The Contract

The Contract

DVD - 2007
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While hiking with his son in the woods, an ex-lawman encounters an assassin attempting to fulfill a contract and must do all that he can to bring him to justice while protecting his son.
Publisher: [Century City, Calif.] : First Look Home Entertainment ; Toronto : Distributed in Canada by Peace Arch Home Entertainment [2007]
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Contr 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

A bunch, I mean a lot of popular subplots weaved into a violent political action conspiracy film with a satisfying closure. Some commented on those cliches but found most of them befitting in the scenes. Like reading some of CJ Box’s novels, tolerate a couple of unnecessary/lame twists and watch without the thinking hat. Best quote:

Did you find the croissants?
-No one in town's ever heard of them.

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tenet
May 03, 2014

Rated 6/10.

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john_doh17
Apr 01, 2014

Obnoxious characters take unbelievable actions. Cusack must have got some acting tips from Keneau Reeves for this movie. Freeman acted well, I don't know how he kept a straight face with the ridiculous plot twists.

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neonkc
Oct 27, 2013

very good

btmslt Apr 17, 2013

A good thriller.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Feb 19, 2013

Almost unwatchable aside from Freeman and Cusack. Horrible dialogue, corny reused characters, illogical story and reactions, and graphic violence unfitting to the overall plot. There's really no point to this movie at all.

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kwarah
Dec 17, 2011

Morgan Freeman as lift-time classy actor as ever, very captivating to watch.
VERY INTRIGUING FILM & like all other "CONTRACTS", settling the score & winning the CONTRACT gets bloody from with in & without.

EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE.

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RonNasty64
Jun 11, 2010

Why do DVDs always get scratches just when a movie is getting interesting? The skips made this film difficult to follow, but it looked like it may have been interesting with lots of plot twists.

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dparent
Feb 17, 2009

I had never heard of this movie before and found it quite enjoyable, quite suspensful and with very good actors.

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reviewer
Apr 05, 2008

Shoot-'em-up testosterone fest with an improbable plot but good script.

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

There's no exit strategy.
-The operation has been planned in detail.
I'm glad you're confident. But if we need to abort or if we miss the target-
-We're not gonna miss. You intending to miss?
Not me. I can't vouch for anyone else.
-I can.
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Everybody smokes pot these days.
-Oh, don't give me that bullshxt, Chris. Do I look like a chump? You know I don't care what other kids do. You're my son.
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Mr. Carden. Apparently, you've been missing in action for many years. But you're not missing anymore.
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Hey, frankly, Frank. Is that- Is that a pun?
-It's an alliteration, chief, not a pun.
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We've been with him a long time. Yeah, everybody but you. Ever hear of loyalty?
-Yeah, I read about it in a book once. Look, I'm not getting paid to save his ass.
You're not getting paid unless we save his ass.

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

So what are you doing around here, Frank?
-Nice part of the country. I like the scenery.
Well, take a good, long look. Might be your last chance.
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So you've never tried it?
-I didn't say that. I tried it. I didn't like it. Didn't like the crowd. They were a bunch of losers. Pot makes you stupid, lowers your IQ.
So you smoked it more than I did, huh?
-Very funny.
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Ray. You don't wanna be involved in this. You're way out of your depth.
-You said the wrong thing, mister.
What?
-He'll dig his toes in now.
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Carden. My name is Frank Carden.
-I'm really sorry I met you.
Not yet, sport. Not yet.

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

Think he's a terrorist? No. Doubt it. He looked ordinary enough.
-Yeah, but isn't that what those guys look like? Ordinary, just like us.
Like me, maybe. Nothing ordinary about you, Maury. Tell you one thing.
-What's that?
We play this right, we'll be getting our pictures in the paper.
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You're pretty tough for an old guy.
-Military training.
What's this all about? What do they want you for?
-Caught me smoking in a restaurant. Pretty serious about that these days, you know?
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I'm contracted to eliminate... Well, let's call them obstacles to progress.
-"Obstacles to progress." So you're just a mercenary? Doesn't matter who you "exterminate"? There are limits.
Haven't found them yet.
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Don't say that out loud, Maury, or they'll think you're a hick.

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

Got his file.
-And?
Defense Intelligence used him on covert ops.
-As what, an assassin or...?
He wasn't delivering pizzas.
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You leave the East Coast, coffee's no good, food's all sugar.
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They used to give me medals for it. Do you believe that?
- And now?
Well, now with political correctness and all, it's best to keep a low profile. Heroes are out of fashion.
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Who do you work for?
-I really don't know, Ray. Pressure groups. People with an agenda. People who can afford it.
And you just don't question the agenda, huh?
-Well, as time goes on, you know, you realize that the issues are just too complicated. Sure. Who's right, who's wrong. So you just... Just wind up doing your job. And you do it the best way you can. Like everybody else.

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

I mean, it's kind of late for me to be thinking about changing. I mean, hell, what would I do?
-I don't know, Frank. Let's go…
Sell insurance?
-I don't care, Frank.
Maybe go back to school. Get a law degree.
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How do we know that's true?
-Well, how do we know it isn't?
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"The Road Not Taken." You like Frost, do you, Ray?
-Yeah. I'm surprised you do. Doesn't seem your speed.
Yes, one of my favorites. I took the road less traveled by, and it made all the difference.
-A lot of forks in the road. You seem to have taken all the wrong ones.
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I won't destroy government property. Oh, for God's sakes. I'm a stockbroker. I'd lose my license.

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

Where did you learn to fly, man? Disneyland? Jesus Christ!
-What'd you say?
--For chrissake, kill each other later.
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Did you find the croissants?
-No one in town's ever heard of them.
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It's rough country out there, Mr. Jennings.
-So now we need Lewis and Clark.
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This guy was supposed to be red-hot. Some amateur got him.
-Probably just a lucky shot. Even a blind hog finds some acorns.
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What do you think you're doing? You think this is some sort of a game? You think this is O.K. Corral and you're an action hero? You're a teacher, for God's sake!

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jimg2000
Jul 13, 2018

You the new guy, Davis?
-No, no, no way. I'm the guy here to ice the floor for skating.
Hope you're better than the last guy
-What's wrong with him?
Couldn't take the heat.
-Yeah, well, I'm fireproof.
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The woods are beautiful, I just- I don't wanna sleep in them. I want room service. Sure. Minibar.
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If it's just you, Ray, hell, it's your choice. But it's your son. A woman. Look, you don't have to prove anything. You've already done that. I'm convinced.
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Don't confuse me with a nice guy.
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Somebody shooting.
-At me?
No, me.
-Is it the police?
I think it's my friend.
-Your friend.
Well, more of an acquaintance.

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BookGoddess8
Apr 23, 2011

Ray to Frank:"I'm sorry I met you."
Frank replies:"Not yet, sport. Not yet."

Frank:"I can think of less painful ways to die, Ray."

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