The Contract
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  • I was expecting more...
    This movie kind of left me saddened because it didn't have a lot to offer. It was in the forest for almost the whole movie and the scenes like on the rock climbing in the rain was soooooo fake. Good movie in the end I guess. I liked the thriller and twist in it....more info
  • Worst Morgan movie EVER!

    I like Morgan. I like his movies. But this one, frankly, stank.

    The plot was simple - father and son out to camp encounter an escapee hit man and take him prisoner as they try to return to civilization while avoiding the hitman's cronies, who (for the most part) are out to rescue their buddy. It could've been a good movie. It SHOULD have been a good movie. Unfortunately, it is poorly done. There isn't enough plot to justify the length of the movie and something about it makes it seem very outdated - like you're watching a movie made ten or fifteen years ago. It could've been improved with more exploration of the characters' situations, but that doesn't happen, either. And the idea of the government agent giving instructions for Morgan's character to be killed, while surrounded by cops - yet nobody overhears her - would be laughable if it weren't so stupid. I finished watching it, which is why it got two stars, but was sitting there most of the time wondering, "How much longer???" which is ALSO why it got two stars. Very disappointing. ...more info
  • Amazon Screws Up Again
    This is the third movie I've rented based on a trailer that has nothing to do with the movie. Of course, I didn't know that until after I had rented the movie. The movie depicted in the trailer is one I have never seen. The movie I rented then viewed I had already seen.

    I wish Amazon would get it together. ...more info
  • CONTRACT
    How can you go wrong with this all star cast? Cusack and Freeman. I have been a Cusack fan since Grosse Pointe Blank and can't say enough about Freeman. They play off each other well here. The blu-ray looks really good on this one, I was pleasently suprised with my purchase of this sleeper thriller. ...more info
  • The Contract by Brandon M. Moskos
    I rented this movie because of the main actors in it. Bottom line. this movie SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't even tell someone to waste their money and rent it. The script, dialogue, and acting all suck. And it is extremely boring. Do not waste your time!...more info
  • Very good flick!
    I'm a big fan of Morgan Freeman anyway, and his typically first-class performance was in evidence in The Contract. This movie hits on all four cylinders: Great acting, great script, good directing and beautiful scenery. There were some sub-plots that deserved more direction and development and I saw a couple minor plot holes but that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

    Another plus is that it wasn't as horrifically graphic as many of this genre typically are. Yeah, people get shot and things explode, but it's not too awful (compared to typical hollywood horror).

    Bad-guy Morgan Freeman explains to an inquiring teen what he does for a living. He explains that he's a professional assassin and "removes obstacles" to help advance governmentally-ordered progress. When asked further about his moral code, Morgan Freeman responded, "There are things I wouldn't do. I have my limits. I just haven't found them yet."

    I don't have the time to watch a lot of movies so I'm pretty discerning about how I kill two hours of time, but The Contract was a worthy flick. I may even watch it a second time. ...more info
  • Morgan Freeman and John Cusak make a good combination!
    I'm a big fan of Morgan Freeman anyway, and his typically first-class performance was in evidence in The Contract. This movie hits on all four cylinders: Great acting, great script, good directing and beautiful scenery. There were some sub-plots that deserved more direction and development and I saw a couple minor plot holes but that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

    Another plus is that it wasn't as horrifically graphic as many of this genre typically are. Yeah, people get shot and things explode, but it's not too awful (compared to typical hollywood horror).

    Bad-guy Morgan Freeman explains to an inquiring teen what he does for a living. He explains that he's a professional assassin and "removes obstacles" to help advance governmentally-ordered progress. When asked further about his moral code, Morgan Freeman responded, "There are things I wouldn't do. I have my limits. I just haven't found them yet."

    I don't have the time to watch a lot of movies so I'm pretty discerning about how I kill two hours of time, but The Contract was a worthy flick. I may even watch it a second time. ...more info
  • Exciting political thriller...
    A well done, low-key medium octane thriller, The Contract works on quite a few levels offering up plentiful helpings of drama, thrills, action, and intrigue. The story revolves around a father and son learning to reconnect and trust one another under tense circumstances after becoming inadvertantly entangled in a dangerous criminal plot. Though there are certainly some scenes of violence, the film isn't buried in heavy amounts of gore or extreme violence and was the perfect Friday night thriller for us all including our 18 year old nephew. Fun, exciting movie; Morgan & Cusack are always in top form....more info
  • Enjoyable popcorn thriller...
    Enjoyable if not derivitive thriller with perfunctory performances by leads Morgan Freemand and John Cusack. The storyline is thin, the characters are thin, but the film is beautifully shot, had some wonderful set pieces (the cliff scene) and some moments of nice suspense and action. A few of the action sequences are extremely well executed and surpisingly quite thrilling. On the downside, the movie definitely plays it too safe, there's certainly nothings screaming "extraordinary" in any sense, and is lacking verisimilitude. Still, it's a pleasant and very scenic journey, has some memorable moments, and John Cusack and Morgan Freeman even when only mediocre are still always fun to watch on screen. ...more info
  • Flaccid and pointless
    A waste of a four-star cast - total lethargy from beginning to end. The script is uninspired, the acting is so-so (clearly, there was no enthusiasm for this project), the plot meanders, and an almost random choice of sub-plot promises little...and then delivers even less. Every component of this film is lacking, right down to the frequent humorless exchanges inserted presumably by some quack of a script doctor. We didn't even get to see the right wing extremist offed at the end. That, at least, would have perked me up after this positive yawn of a movie. ...more info
  • I love this movie that was great
    John Cusack rules. He was incredible amazing spectacular. Loved it. This is a great movie I watch this a lot all the time. Awesome....more info
  • Amazon you are the best
    I like very much this movie and I am fun number one of
    Morgan Freeman...more info
  • Solid action..excellent preformances
    I enjoyed the Contract alot, after all it has almost everything an action / thriller movie needs.
    the plot was simple and yes it did not add anything new or original, but it was pretty decent and was fast paced with smart dialogue lines. it involved a single dad ( Cusak ) and his son who go out camping in the woods and thier path is crossed by an assassin ( Freeman ) who was escorted by the FBI, soon the assassin's henchmen follow to help their boss escape..and the chase begins !
    It had some very good preformances by both Cusak and Freeman, thier acting was top notch, a very good character build up and development, and some pretty solid action.. gun power and even some fist fights..quite enjoyable..
    i would highly recommend this to any action fans or fans of either Cusak or Freeman..this movie stands out from the countless lame B-action movies that are coming out these days.
    I would also recommend the following : if you like Cusak i would recommend 1408 (Widescreen Edition) , if you like Freeman i would recommend The Bucket List, if you are looking for some good action then don't miss Rambo (Special Edition + Digital Copy) if you want some action similar to the Contract then watch The Marine (Unrated Edition)...more info
  • It's on...
    The Contract is a well done enough drama that attempts to be a bit more than what it is. That said, it is clearly Morgan Freeman who carries the weight of this otherwise forgettable movie on his shoulders as a hitman with a heart-as long as it's not you who happens to be the target of his latest contract. John Cusak as the middling dad forced into a bad situation has to overcome some implausibly bad odds at times as he outwits Freeman's cohorts and another assassin intent on killing Freeman (it will come as no surprise as to who hired this cheeseball). There are plenty of moments where the characters get to know each other that Freeman plays beautifully. The actor playing Cusak's son offers no chops whatsoever as a teen troubled with the usual vice of pot smoking and he delivers lines more mechanically than the robot on Lost in Space. He is a complete waste as is much of the writing for his character. The backdrop of the film, the wonderful wooded vistas provide visual fodder and were clearly the director's main interest. If you like Morgan Freeman and John Cusak, The Contract is a likable enough film, but is littered with many issues that are difficult to overcome even if you are a veteran watcher of such movies. 3 stars...barely...more info
  • Ignore the Detractors, this is a GREAT MOVIE
    I clearly understand where the detractors are coming from. They did not have the patience (or the initiative to fast forward) through the first few bits where one gets the impression that John Cusack is a dim-witted loser. I was cursing him myself, which in retrospect is a testimonial to his acting ability.

    As a former Marine Corps infrantry officer and clandestine spy who likes to tune out with DVDs, I give this movie my highest rating.

    The first few sets are indeed boring and annoying, but they are setting the stage for "loser makes good."

    This is an uplifting film about a father connects with his son, a wimp who becomes a lion, a teacher who meets love in the forest, I could go one, but I will not.

    Buy or rent this film and be patient (or fast forward). This is a feel good inspiring film and all these reviewers that do not like it are just not getting the value that I, for one, certainly received.

    ANY movie with Morgan Freeman is a winner. Like Anthony Hopkins, his participation is an assurance of quality.

    Some other DVD recommendations:
    Glory
    Seven (Single Disc Edition)
    Fracture (Widescreen Edition)
    The Silence of the Lambs (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    Meet Joe Black (Ultimate Edition)
    Breach (Widescreen Edition)
    Smiley's People
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy...more info
  • Wait a minute, didn't I just see this?
    I was halfway through my DVD of The Contract when I realized I had just seen this story in the theater - only then it was named 3:10 to Yuma (Widescreen Edition). One movie is set in the Wild West, and the other occurs in modern times, but other than that, the plots are very similar. A troubled man and his son escort a hardened bad guy to the authorities with the desperado's gang quick on their heels. The bad guy, of course, gains respect for the father as he struggles to impress his son and ends up a softy - but, according to the final scene in both movies, the bad guy remains an unreformed criminal.

    Good story line, but Morgan Freeman's persona commands too much respect to be seen as a totally heartless killer. Russell Crowe doesn't suffer this onerous handicap, so 3:10 to Yuma is a better movie than The Contract.

    jamesdbest.com: The Shopkeeper, Leadville, The Shut Mouth Society...more info
  • Horrid
    This movie is beyond bad. My friends and I made a movie as a joke when we were 19 that had better dialogue. The script/plot just does not make any sense whatsoever. When they revealed maybe a 1/3 of the way thru that Cusack was an ex-cop I was incredulous - my 3 year old daughter can hold a gun better than his character was. And then when he managed to to take out the spec-ops tracker that was chasing him with an automatic rifle? Sorry, no way. I don't think Freeman's acting was all that bad, but this movie really has no redeeming qualities (wait, I take that back - the Bulgarian scenery was stunning - yep, thats right, the outdoor scenes were filmed in BULGARIA!)...more info
  • Bad acting, silly plot, despite decent cast
    The Contract is a far-fetched, ill-conceived and way too predictable movie. I thought the premise and the combination of Cusack and Freeman might offer something decent, but this movie regurgitates way too many cliches and executes them poorly. The writing (and in many places the acting) is bad and makes it very difficult to try and maintain any suspension of disbelief -- the intended drama of "trained professional killers in the woods chasing a man and his somewhat estranged son" simply fizzles into nearly laugh-out-loud ludicrous, "yeah, that's going to happen" moments and implausible plot pieces seemingly thrown together without a cohesive plan. ...more info
  • Enjoyable
    Looking at other reviews, tastes clearly differ. The movie had some awkward parts and it's hard to see Cusack as a dad, teacher, and coach, but the movie was fun to watch. Not the best movie in the world, but worth the time....more info
  • Not worth the time
    This movie should be used in a film class to illustrate what happens when actors accept money for roles they have absolutely no interest in performing. This movie only hurts the careers of Freeman and Cusack in that you lose respect for their abilities. Pure trash, it is as if the producer never saw a movie and was from the Russian Mafia and hell bent on making a movie with this oddball script, spending the lions share of the budget on Freeman and Cusak with the rest of the crew being picked up in front of the nearest Home Depot...more info
  • The Contract
    Teacher Ray (Kusack) who just got laid off tries with a camping trip to reconnect with his son who just got in cop trouble for smoking pot. Not long into the trip they stumble over a dying police chief with his prisoner Cardin (Morgan), an ex-CIA and military trained professional assassin in the process of being freed by his team. Ray thinks he must play hero and bring Cardin back into custody. Along the way he brings more harmless hikers into trouble and eventually actually loses Cardin despite all heroic efforts.

    Kusack only makes an okay transition from regular guy to hero. Harrison Ford or Michael Douglas are way better at that. So he was a former cop, which explains that he outsmarts and outshoots a red-hot assassin. Nevertheless, the way he gets more and more fixated on turning in Cardin at the cost of risking his boy's life must seem unnatural to any parent. Morgan of course turns in one of his usual superb performances. He is actually likeable even as a pretty bad guy, showing his human side when saving the boy from falling down a rain-soaked mountain wall. A certain bonding is becoming evident between him and the teacher and boy, which in the end may very well save the lives of those two. Why Cardin is just cooperating with Ray all the time is not believable to me. If he had just sat down in the very beginning, what would Ray have done? Shot him? If the story had offered just one good reason for why Cardin was moving along in this odd trio, it would have made the whole movie more believable to me.
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  • doing you justice
    How do I put it? Its bad... and its not even worth the curiosity of "how bad"... just ignore it!...more info
  • total waste of time & money, do not rent
    After reading the reviews I thought surely a movie w/Morgan Freeman couldn't be that bad. I was wrong the critics above were right. I wished I had just read a book or done something productive w/my $.99 and 2 hours....more info
  • Enjoyable
    My wife and I really enjoyed this moive. I'm sorry there's so many negative reviews. Granted this isn't academy award material and probably similar to plots of several made for TV movies over the years, but, all in all it's a nice watch. Freeman, as always, is definately worth enjoying and Cusack was above average. These two characters as bookends to the story were quite enjoyable. This is a nice adventure drama and well worth our two hour stint in front of the TV. ...more info