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The Contract (2006)

Director:
Bruce Beresford
COUNTRY
Germany/USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Contract
RUNNING TIME
97 minutes
Producer:
Randall Emmett
George Furla
Avi Lerner
Danny Lerner
Andreas Schmid
Les Weldon
Screenwriter:
Stephen Katz
John Darrouzet


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Frank Cordell Morgan Freeman
Ray Keene John Cusack
Chris Keene Jamie Anderson
Miles Alice Krige

 

Review

Bruce Beresford is not an untalented director, and don't let this movie fool you into thinking so. But there's little doubt that, despite some useful suspense and a fair if completely unimaginative script, The Contract is a film halted by bad craftmanship. The old pun 'haste makes waste' seems to be appropriate for this little film, as it runs along uncritically, skipping important justifications and forgetting about issues like character motivation in the process. Shot on beautiful Bulgarian terrain (which may or may not resemble Washington state to an acceptable degree), the film looks good but feels like a classic B-movie. The only exception is Morgan Freeman, whose natural grace and skill makes the film watchable.

Copyright 9.4.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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