck of the draw what you end up with.
The Contract firmly falls into the latter camp in that it is basically First Blood meets The Fugitive...but minus the tension and plus a diabolical script. Its not a fun film like ConAir but its watchable because Morgan Freeman and Cusack are great actors, but unfortunately nothing they do makes any sense at all. I am writing this review 10 mins after watching it because I know I will have forgotten everything about it tomorrow morning. Even the makers seem to forget what they're doing by the end, and the whole premise for the film - PE teacher (I kid you not)Cusack performing a citizens arrest on fugitive Freeman - just falls by the wayside like a deflating balloon...which, ironically, is the noise I wanted to make as the credits rolled up.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NEED SOME TIME OUT THEN WATCH IT !!!!!! 25 Oct 2007
I don't know where to start with this film it was really poor there wasn't really a story. To say you had two very good actors in the film I would be ashamed that my name was on the front of the DVD cover. This could have been a very good film the foundations where set but it lacked that cutting edge and it was very short around about 85 minutes. If the mother-in-law is staying with you over the weekend like mine was and you need to get out the room because you've seen and heard enough of her I suppose it's worth a watch otherwise stay clear.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Professional hitman Morgan Freeman gets caught by police and then escapes during a car crash, but happens to run into John Cusack on a fishing expedition with his son. Morgan warns Cusack to walk away and pretend he saw nothing, but Cusack, much to his son's dismay, decides he's going to take Morgan in and return him to justice. The trouble is a team of Morgan's fellow villains are frantically trying to find Morgan themselves, so Cusack and son have to get Freeman back to civilisation (they're in the middle of a forest), whilst also avoiding Freeman's team.

I don't understand why people think this storyline is so weak as is makes for a compelling and suspenseful film as it turns out Freeman genuinely doesn't want to see Cusack and his son come to harm and wants to escape as much for their benefit as his. There is also a twist to the story when one of Freeman's team double-crosses him.

This is a very original storyline with Freeman playing the likable villain and Cusack trying to simultaneously bring a villain to justice and improve the relationship with his son, as the film progresses a strange bond develops between the three, this film is definitely worth checking out, Cusack and Freeman are excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent action thriller! 11 Oct 2013
By Simon
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. Worth watching.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time 22 Aug 2013
Absolutely awful. The trouble with this film is that there is no character development whatsoever so you really don't care whether any of the good guys live or die. The story moves at a snails pace, the dialogue is poor and the action sequences are badly put together. Give it a wide berth...
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3.0 out of 5 stars NO EXIT STRATEGY 15 May 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Major Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman) is the leader of a group of well paid hitmen. His job takes his to Washington state. Through a series of events, his trip is interrupted and rescue attempt is botched.

Ray Keene (John Cusack) is going camping with his son (Jamie Anderson) for a much needed bonding trip. Playing the good Samaritan, Ray gets caught in the middle of the events, finding himself on the run with a handcuffed Morgan being followed by heavily armed bad guys who are being tracked by the good guys...but the bad guys have never seen a John Cusack film and don't know what a school teacher, wanting to bond with his son, is capable of doing.

The acting was good, even if the plot was weak. The film has a twist, but nothing to write home about. Might work for an action flick rental. Not on my keeper shelf.

Parental Guide: Couple of rare F-bombs, no sex, rear nudity (Megan "cute tush" Dodds)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
This is a rather interesting film. Morgan Freeman playing the bad guy in a film, makes for an interesting watch. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr Tedderz
4.0 out of 5 stars The Contract [Blu-ray]
Yet another excellant film from Morgan Freeman. Anybody who admires this talented actor will not be disapointed with this action film. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. M. Roberts
2.0 out of 5 stars would give 'made for tv' a bad name
Look at the cast, how can this not be a great film, it has Morgan Freeman and John Cusack, everyone loves them, and Alice Krige and Bill Smitrovich two of the most under-rated... Read more
Published 17 months ago by tallmanbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd
Always wanted this dvd but kept forgetting to look it up on-line. Very pleased with the price and serivce. Thanks
Published 18 months ago by wigglesfield
4.0 out of 5 stars wrong aspect
hello the film is quit good the only problem is the aspect is only 1.85:1 on the UK print and the US print is in the correct aspect of 2. Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by Howard Rollinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated movie!
After reading the other reviews of this movie I almost did not watch because I have found that the average ratings on Amazon are usually spot on. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by A. Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Autopilot but gets you to the destination
I watched this after having read some of the reviews fully expecting it to be dire and found that it was well structured and mildly enjoyable. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2009 by J. I. De Beresford
1.0 out of 5 stars No Stars For This One
Would love to start this review with a synopsis but, sadly, there isn't really anything to tell about this film and I find it near impossible to summarise this abysmal story but... Read more
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